The Rainbow Project would like to recruit an Employment Officer. Please find below the job description for the post. For more details or an application pack please contact Pat Nairn on 028 9031 9030 or email

Job Description

Job Title:                     Employment Officer
Line Manager:          Equality Officer
Salary:                         £22,221
Location:                    TRP, LGBT Centre Belfast
Hours:                         35 Hours Per Week
Contract:                    2 Year Full Time Post
Holidays:                     25 Days p/a Plus Statutory Holidays


 This post was developed following the publication of Through Our Eyes: Experiences of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual people in the workplace, McDermott: 2011, which presented quantitative data on the experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people of employment in Northern Ireland. It was the first piece of research of its kind in Northern Ireland and sought to inform government and employers of the experiences of LGB people in the workplace.

 This report also presented a narrative; it outlined, in the research participants own words, what they experienced in work and how they felt because of those experiences. Extracts, which appear throughout the entire report, where drawn from online entries and one to one interviews with participants.

 A person’s sexual orientation is only one aspect of who that person is. It should not define them. We all have a sexual orientation, whether that is gay, lesbian, bisexual or heterosexual. People are as diverse and complex as individuals as they are in groups, and as such the experiences and views throughout the report are diverse. They do, however, share a common theme.

What seemed to be underlined throughout most of the interviews was the acknowledgment that there is a certain level of verbal abuse or negative comments about LGB people, either direct or indirect, that must be tolerated and accepted, for fear of being identified as the ‘person who always complains.’

 This research was funded by the Department for Social Development and the follow up programme is being funded by the Department for Employment and Learning, on a two year contract.

 This research produced a number of recommendations that require implementation.


 The aim of this project is to promote greater diversity and equality in the workplace which in turn will lead to improved working relations and, in the longer term, to improved productivity and growth.

 The project will raise awareness among employers of the problems experienced by lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the workplace and highlight the benefits to employers of having robust equality and diversity policies in place.


  •  Develop information packs for employers outlining the benefits of equality and diversity in the workplace, their statutory responsibility and the benefits to the organisation and the economy as a whole when equality and diversity measures are effectively implemented.
  • Develop and deliver seminars for employers outlining the experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the workplace, explaining the benefits of having robust equality and diversity policies and sign posting for additional support and assistance
  • Provide consultancy and training support for employers on sexual orientation employment equality matters, assisting with the development of robust equality and diversity policies and undertaking training sessions with interested employers
  • Evaluate the campaign after 21 months and develop an evaluation report
  • The successful candidate will work with a project steering group throughout the length of the project.

 Essential Qualifications & Experience

 This position requires the successful applicant to work at a senior level with the statutory sector, professional employment bodies, section 75 community and voluntary groups and LGBT organisations on strategies and initiatives to improve workplace environments for LGB people.

 Experience, capacity and skills to work across this broad range of stakeholders is a key requirement. Direct experience in the field of employment or LGB issues is not essential.

 Candidates should have the following experiences and skills:

 Experience and Knowledge

  •  Have demonstrable experience developing and delivering training to a wide group of audiences
  • Have skills and experience in building alliances and working effectively in consortiums to achieve change;
  • Have experience in strategic planning, work planning and project management; and
  • Have an understanding of key issues relating to homophobia and hetero-sexism.


  •  Be a highly motivated, ambitious, proactive and innovative person who enjoys taking on big challenges;
  • Be strategic and pragmatic, with an ability to effectively influence policy change;
  • Be comfortable working outside a traditional business setting and routine;
  • Be orientated towards continually learning, developing, adapting and improving;
  • Have strong communication skills, oral, written and presentational, with experience of communicating at senior levels; and
  • Have a commitment to equality, social inclusion and advocacy.

 Desirable Experience and Competencies

  •  Human Resources Experience
  • Experience of working in the LGBT Sector as a volunteer or paid member of staff;


 The Rainbow Project requires all posts within our organisation to carry a degree of flexibility in their execution of duties in order to assist the development of the organisation. The above job description should not be viewed as an exhaustive list as other tasks may need to be undertaken as directed by the line manager or Director.


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