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Project Support -Economic Development/EU Funding (29-31k)

Job Description

SO2 Project Support Officer- Local Authority- Economic Development/EU Funding

Looking for your next career step as a Project Support Officer, within a busy Economic Development Programmes team?

Have you got experience providing project support involving government or EU funded programmes?


A Local Authority organisation, based in Lisburn requires a Project Support Officer, to start as soon as possible. You will be responsible to the Programmes Manager for the operation and development of all administrative systems within the Programmes Section, including administrative procedures associated with the Section's administrative spend and allocation of grant aid relating to secured Government funded economic development programmes, including the Labour Market Partnership Action Plan.


  • Process and verify all administrative expenditure incurred by Government & EU funded programmes in line with programme regulations to include expenditure related to the related programmes.
  • Implement procedures and financial control systems in accordance with the Programmes Operating Manuals of Government & EU funded programmes, and in accordance to the Council's Accounting Manual and departmental monitoring systems.
  • Assist the Programmes Manager by providing accurate and timely financial information on administrative and project spend. To further provide advice on related issues such as eligibility of expenditure and procurement
  • Ensure the collation and production of service and performance information, including information and reports for Council Committees and the Labour Market Partnership using appropriate data and statistics
  • Liaise with other Council departments, internal and external auditors, external agencies, Government & Funding Managing Agents to include the relevant government departments to ensure accountability.
  • To provide administrative support in the reporting of appropriate performance indicators including the Labour Market Partnership Action Plan. To undertake research to inform the development of projects and programmes of work.
  • To provide administrative support in the marketing and promotion of both National & EU funded economic development programmes to include the Labour Market Partnsership.
  • To provide oral and written reports regarding project applications at various forums, to include assessment panel meetings. To attend and report at external groups, agencies, and networks regarding the delivery of Government funded programmes.
  • To provide detailed explanation regarding the terms and conditions of grant award with successful applicants under each relevant programme and to agree the contractual obligations of each letter of offer. To generate electronic and paper copies of the said letter of offer for issue and sign off.
  • To liaise with successful applicants in receipt of funding from each relevant programme to verify and vouch related grant expenditure and with internal and external auditors to ensure accountability and transparency of expenditure.
  • To undertake monitoring and evaluation requirements of all relevant programmes and regularly update and maintain monitoring data of the same via paper and electronic record systems.
  • To plan and manage the delivery of events such as workshops, information sessions and events.
  • Ensure compliance with Council policies and procedures and operate within the highest standards of management and personal behaviour, which reflect the core values and behaviours of the organisation.
  • Promote equality of opportunity and access in service delivery and in the employment of staff through the mainstreaming of equality within the Council.
  • Ensure the provision of high standards of customer care across all the services provided by the Unit and promote and manage the service effectively and communicate in a way, which enhances and promotes the public image and overall reputation of the Council.
  • Develop and enhance working relationships with relevant partners and stakeholders to maximise corporate and community planning outcomes and to generate innovation in service delivery.

The Ideal Person

  • A third level qualification, HNC, HND, NVQ Level 4, a degree or equivalent.Where applicants do not hold the qualifications as outlined i, a minimum of 6 years' experience as above.

At least three years employment experience in each of the following areas:

  • Providing administrative support in the delivery of local economic development programmes involving Government or EU funding to include the NI Rural Development Programme.
  • Completing claims reconciliation for administration spend in excess of £200,000 per annum and project grant spend in excess of £245,000.
  • Assisting officials from Government & EU Funding Managing Agents to undertake prescribed audits of expenditure and good governance systems to include officials from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
  • Undertaking research to inform the development of projects and programmes of work.
  • Planning and managing the delivery of events such as workshops and information sessions.
  • Project monitoring and evaluation of economic development programmes.
  • Operation of Management Information Systems & provision of Management Information.
  • Working in partnership with other agencies and organisations.

Salary/ Benefits

SO2 local government payscale, alongside holiday pay, pension and discount benefits from day one.

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