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Graduate Policy Officer Positions at Embassy of Ireland, London


The mission of the Department of Foreign Affairs is to promote and protect abroad the values, interests and economic wellbeing of Ireland and its people. We do this under the political direction of our Ministers, through our staff at home and through our Embassy network abroad.

The Embassy of Ireland in London is seeking to set up a panel of highly motivated, flexible and professional individuals from which vacancies for Graduate Policy Officers will be filled over the coming months.

The successful candidate(s) will be working in the Press, Political, Community, Cultural, and Economic areas of the Embassy. Responsibilities will include monitoring and reporting on media; activity in Parliament, including Parliamentary Committees; research on political, Northern Ireland, or EU-related matters; attending briefings; report writing; assisting with Embassy events and general administration. The position may involve an element of remote working in London along with attendance at the Embassy.

This opportunity would particularly suit candidates with an interest in communications, politics, and international relations.

The position will be full time Monday to Friday for a period of 11 months, with the possible staggering of office hours on a number of weekdays, depending on the role. The gross weekly salary will be £428.66 per week.

Candidates are expected to  

  • Have a minimum of an Honours Undergraduate degree, together with excellent written, communication and analytical skills, and the ability to contribute to the work of a busy Embassy.
  • Be fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Demonstrate excellent administrative and organisational skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.
  • Provide examples of excellent customer service skills.
  • Possess well-developed interpersonal skills, including a flexible attitude, good judgement and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work well under pressure while ensuring accuracy, attention to detail and commitment to delivering results, including by adapting approach if necessary.

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit an up-to-date CV, along with a letter outlining their suitability and specific interest in the role, by email to  no later than 5pm on 17th December 2021.

No applications will be accepted after this deadline. Please note that only short listed applicants will be contacted. Any requests for further information regarding this competition may be addressed to

By submitting information electronically, parties accept that data may not be fully secure. Parties may alternatively send their submissions by post to:

GPO Recruitment, Embassy of Ireland, 17 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7HR

The successful candidate must have a legal entitlement to live and work in the country prior to recruitment.

Shortlisting is expected to be completed in mid-January with interviews taking place by video conference shortly thereafter. It is the candidate’s responsibility to make themselves available for interview.

Any personal information submitted to us will only be used for its intended purposes and will be destroyed when no longer needed. Any other processing or disclosure of personal data is not allowed other than in the exceptional circumstances provided for under the Data Protection Acts.

Security Clearance for Local Staff

Police vetting will be sought in respect of individuals who come under consideration for appointment. Enquiries may also be made with the police force of any country in which the applicant under consideration for appointment resided. If unsuccessful, this information will be destroyed. If the applicant subsequently comes under consideration for another position they will be required to supply this information again.

Further information on the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Ireland, London is available on and respectively.


Please note that canvassing will disqualify applicants.

The Embassy of Ireland is committed to a policy of equal opportunity.


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