Locum Probation Officer


     The Department of Justice & Equality is holding a competition for the purpose of creating a Locum Probation Officer panel to fill short term priority vacancies in Cork


Closing date:  17 April 2019

The Department of Justice and Equality is committed to a policy of equal opportunity. The Department will run this campaign in compliance with the codes of practice prepared by the Commissioners for Public Service Appointments (CPSA). The codes of practice are published by the CPSA and available on www.cpsa-online.ie


Contact Name for this competition:

Ms Jennifer O’ Riordan, Probation Service, St Nicholas’ Church, Cove St., Cork email psrecruit@probation.ie, tel.  021-4836700



The Position

TITLE OF POSITION:            Locum Probation Officer


OFFICE:                                 Probation Service in the Department of Justice and Equality


LOCATION:                           Cork





On behalf of the Department of Justice & Equality, the Probation Service works closely with offenders, offenders’ families, the Courts Service, the Irish Prison Service, An Garda Síochána, the Irish Youth Justice Service and many other statutory, voluntary and community organisations and groups.


The Probation Service delivers services to help protect the public, improve communities and to support offenders to change. Its role in this context is:


  • To work with communities and within neighbourhoods to manage offenders so as to reduce offending behaviour;

  • To challenge offending behaviour;

  • To facilitate the integration of ex-offenders into society so that they do not re-offend; and

  • To manage, through effective partnerships, dangerous offenders and those at risk of causing harm.


    Specifically, the Probation Service provides probation supervision, community service, anti-offending behaviour programmes and specialist support services, to both adult and young offenders, which aim to stop them committing further offences.


    Further information on the work of the Service is available on the Probation Service website www.probation.ie.



    The Role


    Job Description:


    A Probation Officer in the Probation Service of the Department of Justice & Equality may be assigned to duties in any of the following areas: Courts and Community, Prisons/Places of Detention, Young Persons’ Probation or other particular assignments that may arise in the Service.



    Accountabilities for the position:


  • Accountability for meeting Service standards and guidelines in the preparation of assessment reports on offenders.

  • Accountability for managing the supervision of offenders on Probation Orders, Community Service Orders and post custody supervision and Community Return.

  • Accountability for the delivery of Young Persons’ Probation programmes, including writing reports, engaging with and motivating young offenders and implementing the Children Act 2001.

  • Accountability for ensuring offenders’ compliance with Court Orders.

  • Accountability for the delivery of interventions with offenders to reduce offending, establish pro-social behaviour and reduce victimisation.








 Essential Requirements


Candidates must, on or before 01 April, 2019 fulfil the following essential requirements:



1. A Qualification at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications in Social Science with social policy component, or equivalent qualification recognized for entry onto one of the courses approved by CORU, Health and Social Care Professionals Council


Additional marks will be awarded to candidates who has successfully passed one of the social work courses approved by CORU and / or are registered in the Social Work Register maintained by the Social Work Registration Board under CORU.


Additional Requirements for the position:




  • Interviewing skills

  • Report writing and assessment skills

  • Case management skills

  • Ability to work as part of a team

  • Administrative skills including ability to meet deadlines





  • Court room skills

  • Knowledge of a range of social work methods of intervention

  • Knowledge of community resources and how these can be mobilised

  • Knowledge and understanding of the Criminal justice system

  • Knowledge of legislation relevant to the work of a Probation officer

  • Knowledge and understanding of victim related issues

  • Knowledge of offending behaviour interventions and programmes

  • Ability to engage and motivate offenders

  • Knowledge of addictions









Principal Conditions of Service




The appointment is to an unestablished post in the Civil Service and is subject to the Civil Service Regulations Acts 1956 to 2005, the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004 and any other Act for the time being in force relating to the Civil Service.



The annual salary for the position (rates effective from 1 January, 2019) is as



Personal Pension Contribution Pay Scale



Candidates should note that the rate of remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government pay policy. The salary is non negotiable.


Appointments will be made to fill short term priority vacancies and will be to fixed term unestablished positions in the Civil Service for periods expected to be in the range of 6 to 10 months. The positions carry no entitlement to established status by way of external competition or otherwise.                                                                                                                                


The appointment may be terminated at any time by either side in accordance with the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Acts, 1973 and 1991. In the event of serious misconduct, the appointment may be terminated without notice; in this event, no remuneration or compensation will be payable other than that applicable to work carried out.



The appointment will be subject to a probationary period of six weeks from the date of appointment. Should the services of the officer be satisfactory as regards health, conduct, efficiency and performance generally during the probationary period, he/she will then, on completion of the period, be appointed for the period of tenure set out above.


Unfair Dismissals Acts 1977-2005

A list of all terms and conditions of employment will be set out in the employment contract to be agreed with the successful candidate. The Unfair Dismissals Acts 1977-2005 will not apply to the termination of the employment by reason only of the expiry of the fixed term contract without it being renewed.


