Independent Chair – Inter-Departmental Working Group

Mother and Baby Homes/Magdalene Laundries and Historical Clerical Child Abuse

The Department of Health and The Executive Office invite applications for the appointment of an Independent Chair to the Inter-Departmental Working Group (IDWG) set up to consider historic Mother and Baby Homes / Magdalene Laundries and historical clerical abuse of children which fell outside the terms of reference of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry. 

This is an exceptional opportunity, which offers a rewarding and challenging leadership role which will be instrumental in delivering on the commitment to consider these important and sensitive matters and in driving forward work to develop recommendations on potential next steps.

The Departments are committed to providing equality of opportunity and welcome applications regardless of gender, age, marital status, disability, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation or whether or not you have dependants.  Applications are also welcome from individuals irrespective of gender identity, including those proposing to undergo, who are undergoing or who have undergone gender reassignment.

Selection Criteria

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

Leadership, Stakeholder Engagement, Communications, Analytical Thinking/Effective Decision Making, Personal Knowledge/Experience.

Remuneration –   £600 for each full day.

Time commitment – a minimum of 18 days (based on an 8 hour day) over the first 12 months of the contract. The Independent Chair will be appointed initially for a period of 1 year starting on the date of appointment (this may be extended and will be subject to negotiation with the appointee).

Further information and an application form are available to download below.

Completed applications should be forwarded to:

FCPD Admin Team, Department of Health, Room A3.7, Castle Buildings, Stormont Estate, Belfast. BT4 3SQ.

Or by email to:

Closing Date

The deadline for receipt of applications is 12:00 noon on Thursday 7 February 2019.  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.