The Civil Service in Northern Ireland is to try for a second time
to fill its top PR post.
The service originally tried last July to appoint its first director of
communications but failed to find a suitable candidate.
The required number of years experience of a high level of
responsibility in either journalism, PR, advertising or marketing has
now been halved from 10 to five years in this latest bid to fill the
The director will lead a team of 50, covering communication staff in the
office of the first minister and deputy minister and ten other executive
The position reports to head of the civil service Gerry Laughran and
will work closely with first minister David Trimble on a number of
areas, including strategic communications policy.
Acting deputy director John McKervill is covering the role of the
director in the interim at the service's base at Stormont, Belfast.
The Northern Ireland Assembly and the executive ministers took over
devolved power in the region in December 1999.
The Assembly was set up after a referendum, held in 1998, to endorse the
Good Friday Agreement.