Vacancy: Director of Human Health and Nutrition

Thursday 13 December, 2018. safefood is an implementation body set up under the British-Irish Agreement with responsibility on an all-island basis for promotion of food safety and healthy eating, research and fostering scientific co-operation.

Applications are invited for the permanent position of Director of Human Health and Nutrition based in our Cork head office.

The Director of Human Health and Nutrition is responsible for leading the health promotion and nutrition functions of safefood particularly in the areas of obesity and food poverty. As a member of the Senior Management Team, they provide advice and guidance to the Chief Executive and have lead responsibility in the strategic development of safefood’s policies in these key areas. A particularly key aspect of this role is to act as media spokesperson for safefood and act as a liaison between safefood and the appropriate agencies and government departments in matters pertaining to health and nutrition. They take an active role in advising on and implementing policy on the epidemiology of diet-related diseases where these are relevant.

Qualifications and experience

Applicants must have a qualification to practice medicine in Ireland or the United Kingdom and hold current membership of a Faculty of Public Health Medicine.

They must have a proven track record of relevant experience at a senior level, including:

  • Liaising and partnering with agencies and government departments
  • Crisis management and effective communication
  • Implementation of public health measures on food borne diseases including setting up surveillance systems, tracing, dissemination of information, advocacy for the use of preventative measures:
  • Health promotion and education measures regarding food safety and diet related diseases. 
  • Previous experience of business planning to include financial budgeting


€106,271 p/a.

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The closing date for receipt of applications is 4pm on Friday 25 January, 2019.

Please note that the above position may also be offered as a secondment opportunity.

safefood is committed to promoting equality of opportunity.