Non Executive Directors wanted at the Public Health Agency

The Department of Health is recruiting 2 Non-Executive Lay Members and 1 Non-Executive Trade Union Member to the Public Health Agency (PHA) with effect from early 2018 for a maximum period of 4 years.

This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people in Northern Ireland.   

The Department is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. It 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. 

We particularly welcome applications from those from a Catholic background, women, young people, people with disabilities and people from the local ethnic minority communities as these are currently under-represented in Non-Executive roles.

The PHA is a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional body with a strong regional and local presence. The PHA was established to provide a renewed and enhanced focus on public health and well-being by bringing together a wide range of public health functions under one organisation. Its four key functions are:

  • Health and social wellbeing improvement;
  • Health protection;
  • Public health support to commissioning and policy development;
  • HSC research and development.

Essential criteria 

All applicants must show on their application form, and if invited for interview, how they meet the following four essential criteria:

Strategic Thinking, Corporate Governance; Stakeholder Engagement; and Self Awareness and Personal Contribution. 

Eligibility criteria:

Lay Member – There are no specific eligibility requirements for these posts.

Trade Union Member – Applications for this category must be supported and certified by a HSC Trade Union or the NI Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

Desirable Criteria for all applicants: 

All applicants must show on their application form how they meet one or more of the following desirable criteria:

  • Experience of absorbing and comprehending large volumes of information (often complex or technical) in a short period of time
  • Commercial experience
  • Experience of consumer affairs
  • Expertise in disciplines directly relevant to Public Health and Health Improvement or other relevant disciplines, for example, psychology or social anthropology
  • Experience of or interest in public health.

Applicants can apply for one or more category of membership.

Remuneration: Non-Executive Member    £9,004 per annum – Time Commitment is a minimum of 5 days per month

Further information and an application form are available at:-

Closing Date: The deadline for receipt of applications is 12:00 noon on Thursday 16 November 2017.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Information packs and application forms can be provided in alternative formats and applicants who require assistance will be facilitated on request.  Applicants invited for interview will be eligible for reimbursement of reasonable travelling expenses.