Project & Programme Management

Local authorities utilise a wide variety of time defined projects in order to achieve operational and strategic goals. The adoption of single and multi-disciplinary project teams occurs in nearly all the business areas of local authorities. Projects can range from large and smaller scale capital investment infrastructure projects to organisational and business process change projects aimed at improving outputs and outcomes for the local population.

Graduates with directly relevant qualifications in and a strong interest in the areas of project and programme management can expect to improve their competency by becoming part of an existing project team or part of a start-up project team in the local authority area where they gain a placement.

Application and Selection Process

Applicants must complete the standardised application form provided by the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) who are organising the Graduate recruitment competition on behalf of the 31 local authorities. The form will require that all applicants provide the following information,

  • Name & contact details
  • Qualifications obtained and educational history
  • Details previous employment history (if any)
  • Confirmation of which post(s) in which local authorities in each of the 7 skills areas that you wish to apply for? Applicants will be asked to select up to and rank in order of preference a maximum of 5 local authorities in no more than 2 regions for each skills area being applied for.
  • A short text-based description of how you believe your qualification is relevant to the skills area(s) that you are applying for?
  • Complete and sign the declaration.

Once submitted applicants will be asked to undergo some or all of the following steps as part of the recruitment process,

  • Shortlisting of your application based on the direct relevance of your qualification to the skills area(s) you have applied for.
  • A competitive interview in the region(s) you have selected.
  • Any other tests or exercises that may be deemed appropriate.

Candidates who are successful at the interview stage will be placed on a panel from which future vacancies will be filled. The regional panels for each of the 7 skills areas will be active for 12 months with individual local authorities being able to fill any vacancies which arise post commencement up to a cut off point of 9 months.

Closing date for applications:  17th December 2020 at 3pm

Job Scheme/Locations                

Carlow County County; Clare County Council; Cork City Council; Cork County Council; Dublin City Council; Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council; Fingal County Council; Kildare County  Council; Louth County Council; Mayo County Council; South Dublin County Council; Wexford County Council

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