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Career Opportunities

Career opportunities

Opportunities with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The Department has specific recruitment procedures. In common with other Government Departments, most permanent posts in the Department are filled from panels of candidates selected by competitive examination. These examinations are run by the Public Appointments Service (PAS), which is the central recruiting body for the whole of the Irish civil service.

On the PAS website, you can read more about civil service roles, including those particular to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  Internship opportunities do arise with the Department and we recommend you keep in contact with the Careers’ Office of your University.

For opportunities with Irish Aid please visit:

Current Vacancies:

Cultural Director in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is recruiting a Cultural Director on a fixed term contract to lead the Department’s engagement on a range of measures to promote Irish arts, heritage and culture internationally under the Global Ireland 2025 initiative.

Please see Candidate Information Booklet below for full information: 

Cultural Director Information Booklet

Closing Date: 3pm Monday 7th January 2019

EU Jobs Ireland

The EU Jobs Ireland campaign was launched by the Government in 2012 with the aim of increasing the number of Irish applicants applying in EU recruitment competitions and securing permanent positions within the institutions. Coordinated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the campaign draws on the expertise of Ireland’s leading EU stakeholders to provide you with essential information about the type of jobs that are available and how to set about securing them.

EU Jobs Ireland provides a range of information services - including a dedicated EU Jobs Ireland mailing list and Twitter to keep you up to date with the latest EU Jobs news. The campaign also arranges regular talks and information sessions at Universities and Career Fairs across Ireland and in Brussels. Finally, it provides expert advice and training to Irish candidates ahead of major EU recruitment competitions to maximize their chances of success. You can find out more at , follow us on Twitter and sign up to the EU Jobs mailing list by contacting us here.