Graduate Programme - Agricultural Policy Officer

August 11, 2017
Research & Development
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Who We Are

Macra na Feirme is a vibrant national voluntary organisation for young people between the ages of 17 and 35. The organisation consists of a nationwide network of clubs with six key areas of activity: agriculture, sport, travel, public speaking, performing arts and community involvement. Macra na Feirme is committed to the personal development of members and puts emphasis on social interaction and participation. One of Macra's main aims is to help young farmers get established in farming and assist them through learning and skills development.

Macra na Feirme’s mission is to contribute to the sustainable development of rural communities in Ireland by supporting the social, economic, cultural, personal development and well-being of young people who have a rural connection including young farmers, by representing their interests in the development of relevant policies, programmes and services at National, Regional, and local levels and by advocating on their behalf.

Job Specification

The objective of the Macra na Feirme Graduate Programme is to launch you on a path towards career success. Working with Macra na Feirme, you will be part of an energetic, team that thrives on teamwork and success.

We have developed a graduate programme which includes:

- Challenging assignments
- Robust learning and development opportunities
- Experience on major policy projects such as CAP2020, Brexit, etc.
- Exposure to different aspects of policy development that affect young farmers and rural young people
- Career mentors who will help you on your policy career
- Opportunity to engage with Irish and EU politicians and policy makers on agricultural and rural development issues.

The aim of this program is to provide you, an Agricultural Science graduate or equivalent, with an opportunity to learn about Irish Agricultural Policy formulation and the provision of services to young farmers. This will be achieved while working in the role under the support and guidance of senior policy staff. The Agricultural Policy Officer will provide a key support role to Macra’s Agricultural Affairs committee and rural development policy issues that arise.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities

The Agricultural Policy officer is responsible for coordinating and implementing Macra’s agricultural program. They will also play a key role in communicating with Young Farmer Development Groups. Key areas of responsibility will include:

  • Provide support to Macra na Feirme’s national Agricultural Affairs committee and Rural Youth committee as required.
  • To support Young Farmer Development Groups and young farmer members
  • To support the research and development of agricultural and rural policy for the organisation
  • Identify training opportunities for young farmers
  • Promote Macra to Teagasc students and Agricultural under graduates in higher education
  • EU involvement – coordinate members to participate in EU Civil Dialogue Groups with CEJA (Council of European Young Farmers) and foster relationships with the EU Commission and EU Parliament.
  • Other activities that may arise within the Agricultural program

Person Specification

  • We are looking for a Graduate Policy Officer with a strong academic performance – a minimum of a level 8 from an Agricultural Science or equivalent discipline. Public Policy graduates with a passion for agriculture will also be considered. A minimum of a 2.1 degree is required.
  • The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, motivated and passionate about the development of Irish agriculture and young farmers.  Demonstrate an innovative and dynamic approach when working with Young Farmer Development Groups.
  • Be willing to learn and develop within the role.
  • You must be available to start your role in September 2017.
  • Eligibility to work under an Irish contract of employment for at least two years is essential.
  • The role will involve some overseas travel, especially to various European Union offices in Brussels.
  • Relevant work experience is desirable.
  • Knowledge and experience of the Irish or European Agricultural policy is considered an advantage.  Excellent verbal, written and digital communications skills are essential.
  • Full clean driver’s license.

Why join us

  • We are a dynamic and energetic youth organisation committed to improving the lives of young people with rural connections.
  • You will have the opportunity to work in face paced, outcome orientated workplace.
  • You will receive a competitive graduate salary.
  • You will be supported to achieve your personal and career development goals.
  • You will be part of a wide community that extends to every corner of Ireland.
  • Macra also offers a mix of formal and informal learning opportunities along with travel to Brussels.

Application and Selection Process

A two page curriculum vitae along with a one page application cover letter addressed to the Chief Executive, outlining your suitability for the role should be submitted by email to [email protected] not later than 12 noon, on Monday, August 28th.

Candidates may be shortlisted for interview. Interviews will take place on August 31- September 1st. The successful candidate is expected to be in a position to begin working by September 15th .

Macra na Feirme is an equal opportunities employer.

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