Four new victims commissioners are set to be appointed in a surprise move by the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister.
Bertha McDougall and Mike Nesbitt are to be appointed
The names are understood to include former UTV presenter Mike Nesbitt and former interim victims commissioner Bertha McDougall.
It follows a lengthy process, including a job readvertisement last autumn.
It is not yet known if each will get the same salary in the region of £65,000, as was advertised last year.
It is believed Brendan McAllister of Mediation Northern Ireland and Patricia MacBride will also be appointed.
The post is intended to promote the interests of victims of the Troubles.
The post is aimed at promoting the interests of Troubles victims
After the readvertisement, First Minister Ian Paisley and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness met candidates before Christmas where they were given 10-minute presentations.
The names are expected to be confirmed in a statement to the assembly next week.
A statement from the three DUP members of the Committee for the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister welcomed the move.
"We have a commission on parades, on human rights and on equality - why should the innocent victims of the conflict here be treated any differently?" it said.
The issue of appointing a victims commissioner has proved to be a difficult one.
The interim appointment in October 2005 of Mrs McDougall - the widow of a murdered RUC reservist - was challenged by west Belfast woman Brenda Downes, whose husband was killed by an RUC plastic bullet in 1984.
A court ruled that her appointment was "improper and politically motivated".