Director of Policy/Chief Economist

Posted 1 month ago

Senior role within the Irish Farmers’ Association reporting to the Director General. The successful candidate will have many of the high-level responsibilities previously carried out by the Chief Economist, with an enhanced role to lead and co-ordinate policy formulation across the organisation. This position will be based from the Irish Farm Centre, Naas Road in Dublin.



  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate national and EU policy proposals
  • Partner with IFA National Council and with National Committees to develop IFA policy and strategy
  • Partner with IFA’s Director of European Affairs in our Brussels Office to communicate IFA policy to appropriate EU institutions
  • Compose and co-ordinate IFA submissions to Government, the EU and other bodies


The successful candidate will:

  • Have a third level qualification in economics or a related discipline and a minimum of 5 years’ successful work experience with a proven track record in a relevant role or roles
  • Be an outstanding policy analyst with exceptional written skills
  • Be a highly proactive self-starter with an ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Have a strong knowledge of the workings of the Irish and EU political systems
  • Have excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills and a good understanding of agriculture and its importance to the economy


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