Appointment of a Chair and Members to the Northern Ireland Tuberculosis Eradication Partnership Board

DAERA seeks Members for new Tuberculosis Eradication Partnership (TBEP)

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has launched a competition to appoint seven members to a new body, the TB Eradication Partnership (TBEP), with effect from 1 April 2018.

Appointments will be in respect of one Chairperson and six other members.

The TBEP will be a DAERA sponsored Expert Advisory Body.

Given the range of positions to be filled, and the need to achieve a balance of skills and backgrounds represented on the Partnership, the Department has identified a need for members with an appropriate range of backgrounds and experiences including:

A Chairperson with proven leadership and inter-personal skills to undertake this role;

Two persons representative of the Northern Ireland farming community;

A person representative of the Northern Ireland processing sector;

A person representative of nature conservation issues;

A person with a recognised qualification and experience as a veterinarian delivering services to the farming industry in Northern Ireland;

A person with an appropriate scientific background relevant to Bovine TB.

Applicants with the relevant skills and experience may apply for the position of Partnership Chair, Partnership Member, or both.

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

Applications would be particularly welcome from women as they are currently under-represented on public bodies in Northern Ireland.

Candidates will need to clearly demonstrate that they have the following skills and knowledge. They will need to show, both on the written application form and, if invited, orally at interview, how they meet the essential, and desirable, criteria listed below.


TBEP CHAIR - Essential criteria

Advocacy and Influence

Partnership skills

Communication skills

Awareness of policy development and political sensitivity

TBEP CHAIR - Desirable criteria

Strategic context:

Demonstrate a strategic understanding of:

  • The Northern Ireland bovine TB Programme
  • Animal disease control

Financial context:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of public finances.


TBEP MEMBER - Essential Criteria

Experience and knowledge in a field of activity relevant to one of the following:

  • the Northern Ireland farming community
  • the Northern Ireland processing sector
  • nature conservation
  • a recognised qualification and experience as a veterinarian delivering services to the farming industry in Northern Ireland
  • scientific knowledge relevant to Bovine TB
  • Strategic thinking and direction
  • Communication skills

TBEP MEMBER - Desirable Criteria

  • Financial Planning and Management.
  • Corporate Governance and Accountability.

A detailed Candidate Information Booklet, application form, Equal Opportunities monitoring form and Guidance on conflicts of interest can be downloaded here:

TBEP Application documents


For further information you can contact DAERA TB Policy Branch

By e-mail at:    

By Telephone on:    028 9052 4828

If you have a hearing difficulty you can contact the Department via Text Relay.

Making a call from a textphone dial 18001 + 028 9052 4828

The deadline for receipt of applications is 2:00pm on Friday 26th January 2018.

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