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Jigsaw Kerry is recruiting a Clinical Co-ordinator, a Jigsaw schools Mental Health Co-ordinator and a Youth Advisor Panel Co-ordinator!

Jigsaw is an exciting and new community-based programme which supports young people aged 12-25 to achieve better mental health and well-being. The Jigsaw model aspires to place the needs and energies of young people and the wider local community at the heart of the thinking and planning of the model. It aims to integrate and harness the collective resources and expertise available within the community. Jigsaw Kerry is one of five demonstration project around the country which will be implementing its business plan over the next three years.


- Purpose of the post: To provide overall clinical leadership for the Jigsaw Kerry Project, including supporting its strategic development and clinical governance.

- Key duties will include: • To provide clinical leadership to youth mental health services and interventions delivered through Jigsaw Kerry. • Ensure that those delivering services for the Jigsaw Project are effectively trained, developed, supervised and supported to allow them to provide excellent clinical service. • To enhance the accessibility of mental health and related services to vulnerable young people in an integrated accessible and non-stigmatizing manner.

- Key competencies include: Demonstrate an understanding of the causes and symptoms of mental health issues including prevention strategies and risk assessment.

- Qualifications: (i) A recognised professional qualification in psychology, nursing, social work or a related discipline and/or (ii) 5 years or more relevant experience in clinical service delivery, ideally with young people and staff supervision.


- Key objectives of the position: To develop long term sustainable mental health supports for young people in schools which will have positive outcomes on their mental health and wellbeing.

- Key duties will include:

Phase 1 - Research: • Working with key stakeholders collating information on all existing schools supports in the area of mental health. • Survey the post-primary schools in Kerry to establish base line information in relation to mental health promotion programmes, critical incident response protocols and the Social, Personal and Health Education Module. • Compile a database of statutory and voluntary mental health and social support services that schools can access for information and referral, making a database available on appropriate websites.

Phase 2 - Consultation: • Facilitate focus group discussions with Principals and SPHE Coordinators/teams to find out what is being provided and how effectively it is working, with particular reference to highlighting gaps.

Phase 3 - Planning: • Working in partnership with key agencies and building on existing programmes, design a sustainable whole school model of mental health support including mental health promotion, training and crisis response.

Phase 4: • Linking to existing Jigsaw supports and community resources to implement the model in selected schools.

Phase 5: • Evaluation and report writing. • Carry an evaluation of the implementation phase and the program content. • Review the effectiveness of the program and the vision for the future.

- Key competencies include: • Demonstrate managerial and leadership experience, especially related to young people. • Demonstrate experience in developing and managing community development/health/education projects and interventions. • Demonstrate experience of working in a collaborative manner across multiple agencies and sectors. • Demonstrate evidence of computer skills including use of word, e-mail and databases. • Demonstrate relevant experience of/understanding of managing resources within a budget. • Knowledge of evidence based practices of working with young people. • Experience of working with young people in a community setting. • Demonstrate an understanding of formal and informal education.

- Qualifications: (i) Tertiary qualifications in either Education or Mental Health and/or (ii) 3 years experience in researching, developing and implementing programmes or equivalent work experience.

** YOUTH ADVISORY PANEL CO-ORDINATOR (part-time position) **

- Purpose of the post: • Jigsaw Kerry is a project lead by young people and the role of the co-ordinator is to ensure that young people have the supports they require to undertake this leadership role and to fully participate in the project.

- Key duties will include: • Working with Jigsaw Kerry structures. • To support the development of new and existing YAPs in Kerry. • To build capacity within the YAPs and empower young people. • To attract and maintain a diverse membership with an equality focus. • To network with relevant agencies to foster a cohesive, co-ordinated youth centred approach. - Key competencies include: • Ability to connect with and empower young people. • Knowledge of evidence based practices for working with young people. • Experience of working with young people in a community setting. • An understanding of youth mental health. • Demonstrate experience of working in a collaborative manner across multiple agencies and sectors.

- Qualifications: Degree or equivalent in either community development or youth work. Other relevant qualifications maybe considered dependant on experience. And a Minimum 1 to 3 years experience (2 years desirable) in developing and implementing programmers relevant to youth mental health issues.

Applications by CV and cover letter by 22nd December 2009 to:

Robert Carey,

North and East Kerry Development,

58 Church Street, Listowel, Co. Kerry.

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