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Job Vacancies/Opportunities : 12 September 2023

Job Opportunity: Legal Adviser in the Office of the Ombudsman (Assistant Principal Officer)

Job Opportunity: Legal Adviser in the Office of the Ombudsman (Assistant Principal Officer)

The Office of the Ombudsman

The Office of the Ombudsman comprises six independent statutory offices, which are funded by way of a single Vote and who are accountable to Dáil Éireann through a single Accounting Officer, the Director General. These offices are: the Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman), the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPOC), the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC), the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information (OCEI), the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA) and the Office of the Protected Disclosures Commissioner (OPDC). 

The six offices have one office holder in common, the Ombudsman. Each office has its own staff complement, with finance, human resources, legal services, communications and ICT functions shared with the other statutory offices. Each of the statutory offices has its own legal basis, remit, structure and functions.

Role and Responsibilities

Legal Adviser in the Office of the Ombudsman (Assistant Principal Officer)

This is a unique and exciting opportunity for a talented legal professional to provide legal services to six distinct and diverse statutory offices. The appointment will be at the senior managerial grade of Assistant Principal Officer.

As a member of the in–house legal team, the successful candidate will report directly to the Head of Legal. They will be expected to work closely with the Head of Legal and senior managers of each statutory office in a constructive and collaborative fashion. They will assist in providing all legal advice and assistance in the organisation unless there is a need for specialised advice, or, due to high volumes of activity, surplus work needs to be contracted out. In such cases, they will complement the work of the external legal service provider. They may also be required to represent the offices in court.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted on the official application form available HERE

Completed applications should be sent to All sections of the form must be fully completed.
Only applications fully completed will be accepted. Applications will not be accepted after the closing time and date. All applications will be acknowledged; it is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure they have received an acknowledgement.

Any queries in relation to the selection process should also be addressed to  

Closing date: Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm Friday, 29 September 2023.