*Agricultural & Rural Affairs Policy Officer, Macra na Feirme

Title: Agricultural & Rural Affairs Policy Officer
Who we are
Macra na Feirme is a vibrant national voluntary organisation for young people between the ages of 17 and 35. The organisation consists of a nationwide network of clubs with six key areas of activity: agriculture, sport, travel, public speaking, performing arts and community involvement. Macra na Feirme is committed to the personal development of members and puts emphasis on social interaction and participation. One of Macra’s main aims is to help young farmers get established in farming and assist them through learning and skills development.


Macra na Feirme’s mission is to contribute to the sustainable development of rural communities in Ireland by supporting the social, economic, cultural, personal development and well-being of young people who have a rural connection including young farmers, by representing their interests in the development of relevant policies, programmes and services at National, Regional, and local levels and by advocating on their behalf.

Job Specification
Working with Macra na Feirme, you will be part of an energetic, team that thrives on teamwork and success.


Do you thrive on:

  • Challenging assignments
  • Robust learning and development opportunities
  • Experience on major policy projects such as CAP2020, Brexit, etc.
  • Exposure to different aspects of policy development that affect young farmers and rural young people
  • Opportunity to engage with Irish and EU politicians and policy makers on agricultural and rural development issues.


Key responsibilities and accountabilities
The Agricultural & Rural Affairs Policy officer is responsible for coordinating and implementing Macra’s policy agenda. They will also play a key role in communicating with Young Farmer Development Groups and Rural Youth Officers.


Key areas of responsibility will include:

  • Provide support to Macra na Feirme’s national Agricultural Affairs committee and Rural Youth committee as required.
  • To support Young Farmer Development Groups and young farmer members.
  • To support the research and development of agricultural and rural policy.
  • Draft appropriate policy positions for consideration by member-led policy committees of the organisation.
  • Identify training opportunities for young farmers
  • Promote Macra to Teagasc students and Agricultural under graduates in higher education
  • Represent Macra na Feirme at senior level working closely with the National President, CEO, Head of Policy & others.
  • EU involvement – coordinate members to participate in EU Civil Dialogue Groups with CEJA (Council of European Young Farmers) and foster relationships with the EU Commission and EU Parliament.
  • Other activities that may arise within the Agricultural program

Person specification


  • We are looking for a Policy Officer with a strong academic performance – a minimum of a level 8 from an Agricultural Science or equivalent discipline.  Public Policy graduates with a passion for agriculture will also be considered.  A minimum of a 2.1 degree is required.
  • The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, motivated and passionate about the development of Irish agriculture and young farmers.
  • Excellent verbal, written and digital communications skills are essential.  Demonstrate an innovative and dynamic approach when working with Young Farmer Development Groups.
  • The role will involve some overseas travel, especially to various European Union offices in Brussels.
  • Relevant work experience is desirable.
  • Knowledge and experience of the Irish or European Agricultural policy is considered an advantage.
  • Full clean driver’s license.


Why Join us


  • We are a dynamic and energetic youth organisation committed to improving the lives of young people with rural connections.
  • You will have the opportunity to work in face paced, outcome orientated workplace.
  • You will receive a competitive salary.
  • You will be supported to achieve your personal and career development goals.
  • You will be part of a wide community that extends to every corner of Ireland.


Application and selection process

A two page curriculum vitae along with a one page application cover letter addressed to the Head of Policy, outlining your suitability for the role should be submitted by email to careers@macra.ie not later than 12 noon, on Monday, October 21st.


Candidates may be shortlisted for interview.


Macra na Feirme is an equal opportunities employer.


Updated: 3rd October 2019 — 8:40 am