Duties                                                                                                                                                                               The Officer will be required to perform any duties assigned from time to time as appropriate to the position and may be appointed to act as Probation Officer or assigned to other duties connected with probation, community service, working within a custodial setting, delivery of offending behaviour programmes, etc.



The Probation Service is a national service with offices in over 30 locations around the country. These posts are for the Cork area. When absent from home and headquarters on duty the officer will be paid appropriate travelling expenses and subsistence allowances subject to the normal civil service regulations. Travel to and from headquarters will not be eligible for travel expenses.


Hours of attendance

Hours of attendance will be as fixed from time to time but will amount to on average not less than 43 hours and 15 minutes gross or 37 hours net per week. Where extra attendance is necessary, overtime payments, or time off in lieu, will be allowed in accordance with the civil service overtime regulations.


Candidates should note that hours of attendance may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government policy.


The Organisation of Working Time Act 1997

The terms of the Organisation of the Working Time Act 1997 will apply, as appropriate, to this appointment.


Outside employment

The position is whole-time and the officer may not engage in private practice or be connected with any outside business which would interfere with the performance of official duties.                                         


Annual Leave
In addition to the usual public holidays the annual leave for this position is 25 working days per annum calculated on a pro rata basis.


Sick Leave
Pay during properly certified sick absence, provided there is no evidence of permanent disability for service, will apply on a pro-rata basis, in accordance with the provisions of the sick leave circulars.


Officers who will be paying Class A rate of PRSI will be required to sign a mandate authorising the Department of Social Protection to pay any benefits due under the Social Welfare Acts direct to the Department of Justice and Equality and payment during illness will be subject to the officer making the necessary claims for social insurance benefit to the Department of Social Protection within the required time limits.
























How to Apply


Applications must be submitted online to psrecruit@probation.ie. Candidates using this website can download the application form, and submit their completed application by email. If you experience any difficulties using this website please contact Ms Jennifer O’ Riordan, Probation Service, St Nicholas’ Church, Cove St., Cork.  021-4836700


Completing the Application Form

The Application form is available here.

Applications must be made on the official application form and will be treated in strict confidence.  All sections of the form must be fully completed.  When completing the application form accuracy is essential, as it may be used as a computer input document and you may be short-listed on the basis of information supplied.

Any inaccuracy in completing the form may result in rejection.  Therefore it is in your own interest to ensure that the information supplied in all sections is correct. If it is necessary to continue on a separate sheet please set the information out in the same manner as in the application form.


Closing date

Applications must be submitted no later than 5.00pm on 17 April 2019.


General Queries

For general queries please contact Ms Jennifer O’ Riordan at 021-4836700 or email psrecruit@Probation.ie.


Key Dates

It is envisaged that this competition will operate along the following approximate time scales.


Closing date:                                                              17 April 2018             

Notification to candidates of interview dates:             Week starting 29 April 2019

Interviews:                                                                  Week starting 6 May 2019


The onus is on all applicants to make themselves available on the date(s) specified by the Department and to make whatever arrangements are necessary to ensure that they receive communications sent to them at the contact details they provided when registering.


You should ensure that the contact details specified on the application form are correct.


Selection Process


The Selection Process may include:

  • shortlisting of candidates, on the basis of the information contained in their application, to reduce the list of candidates to a more manageable number for interview;

  • a competitive interview.




    References will be sought from current and previous employers.


    Security Clearance

    Candidates should note that they will be subject to vetting prior to appointment.


    Offers of Appointment


    The successful candidate will be offered the post he/she will have 2 working days to accept or reject the offer.









Candidates' Obligations

Candidates should note that canvassing will disqualify and will result in their exclusion from the process.


Candidates must not:

  • knowingly or recklessly provide false information

  • canvass any person with or without inducements

  • interfere with or compromise the process in any way.


    A third party must not personate a candidate at any stage of the process.


    Any person who contravenes the above provisions or who assists another person in contravening the above provisions, is guilty of an offence. A person who is found guilty of an offence is liable to a fine or imprisonment.


    In addition, where a person found guilty of an offence was or is a candidate at a recruitment process, then:


  • where he/she has not been appointed to a post, he/she will be disqualified as a candidate; and
  • where he/she has been appointed subsequent to the recruitment process in question, he/she shall forfeit that appointment.



General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

In line with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), the Department of Justice and Equality needs to process the personal data of employees for the purposes of enabling the organisation to consider the employee's suitability for employment and for the purposes of administering their employment. Without such processing, it would not be possible for the organisation to enter into this agreement with the employee. Information regarding the legal basis for any such processing, the period of time for which the personal data will be retained and related matters is set out in the following Department of Justice and Equality documents: Data Protection Policy, Data Protection Notice and the Data Retention Policy. This is the Department's data protection commitment to you as an employee.