Project Overview
Since its establishment by Sport Ireland in 2013, Get Ireland Walking, with the support of Healthy Ireland and hosted by Mountaineering Ireland, has worked to achieve its core aim; to unify and enable the efforts of all agencies and organisations interested in promoting walking. The previous
Get Ireland Strategy 2017-2020 underlined the objective of getting more people in Ireland to walk for health and wellbeing. Get Ireland Walking continues to embrace this objective, and through the development of its new Strategy, 2023-2027 it builds on this success.
Central to this new strategy are the principles of partnership, inclusivity, and engagement with hard-to-reach groups. Get Ireland Walking will continue to create a cultural shift in our society, where walking is embraced not only as a recreational pursuit but also as a mode of transport and
where the positive impact walking has on the population’s health and well-being is recognised. The strategy articulates the imperative of joining and linking stakeholders vested in walking promotion through a systems approach; that adds value and contributes to all stakeholder objectives, locally and nationally.
Link to download the Get Ireland Walking Strategy:

Job Description

Key Responsibilities
The successful candidate will strive to support the implementation of the Get Ireland Walking Strategy 2023-2027 by fostering existing and developing new local and national networks to help achieve the objectives of the initiative and its partner organisations.

Location and remuneration
Post: Get Ireland Walking National Development Officer
Duration: A three-year contract will be offered to the successful applicant, subject to the successful completion of a six-month probationary period and continued availability of funding.
Hours of work: A full-time post of 39 hours per week, in a variable working hours arrangement involving evening and some weekend work.
Annual Leave: 25 working days per year.
Salary: €38-43k per annum
Reporting to: The person appointed will report to the Get Ireland Walking, Programme Manager and Mountaineering Ireland’s Chief Executive Officer.
Location: The post is based at the National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, with scope for hybrid working to be discussed at interview.
Interviews: Interviews will be held in person, at Irish Sport HQ on the National Sports
Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, during the week beginning Monday 22nd of April.

Key Responsibilities and Personal Duties
The successful candidate will work closely with the Get Ireland Walking Programme Manager to implement the Get Ireland Walking Strategy 2023-2027 through a detailed operational plan, and report on its progress through its National Steering Group.

Developing Project Resources
• Develop strong relations with the Local Sports Partnership network and other key stakeholders vested in walking promotion and development.
• Coordinate, support and scale the initiative’s local presence, brand, and programmes for a variety of target groups.
• Plan and execute the initiative’s goals and objectives.

Supporting Project Rollout
• Manage project budgets
• Advise and support Local Sports Partnerships and other key partners/stakeholders
• Ensure that all programme activities are delivered in accordance with Mountaineering Ireland’s Safeguarding Policy.
• To promote and inspire responsible recreation and enjoyment of the outdoors.

Monitoring Project Impacts
• Maintain a record of key performance indicators against targets set out in the strategy.
• Identify key success factors and any inhibitors to participation or partnership.
• Prepare monthly reports and share valuable information with the Get Ireland Walking
Programme Manager and when required by the Get Ireland Walking Steering Group.

General Duties
As part of a small and dedicated team, the post will require the appointee to:
• Work with volunteers, working groups, steering groups, committees and other stakeholders to help achieve the overall objectives of the Get Ireland Walking initiative.
• Complement the work of Get Ireland Walking through Mountaineering Ireland by increasing knowledge, partnership and participation in pathway programmes.
• Other tasks which may be required and designated by the Programme Manager and Chief Executive Officer from time to time.

For further details and to apply for this position please complete the National Development Officer Application Form.



  •  We will select interview candidates based on information provided in the application forms. The criteria marked by an asterisk (*) will be taken into account when we shortlist interview candidates. The other essential and desirable criteria will be assessed during the later stages of the selection process.
  • Only information submitted on the application form will be considered, CVs will not be accepted.
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  • Closing date for applications is Monday 8th April 2024 at 5 pm. Applications should be sent by email to: Shortlisting of applications will precede the interviewing process.
  • Interviews will be held in person, at Irish Sports HQ on the National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 the week beginning, Mon 22nd of April.