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TITLE:                                   Cancer Prevention Officer

REPORTS TO:                      Community Programmes Manager

DEPARTMENT:                    Cancer Prevention

LOCATION:                          Based in Dublin

HOURS:                                 Full Time (35 hours/week) flexibility required.

CONTRACT TYPE:               Fixed Term contract (covering maternity leave).

About the department

The Cancer Prevention department is responsible for the delivery of evidence based, high-impact cancer risk reduction programmes, all informed by the European Code against Cancer. We communicate these messages to the Irish public using a combination of national programmes, information development, and community based cancer prevention interventions.

Overall Responsibility:          

The Cancer Prevention Officer, will work as part of the community prevention team, to implement the Irish Cancer Society’s strategic goals to Reduce the Risk of Cancer and to Improve Lives.

This will be achieved through the development and delivery of peer-led health education programmes designed to mobilise individuals, organisations and communities around healthy living, smoking prevention, cancer and chronic disease prevention; and to foster partnerships at national, regional and local level to tackle health inequalities and ensure equal access to quality services.

Through the coordination of the X-HALE youth smoking prevention programme, the Cancer Prevention Officer will tailor training and use digital/online platforms to engage with children and young adults and support youth organisations to take action on tobacco control. The key responsibilities of the role are as follows:


  • Work in partnership with community, youth and other relevant regional agencies to develop and coordinate the Society’s X-HALE Youth Smoking Prevention programme, as we mark the tenth year of the national X-HALE Youth Awards in 2020.
  • Build the capacity of youth workers, community leaders and young people, through group-based training to deliver key tobacco and heath messages to children and young adults; and support them to share these messages with their family, friends and wider community.
  • Coordinate the Irish youth delegation on a European funded Smoke Free Youth exchange trip to the UK from February 19th-26th with 8 X-HALE participants and 2 youth workers in conjunction with UK and Swedish based partners, and continue to build on this youth advocacy opportunity with young people and partners nationally and internationally.
  • In conjunction with the web services team, develop social media and online communication methods to engage with our key target groups to promote health and wellbeing and the concept of a tobacco free generation.
  • In conjunction with the Advocacy and Communications departments, raise public awareness of the key policy and advocacy messages relating to our cancer prevention programmes, particularly X-HALE and Fit for Work and Life programmes to stakeholders, general public and media.
  • Support the development and dissemination of educational resource materials and tools, both in print and on line, and contribute to the bank of resources relevant to the training and education function of the Community Cancer Prevention Team.
  • Using the Society’s impact monitoring framework; monitor he impact of community projects on individual participants based on agreed indicators and outcome measures.
  • Develop and incorporate an evaluation framework into specified programmes to contribute to health promotion evidence base and inform community prevention programme development.
  • Share information and work in conjunction with other departments and services in the Irish Cancer Society, to achieve the organisation’s strategic objectives.
  • Draft budgets as required and oversee the approved budget spend on a bi-monthly basis.
  • Other duties as required by manager.

Selection Criteria:

Essential factors:

  • Degree or professional qualification in Health Promotion or related area.
  • Minimum of two years’ work experience in Health Promotion, youth and community work or related area.
  • Skills in needs assessment, project planning, evaluation, facilitation and training.
  • Excellent interpersonal, and verbal and written communication skills.
  • An excellent understanding of issues related to the community settings based health promotion, and strategies to address health inequalities.
  • An excellent understanding of the practical and policy issues related young people, health and wellbeing and tobacco control.
  • Excellent organisational, administration and communication skills.
  • Excellent ICT skills, with a good working knowledge of digital media and relevant social media platforms.
  • Ability to effectively work with co-workers and collaborate with community organisations, to maintain and build partnerships, and access community resources.
  • Proactive and flexible in approach to work.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Full clean driving license required.


  • Postgraduate Diploma/Masters in Health Promotion or other relevant discipline.
  • Qualification in Training or facilitation skills
  • Experience of working in the youth or education sector.
  • Experience of working with different population groups including disadvantaged groups.


  • The Irish Cancer Society operates a no-smoking policy and the post holder must not smoke in the office or when on Society business outside the office.
  • Have access to a vehicle and be willing and able to travel provincially, and be willing to work outside of normal working hours.
  • All employees are required to be aware of their responsibilities towards health and safety and to adhere to fire regulations.

This job description is not exhaustive; it merely acts as a guide and may be amended to meet the changing requirements of the Society at any time after discussion with the post holder.

The Irish Cancer Society is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to building an inclusive environment for all employees. We know that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

HOW TO APPLY: If you are interested in applying for this position, please send Curriculum Vitae and cover letter including your salary expectation to: Nicola Cosgrove, HR Administrator, Irish Cancer Society, 43/45 Northumberland Rd., Dublin 4. Email: recruitment@irishcancer.ie by cob Friday 20th September, 2019.

The Irish Cancer Society is an equal opportunities employer.


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