Public Affairs Consultant - FODO Ireland

We are the representative professional body for primary eye care providers. Our members provide 55% of primary eye care in Ireland and are committed to better eye care for all.

We champion and shape the future of eye care so that everyone can equitable access to the eye care they need closer to home. We shape the future of eye care by working with government, the Health Service Executive, eye care partners and the voluntary sector. 

We have a new opportunity for an ambitious and experienced public affairs specialist based in Dublin to advance primary eye care services.

As part of a small, high-powered team, you will gather intelligence, analyse complex information, and develop and run innovative public affairs campaigns to support our goals.  This involves working across the private, public and third sectors and with strategic influencers, and TDs and Senators.

The successful candidate will bring vision, ambition, a commitment to succeed and a solid background in public affairs to the work of FODO Ireland. There are also opportunities to advance within the group structure and to join the Executive Team.

Company FODO Ireland
Location Dublin (Homebased)
Apply by 17 December 2021
Position / Title Public Affairs Consultant
Department Advocacy and Communications
Reporting to Managing Director
Contract Type Consultant
How To Apply

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  • Raise the profile of primary eye care in meeting population eye health needs, so policymakers recognise it as the vital part of the healthcare system it is and treat it accordingly
  • Increase FODO Ireland’s reach and networks of influence to strengthen the voice of primary eye care 
  • Continue to develop, promote and lead the delivery of the FODO Ireland’s strategic goals.


  1. Establish effective relationships with civil servants, policymakers, decision-makers, and other relevant campaigning bodies. Build relationships and coordinate information sharing with partner bodies and stakeholders
  2. Lead the development, delivery and evaluation of targeted campaigns, supported by the policy team
  3. Develop policy and public affairs recommendations, draft policy and campaigns reports, lobby decision-makers and respond on behalf of the FODO Ireland to government inquiries, consultations or other initiatives
  4. Disseminate policy and campaign messages through external presentations, publications, articles, blogs or briefings for a variety of audiences. Be a respected voice of the organisation externally and act as a media spokesperson
  5. Oversee monitoring and analysis of relevant healthcare policies and legislation to inform the strategic development of the organisation - e.g. monitor regulatory developments and consultations, advising the policy team on those of relevance to FODO Ireland members
  6. Communicate the FODO Ireland’s purpose and goals to members and stakeholders – e.g. including ensuring members are up to date on key developments via newsletters, social media, company website and online events
  7. Track and measure the impact of policy initiatives and public affairs campaigns  


  1. Draft agendas and papers for the Board and fulfil other strategic, management and governance functions
  2. Other duties as required which are reasonable and within your capabilities.







  • Public affairs experience
  • Stakeholder management.




  • Civil service experience or similar experience working with governments 
  • Working in a range of settings – private, public and voluntary sectors.










  • Significant experience in public affairs/campaigning role
  • Proven experience in developing, delivering and evaluating strategies to achieve change
  • Strong interpersonal and oral communications skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to think strategically
  • Ability to analyse and present data
  • Ability to build and maintain positive working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders spanning the private, public and third sector
  • Ability to prioritise, plan and work under pressure
  • Record of delivering effective results  
  • Good team working, networking, management and influencing skills
  • Personal drive and motivation
  • Ability to work on own initiative and be proactive.




  • Understanding of regulation, healthcare and business.




Essential:     Evidence of public affairs experience and training           


Desirable:   Degree level education or equivalent experience

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