Policy Officer

TITLE:   Policy Officer

LOCATION:   Based in Dublin

 HOURS:  Full-time (35 hours/ per week). Some evening and weekend work required

CONTRACT TYPE:   Permanent




To support the work of the Advocacy Department in the Irish Cancer Society.



  • Assisting Advocacy Department Manager and Policy and Public Affairs Manager to meet the key advocacy targets of the Irish Cancer Society;
  • Undertaking desktop research on policy areas and proposals relevant to the Irish Cancer Society’s strategic targets
  • Commissioning and managing research projects on the diverse range of cancer experiences and challenges patients, survivors, their families and carers face, and developing policy proposals in response.
  • Supporting the development of a patient policy advisory group to help guide the Society’s policy work
  • Preparing evidence-based submissions to Government, the Oireachtas, the European Commission and other key bodies to influence policy development and legislation
  • Drafting policy briefs for internal stakeholders, policy-makers and politicians
  • Presenting complex information to staff, supporters and various external audiences in a clear, concise and accessible way
  • Working with Advocacy colleagues to support the translation of policy recommendations into dynamic public and political campaigns
  • Representing the Society and actively engaging with partners in different policy fora, including, but not limited to, health reform, patient-centred care, women’s health, cancer prevention and access to medicines.
  • Keeping abreast of policy developments relevant to the strategic targets of the Irish Cancer Society and ensuring the Policy and Public Affairs Manager is fully briefed on these
  • Working with the Advocacy team to assess opportunities for policy and legislative initiatives, including amendments to new and existing legislation, where appropriate, relevant to the strategic targets of the Irish Cancer Society.



  • The Society operates a no-smoking policy and the post holder must not smoke in the office or when on Society business outside the office.
  • 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.




  • Third level degree or higher in social policy, public policy, politics, economics, health economics, law, public affairs or a related discipline;
  • 3-4  years’ experience of working in policy or advocacy in Ireland or internationally;
  • Ability to demonstrate strong research, analytical and writing skills, including accessing information quickly and strategically
  • Ability to develop concise, informative policy briefs at short notice;
  • Ability to work in a team in a fast-moving environment;
  • Experience in research, report, position paper writing and responding to consultations;
  • Experience of working in a membership, voluntary or political organisation an asset;
  • Excellent knowledge of and/or experience of the Irish political system and Irish and European government structures
  • Excellent communication skills, in particular, report writing and presentation skills
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to manage a complex work load
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge and/or experience of Irish media and communications industry;
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Excellent PC skills, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook;
  • Proactive and flexible approach;
  • High level of attention to detail.


HOW TO APPLY: If you are interested in this role please send a cover letter and CV (including salary expectation) to Nicola Cosgrove, HR Administrator, Irish Cancer Society, 43/45 Northumberland Road, Dublin 4 or email recruitment@irishcancer.ie.

The closing date for applications is 24th November, 2019

The Irish Cancer Society is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to building an inclusive environment for all employees. We know that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

We do not require the assistance of agencies at this time