Search is on: Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland

The Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) wishes to appoint a Commissioner for Older People to champion the interests of older people. The appointment will be a full time position and will be for a four year term, which may be renewed once, however this would also be subject to satisfactory performance.

The post of Commissioner is an independent, high profile, and influential position. There are significant expectations of the important role that the Commissioner will perform in promoting and representing the interests of older people. 

The Commissioner has a wide range of promotional, advisory, educational, legal and investigatory functions, powers, and duties. He/she will have a key role in promoting and safeguarding the interests of older people; advancing equality, challenging discrimination, and empowering and enabling the voice of older people.

To be considered for this post, you could come from a wide variety of backgrounds. You must be able to demonstrate strong leadership ability with excellent communication and presentation skills. You will have held a senior position in a business, voluntary, public or other appropriate organisation and have demonstrable financial, governance, people and management skills. You will have a successful track record of building positive relationships with stakeholders.

You will be able to show a commitment to the interests and an understanding of the issues relevant to older people and will have effective advocacy and negotiating skills. You will be able to influence a wide range of agencies and organisations in order to achieve results for older people.

For more detailed information, including the duties and responsibilities of the post, and the criteria to be used during the recruitment and selection process, and to apply please go to

Information and application web link

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:

The application pack can also be requested in alternative formats by contacting HRConnect.

All requests must include your name, address and reference number IRC203720

Completed application forms must be returned to arrive not later than 12:00 noon on Monday 7 December 2015

OFMDFM is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. OFMDFM is committed to providing equality of opportunity and welcomes applications regardless of gender, age, marital status, disability, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation or whether or not you have dependants.