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Application is open for Administrative Officers in the Civil Service

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Application is open for Administrative Officers in the Civil Service

Thursday, October 12, 2017 

Application is open for Administrative Officers in the Civil Service

Application is currently open for Administrative Officer roles in the  Civil Service with a closing date of 3pm on Thursday 19th October, 2017.

The Civil Service assists Government in developing the future direction of economic and social policy for the State, and driving the delivery of important public services to, and on behalf of, its citizens.

An Administrative Officer plays an important part in the policy and strategy formulation process in the Civil Service. A typical role would involve researching and developing policy papers across a spectrum of economic, financial and social issues. 

Administrative Officers work in a range of Government Departments [See Below]. It is envisaged that these graduate opportunities will arise across a range of Departments with the majority of these vacancies based in Dublin, however, regional positions may arise from time to time.

Through this competition, PAS will establish panels of suitably qualified individuals from which vacancies may be filled. Please note that not all vacancies will be filled through the PAS competition.


To apply you must have a minimum Level 8 (First or Second Class Primary Honours Bachelor Degree level) on the National Framework of Qualifications. Consideration may be given to relevant qualifications as deemed equivalent by PAS.

In addition to having achieved a high standard of education, we are looking for people who have: excellent communication & interpersonal skills; the capacity to carry out research and analysis; team-working skills; strong leadership potential and who can deliver to tight deadlines.


Applicants must,

1. on or before the 31 December, 2017 have achieved a first or second class primary honours degree (at least level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications) and,

2. demonstrate the competencies outlined in Appendix 1 of the Campaign Booklet available here. It is expected that from the outset, newly recruited graduates will be able to make a substantive contribution to the work of the Public Service. While training is to a significant extent “on the job”, induction and training courses in specific skills and areas of work will be provided to assist you to become familiar with the public sector.

Selection for these positions involves a demanding application and assessment process that may take place over a period of time. The onus is on the candidate to ensure that they satisfy the essential eligibility requirements for these posts. Admission to the competition does not imply acceptance that a candidate is eligible to compete in the competition.

Specialist Irish Language Stream

The Public Service is fully committed to fulfilling obligations under the Official Languages Act. In this regard the PAS is pleased to announce that individuals who are fluent in the Irish language and who fulfil all other eligibility criteria may also apply for consideration to the specialist Irish language stream. It is intended that vacancies arising which require staff to be fluent in Irish will be filled from this stream. Successful candidates appointed from this stream must be able to provide a full range of services in Irish.

Candidates in this stream who are invited through to the final selection stages will be required to undergo certain elements of the process though Irish, e.g. interview and written Irish test. They must achieve the required level in the Irish language, i.e. demonstrate a minimum Level B2 on the Europass self-assessment framework. If you are interested in applying for this stream, please indicate this on the application form.

Civil Service Graduate Development Programme

The Civil Service Graduate Development Programme is designed to support new recruits at Administrative Officer level in meeting their potential and in delivering at an early stage in their careers. It is built around the core competencies required across the wide variety of roles in the Civil Service. This is a structured learning and development programme which comprises of professional skills training delivered by external experts, and civil service specific training. The programme also includes mentoring supports and an AO graduate network, in order to give new-entrants the opportunity to develop their professional skills as required for a long term career in the Civil Service.

Conditions of Service

Starting Salary: €31,221 Annual Leave: 25 days Hours of attendance: 43 hours and 15 minutes gross per week Tenure: Permanent, subject to successful completion of 1 year probation. For additional information on terms and conditions for Civil Service posts please view

Additional Benefits The Civil Service offers a range of work-life balance and family friendly policies, such as flexible working hours, flexible working patterns and supported personal development and education/learning opportunities. However, access to such opportunities may depend on local requirements within the employing Department or Office.

Closing Date

Your online application must be submitted through not later than 3pm on Thursday 19th October, 2017. Applications will not be accepted after this date.

Click here to find out more and to apply.

Government Departments:

Department of the Taoiseach; Department of Finance; Department of Public Expenditure and Reform; Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs; Department of Children and Youth Affairs; Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment; Department of Defence; Department of Education and Skills; Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Department of Health; Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government; Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation; Department of Justice and Equality; Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection; and Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.