Job Description

Job Title: Project Worker
Responsible to: The Executive through the St Francis Farm (SFF) Rehab Coordinator
Responsible for: The direct delivery of services to SFF Rehab service clients
Reports to: The Rehab Coordinator

Objective: To effectively deliver care planning and support to clients of St Francis Farm, and in doing so to uphold the philosophy and working ethos of MQI.

Main Duties/Responsibilities
• Ensure that the day-to-day operations of the service run smoothly in accordance with organisation and service policies and procedures.
• To work as part of the team with regular and consistent communication.
• To participate actively in all team meetings and to be open to all reasonable requests from the Rehab Coordinator.
• Work within the policies of MQI, both organisation wide and project specific to ensure consistent delivery and quality standards are adhered to.

• To provide continuity and support for students, part time and voluntary workers.
• To work as part of a team and actively encourage this ethos among the workers.


• To work with the Rehab Coordinator in the assessment and identification of client needs.
• To act in a ‘key worker’ capacity with designated clients in accordance with structures agreed with the Rehab Coordinator.
• To support the treatment programme through the facilitation of care planning, group work and educational workshops.
• To ensure that the needs of our clients are attended to with sensitivity and efficiency.
• To support clients in our SFF Detox Service to transition into our Rehab Programme.
• To develop individual care plans for clients.
• To support the residential nature of the programme through participation in the staff rota and working one overnight per week.
• To be up to date and aware of good practices and procedures in the delivery of services to our clients, with particular reference to Residential services.
• Facilitating clients to access local services such as medical, welfare and advocating on their behalf.
• To liaise with internal and external agencies in identifying client progression pathways.
• To support the management of the waiting list for residential treatment.

• To comply with the Rehab coordinators’ requirements in relation to all appropriate paperwork and filing of data relevant to the service; in particular day books, intervention records and client care plans and files.
• To feed into the preparation of reports, statistics and other information that may be required.
• To ensure that all relevant client records are logged on MQI’s IT Treatment Outcome Monitoring & Information System (TOMIS)
• To be observant, proactive and comply with MQI’s requirements in relation to Health & Safety protocols.

• To attend all training sessions, workshops and courses as advised by the Rehab Coordinator.
• To support and facilitate the transference of learning to workers, trainees, students, and volunteers involved in the service.
• To actively engage with your supervisor regarding one’s own personal/ professional needs in the context of being an effective worker on the Project.

• To maintain good relationships with external agencies and stakeholders on behalf of the service.
• To be up to date and aware of best practice and procedures in relation to Health and Safety in the workplace.
• To become familiar with and ensure that all MQI’s policies and procedure are being adhered to, particularly those relating to Health & Safety, HR, Confidentiality, Boundaries and Staff Code of Ethics.
• To have a flexible approach to the work in response to organisational change, development and review of best practice.
• To assist with any other duties which Rehab Coordinator and Lead Project worker might reasonably request.

Person Specification
• One years’ experience in a paid full-time capacity, or equivalent part time, in an addiction service or similar setting or equivalent part time.
• A relevant third level 7 or above qualification in social care.
• Experience of working in a residential setting an advantage.
• An excellent understanding of issues relating to problem drug use/homelessness including mental health concerns and progression pathways towards, housing, training and work.
• Counselling skills an advantage
• Capacity to develop constructive relationships with clients & team.
• Capacity to work on own initiative and as part of team.
• Capacity to develop positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
• Must be able to demonstrate proficient IT skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Power-point and a good knowledge CRM system for reporting purposes.
• Experience of developing and delivering workshops and seminars.
• Experience and skills in the referral process and assessment of clients with addiction and associated needs.
• Experience and skills in developing Care Plans.
• Must be available to work overnights.
• A full driving licence an advantage.

Location: St Francis Farm Rehabilitation Centre, Tullow, Co Carlow.
Contract Type: Permanent
Hours: 39 hours per week to include one overnight per week
Salary Scale: €30,360 – €34,080 DOE per annum, plus shift allowance (4%) plus overnight allowance per hour.

What does Merchants Quay Ireland offer as an employer?
• Fulfilling and Challenging work
• Sick Pay Scheme
• Minimum 23 days Annual Leave
• Defined Contribution Pension Scheme (after 6 months, plus Death in Service benefit form commencement)
• Line Management Supervision
• Learning and Development Programme
• Paid Family Leave (Maternity, Paternity, Parental, Adoptive, Force Majeure and Compassionate Leave)
• Educational Assistance (Study and Examination Leave)
• Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
• Health & Wellness Programme

If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete the application form attached to this ad and email to with a copy of your up-to-date CV attached by 5pm on Monday 13th June. Please ensure to include the following title in the subject line of your email ‘Application for Project Worker – St Francis Farm Ref – SFFR000422’

Applications that do not have this title may fail to be shortlisted.

MQI is an equal opportunities employer. All roles within MQI are subject to Garda Vetting

MQI Application form 2022