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Retreat for VC Members & Friends 2019

Viatores Christi would like to invite you to a

Retreat & Gathering Led by Pat Coyle

Pat, a long time friend and supporter of VC is originally from Derry, and works as Director of Communications for the Jesuits in Ireland. She is a journalist, TV Producer and Presenter, a qualified Spiritual Director and an inspirational facilitator.

from Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th May

In An Tobar, Ardbraccan, Navan, Co Meath

Arrival on Saturday 18th May at 12.30pm for lunch (attendees may also arrive earlier) Closing on Sunday 19th May at 4pm approx (after Eucharist)

 Once again this year Viatores Christi invites all members, from across the years, as well as staff and trainees, past and present, friends and supporters, to a Retreat from Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th May 2019. As in recent years, we hope that this year’s ‘coming away for a little while’ will provide us with time for reflection and prayer but also allow us to re-kindle the spirit of our VC family while re-connecting with old friends and forming new relationships, sharing stories and enjoying companionship. 

Cost €80  (includes B&B (en suite) Saturday night and all meals and tea/coffee

To register:

Click here to download event booking form, complete and return by email to sally@viatoreschristi.com or by post with €30 deposit by Friday 10th May 2019

Payment Options:

Cash or cheque made payable to Viatores Christi

Electronic transfer to our bank: Bank of Ireland, College Green, D2,  BIC: BOFIIE2D, Account No. 38239797, Sort Code 90-00-17, IBAN: IE34 BOFI 9000 1738 2397 97 – (remember to mention Retreat)

Make a quick, secure online credit/debit card payment through our website below: 

Pay €30 deposit for VC Retreat
Pay Full Cost (€80) for VC Retreat  

 Getting there: An Tobar is located near Navan, Co. Meath and may be accessed via R157 and M3 or via M4 and R158 Please click here for more information Let us know if you would like a lift (we will try to facilitate this as far as possible) or if you can provide a lift to somebody else. For further information please email Nora Casey  or phone the VC office at 01-8689986. Looking forward to seeing you!

Project Cycle Management & Research Course at VC

PROJECT CYCLE MANAGEMENT & RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES COURSE

Duration: 1 Month

Dates: Saturday 13th April 2019 until Saturday 11th May 2019

Location: Viatores Christi, 8 New Cabra Road, Dublin 7 and online

Who is this for?
Existing or prospective MDOs, volunteers, development workers and missionaries who wish to gain greater knowledge of the principles of Project Cycle Management and Results Focused Planning as well as field based research methodologies.
Course Dates
This a one-month course which runs from Saturday 13th April 2019 until Saturday 11th May 2019
Methodology
  • An adult learning approach will be used which will be a mixture of didactic instruction, group work, case study, and shared experience.
  • This is a part facilitated and blended, web-enhanced course using expert facilitators and an online Moodle platform to provide learners with a integrated system to create personalised learning environments with a focus on interaction and collaborative discussion.
 Course Schedule Details
Facilitated Sessions
Project Cycle Management (Full Weekend Workshop)
VC HQ, Dublin 7 – 10am-5pm on Saturday 13th April & 2pm-5pm on Sunday 14th April 2019
Research Methodologies (3 Hour Session)
VC HQ, Dublin 7 – 2pm-5pm Saturday 11th May 2019
Online, web enhanced modules
Delivered using Moodle platform 
All modules are guided, monitored in an integrated system
PROJECT CYCLE MANAGEMENT, RESULTS FOCUSED PLANNING AND M&E MODULE 
Module Objectives:
To facilitate participants to
  • understand the principles and stages of Project Cycle Managementgain more knowledge of the principles and stages of Results Focused Planning
  • understand what Monitoring and Evaluation is all about, and how to conduct project monitoring and project evaluations
  • gain an increased confidence in relation to planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating a project or programme
Outline Content
  • The Project Cycle
    • Organisational Strategic Direction and Wider Policy Context
    • Problem Identification and Planning
    • Proposal Development and Financing
    • Implementation
    • Monitoring
    • Evaluation
  • Results Focused Planning
    • Activities Focused Approach vs. Results Focused Approach
    • Identification of the Overall Problem
    • Context and Organisational Analysis
    • Participation and Stakeholder Analysis
    • Problem Identification and Analysis, Needs Assessments
    • Objective Setting and Analysis
    • The Intervention Logic
    • Risks Analysis
    • Indicators and Means of Verification
  • Monitoring & Evaluation
    • Definitions, Types & Purpose of Monitoring
    • Monitoring vs Evaluation Purpose & Focus of Evaluation
    • OECD-DAC Evaluation Criteria
    • Monitoring and Evaluation in Practice
Learning Outcomes
  • By the end of the module, participants will be able to:
  • Use a results focused approach to planning interventions 
  • Use participatory techniques with local communities
  • Work with local communities to identify needs within the community
  • Plan with local communities and stakeholders in a collaborative manner
  • Plan sustainable, viable projects that respond to needs identified by local communities
  • Monitor the implementation and outcomes of projects
  • Organise an evaluation of the merits of the project 
RESEARCH METHODOLOGY MODULE
Module Objectives
To facilitate participants to
  •  understand the principles of research methodologies
  • be able to use various types of research methods
  • to understand participatory approaches to research
  • to understand some of the difficulties in carrying out research in developing countries
Methodology:
  • This module will be taught mostly online with a variety of methods, including core reading documents, quizzes, forum questions and videos followed by a 3 hour facilitated session in VC HQ. 
  • The session will allow for a practical application of the theory learnt during the online course.
Outline Content:
  • Principles of research methodologies:
  • Overarching research paradigms, ethics and methods; the research process
  • Designing, conducting and reporting on a variety of research methods for project assessment
  • Principles and methods of participatory research
  • Examples of situations of the difficulties and challenges of practical research in developing country contexts
Learning Outcomes:
Participants will be able to:
  • Think critically about different approaches to research
  • Have a basic knowledge of how to design, conduct and report on a variety of research methods
  • Have a basic knowledge of different approaches to participatory research
  • Have an introduction to the difficulties and challenges of conducting research in developing countries
How to join
Please email Colette@viatoreschristi.com or call 01-8689986
Course fee
€100 (lunch/refreshments costs included) 
Places are strictly limited
 

