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SPI Job Opportunity:

Community Climate Action Project (CCAP) Project Lead


Cloughjordan Ecovillage is a registered educational charity known as Sustainable Projects Ireland CLG or SPI. It is an internationally recognised destination for learning about sustainable living. Comprising a 67 acre site, with over 100 residents living in high-performance green homes, over 20,000 newly planted trees and Ireland’s largest renewable energy district heating system.

The charity’s primary objective is to create and manage a sustainable village in Ireland. The village offers a model for sustainable living into the 21st Century and serves as an education, enterprise, research and service resource for all. The charity’s aim is to demonstrate a socially, economically and ecologically viable community that promotes its work and findings through a variety of media and educational programmes developed by the company.

Subsidiary objectives of the charity include:

  • To minimise pollution to the air, water and land
  • Demonstrating a new approach to rural regeneration
  • To maximise the potential for earning a living both inside and outside of the eco village by facilitating systems whereby people can create local and sustainable work
  • To provide for cultural, artistic and non-material needs of the residents of the village and surrounding community

SPI has recently been awarded funding administered by Department of Environment, Climate and Communications in conjunction with Pobal for the following programme:

Community Climate Action Programme: 

Climate Education, Capacity Building and Learning by Doing (Strand 2)

Project Title:

Catalysing Change – Creating Centres of Excellence for Community Climate Action’

The aim of the project is, through peer learning,  to develop best practice approaches and resources for place-based sustainability education Centres, in demonstrating the actions needed for communities to transition to a low carbon society.

Confirmed Partners:

This collaborative project proposal has been developed by a partnership including:

  • Cloughjordan Ecovillage  (lead partner)
  • Sonairte – the National Ecology Centre
  • The Burren College of Art

Project Overview:

The main aim and outcome of this collaborative approach will be to compare and contrast strengths within our organisations, to learn from each other’s best practices and document that learning for others to follow.

The project is designed to:

  • strengthen our networks
  • build the capacity of the stakeholders to engage in Community Climate Action
  • facilitate the sharing of best practice and, through a facilitated process
  • co-create useful toolkits and resources for our learning Centres, specifically designed to increase our teaching impact and enhance our ability to engage with our communities.

The SPI Board have created two new positions Project Lead and Project Coordinator to ensure the successful delivery of the project.


Summary Overview:

This is intended as an 18 month, in depth ‘compare and contrast’ learning exercise which will improve our practice and will involve physical on site visits supported by online meetings.

Summary of Activities: 

  • Develop the peer learning network of Centres
  • Agree focus areas and produce a template for the learning journey
  • 4 physical sessions in 4 different Centres across 3-4 geographical areas, engaging stakeholders and co-producing resources
  • 8 virtual coworking sessions introducing then sharing good practice and co-producing resources
  • Publishing of resources
  • Production of the resource toolkit
  • 1 national conference on disseminating the findings
  • Impact assessment

Summary of Outcomes: 

  • Mapping of our Centres and their work
  • Creation of a Solidarity network for sustainable learning Centres
  • Production of Toolkit and Resources for other Centres around the country.
  • Development of an ongoing Training programme for Centres

Job Description for the Position of Project Lead

Job Summary

The Project Lead will be mainly responsible for the content delivery of the 18 month project, working approximately 20 hours per week for the duration of the project.

The Project Lead will be responsible for the collating of the information gleaned from the collaborative coworking sessions on the overarching themes of the Project and will also lead on the creation of resources for the duration of the project, including writing content for and developing and designing the Good Practice Guide and its toolkit- the main output of the Project.

The Project Lead will also be responsible for completing the reporting and evaluation on the project and working on internal update reports with the project Coordinator for feedback to the SPI board.

Key Working Relationships

The Project Lead will work directly with the Project Coordinator on the delivery of the project. The Project Lead will also engage with the SPI team and the project partners on the project development.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Meet with the Project Coordinator on a weekly basis to ensure successful delivery of the project.
  • Keep in regular communication re the evolving content of resources with the project team ie. with SPI and with the Partners.
  • Document and collate information from the onsite and online events.
  • Oversee the design, development and production of the resources from this documented content.
  • Complete timely reporting on the Project, with input from relevant team members.
  • Update the Project Coordinator at key intervals with brief written reports.
  • Complete the final project evaluation and report with input from Partners and SPI team.
  • Ensure production of the final output documents: Good Practice Guide and Toolkit and any additional resources.
  • Oversee national dissemination of the output documents.
  • Develop plan to deliver educational programme on completion of the project.

Professional attributes

The core requirements are a passion for sustainability, highly motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision under own initiative and as part of a team.

Qualifications and Skills

  • 3rd level primary qualifications
  • Ideally minimum 3-5 years’ relevant work experience
  • Good time management skills

A combination of the some of the following skills would be an advantage:

  • Qualification or deep interest in sustainability
  • Project management skills
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Ability to work under own initiative in the development of the programmes
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience of Education for Sustainability
  • Financial Management Skills


  • Project Lead: part time 20 Hours Per Week
  • 18 Month Contract

Please send a CV and an email outlining (in one page) what you would bring to the position and SPI to [email protected] on or before Monday 21 November 2022.

“The Community Climate Action Programme: Climate Education, Capacity Building and Learning by Doing (Strand 2) is funded by the Government of Ireland through the Department of Environment Climate and Communications”


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