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Careers in Policy and Key Support Services

What we do

  • Engage in strategic policy planning in order to input effectively into cross government policy and to contribute to Ireland’s input into international agricultural policy.
  • Engage in corporate planning and provide a full range of corporate services across the Department including, but not limited to – Human Resources, Corporate Affairs, Accounts, Finance, Audit, Press Office, Ministers Office, Agriculture Appeals, Accommodation, Freedom of Information, Data Protection, ICT, Management Services, Legal Services and European & International Trade.
  • Support payments to farmers and fishermen through the implementation, assessment and processing of various Common Agricultural Policy and Common Fisheries Policy schemes. 
  • Facilitate EU market support measures such as export refunds, aid for private storage and intervention.
  • Contribute to policy development across areas such as Rural Development, Economics & Planning and Human Resources etc.
  • Facilitating trade and third country relations through a global network of officers working abroad.
  • Developing and overseeing State Bodies and Agencies.
  • Provide ICT services to the Department, its customers, and a number of other Departments and Agencies, a shared services basis.


  • To provide the highest quality service to the Minister and all our clients, across all aspects of the Department.
  • To progress the economic development of the agri-food, forestry and marine sectors, including facilitating the achievements of FoodWise 2025.
  • To deliver schemes and services effectively.
  • To adhere to the highest standards of good corporate governance, including maintaining effective financial management of systems and controls.
  • To facilitate the sustainable advancement of our environment.
  • To equip the Department with the highest quality ICT support, with systems and facilities to support the broad range of activities carried out by the Department and to ensure extensive online services to its customers.


Nationwide – officers operating in policy areas and key support services are found in all HQ offices and regional offices across the country. ICT teams are located in Dublin, Portlaoise, Wexford and the Backweston Campus (Celbridge).


  • By representing the Department at national, EU and International negotiations. 
  • By ensuring that the Department adheres to the highest standards of corporate governance.
  • Regulating the agriculture, fisheries and food industries through national and EU legislation and by ensuring that the legislative framework is in place to operate all schemes and services.
  • Participation in Ministerial trade missions to third countries.
  • Representing the Department as Attaché level in multilateral and bilateral Missions in locations such as Paris, Warsaw, Brussels and Beijing.
  • By engaging in focused oversight of the Departments Agencies and State Bodies.
  • Through control and audit of public expenditure.
  • By ensuring that ICT teams are have the required expertise and capability across a range of applications such as  desktop hardware/software, network infrastructure, VMWare, high availability backend systems,  applications development (in particular in Java and PL-SQL), Oracle Database and Applications, GIS systems, project management, business analysis and procurement.


The entry grade starts at Clerical Officer level, graduates join at Administrative Officer level and both progress their careers through competing in internal and PAS competitions for promotion as follows:

Clerical Officer
Staff Officer
Executive Officer
Administrative Officer
Higher Executive Officer
Assistant Principal Officer
Principal Officer
Assistant Secretary General

Our people working in IMT Divisions have a wide range of expertise and skills, including:

  • Project Management  
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Applications Development – in particular Java programming in a 3-tier environment
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Oracle Database and Applications Server support
  • Red Hat Linux
  • Cisco networking
  • Microsoft technologies
  • Citrix Technologies

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