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Members: 27 July 2022

Job Opportunities: Part Time Tribunal Members to the International Protection Appeals Tribunal

Job Opportunities: Part Time Tribunal Members to the International Protection Appeals Tribunal

A competition is being held to establish a panel of suitably qualified individuals from which the Minister for Justice may appoint successful candidates, to act as part–time Members of the International Protection Appeals Tribunal to carry out certain functions of the Tribunal.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 3 pm (Irish time) on Thursday, August 18, 2022.

A little more about the role

Each Member of the Tribunal appointed in a part–time capacity shall hold office under a contract for services. The term of office of a Member appointed in a part–time capacity shall be 3 years and such a Member may be re–appointed to the office for a second term not exceeding 3 years. 

Candidates must have:

  • At least 5 years’ experience as a practising barrister or solicitor;
  • Excellent knowledge and experience of EU and Irish international protection and human rights law and practice;
  • Excellent critical analysis skills, including the ability to research, assimilate, interpret and manage complex information;
  • Experience of the application of evidence based decision–making practices and methodologies;
  • The ability and skills to conduct hearings and take evidence, at on–site hearings as well as via audio–video technology, in accordance with the requirements of a fair hearing and, where relevant, with the assistance of an interpreter;
  • An ability to deliver high–quality reports and findings within an established timeframe;
  • An ability to act on their own initiative;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills both verbal and written, with the ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner;
  • An excellent capacity to develop and maintain effective working relationships and an ability to engage with a range of internal and external stakeholders;
  • The ability and skills to use appropriate information and communications technology including a high level of proficiency in using Microsoft Word, email, electronic diary and electronic document databases.

Members are required to attend induction and ongoing training and professional development opportunities provided or endorsed by the Tribunal in relevant legal and related matters and to ensure that the learning from that training contributes to the continuous improvement of their high quality decision making. 

A broader explanation of the role and the application details are outlined in the Information Booklet, which is available on the Public Appointments Service website.

About the International Protection Appeals Tribunal

The International Protection Appeals Tribunal is a statutorily independent body and exercises a quasi–judicial function under the International Protection Act, 2015.

The function of the International Protection Appeals Tribunal is to hear and determine appeals on negative recommendations made by the International Protection Office concerning applications for international protection status in the State. The Tribunal also determines appeals under the European Union (Dublin System) Regulations 2018 and the Reception Conditions Regulations 2018.

Further information is available at protectionappeals.ie