Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan has been nominated as Chief Commissioner of the new Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.
She will stand down from her current position when she becomes chief commissioner in October.
Ms Logan said: "I am honoured to be nominated for the position of Chief Commissioner of the new Human Rights and Equality Commission.
"It has been a privilege to serve as Ireland's first Ombudsman for Children for the past decade.
"It was a remarkable experience for me both personally and professionally, and I believe that my Office made an important contribution to the promotion and protection of children's rights during this time."
The Irish Human and Equality Rights Commission Bill passed all stages in the Dáil and Seanad last week.
It is due to be signed into law by President Michael D Higgins shortly.