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.
- 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 CEO ICOS The Plunkett House 84 Merrion Square Dublin 2
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.
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