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Empowerment for a better world through Adult and Community Education.

Saolta is a Development Education strategic partnership programme for the Adult and Community Education sector in Ireland.

Saolta is a Global Citizenship Education strategic partnership programme for the Adult and Community Education sector in Ireland between Irish Aid and a consortium of organisations.

Development Perspectives is the lead partner in the consortium, which also includes AONTAS, Concern Worldwide, Irish Rural Link and the Adult and Community Education Dept of Maynooth University.

SAOLTA strategic goal:
Increased accessibility, quality and effectiveness of development education within the adult and community education sector.

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Purpose of the role: The Programme Officer is a key role within the Saolta team, working with a dedicated and skilled group of colleagues to deliver on the commitments in the current (2022) and future work plan (2023 - 2027). A deep knowledge and understanding of the adult and community education sector in Ireland will be key to the role as will a proven track record of successfully delivering global citizenship education programmes. The Programme officer will need to have experience working as part of a team as well as independently. Important aspects of the culture of Saolta include a process orientation to the work, creating space to innovate, learn and grow, trust in the staff team as well as the importance of supporting and developing the team. Working from a values perspective is essential to what Saolta is about.

Reports to: Saolta Programme Manager

Application Process: Please submit a cover letter outlining how your motivation, interest and competencies fit this role, along with a CV to, and include ‘Saolta Programme Officer application’ in the subject line of your email. All applicants are required to hold a valid work permit at the time of application. Saolta welcomes applications from all sections of the community. If you would like to talk about this role before applying, please email Nick at

Closing date: Friday the 29th July, 2022 at 5pm

Full Job Description: Programme Officer JD

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Elements of the programme

SDG Advocate

Training of trainers

Public Participation Network

Further Education Institutions




Saolta, an Irish word that translates to ‘Worldly Wise’ is the perfect title as the programme will explore a variety of global issues with stakeholders from the Adult and Community Education sector along with encouraging action across Irish society. Issues such as poverty, inequality and climate change will feature strongly as areas of engagement.

The programme will target Adult and Community Education workers in a variety of ways including interactive workshops with Further Education Institutions and Public Participation Networks across the country.

Another aspect of ‘Saolta’ - The SDG Advocate programme will offer active citizens an opportunity to represent their community, by becoming one of Ireland’s positive changemakers. The eight-month training course will allow the advocates to deepen their understanding of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, represent the project internationally and lead transformative change in Ireland. The chosen participants will travel to Vietnam or Tanzania for 2 weeks for a work/study visit that will afford an invaluable chance to experience first-hand perspectives and challenges that people face in a different global context.

Other facets of the programme will involve coaching and mentoring, webinars, networking meetings along with a library of resources which will also be produced over the next 2- 3 years.

The Development Perspectives team is excited at the possibilities this innovative new partnership will present. Bobby McCormack, Co-founder and Director of Development Perspectives, says: “Education needs to be transformative in order to be truly effective - this is what we will offer through Saolta. We believe that informed and engaged citizens are best placed to address complex social, economic and environmental issues and working with a variety of multipliers throughout Irish society is the best way to create these active citizens.

A growing Development Perspectives team.

Partners of Saolta

Concern logo Development perspectives logo Aontas logo Maynooth University logo Irish Rural Link logo
This programme is funded by Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs. Irish Aid is the Government’s overseas development programme which supports partners working in some of the world’s poorest countries. Irish Aid also supports global citizenship education in Ireland to encourage learning and public engagement with global issues. The content of this communication represents the views of the author only and does not necessarily represent or reflect DFA policy.