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Chief Plant Health Officer, Grade 6

REF: IRC238242

DEPARTMENT: Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)

SALARY: £57,525 - £64,779 (under review)


**Please Note – Page 11 of the Candidate Information Booklet, the salary section has been amended as of 17:00 on Monday 12th August 2019. Please ensure you download this latest version.**

The Chief Plant Health Officer (CPHO) position offers a unique and exciting opportunity to lead the Plant Health Division in the Forest Service agency of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland (NI). The successful candidate will provide leadership and direction within the Agency’s Plant Health Division, commanding the confidence of Plant Health professionals internationally, in delivering a well informed strategic policy and regulatory control programme for NI.

On appointment, the CPHO will assume the position of an Executive Director on the Forest Service Management Board, contributing to the strategic development, leadership and governance of Forest Service’s very diverse land management and service delivery portfolio.

This post may be filled by secondment of the successful candidate from his/her current employer.

Further appointments may be made from this competition should NICS positions become vacant which require the same eligibility criteria and have similar duties and responsibilities.

For more detailed information, including the duties and responsibilities of the post and the criteria to be used during the recruitment and selection process, please click on the Candidate Information Booklet link below.

In order to apply for this position, please click on the "Apply for this job online" link below to register to this vacancy and to submit an online application.

Alternatively, an application pack can be requested by contacting:

HRConnect, PO Box 1089, The Metro Building, 6-9 Donegall Square South, Belfast, BT1 9EW. Telephone: 0800 1 300 330. Email:

All requests must include your name, address and reference number IRC238242.

Completed application forms must be returned to arrive not later than 12:00 noon (UK time) on Friday 23rd August 2019. 

The Northern Ireland Civil Service is an Equal Opportunities Employer.