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Vita Winner of Environmental Award

Vita, the next generation Irish development agency fighting hunger and climate change in East Africa, is delighted to announce that they are the winners of the prestigious Environmental Finance 2018 award for Best Individual Carbon Offset Project, for the Vita Green Impact Fund. This is a climate mitigation and climate adaptation programme delivering social impact in compliance with the United Nation’s sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Vita has established itself as the leading provider of high impact carbon offsets in Ireland, counting Avolon, Dublin City Council and Keogh’s amongst it’s climate minded customers.

Bookkeeper wanted. (20 hrs per week)

Would you like to work for a dynamic, exciting overseas aid agency in Dublin with the opprortunity to  travel ocasionally to East Africa and liaise with our teams there?

Vita is an Irish development partner working with communities in Africa to fight hunger and climate change. Our mission is to achieve thriving rural economies in Africa with access to services, markets and livelihoods for all.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, hard-working and responsible individual with the right temperament to work with our small, smart, innovative and next generation model of development.

The candidate must have a professional manner, the ability to work independently, as well as part of a team. Great interpersonal skills are important, and excellent communication and organisational skills are a must. An interest / knowledge of development would be useful but is not a barrier.

You will be joining a very energetic and experienced team. The hours are flexible (20 hours a week) and you will be expected to travel occasionally to our country offices in East Africa. Working from home on a regular basis would not be a problem 


Data entry of summarised country data into Sun Systems accounting system

Preparation of standard management and financial accounts

Liaison with country teams in Ethiopia and Eritrea to ensure timely financial data transfer  

To participate in review of financial reporting formats


Extensive experience of bookkeeping

Working knowledge of Sun Systems desirable

Experience of working in development sector desirable but not absolutely necessary

Excellent command of the English language.

Please send your CV to by Friday, August 17.

Image of Elizabeth Handy

Elizabeth Handy was a true friend of Vita and the people of East Africa

2018 has started off well for the Ethiopia Potato Coalition. The Coalition secretariat is set to move to its new office at EIAR.

Vita and a team of our partners including Avolon, Country Crest, Keogh's and Slaney Farms will be travelling to Ethiopia this week to participate in the Great Ethiopian Run!  

Appointment to Vita Board

Vita is delighted to announce that Dr Lance O'Brien, Head of Strategy and International Relations at Teagasc, has joined the Board of Vita. 

Carlow, 27 March, 2017  Irish international development agency Vita is proud to launch a new book- Growing the Potato Crop by former Teagasc stalwart and renowned potato expert John Burke – in Teagasc Headquarters, Oak Park, Co Carlow.

Brian Hayes with Vita's John Weakliam visit Adi Tekelezewan

Irish Member of European Parliament (MEP) Brian Hayes visited Eritrea, where Irish Aid, Teagasc and Irish development partner Vita have forged a partnership that delivers next generation, knowledge-led programmes.

For many women and their families, life could indeed have been very different had it not been for the partnership between Vita and the Sisters of Mercy Western Province. Working together, they are delivering sustainable livelihoods to thousands of farm families.


Dermot Byrne Vita Chair

Vita has announced that Dermot Byrne has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Vita is an Irish charity that works with local communities to end hunger and climate change in the Horn of Africa.  Dermot replaces Seamus Crosse, a former Director of Agricultural Research at Teagasc, whose term of office has ended.

Handy’s Booklet

Charles Handy, the world renowned Irish business philosophy author and broadcaster, and his wife the photographer Elizabeth Handy will be in Dublin Airport on April 21st to launch an exhibition of photos with an accompanying booklet, “The Potato Farmers of East Africa.”

Irish Cows

A senior delegation led by Irish NGO Vita and including Teagasc and Gorta Self Help Africa travelled to Eritrea to build on the partnership between these agencies and the Eritrean Government.

Dorze Pottery

Teagasc staff, represented by Lance O'Brien (centre) and Larry O'Loughlin (R), presented Vita CEO John Weakliam (L) with a cheque of €1,000, raised by Teagasc.  

A new chapter

Irish Central, the sister website of the Irish-American newspaper, the Irish Voice, recently published an article on the newest chapter of the Irish potato

Teagasc Staff

On July 10th, Teagasc staff, as part of the Staff Social and Sports Club's Summer Fete, raised over €600 for Vita

Fr. Kevin Doheny

Vita celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. In honour of Vita's founder, Fr. Kevin Doheny

Vita's 25th Anniversary

Throughout 2014, Vita will celebrate 25 years of service, re-dedicating ourselve to the values of our founders. We look forward in gratitude to celebrating together. 

Africa Day

Africa Day, designated by the African Union as an annual celebration of the continent’s unity, falls on 25 May each year.

Vita Out and About

Vita conducted an awareness raising event in the Laois Shopping Centre on Saturday 17th May 2014.

Teagasc - Vita Event

Teagasc Oak Park, and its staff, held an awareness raising event on March 12th. The event also highlighted the collaboration on developing sustainable potato production in Ethiopia between Vita and Teagasc, funded by Irish Aid. 

In early April 2014, Vita launched its Easter Mailout. This Mailout shares Vita's 25th Anniversary, and focuses on Vita's success since its foundation in 1989. 

St.John Bosco National School

Following a very successful sale of work organised and run by the 6th class of St. John Bosco's National School, Navan Road, Dublin, a donation of €2,087 was made to Vita in support of our work in Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Irish Farmer's Journal Article

Aisling Hussey's article in the Irish Farmer's Journal, describing the impact of Vita's work on potatoes in Ethiopia. 

Team Vita

On Sunday 24th November 16 Irish volunteers participated in the Great Ethiopian Run, an annual 10 kilometre race held to raise awareness of development challenges in Ethiopia. 

Vita is participating in 'Best Will in the World Week', running from October 21st-  25th 2013.