Public appointment vacancies

Public appointment vacancies will usually be advertised in local and regional papers, as well as the department’s website and here on nidirect. Most appointments are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Northern Ireland (CPA NI).

Appointment of Independent Monitoring Board members

The Independent Monitoring Board is seeking new members to monitor day to day life in our prisons and young offenders centre.

Independent Monitoring Board

The IMB is an independent statutory body whose role is to monitor the treatment of prisoners and the conditions of their imprisonment in Northern Ireland’s prisons establishments.


IMB members are volunteers and do not receive remuneration for time spent on IMB business - reasonable travel and subsistence is payable at Northern Ireland Civil Service rates.

Period of appointment

IMB Members are appointed for a period of three years and may serve a maximum of three terms (nine years in total), subject to satisfactory performance and adherence to the seven principles of public life.  It is anticipated that members will be appointed from 1 April 2019.

Time commitment

IMB members are expected to carry out two or three prison visits approximately every four weeks as per agreed rota, subject to a full complement of members being available.  Members often dedicate more time to the role.

The appointment is not regulated by CPA NI.

Closing date

The closing date to apply is 12 noon Friday 5 October 2018.

For more information on the positions including how to apply please go to:

Appointment of school governors

The Department of Education (DE) invites applications for school governor positions.

The role of the Board of Governors is to manage the school with a view to providing the best possible education and educational opportunities for all of the pupils.

  • remuneration: none
  • period of appointment: up to four years
  • time commitment: varies depending on school requirements
  • regulated by CPA NI: no

You can find out more, including how to apply, at the link below.

Applications are welcome at any time.

UK public appointment vacancies

If you're interested in applying for a public appointment in England, Scotland or Wales, you can visit the Cabinet Office's Centre for Public Appointments and search the latest vacancies.

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