Communications Officer - Institute of Public Health

The Institute of Public Health (IPH) was established in 1998, with the support of the Chief Medical Officers in Northern Ireland and Ireland, and the aim of promoting cooperation in public health across the island of Ireland with a focus on health inequity and its avoidable impact on society

Our purpose is to inform public policy for healthier populations on the island of Ireland and we do this by undertaking research, evidence review, policy analysis and evaluation; through partnership working, specialist training and public communication.

IPH works for government, policymakers and civil society in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

We are currently seeking to fill the role of Communications Officer.

The Communications Officer will support the delivery of the Institute of Public Health Strategic Objectives (2020-2025), and annual business plan agreed by the Board of Directors.

Company Institute of Public Health
Location Dublin Office
Apply by 12 May 2021
Position / Title Communications Officer
Department IT & Communications
Reporting to IT & Communications Manager
Contract Type Full-time Permanent
How To Apply All applicants should use this link to submit their application:


The Communications Officer role is a permanent position within the IT and Communications team. The successful candidate will be responsible for external communications in support of the objectives of the Institute in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The Communications Officer will support the delivery of the achievables and outcomes set out in the IPH strategy (2020-2025) and annual business plan agreed by the IPH Board of Directors.

The Communications Officer will report to the IT & Communications Manager.


  • Manage the implementation of the IPH communication plan which optimises the use of new and traditional media to advance the work of the Institute and enhance knowledge and understanding of the value of public health.
  • Edit and develop the IPH website in conjunction with the IT & Communications Team.
  • Write and edit content for the web, bulletin, Twitter, Linked-in, press releases as well as editing briefings and reports and opinion articles.
  • Network and develop relationships with key media contacts (new and traditional) including developing and managing a database of press and media contracts.
  • Assist in the organisation and promotion of events e.g., exhibitions, conferences, seminars, or similar.
  • Undertake other duties as may be assigned from time to time and as required in relation to the IPH strategic objectives.
  • Please refer to the candidate booklet for more details on the responsibilities attached to this role.



  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience working in a communications role.
  • Experience of content creation, editing and management.
  • Media engagement,
  • Social media management.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including writing for press, radio, and web.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and in partnership and collaboration with external stakeholders.
  • Understanding of the media landscape in Ireland and Northern Ireland.


  • A qualification of at least Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications in any discipline, or a professional qualification in a Communications related discipline.

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