Latin America Solidarity Centre

News: LASC seeks Education Project Officer

LASC is seeking a highly committed and organized professional for the role of Education Project Officer, who will be responsible for managing LASC’s project with Worldwise Global Schools, introducing Latin American development issues into the current senior cycle secondary school curriculum for Spanish. Based in Dublin, part-time (flexible hours). To apply, please send CV and cover letter to Closing date: Friday, 17th August, 5:00pm.



Introduction to the Organisation:

LASC (Latin America Solidarity Centre) is a membership-based organisation. We are individuals who share a passion for real social change in Latin America and Ireland, and we believe that peace with justice and equality for all can come only through genuine participation of everyone in society’s decision making.

The main object of the organisation is to promote solidarity and achieve greater support in Ireland for those individuals, groups and communities in Latin America that seek to create a fair, inclusive and sustainable world. The organisation seeks to achieve this outcome by challenging and exposing injustice, linking struggles against injustice in Latin America to wider global issues, drawing lessons for Irish society, and exchanging knowledge and experience. The methods that we use include: a) the provision of Development Education programmes in the formal and informal sectors; b) raising awareness through talks, articles and other media output; c) organizing events that showcase Latin American culture; d) arranging visits to Ireland by members of grassroots organisations in Latin America; e) forging links with the Latin American community in Ireland.

This is a part-time position (15 hours per week)

Salary: €31,141 annually pro-rata

The person should be available to start the week beginning Monday 3rd September.

Introduction to the Project:

LASC are working with Worldwise Global Schools on introducing Latin American development issues into the current senior cycle curriculum for Spanish. We have developed an educational resource to be used by Secondary School Spanish teachers and their students. This project aims to continue building links and solidarity between Ireland and Latin America in Secondary Schools, in particular among the students of Spanish. The project has two main components: teacher training, whereby Spanish teachers will be trained on how to use the LASC resource to bring Latin American issues into their Spanish classes; and 6 student workshops, whereby 5th year Spanish students will:

* Learn about Latin American in an interactive way while learning Spanish.

* After the workshops, the students will organise an action (chosen by them) to express their solidarity with Latin America or to raise awareness of the issues they learned about.

The activities are as follows:

– 2 teacher training workshops (one in the west of Ireland, one in Dublin) on how to use the resource on Latin American development issues within the Spanish subject in secondary schools

– 6 sessions in each of the pilot schools on Latin American Issues: these sessions will be co-facilitated by the teachers and the project officer.

– An action project by the students to be led by teacher and supported by education officer if required.

– Publishing of additional materials to add to the publication: based on the resource designed in the pilot phase of the project, an improved resource will be published.

The project will build on the foundations laid during the previous year, using the educational resource to introduce Latin American issues to Spanish students in 5th year. Through the Association of Spanish Teachers, LASC has recruited the participating pilot schools, whose teachers and principals see the need to introduce Latin American Development issues into their schools and classrooms.

Areas of Responsibility:

* Manage and facilitate 2 full-day teacher training workshops to train teachers on implementing the resource

* Co-ordinate the delivery of workshops to pilot schools and liaise with regional facilitators when required

* Liaise with Spanish Teachers Association regarding dissemination of resource, including presenting the resource at relevant conferences/meetings if required

* Support pilot schools with the teaching of the prepared resource when required

* Communicate with teachers and facilitators regarding the student action

* Actively encourage schools to continue to engage with Latin American issues and for the resource to be disseminated nationwide.

* Communicate regularly with LASC Co-ordinator and Committee regarding the development of the project

* Manage the project budget and ensure spending is in alignment with funding agreement

* Communicate regularly with Worldwise Global Schools and submit reports and updates on progress

* Carry out specific tasks as may be assigned by the LASC coordinator from time to time.

Essential Criteria:

* Third level qualification in a relevant area (Postgraduate qualification would be an advantage)

* Oral and written fluency in English and Spanish

* Experience in Development Education

Desirable Criteria:

* Knowledge of the Irish education system

* Experience of living in Latin America

* Familiarity with the non-profit sector in Ireland

* Proven experience of the ability to lead and work as part of a team

* Proven experience of effective time management

Please send your CV and a cover letter to with ‘Education Officer role’ in the title by 5pm on Friday 17th August. Interviews will take place the week of August 20th.