Title: HEO Enforcement Unit

Salary: €49,845 (entry level)

Level: Higher Executive Officer (Standard Scale)

Location: Clonakilty, Co. Cork

Closing date: 12 noon, 4th February 2021

The Role


The Enforcement Executive will report to the Director of Enforcement. The successful candidate will perform a specialist role in support of SFPA enforcement of prosecutions and Administration Sanctions related to fisheries conservation and seafood safety.


This role includes responsibility for the following:

  • Support the objective of increased compliance with regard to national and EU regulations of fisheries and sea food. 

  • Advise on the most appropriate action and relevant legislation with regard to the daily interaction with industry.

  • Use and provide support of administrative sanctions such as the Points System to provide a wider range of enforcement actions.

  • Review and interpretation of Irish and Community legislation related to sea-fisheries conservation and seafood safety.

  • Provide investigation capacity to widen the scope of the unit, enabling the objective understanding of business models behind various enterprises.

  • Be in a position to provide documented audit level material and industry analysis as required.

  • Act as the first point of contact with operational colleagues for sea-fisheries and seafood safety enforcement related queries.

  • Maintaining an up-to-date database of applicable EU, domestic and international legislation related to the work of the SFPA and disseminating that information to the other legal process participants.

  • Managing the effective administration of a Points System assigned by the SFPA for serious infringements.

  • Providing legal support and case management support for sea fishery protection officers related to their regulatory role as defined in the SFMJ Act.

  • Review and assistance in case preparation of sea-fisheries and seafood safety case files and interaction with the Office of the DPP.

  • Have handling oversight of sea-fisheries and seafood safety cases.

  • Identify training needs and provide training support as required.

  • Maintain a central record of action which can be accessed by sea-fisheries and seafood safety personnel and other legal participants during the investigation process.

  • Provide reports on and analysis of the outcome of investigations which can input into policy decisions and inform future legal decision-making.

  • Draft publicity notes on successful prosecution items for internal or external use.

  • Provide support and advice to inspectors who may be preparing to give evidence in court.

  • Overall responsibility for the management of both the points system and related “fixed penalty notice’ system.

  • Ensure that procedures for the points system are robust and are systematically applied in all ports and by both the Naval Service and SFPA port staff in terms of detection and reporting procedures.

  • Develop systems and procedures for SFPA and Naval Service in respect of “the fixed penalty notice’ system.


Essential Entry Requirements


Candidates must meet the following essential requirements prior to their appointment:

  • Possess a relevant third level qualification (minimum level 7 National Diploma)

  • A minimum of 3 years proven and relevant experience

  • Be numerate and IT literate, and be familiar with the following software packages (Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint) at a minimum.

  • Inquiring attitude and ability to deliver on projects

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to interact at all levels within the organisation.

  • Be diplomatic with an ability to handle multiple priorities. Be able to complete all tasks to a high standard.

  • Excellent organisational skills are essential.

  • Have a strong ethos of confidentiality.

  • Be self-motivated and prepared to be flexible when the occasion demands



In addition to the minimum qualification entry requirement candidates must also have:

  • Fluent spoken and written English.



It is an absolute requirement that candidates declare any potential conflict of interest at the application stage of the recruitment process.  Failure to declare such conflicts of interest which later come to light may result in the candidate being disqualified from the competition or, if the candidate is offered and takes up a role with the SFPA on the basis of misleading information may result in immediate dismissal from the SFPA.




Desirable entry requirements

  • Experience and qualifications relevant to Law, Legal matters or investigations.

  • Possess an existing or demonstrate a desire to work towards achieving a qualification relevant to Law, Legal matters or Investigations. In the event the successful candidate does not possess a relevant qualification in this area, they will be required to under take a relevant qualification while in post.

  • Possess knowledge/experience of the public sector/regulatory environment

  • Satisfactory knowledge of a second official and working language of the EU

  • Full driving licence





How To Apply


The SFPA are looking for an Application Form to be uploaded as part of the process. Your application must be submitted on the online application portal by the 4th February 2021 by 12 noon (GMT) exactly. Applications will not be accepted after this time.


If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your application within 24 hours of applying, please contact SFPA@sigmar.ie


Campaign updates will be issued to your registered email address as entered on the online application portal.


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