Vacancy at VC – Project and Training Support Officer

Project and Training Support Officer

Viatores Christ (VC) is a Dublin-based development organisation working within the faith-based international development sector. VC works with over 30 partners across a wider range of sectors in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. VC addresses needs through development interventions through the recruitment, training and placement of skilled personnel. In 2017 over 158,000 individuals directly benefited from the work of VC across partners in the areas of agriculture, community development, education, environment, health, human rights, income generation and microfinance.  VC is funded by Irish Aid through its intermediary organisation Misean Cara and by small grants and private donations. 

In order to realise its key strategic objectives in line with its 2019-2023 Strategic Plan, VC now seeks a suitably qualified person to join the team and take on the a key role within the organisation as Project and Training Support Officer

Organisational context

Based at VC HQ in Dublin 7 and with overall reporting responsibility to the projects manager the successful candidate will support the VC management team in three key areas;

  • Project development support
  • Coordination of the VC Venture Training programme for volunteer development workers
  • Recruitment areas, including volunteer personal support

Responsibilities  

The Project and Training Support Officer will act as a support in the area of programme co-ordination for VC’s international projects both in terms of volunteer training and project development and support for volunteers in the field both personal and technical. 

Project Support

In terms of project development support the role is to work closely with the projects manager in areas around securing and management of financial support for VC partner projects.  This includes project proposal development, due diligence and vetting processes of new partners, monitoring and evaluation and infield technical support of volunteer development workers. He or she will also liaise with VC’s project support officer (who works remotely) and VC’s regional coordinator in Kampala, Uganda. There may also be scope for international travel. 

Coordination of Training Workshops

In the area of development training the successful candidate will be required to coordinate and oversee the efficient running of eight weekend workshops per year which are delivered from February to June and September to December each year.  These training weekends are currently delivered by external facilitators. For the right candidate, there is an opportunity to grow and develop the training portfolio within VC as this is an area that is constantly evolving in terms of content, delivery and online platforms.

He or she will may also work with the Recruitment Manager on areas such as the provision of personal support for volunteer development workers in the field.

