Irish Co-operative Organisation Society seeks European Affairs Officer

ICOS 2-3y Junior Level  Brussel, Brussel, Belgium 2 Mai 2016

Job Description

The Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS) is a co-operative umbrella organisation that serves and promotes commercial co-operative businesses and enterprise across multiple sections of the Irish economy.

Our mission is: Generating leadership, competitiveness and value through stronger co-operation and world class service.

ICOS member co-operatives collectively have over 150,000 individual members, employ >12,000 people in Ireland (a further 24,000 abroad) and has combined turnover of >€13 billion. Starting from agriculture co-op roots, and the vision of our founding President, Sir Horace Plunkett in 1894; ICOS today has evolved to serve the co-operative sector in seven core categories, namely:
• Advisory and Education Related Co-ops
• Community Oriented, Culture & Leisure Co-ops
• Food, Fishing & Beverage Co-ops
• Livestock Sector Co-ops
• Multipurpose Dairy Co-ops
• Store, Trade & Wholesale Co-ops
• Service Related Co-ops

European Affairs Officer

Job description

The Irish Co-operative Organisation Society Ltd (ICOS) is the central representative organisation for farmer controlled co-operative businesses in Ireland. Our members play an important role in all aspects of the Irish Food Industry with combined sales of over 13 billion Euros in 2014.


A highly motivated, articulate European Affairs Officer is now required. The person appointed will:


  • Provide information on European policy and related issues to ICOS and our member co-operatives
  • Contribute to policy development
  • Represent the policies of ICOS and its member co-ops to European Institutions and other organisations
  • Liaise with the members of ICOS on European matters
  • Act as a link between ICOS (and our member co-ops) with European businesses and organisations

The person appointed will be based in Brussels and will be responsible for the Brussels office of ICOS.

You should:

  • be a graduate in a relevant discipline
  • have very good communication skills
  • have a good knowledge of agriculture and public policy
  • be competent in a second working language of the EU
  • have knowledge and experience of the workings of EU institutions

How to apply:

A detailed job description is available on the ICOS website

Apply via post to:

Seamus O’Donohoe
The Plunkett House
84 Merrion Square
Dublin 2

Or via email to:

Closing date for applications is 10th May 2016.

Please include your contact details and a CV with your application.

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