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Civil Service - Principal Officer

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Civil Service - Principal Officer
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€79 - 103
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Last Updated: April, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Part of the top management process in the Civil Service reporting to the Assistant Secretary.


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Principal Officers are key participants in the top management process of the Public Service who generally have responsibility for managing a major policy development, business planning or service delivery unit within their Department. Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Formulating and developing policies, business plans and expenditure budgets
  • Providing advice on emerging policy proposals to Assistant Secretaries, Secretaries General, Ministers and Government
  • Preparing legislation and providing expert advice to Ministers and members of the Oireachtas
  • Monitoring policy formulation, strategy, legislative and regulatory development of a range of state, semi-state, private sector and national organisations
  • Representing the State on EU, Anglo-Irish and Cross-Border bodies and participating at meetings of international organisations where decisions reached may be of vital importance to Irish economic and social well-being


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Thinking

Strategic Thinking - Contributes to the shaping of strategy and policy development in own area of responsibility, consistent with the strategies of the Department/ Government.

Contextual Awareness - Identifies and keeps up to date on key departmental, sectoral, national and international policies and economic, political and social trends that affect own role.

Analysis/ Problem Solving - The ability to rapidly assimilate information, discriminate between relevant and irrelevant information, and to see through to the core issues.You must haYo

Decision Making & Judgment - Uses sound judgment in coming to conclusions and in communicating with others.

People

Interpersonal Effectiveness - This area has to do with managing critical relationships and the ability to relate effectively with a diverse range of people internal and external to the department.

Communication - Makes an impact through fluent and articulate communication skills.

Results

Planning & Managing Resources - Ensures that objectives are met by translating overall strategy into meaningful objectives that demonstrate a clear understanding of what is required and that others can relate to.

Managing & Developing People - Provides others with clear guidelines and indication of expectations. Sets high standards and monitors and supports in order to ensure delivery. Delegates wisely, inspires, motivates and challenges others to perform to their potential.

Commitment to Quality Results - Initiates and takes personal responsibility for delivering results on key work activities, even in difficult situations. Is willing to take control of situations and is visibly involved.

Personal

Flexibility & Change Orientation - Implements change taking a solution-focused and creative approach to dealing with problems. Identifies barriers to change and works to overcome them.

Initiative - Is capable of proactively identifying and implementing appropriate improvements /changes in own area of responsibility.

Full details of the specific PAS competency requirements for  Principal Officer are available here.


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Clerical Officer is the first step to a career in the Civil Service and the Executive Officer grade is the entry level to junior management in the Civil Service.

Progression through the management levels of the system are to Higher Executive Officer, Administrative officer, Assistant Principal and Principal Officer.

There are two routes to promotion in the Public Service:

External via the Civil Service-wide promotion process. The Public Appoiontments Service (PAS) and arrange:

  • Open Competitions (open to existing Civil Servants and non-Civil Servants)
  • Special Open Competitions relating to specific groups e.g. disabled persons
  • Confined competitions which are open to existing Civil Servants only

Non-External (Internal) via the promotion processes within individual Departments

  • An interview-based system operates for promotion. This comprises of a competency-based competitive interview, for all grades up the level of Principal Officer.

Following the lift of the moratorium, the Civil and Public Service are recruiting at various levels. Check www.publicjobs.ie for current vacancies. You may register a profile on the public jobs website and set up job alerts on your profile. You will then be notified of vacancies as they arise.

Last Updated: April, 2015


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