Ministers launch public appointment competition for new Commissioner for Victims and Survivors

Date published: 27 September 2021

First Minister Paul Givan and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill have launched a public appointment competition for a new Commissioner for Victims and Survivors (CVS).


First Minister Paul Givan said:

“I am pleased to launch this recruitment competition for a new Commissioner to promote the interests of victims and survivors. This is a key and pivotal role in ensuring that the voices of victims and survivors are heard and that services are in place to meet their needs.”

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said:

“It is absolutely vital that the needs and concerns of victims and survivors are met. The Commissioner will have an important role in ensuring that victims and survivors are supported. I would encourage anyone with the relevant skills and experience to apply.”

As a body corporate the Commission continues in legal existence even in the absence of a Commissioner. The Chief Executive Officer of CVS has been and will continue to be responsible for the day-to-day business of the Commission until the Commissioner’s post is filled.

Notes to editors: 

  1. The public appointment process is being carried out under the principles of the Commissioner for Public Appointments Northern Ireland (CPANI) Code of Practice.
  2. For more detailed information and how to apply, please go to: Alternatively, an application pack can be requested by contacting:

    HRConnect, PO Box 1089, Beacon House, 27 Clarendon Road, Belfast, BT1 9EX
    Telephone: 0800 1 300 330.
  3. The CVS position will be full time and receive remuneration equivalent to the entry point of the Senior Civil Service (SCS) Grade 5 scale (£74,912) which will be will be subject to review annually in line with the overall value of the annual SCS pay award on the basis of satisfactory performance.
  4. The appointment will be for a period of four years and the person will be eligible for reappointment for one further term.
  5. Applications will be welcomed from all sections of the community.  Women, younger people, people with disabilities and people from ethnic minority communities are currently under-represented in public appointments. Applications from members of these groups would be particularly welcome.

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