Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Programme Manager (SFI Projects) – Closed

Background and Role Overview

The Irish Universities Association (IUA) represents, promotes and supports the seven Irish universities in developing sectoral policies and strategies and in supporting collaborative engagement in a number of areas including research. Since 2012, the IUA has partnered with the Irish Research Council (IRC) in the operation of the Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office (IMSCO), hosted at the IUA premises in Merrion Square, Dublin. This successful partnership has resulted in more than €110 million of funding coming in to Ireland from the FP7 and Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA).

A vacancy has arisen in the Irish Universities Association, in partnership with Science Foundation Ireland for the Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Programme Manager to work specifically with Centres funded by the Foundation to strengthen their participation in the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.

Job Specification and Key Deliverables

The MSCA Programme Manager (SFI Projects) will provide a “conception to completion” service for SFI Research Centres for the entire Marie Skłodowska-Curie process from a researcher initially receiving information about the programme, through to proposal submission, contract negotiation and implementation.

Reporting to the Head of the Irish Marie Sklodowska-Curie Office the Programme Manager will:

  • Provide high-level support to potential applicants on how to develop competitive MSCA projects;
  • Provide scheme-specific training and workshops to applicants on all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, prior to key deadlines;
  • Ensure optimal uptake of COFUND (co-financing doctoral and post-doctoral fellowship programmes) and offer comprehensive individualised support to any SFI centre applicants;
  • Respond to general and detailed queries relating to Programme in partnership with the Head of Office;
  • Promote Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions at various national events in partnership with the Head of Office;
  • Engage regularly with the programme/funding managers within the SFI centres to encourage participation in MSCA. This includes site visits to all the centres, as needed;
  • Highlight the importance of intersectoral collaboration in MSCA projects;
  • Increase awareness of the MSCA in the Enterprise Sector by linking with the promotional mechanisms of State Agencies to multiply the message,  particularly IDA and EI.
  • Provide a proposal pre-evaluation service with feedback to proposers submitted in a timely manner;
  • Provide timely advice and analysis to applicants on the outcome of the evaluation process;
  • Advise applicants with rejected proposals on their evaluation results and how to proceed with redress or resubmission;
  • Advise successful applicants during the implementation phase of the project;
  • Support the Head of Office with the NET4MOBILITY+ project, an EU project for MSCA National Contact Points; occasional international travel is required;
  • Work closely with the EURAXESS Ireland office based in the IUA which provides advice and assistance to researchers and research performing organisations.

Profile of Candidate

  • Possess a primary degree and a minimum of three years relevant experience in a related field, such as research administration and management.
  • Significant experience in EU R&D funding, including writing/editing funding proposals to EU calls.
  • Strong communication skills, particularly the ability to confidently present to large audiences.
  • Results focused and a self-starter with excellent interpersonal, writing and organisational skills.
  • A capacity for strategic thinking and hands-on delivery.
  • Ability to analyse data and prepare statistical reports.
  • Knowledge of the Higher Education, Research and Industry sectors on an international scale.

Contract Details

The position is offered on a fixed term purpose contract ending July 13th 2019, and subject to a period of probation and meeting on-going performance requirements. A competitive salary commensurate with experience will be offered. A secondment arrangement for existing public sector employees may be possible, subject to concluding an appropriate agreement between the IUA and the candidate’s current employer.


Please forward a detailed CV and cover letter, demonstrating the competencies and experience listed above, by post or email by 30th May 2018 to: Jennifer Cleary, HR Manager, IUA, 48 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.                                                
Interviews will take place in the IUA on Friday 8th June 2018

Applications submitted by or through third parties, including recruitment agencies will be rejected.    The IUA is an equal opportunities employer.

PDF of Job Details: IUA-SFI-MSCA-PM_May18.pdf (260 downloads)