  • Based at VC head office with some international travel envisaged
  • This is a 4-day per week role (30 hours, 9am-5.30pm with some flexitime)
  • Some weekend hours are required and time worked may be taken as time off in lieu.
  • €25-€30,000 pro-rata depending on experience

 

The role will include:

  • Development and assessment of project grant proposals
  • EU project development and support 
  • Administration of project contracts and other project documentation
  • Input to monitoring and evaluation processes and procedures
  • Technical and personal support for Development workers in field
  • Coordination of VC’s 8 weekend workshops per year
  • Input to the delivery of VC’s Venture training course, including introduction to the online courses, housekeeping arrangements and other such input depending on experience. (VC currently outsource the delivery of its key modules)
  • Evaluation of training processes including the dissemination and analysis of feedback forms
  • Coordination of and input to VC’s due diligence/new partner approval process 

 Additional areas

  • Flexibility to assist with campaigns in recruitment, marketing, communication and other areas may be required at certain times.
  • Attendance at training events, conferences and other functions as necessary
  • Familiarise, keep up to date on policies and procedures
  • Assist in the development of new policies and procedures
  • Attendance at fundraising or networking events as required

 

Skills / Experience  

Essential:

  • Strong attention to detail and logical approach
  • Grant writing/funding proposals/project cycle management experience
  • Experience of reviewing and writing project reports
  • Knowledge of training processes preferably with facilitation/teaching competency
  • Excellent English writing skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative, while also being part of team
  • Ability to work a number of weekends in the year offset by time in lieu
  • Supportive approach and willingness to engage with VC development workers, partners, and other stakeholders
  • Overseas International experience in a development context

Desirable:

  • Experience of webinars/Moodle and online training platforms
  • EU funding partnerships
  • Salesforce or other CRM
  • Spanish language

Qualifications:

Relevant BA/MA in international development, business or a highly regulated discipline. 

Experience or qualification in training and/or facilitation

Application:

VC is an inclusive Christian faith-based organisation and we warmly welcome applications, regardless of faith, beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, nationality or ethnicity.

To apply please forward a cover letter as to why you would like to be considered for the job along with an up to date CV which highlights relevant experience in relation to this role to apply@viatoreschristi.com  – Closing date 5pm 22nd February 2019.

Join our Training for Development Course this Spring

Venture Training For Development 

Module Dates
Global Awareness, Health 9-10 February 2019
Community Development and Leadership 9 -10 March 2019
Project Cycle Management, Monitoring & Evaluation 13-14 April 2019
Cultural Adaptation, Challenge & Conflict, Research Methodologies (New module) Please note some modules including Research Methodologies have an online component using Moodle. 11-12 May 2019

Please register for the course here

About

VC offers an excellent training programme called Venture, delivered twice a year which aims to prepare prospective development workers, missionaries or volunteers for working and living in a developing country.

The programme is conducted over four intensive weekends between February and May and September and December each year. While providing a grounding in practical overseas development it will help participants to discern if a long term volunteer commitment is for them.  It is vitally important that development workers, missionaries or volunteers are well prepared; this helps ensure that they can remain committed to the challenges of living and working overseas.

The programme is delivered by facilitators who are experts in the sector.

“What I am very favourably impressed by is not only the specific training programme but the general atmosphere created by the VC staff and volunteers during the various occasions when I have been there; this atmosphere is probably even more important as a ‘training’ than the elements in the formal training programme.”  Donal Dorr –  Venture programme facilitator

Who can join

The VC Venture training programme is open to everyone, not just those wishing to be considered for a VC placement.  It is however, a prerequisite for our vacancies unless the volunteer has considerable previous overseas experience.  It offers people an opportunity to make an informed decision on whether overseas volunteering is for them.

Applicants from England and Wales are very welcome.

Content and delivery

Our course is entirely participatory – the idea is that all have something to bring to the table.

As well as good basic grounding on the development sector it also offers participants an insight into working with and within the faith-based sector. VC also strongly encourages participants to become involved in voluntary work at home as a practical learning addition to this course.

Fee

A course fee of €400 for the training is payable in advance. Meals and refreshments are included, accommodation is not included.

Click here to register

Venture Training For Development Autumn 2018

Venture Training For Development 

Module Dates
Global Awareness, Health 22-23 September 2018
Community Development and Leadership 13-14 October 2018
Project Cycle Management, Monitoring & Evaluation 10-11 November 2018 
Cultural Adaptation, Challenge & Conflict, Research Methodologies (New module) Please note some modules including Research Methodologies have an online component using Moodle. 8/9 December 2018

Please register for the course here

About

VC offers an excellent training programme called Venture, delivered twice a year which aims to prepare prospective development workers, missionaries or volunteers for working and living in a developing country.

