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Secretary to the VCI Code Review Group


Job Length:Contract


Firm:Veterinary Council of Ireland

Job Type:

Email Address:info@vci.ie


Practice Area:In-House/ Public Sector

Web Address:http://www.vci.ie

The Veterinary Council of Ireland (“the VCI”) is an independent statutory body set up under the Veterinary Practice Act 2005, as amended (“the Act”). The principal function of the Veterinary Council is to regulate the practice of veterinary medicine and veterinary nursing in Ireland, in the interest of animal health and welfare and in the public interest.

The VCI’s Council comprises of 19 members, being both elected and appointed members, veterinary practitioner members, a veterinary nurse member and non-veterinary members. The VCI’s Council is supported by an Executive team of eight people, headed by a Chief Executive Officer, named in the Act as the Registrar.

The functions of the VCI include protection of the public through supervision of veterinary education, the publication of Codes of Professional Conduct, the maintenance of the Register of Veterinary Practitioners and the Register of Veterinary Nurses, the registration of veterinary premises, and through disciplinary action in cases of professional misconduct.

Role description

Under the Veterinary Practice Act 2005, as amended one of the key functions of the VCI’s Council is its function to establish, publish, maintain and review codes of conduct for veterinary practitioners and veterinary nurses. The VCI has established a Review Working Group for this purpose, to study how well the existing Codes are working and to identify any aspects that could be improved.

The VCI is seeking applications to the role of Secretary to the VCI Code Review Working Group to provide administrative support and assistance with the review of the Codes of Professional Conduct for veterinary practitioners and veterinary nurses.

Duties and responsibilities

The key duties and responsibilities of the role include:

  • Reviewing and studying the current Codes of Professional Conduct and those used by veterinary regulators in other countries and by other professions;
  • Carrying out desk-based research on ethics in veterinary practice and ethical decision making;
  • Commissioning consultations of members of the public, veterinary practitioners, veterinary nurses, relevant stakeholders and the public;
  • Liaising with the Code Review Working Group and the Executive in preparing draft codes;
  • Supporting the conducting of expert workshops;
  • Project managing workload from initial research to production of final draft code.

Eligibility requirements

  • Qualified to a degree standard (Level 8) and have at least 5 years’ relevant administrative experience;
  • Legal qualification/skills desirable.

Essential skills and experience

  • Demonstrable experience of producing high-quality papers and reports;
  • Ability to work independently and on own initiative with strong multitasking capabilities;
  • Commitment to supporting a complex and sensitive project to near completion;
  • Project management and policy development experience;
  • Proven ability to collate, analyse and present information from a range of sources in a clear, balanced and concise manner;
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills;
  • Possess strong IT skills (use of MS Office suite).

Tenure and remuneration

  • This is a fixed term contract role for 12 months and the salary will be €30,000.

For further information on the role please click here or contact the office on +353 (0)1 668 4402.

Applications will only be accepted via email to info@vci.ie.

Each candidate should submit the following documents:

  • Covering letter, not exceeding 300 words, outlining how your experience and qualification is relevant to the role;
  • Curriculum Vitae.

Please note that omission of any part of the 2 requested documents, as set out above, will render the application incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be considered for the next stage of the selection process.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 28 August 2020.

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