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The Irish Co-operative Organisation Society Ltd (ICOS) is the central representative organisation for farmer controlled co-operative businesses in Ireland.  Our members play an important role in all aspects of the Irish Food Industry with combined sales of over 13 billion Euros in 2014.

A highly motivated, articulate European Affairs Officer is now required.  The person appointed will:

  • Provide information on European policy and related issues to ICOS and our member co-operatives
  • Contribute to policy development
  • Represent the policies of ICOS and its member co-ops to European Institutions and other organisations
  • Liaise with the members of ICOS on European matters
  • Act as a link between ICOS (and our member co-ops) with European businesses and organisations

The person appointed will be based in Brussels and will be responsible for the Brussels office of ICOS.

You should:

  • be a graduate in a relevant discipline
  • have very good communication skills
  • have a good knowledge of agriculture and public policy
  • be competent in a second working language of the EU
  • have knowledge and experience of the workings of EU institutions

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 10th May 2016 @ 17.00.

Applications can be made by email here… or by post to:

Seamus O’Donohoe
The Plunkett House
84 Merrion Square
Dublin 2


Job Description

The role of the ICOS European Affairs Officer consists of:

  • Overall responsibility for ICOS Brussels office
  • Link between ICOS Dublin and the European Institutions and COPA-COGECA and other stakeholder organisations
  • Policy issues include CAP, Trade / WTO, Environment, Climate Change, Animal Health & Welfare, Competition, Budget (EU Financial Perspectives), Rural Development
  • Follow and analyse European food regulatory policy and related issues for Dublin staff and member co-operatives.
  • Communicate European policy to colleagues and members through reports, drafting policy positions, presentations and newsletters.
  • Travel will be required as well as attending evening functions on behalf of ICOS.
  • Draft reports on Commission activity, writing press releases when necessary and follow up with press to ensure coverage.
  • Prepare policy positions through ICOS committees and communicate these positions to European institutions and other stakeholders in order to influence European policy.
  • Develop good working relationships with key Commission staff, Commissioner Cabinets, National Permanent Representations, and liaise on a regular basis with Irish MEPs and assistants.
  • Identify EU grant funding opportunities available to ICOS and member co-ops.
  • Explore opportunities for offering consultancy services to agencies and firms not in competition with ICOS
  • Represent ICOS on COPA-COGECA working party meetings and European Commission advisory group meetings.
  • Be able to build stakeholder relationships at all levels from administrative to senior official level.
  • Good analytical skills are needed with the ability to identify relevant sources of information and distill key issues from them.
  • Need ability to communicate complex information to non-specialists both orally and in writing.
  • Need good interpersonal skills with the ability to maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of people.
  • Deal with administration issues relating to the ICOS Brussels office.