Sláintecare Healthy Communities Community Food and Nutrition Worker 

The purpose of the post is to provide capacity for the Sláintecare Healthy Communities to improve community health and wellbeing in the designated Healthy Community areas by addressing the issues of poor diet and food poverty.  This is not a clinical role.  The post-holder will not provide clinical, therapeutic, nutritional interventions or care.    

The post-holder will:

  • Work with and support a range of statutory and community organisations to develop and implement evidence based effective responses to improving the food environment in communities, addressing food poverty and reducing health inequalities as part of Sláintecare Healthy Communities and where appropriate in collaboration with safefood funded Community Food Initiative.
  • Support the delivery of Healthy Food for Life guidelines focused workshops and community programmes including Healthy Food Made Easy, weaning workshops, healthy eating for older adults to develop the health awareness of individuals, groups and organisations and empowering them to make healthier food choices.
  • Co-ordinate the activation of agreed national campaigns that address healthy lifestyles and Healthy Food for Life guidelines in local communities; and
  • Work with the HSE to identify and respond to training needs and resource development arising from strategic national and local agendas and participate in agreed networks and collaborations. 

Key working relationships for the post-holder include their line-manager within the host organisation (EDI Centre Longford ) as well as the following:

  • HSE Sláintecare Healthy Communities Co-coordinator  
  • HSE Health Promotion & Improvement team.
  • HSE Community Dietetic Service
  • HSE Community Dietitian with responsibility for co-ordination of HFME and Community Food
  • Safefood funded Community Food Initiative national Coordinator
  • Sláintecare Healthy Communities partner agencies
  • Sláintecare Healthy Communities Local Development Officer  
  • Longford Local Authority 

Qualifications and eligibility criteria

The minimum eligibility criteria for the post include that candidates must have at the latest date of application:

A minimum of a Level 8 qualification in the area nutrition and health. Ie BSc Hons Nutrition and Health Science.


At least 3 years’ experience in a role that has involved:

    1. Health promotion,
    2. Health behavior change, and
    3. Working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders. 

Particulars of Employment

The post is a whole time (i.e. 35 hours per week) Monday to Friday. Occasional evening work will be required. 

Duration of contract

Temporary/specified purpose contract of 12 months duration. 

Location for this position – EDI Centre, 11 A2 Mastertech Business Park, Athlone Rd, Longford N39Y0F4

Reporting arrangements: EDI Centre and HSE Health Promotion & Improvement.

Full driving license is required. 


A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service. 


The current salary scale for the post of Community Food and Nutrition Worker is based on 1/02/2022 Consolidated Salary Scales – equivalent of Grade 6067 Health Promotion & Improvement Officer / 0574 Grade VI Clerical Officer.

Starting point €49,532 – 5 point scale – €49,532, €50,713, €52,154, €54,860, €56,478, [€58,493, €60,514] LSIs 

Garda Vetting will be required for this role.  

Notes for Applicants the Application Process is in the form of a CV and covering letter illustrating how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the position

Applications and queries to be emailed to:

The closing date for applications is 5pm on November 18th 2022 Based on the information contained in the CV and cover letter, the interview committee will select candidates for interview. Shortlisting and interview decisions will be based on the committee’s assessment of candidates’ qualifications, experience and skills in the areas highlighted above.

Slaintecare Healthy Communities We CanQ uit and Healthy Food Made Easy