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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

NICS are planning to recommence the assessment centres for Staff Officer and Deputy Principal in the coming weeks. Assessment centres will alternate every few weeks between DP Candidates and SO Candidates. All eligible candidates will be invited to an assessment centre over the coming months. We have reduced our assessment centre capacity to meet all health & safety and social distancing regulations, and further guidance on this will be included in the invitation. Invitations will issue at least 10 days before candidates are due for assessment. Please continue to monitor this Latest News section for updates on the assessment centres.