Cancer Prevention Officer (Community Health Promotion)

TITLE: Cancer Prevention Officer (Community Health Promotion)

REPORTS TO: Community Programmes Manager

DEPARTMENT: Cancer Prevention

LOCATION: Based in Dublin

HOURS: Full Time (35 hours/week) flexibility required


About the department:

The Cancer Prevention department is responsible for the delivery of evidence based, high-impact cancer risk reduction programmes to communicate with the Irish public using a combination of national programmes, information development and community based cancer action projects, all informed by the European Code against Cancer.

Overall Responsibility:

The Cancer Prevention Officer (CPO), will work as part of the community prevention team, to implement the Irish Cancer Society’s strategic goals to reduce the risk of cancer and to improve lives in the greater Dublin and Leinster region. In partnership with the key agencies involved, he/she will build the capacity of community organisations, community and health service providers, to deliver a range of targeted community health and prevention programmes, to increase peoples’ skills, awareness and motivation to make healthy choices to reduce their risk of cancer. The CPO will support the further development of Irish Cancer Society’s We Can Quit Programme and co-ordinate the activities of our 2018 Action Plan in conjunction with identified community partners.


  • Work in partnership with local and regional organisations to build the capacity and sustainability of cancer and disease prevention programmes in the community setting; and ensure that health promotion and cancer prevention principles are incorporated into their regional community health plans
  • In conjunction with the HSE, community partners and trained community facilitators, co-ordinate the development and delivery of We Can Quit programmes in 8 Dublin regions to benefit low income participants who are seeking to quit
  • Work in partnership with community, other relevant regional agencies to deliver peer led training for community trainers to support the roll out of The Irish Cancer Society’s We Can Quit and Fit For Work and Life community programmes
  • In collaboration with the web services and communications teams develop social media and online communication methods to engage with our key target groups to promote health and wellbeing, raise public awareness of the key messages for our community prevention programmes particularly, We Can Quit
  • Review and develop our educational resource materials, both in print and on line to community and educational settings, and contribute a bank of appropriate resources relevant to the training and education function of the Community Cancer Prevention Team
  • Using the Society’s impact monitoring framework, report on agreed performance indicators using tools provided, evaluate training activities and support any process evaluations conducted for We Can Quit as required
  • Draft budgets as required, keep appropriate back up documentation for invoicing and review the approved budget spend on a bi-monthly basis
  • Work both internally and externally to improve information provision in relation to cancer prevention, early detection, health and social services support in low income communities, to achieve our organisation’s strategic objectives
  • Represent the organisation at relevant regional Irish Cancer Society events and build strong links with Healthy County initiatives and other cross sectoral health working groups to further the objectives of this role
  • Other duties as required by the manager.

Selection Criteria:

Essential factors:

  • Degree or professional qualification in Health Promotion or related field
  • Minimum of two years’ relevant work experience
  • Strong facilitation and training skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, and verbal and written communication skills
  • An excellent understanding of issues related to the community settings based health promotion, and strategies to address health inequalities
  • A good understanding of the practical and policy issues relating to tobacco control, and strategies to promote social inclusion and health and well-being at both regional and national level.
  • Excellent organisational, administration and co-ordination skills
  • Excellent ICT skills, with a good working knowledge of digital media
  • Ability to effectively work with co-workers and collaborate with community organisations, to maintain and build partnerships, and access community resources
  • A self-starter, proactive and flexible in their approach to work, demonstrate ability to work on one’s own initiative
  • Full clean driving licence


  • Postgraduate Diploma/Masters in Health Promotion or other relevant discipline
  • Experience of working in the community development or community education sector
  • Experience of the health sector in Ireland at primary care level
  • Skills in needs assessment, project planning, research and evaluation
  • Experience of working with different population groups including disadvantaged groups.


  • The Irish Cancer Society operates a no-smoking policy and the post holder must not smoke in the office or when on Society business outside the office.
  • Have access to a vehicle and be willing and able to travel provincially, and be willing to work outside of normal working hours.
  • All employees are required to be aware of their responsibilities towards health and safety and to adhere to fire regulations.

This job description is not exhaustive; it merely acts as a guide and may be amended to meet the changing requirements of the Society at any time after discussion with the post holder.

HOW TO APPLY: If you are interested in applying for this position, please send curriculum vitae and cover letter including current remuneration package to: Katie Ní Dhonnacha, HR Assistant, Irish Cancer Society, 43/45 Northumberland Rd., Dublin 4. Email:

The closing date for applications 18th January 2018.

The Irish Cancer Society is an equal opportunities employer.

We do not require the assistance of Recruitment Agencies.