Senior Economist or Social Scientist and Head of Programme

The Agriculture and Food Development Authority - Teagasc - Rural Economy & Development

Location: This programme encompasses two research departments (Agricultural Economics and Farm Surveys including the National Farm Survey, and Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis) and the Farm Management and Rural Development Knowledge Transfer Department. Staff are located primarily in Athenry, Co. Galway and Ashtown, Dublin.

It is expected that the Head of Programme will be based at Teagasc, Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co Galway.

Grade/Salary: Senior Principal Research Officer (SPRO), with a starting salary of €92,134 per annum plus a Head of Programme term allowance of €8,681 per annum. The current salary scale is €92,134 to €105,440.

Remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government policy.

Post Type: Permanent Appointment, with the Head of Programme assignment being for a five year term, which is renewable (subject to competition).

A panel may be formed from which future similar vacancies may be filled; such a panel will remain active for a maximum period of 12 months.

Basic Function:

Leadership, development and strategic management of the rural economic research and development programme including economics and rural research, the National Farm Survey, economic benchmarking, farm business development and rural innovation activities. The role involves extensive liaison with policy makers, other state agencies, farm representative bodies and other rural organisations, and businesses operating in the agri-food sector. It also involves developing relevant relationships outside of Ireland in the EU and beyond.

Person Specification

Note: The ‘Essential’ qualifications, skills and knowledge outlined below are ‘must-have’ which will be used in the shortlisting process.

Essential Qualifications

  • PhD in Economics or business or in another relevant discipline.

While a PhD is an essential requirement for this post, equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline, or relevant knowledge transfer experience, may be deemed acceptable solely at the discretion of the Director of Teagasc.

  • 5 to 10 years experience managing or leading relevant research/knowledge transfer programmes or teams.


  • A post graduate qualification in leadership, management or administration

How to Apply

An Application Form for this position can be accessed on the Teagasc website at

Completed Application Forms should be TYPED and saved in PDF format and submitted by email to:

Micheál Coughlan
Phone: 086-8137409

no later than 12 midnight on Friday 6th January 2017

Please state relevant reference code in all correspondence.

Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer. Canvassing will disqualify.

Interview Details

Candidates short listed for interview will be required to prepare a ten-minute presentation on ‘Your career highlights and your vision for the role of Head of Programme Rural Economy and Development’. Following notification of the outcome of the short-listing process, candidates will be required to submit this presentation in advance to the HR Department (on request) and will be required to deliver the presentation at interview.

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