The programme is conducted over four intensive weekends between February and May and September and December each year. While providing a grounding in practical overseas development it will help participants to discern if a long term volunteer commitment is for them.  It is vitally important that development workers, missionaries or volunteers are well prepared; this helps ensure that they can remain committed to the challenges of living and working overseas.

The programme is delivered by facilitators who are experts in the sector.

“What I am very favourably impressed by is not only the specific training programme but the general atmosphere created by the VC staff and volunteers during the various occasions when I have been there; this atmosphere is probably even more important as a ‘training’ than the elements in the formal training programme.”  Donal Dorr –  Venture programme facilitator

Who can join

The VC Venture training programme is open to everyone, not just those wishing to be considered for a VC placement.  It is however, a prerequisite for our vacancies unless the volunteer has considerable previous overseas experience.  It offers people an opportunity to make an informed decision on whether overseas volunteering is for them.

Applicants from England and Wales are very welcome as part of  VCs commitment to its membership of the Catholic Missionary Union.

Content and delivery

Our course is entirely participatory – the idea is that all have something to bring to the table.

As well as good basic grounding on the development sector it also offers participants an insight into working with and within the faith-based sector. VC also strongly encourages participants to become involved in voluntary work at home as a practical learning addition to this course.

Fee

A course fee of €400 for the training is payable in advance. Meals and refreshments are included, accommodation is not included.

Click here to register

Retreat & Gathering for VC Members & Friends 2018

Viatores Christi would like to invite you to a

Retreat & Gathering
Led by Fr. Brendan Carr CSSp 

from Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th May

In An Tobar, Ardbraccan, Navan, Co Meath

Arrival on Saturday 19th May at 1pm for lunch (attendees may also arrive earlier)
Closing on Sunday 20th May at 4pm approx (after 3pm Eucharie breaks)

The weekend will give time for reflection and prayer but also for tapping into or re-kindling the enthusiasm and spirit of our VC experience as well as re-connecting with our VC family.  There will also be time to make new friends or renew old friendships, tell stories and generally be together!

Cost €65  (includes B&B (en suite) Sat night and all meals and tea/coffe

B&B can also be booked directly with An Tobar needed on Friday night at an additional cost of €30

To register:

Click here to download event booking form, complete and return by email to info@viatoreschristi.com or by post with €30 deposit by Monday 30th April 2018

Payment Options:
Cash or cheque made payable to Viatores Christi
Electronic transfer to our bank: Bank of Ireland, College Green, D2,  BIC: BOFIIE2D, Account No. 38239797, Sort Code 90-00-17, IBAN: IE34 BOFI 9000 1738 2397 97 – (remember to mention Retreat)
Make a quick, secure online credit/debit card payment through our website below: 

Pay €30 deposit for VC Retreat
Pay Full Cost (€65) for VC Retreat  

 Getting there:

An Tobar is located near Navan, Co. Meath and may be accessed via R157 and M3 or via M4 and R158
Please click here for more information
Let us know if you would like a lift (we will try to facilitate this as far as possible) or if you can provide a lift to somebody else.

For further information please email Nora Casey noracasey45@gmail.com

Venture – Training for Development (Spring 2018)

 

Introduction

Venture Spring 2018 is an excellent, comprehensive programme delivered over four weekends between February and May 2018.

The course also has online modules (using Moodle) in

Child & Vulnerable Adult Protection

Research Methodologies

*New* Technical Writing

Course / Module  
Global Awareness, Health 10-11 February 2018
Community Development and Leadership 10-11 March 2018
Project Cycle Management, Monitoring & Evaluation 7-8 April 2018 Date change
Cultural Adaptation, Challenge & Conflict, Research Methodologies (New module) Please note some modules including Research Methodologies have an online component using Moodle. 12-13 May 2018
 

Who is this for?
Prospective development workers, missionaries or volunteers who intend to work and live in a developing country.

What will you learn?

While providing a some keys skills and knowledge in practical overseas development it will also help participants to discern if a long term volunteer commitment is for them.  It is crucial that development workers, missionaries or volunteers are well prepared; this helps ensure that they can remain committed to the challenges of living and working overseas.

