Cork Local Sports Partnership (CSP) is one of 33 Local Sports Partnerships across Ireland that aims to increase participation in sport, exercise and physical activity. The work of CSP is focused on coordinating, developing and delivering programmes, initiatives, training & education for multiple target groups across Cork. The CSP team is supported by a network of local tutors and coaches operating at a local community level throughout Cork also.

Working in conjunction with Cork Kerry Community Healthcare (CKCH) the HSE and local organisations CSP is seeking to recruit for the position of a Project Lead for a Community Activity and Wellbeing Initiative which will be funded by Slaintecare. This is a new position for CSP and the initial contract of employment will be for 10 months. This is time limited as per conditions of the Slaintecare Integration Fund. Any further period of operation will be based on success of the project and the availability of the required funding to resource the position.

The focus of the Project Leads work will be Cork City and County with a particular focus on the 11 Community Health Networks as outlined in the COMPASS Healthy Ireland implementation plan. The position will be full time 39hrs per week. Interviews are scheduled to take place February 2020 with a start date of March 2020. Shortlisting of applicants maybe used to select candidates for interview. Following the interview process a panel maybe formed from which the appointment will be made.

A detailed job description and related information are below.

Job Description

Title:                           Project Lead- Community Activity & Wellbeing Initiative
Hours:                        35 hours per week.  The chosen candidate must be flexible, and willing to work evening and weekends.
Location:                    c/o Motor Tax Office, Model Business Park, Model Farm Road, Cork
Reports to:                 Cork Sports Partnership Coordinator.
Duration of Employment: 10 Month Fixed Term

Job Function

The primary function of the Project Lead is to coordinate and oversee the implementation of the Slaintecare Funded Community Activity & Wellbeing Initiative. As a collaborative project between Cork Sports Parntership and the Cork Kerry Community Healthcare team this initiative seeks to empower citizens to manage their own health through increased physical activity and improved diet. The brief will include work aspects involving:

  • To support and coordinate the delivery of programmes and interventions across the 11 community health networks in Cork.
  • To implement a mapping of community resources, particularly programmes that encourage healthy eating/active living at the community health network level across Cork.
  • To support the development of an integrated referral pathway for healthcare staff and their clients, in particular GPs and Allied Health Professionals to community programmes particularly with a focus on healthy eating and active living.
  • To support the development of two new Neuro Functional Training Zones for Cork.

Principle duties & responsibilities

Coordinate and manage programmes specifically focusing on four key initiatives developed by the HSE, CSP & UCC in support of better health and increased physical activity among key populations in Cork. These include:

  • Staying Fit for the Future with Better Balance Better Bones
  • Community Weightloss Intervention- Project Weightloss
  • Healthy Food Made Easy
  • Made to Move (Community Focus)
  • Support and facilitate the development of two Neuro Functional Training Zones for Cork.
  • Develop an online mapping tool of community resources that will empower and support citizens to be better informed of local resources available to them.
  • Provide ongoing reports and updates to the steering committee and pobal on the progress of the initiative.
  • Facilitate the upskilling and training of CSP tutors and facilitators on behalf of the steering committee to support the rollout of programmes and interventions across each of the 11 Community Health Networks in Cork.
  • Liaise and support UCC with the research, monitoring and evaluation of the initiative, reporting directly to a post doctorate researcher agreed by UCC.
  • Partake in reviews of the operational plan reporting on its effectiveness and impact.
  • Contribute to ensuring that all programmes are operated on a user friendly professional basis and delivered to the highest standard.


Marketing, PR & Sponsorship

  • Assist with the preparation of the Sports Partnership’s annual marketing plan.
  • Promote and increase awareness of the initiative across Cork with the support of the steering committee.
  • Collate material for inclusion in a regular Sports Partnership e-zines, monthly spotlights and quarterly updates to the steering committee.
  • Provide support and assistance in maintaining an up-to-date members database
  • Identify and secure, in consultation with the Steering Committee, opportunities that present in the area of public relations and marketing for the Sports Partnership, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare and the initiative operational plan
  • Prepare regular press releases on upcoming programmes and successful achievements
  • Develop a social media profile for project activities



Candidates shall be in a state of health which would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

Project Lead Person Specification.





Third Level Qualification

Minimum- Degree Level 7

Sports & Recreation

Health Promotion

Public Health

Community Development

Social Studies


Or equivalent



A minimum of 4 years project management experience.


Strategic Planning.


Work with community sector


Work with sports clubs / agencies.

Work with statutory sector.


Demonstrated aptitude for working with voluntary board / organisation.

Knowledge & Understanding


Knowledge and understanding of community based approaches to health promotion.


Knowledge & understanding of Community & Voluntary sector.


Knowledge & understanding of the statutory sector.

Knowledge of Sports Ireland & understanding of sports & recreation issues in Ireland


Knowledge of Healthy Ireland Framework


Core Competencies Proficient in collaborating and managing relationships with multiple stakeholders, clients and funding organisations.


Leading and motivating others.



Ability to identify and use appropriate evaluation and research methods to evidence and improve work.


The ability to prioritise work and co-ordinate multiple responsibilities.


Strong organisational and project management skills.


Ability to produce and access information efficiently and accurately.


Excellent communication, presentation and facilitation skills.


Ability to advice, inform, motivate and support individuals and organisations.


Ability to prepare, monitor and manage budgets and to prepare funding applications.


Excellent I.T. skills.


MS Office and web based applications.


Supervision and support of programme tutors.


Attitude & Motivation A constructive, positive and progressive attitude to working as part of the Sports Partnership Team.

An ability to develop partnerships with the wider community

A self-motivated approach to work.

Be a proactive team player and possess the ability to work well in a dynamic environment.

An awareness of the role and importance of the coordinated inter-agency approach to work.

Other Requirements Full clean driving licence.

Access to own transport.

Commitment to on-going training & development.

Ability to work unsociable hours.







Cork Sports Partnership CLG is an equal opportunities employer.

Please forward a cover letter and curriculum vitae to or by post to:
Coordinator, Cork Sports Partnership CLG,
c/o Motor Tax Office, Model Business Park,
Model Farm Road, Cork.

Closing date is Wednesday 29th January at 1pm.