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

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.

In this context, the IUA’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office,[i] which is supported by the Irish Research Council, is the National Contact Point for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions in Ireland.

The IUA, in partnership with Science Foundation Ireland, now wishes to appoint a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Programme Officer (SFI Projects) 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 Officer (SFI Projects) will provide a “conception to completion” service for SFI Research Centres[ii] 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 IUA CEO via the IUA European Advisor, MSCA, the Programme Officer (SFI Projects) will:

  • Provide scheme-specific training and workshops on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, the COFUND programme in particular, in a timely manner prior to key deadlines;
  • Respond to general queries relating to the Programme;
  • Investigate detailed queries relating to Programme in partnership with the MSCA European Advisor in IUA;
  • Assist with the definition and writing of proposals to MSCA Calls;
  • Provide a 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;
  • Assist and advise successful applicants with contract negotiation;
  • Advise contractors during the implementation phase of the project;
  • Work closely with the EURAXESS Ireland office based in the IUA which provides advice to researchers.

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.
  • Results focused and a self-starter with excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiating skills.
  • A capacity for strategic thinking and hands-on delivery.
  • Ability to analyse data and prepare statistical reports.
  • In-depth knowledge of the Higher Education, Research and Industry sectors on an international scale.

Contract Details

The position, is offered on a five year specified purpose contract, and subject to a period of probation and meeting on-going performance requirements. A competitive salary commensurate with experience will be offered.


Please forward a detailed CV and cover letter, demonstrating the competencies and experience listed above, by post or email by 9th May 2014 to:

Jennifer Cleary
HR Manager
IUA, 48 Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Tel:                  (01) 676 4948

Applications submitted by or through third parties, including recruitment agencies will be rejected.

The IUA is an equal opportunities employer.