Programme

Module 1 Introduction and Logistics sessions.
Module 2 Global Awareness.
Module 3 Mission and Development –This is aimed at those working in the faith-based sector and is held after the returned volunteer speaker each Sunday morning.
Module 4 Returned Volunteer Speakers. Four speakers will input, one on each weekend
Module 5 Health
Module 6 Community Development and Leadership
Module 7 Cultural Adaptation
Module 8 Challenge and Conflict
Module 9 Research Methodologies
Module 10 Project Cycle Management and Monitoring & Evaluation
Module 11 Online Security Course mandatory for all trainees (UNDSS)
Module 12 Comhlámh Volunteer Charter
Online The course also has online modules (using Moodle) in Child & Vulnerable Adult ProtectionResearch Methodologies*New* Technical Writing

 

The programme is delivered by facilitators who are experts in the sector.

Course fee €400 (less 20% for unwaged)

Register and pay online here.

Venture – Training for Development (Autumn 2017)

Introduction

Venture Autumn 2017 is an excellent, comprehensive programme delivered over four weekends between September and December 2017.

The course also has online modules (using Moodle) in

Child & Vulnerable Adult Protection

Research Methodologies

*New* Technical Writing

Course / Module
Global Awareness, Health 16-17 Sept 2017
Community Development and Leadership 14-15 Oct 2017
Project Cycle Management, Monitoring & Evaluation 11-12 Nov 2017
Cultural Adaptation, Challenge & Conflict, Research Methodologies (New module) Please note some modules including Research Methodologies have an online component using Moodle. 9-10 Dec 2017

Who is this for?
Prospective development workers, missionaries or volunteers who intend to work and live in a developing country.

What will you learn?

While providing a some keys skills and knowledge in practical overseas development it will also help participants to discern if a long term volunteer commitment is for them.  It is crucial that development workers, missionaries or volunteers are well prepared; this helps ensure that they can remain committed to the challenges of living and working overseas.

Programme

Module 1 Introduction and Logistics sessions.
Module 2 Global Awareness.
Module 3 Mission and Development –This is aimed at those working in the faith-based sector and is held after the returned volunteer speaker each Sunday morning.
Module 4 Returned Volunteer Speakers. Four speakers will input, one on each weekend
Module 5 Health
Module 6 Community Development and Leadership
Module 7 Cultural Adaptation
Module 8 Challenge and Conflict
Module 9 Research Methodologies
Module 10 Project Cycle Management and Monitoring & Evaluation
Module 11 Online Security Course mandatory for all trainees (UNDSS)
Module 12 Comhlámh Volunteer Charter
Online The course also has online modules (using Moodle) in

Child & Vulnerable Adult Protection

Research Methodologies

*New* Technical Writing

 

The programme is delivered by facilitators who are experts in the sector.

Course fee €400 (less 20% for unwaged)

Register and pay online here.

Overseas Volunteering Info & Recruitment Session

Thinking of volunteering this year?

VC has been recruiting, training and placing skilled people on projects overseas for over 56 years and we have learned a few things…

Guarantee that your time volunteering will make the best impact – prepare, prepare and prepare!
Get to know the issues and the root causes of global injustice
Get to know yourself!
Go only where you are needed

Come and meet us!

Come and meet us in BELFAST on Wednesday 6th September 2017 at 7.30pm in St John’s Parochial House, Falls Road, Belfast BT12 6EN 

to learn more about our current vacancies overseas as well as our part-time overseas development training programme Venture 2017 (one weekend per month over 4 months at VC HQ) which is aimed at prospective Development Workers and Volunteers and offers an experience that will give the volunteer or development worker the confidence that he/she is fully prepared to work overseas.  

Call 01-8689986 or email us for further information!

 

Final Talk in “He Has Spoken Through the Prophets”

He Has Spoken Through the Prophets…

VC Invites You to a Our Final Seminar in this Series on Renewal

After a very successful series of talks so far we really look forward to the final talk in this series on Wednesday 7th June!

This talk, featuring broadcaster and journalist Pat Coyle will be from the perspective of a lay woman.

Pat was born in Derry City in 1957 and was ten when the troubles’ started. The Catholic Church and the war on her front street have been two of the most potent patriarchal forces in her life. She is a graduate of Philosophy from the Milltown Institute of Philosophy and Theology. In 2005 she took up the post of Director of Communications for the Jesuits in Ireland where she works today.

 Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm

Lecture Hall, Belvedere College Dublin 1

Suggested donation €10

To book you place call 01-8689986 or email info@viatoreschristi.com