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We are pleased to hear you’re interested in these roles within the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS). Staff Officer and Deputy Principal roles are demanding but rewarding too. They are key middle management positions that offer something special: the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of people in Northern Ireland.

As a middle manager in the NICS you will play an important part in delivering our business objectives and contributing to the success of our overarching purpose. This includes many major areas of life here: health and education, economic success and peaceful communities.

As an organisation, the NICS aims to reflect the society we serve, therefore applications are particularly welcome from, People with disabilities, People from minority ethnic communities, People under the age of 35.

All applications for employment are considered strictly on the basis of merit.

Latest Updates

The third and final phase of SO and DP assessments have now commenced. This final phase of each of the competitions has been split into three separate tranches of three week periods to enable smaller lists of successful candidates to be readily available. Measures are in place to mitigate against the contamination or spread of Covid-19 within assessment centres and there is no need to cancel or pause assessments.

Letters of offer will be sent to successful candidates only when vacancies are declared by Departments and ready to be filled. As such there is no need to contact HRConnect seeking an update. Anyone who attended an assessment in February/March 2020 will initially receive their outcome letters and then their scores when all other candidates whose online test scores fall into the same range of scores for each tranche have been assessed.