Third Secretary & Development Specialists Prep [2021]

Third Secretary & Development Specialists

The Third Secretary position is now open. This role is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to take his career to the next level. A university degree is not necessary to apply for it.

In parallel with the Third Secretary competition, a separate stream for Development Specialist Officer is being recruited for, using the same application.

Third Secretary

From public to foreign policy, a Third Secretary is charged with a range of responsibilities including:

  • Analysis and Research.
  • Organizing, participating, and reporting on meetings.
  • Liaising with embassies, consulates, and government agencies.
  • Ensuring uninterrupted consular services to Irish citizens abroad 

Work abroad

Work abroad is part and parcel of the job and will include traveling between 90 locations worldwide, including challenging regions.

Therefore, success in this position demands a number of personal qualities, including: 

  • Commitment and capacity to work in foreign languages
  • Strong resilience
  • And a High degree of adaptability

Additionally, while the position will open doors for you in the field of diplomacy, be prepared to serve for extended periods in various locales around the globe.

You are going to have to learn how to keep your hands in many pots, while maintaining a tight ship.

From budget management to programme development; from trade promotion to arranging high-ranking diplomatic visits; and of course, ensuring that the needs of Irish travellers and ex-pats are met, you will need to be a super-organized personality.

Development Specialists Position

In parallel to the position of Third Secretary, the government is also recruiting Development Specialist Officers.

This job is more technical in nature and demands providing technical support to ensure the implementation of a range of programs like Irish Aid, the Government’s international development programme, and other objectives related to foreign policy.

The job will also necessitate travel between embassies and missions across the globe.

Irish Civil Service Hiring Process:

The recruitment process for Civil Service Officers is managed by the Public Appointments Service (PAS) and is comprised of several stages.

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After the questionnaire in your application submission, you will be invited to take an online assessment test.

If you are invited to progress to the next stage, you will participate in an interview, and in more steps down the road.

Third Secretary & Development Specialists Online Tests

The TS&DSO online assessment is provided by Aon's Assessment Solutions (formerly known as cut-e). The assessment consists of 4 different tests:

  1. Verbal Reasoning Test - in the answer format of True/False/Cannot Say, and in the unique cut-e 6-tabs format. You will have 12 minutes to answer 49 questions. Most candidates don't finish the test on time.
  2. Numerical Reasoning Test - in the answer format of True/False/Cannot Say, and in the unique cut-e 6-tabs format. You will have 12 minutes to answer 37 questions. Make sure you are fully equipped with rough paper, pencil/pen and a calculator.
  3. Deductive-Logical ThinkingTests (cut-e scales lst) - in this test your task is the find the underlying pattern in a group of items. Here you will have 6 minutes to solve as many questions as you can.
  4. 'chatAssess' Situational Judgement Test (SJT) - in this interactive format of online chat conversations, you will be given different scenarios/questions and you will need to choose one of 3 answer choices presented. There are 7 different conversations in the test, each will contain a number of questions. You must answer all questions within a 30-minute time limit.

In the Third Secretary PrepPack you will find accurate prep for the Verbal, Numerical and Logical parts of the exam, while for the 'chatAssess' test you will find a tailored study guide and regular SJT practice tests, not in the interactive format.

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Third Secretary & Development Specialists Application

The Stage 1 online questionnaire is the same for both positions and aims to measure the competencies necessary for the Third Secretary & Development Specialists roles.

 

Third Secretary & Development Specialists Interview

An interview can be an intimidating experience, but with good preparation, you will a great chance to pass the interview stage.

A successful candidate must display a high degree of resourcefulness, organisational ability and flexibility.

Here are some tips on how to prepare for your interview (taken from the official Irish Civil Service website)

• Learn about the organisation

• Know the skills and qualities needed for the job

• Know your strengths, skills, and qualities

• Prepare your examples and experiences

• Think why does this make you suitable for this job?

• To build confidence, practice what you would say in the interview with a friend or colleague.

FAQ - Irish Civil Service

What does a third secretery do?

From public to foreign policy, Third Secretary is charged with a range of responsibilities including:

  • Analysis and Research.
  • Organizing, participating, and reporting on meetings.
  • Liaising with embassies, consulates, and government agencies.
  • Ensuring uninterrupted consular services to Irish citizens abroad   
What is an Third Secretary & Development Specialists salary?

The starting salary for this position is €33,053.

What are the Third Secretary & Development Specialists hiring process's stages?

These may include some of the following:

  • An online application form
  • Online assessment tests
  • An online video interview
  • Assessment Centres
Is it likely to work abroad as a Third Secretary or Development Specialists?

Yes. Be prepared to serve for extended periods in various locales around the globe.

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