Public Appointment Vacancy - Chairperson to the Board of the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI)

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is seeking to appoint a Chairperson to the Board of the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI). AFBI is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by DAERA. It undertakes scientific work (research and development, testing, advice and information on scientific matters and dissemination of the results of scientific research) in the fields of agriculture, animal health and welfare, food, fisheries, forestry, the natural environment and rural development and enterprise.

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About the public appointments process:
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More information about this competition and about public appointments in general is available from the NI Direct website:
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Time commitment and remuneration

The total time commitment for the Chair of the AFBI Board is 40 days per annum and is remunerated at £28,049 per annum.

Period of Appointment and Commencement Date

It is anticipated that the successful candidate will be appointed for a three-year period by 1 September 2024.

Closing Date

Completed applications must be returned to the Department by Noon on Thursday 6 June 2024.

Equality of Opportunity

DAERA is committed to the principle of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. DAERA is committed to 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.

This is a Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland (CPANI) Regulated appointment. The Commissioner’s role is to regulate, monitor, report and advise on the way in which Ministers make appointments to the Boards of many public bodies in Northern Ireland.

How to Apply

A merit-based process will be applied alongside the Guaranteed Interview Scheme for applicants with a disability for this position.

Applicants will be expected to complete an application form demonstrating how they meet the essential criteria for appointment.

To apply please download the documents linked below:

An application pack and further information is available by contacting:

DAERA’s Public Appointments Unit,
Jubilee House,
111 Ballykelly Road,
Ballykelly, Limavady,
BT49 9HP
Tel: 028 7744 2025

This material will also be made available, on request, in other formats such as Braille, large print, audio, etc. All reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate the needs of applicants/candidates with a disability.

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