The Rainbow Project would like to recruit a Sexual Health Development 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: Sexual Health Development Officer
Line Manager: TRP’s Director
Location: TRP’s Belfast Office
Hours: 35 Hours Per Week
Contract: 1 Year Full Time Post
Salary: £21,519 (Salary under review)
Holidays: 25 Days p/a Plus Statutory Holidays


Due to the nature of this position, namely directly supporting gay and bisexual men, this post is exempt under the sex discrimination (Northern Ireland) order (1976) Section 10-(2) (e). This post also has a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) for the appointed person to be either gay or bi-sexual. This complies with the GOR requirements of the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (NI) 2003.



The Organisation


The Rainbow Project is Northern Ireland’s largest LGB&T organisation and the only organisation in Northern Ireland which specifically works to promote the sexual health and well-being of gay and bisexual men.  It exists to address the mental, emotional and physical health of LGB&T people in Northern Ireland.  Being a volunteer led agency, it works towards achieving these aims through empowering LGB&T people to make positive personal lifestyle choices.  Further to this, we work alongside other community, voluntary and statutory agencies to promote and mainstream issues relevant to LGB&T people.  We achieve our organisational aim by working through what we call “7 key areas” – Education; Information; Advocacy; Prevention; Research; Support; and Counselling.  We currently operate 2 offices, one located in Belfast City Centre and one located in L’Derry.


Overall Objectives of the Post


–       To provide strategic representation on issues of sexual health for gay and bisexual men and men who have sex with men in Northern Ireland;

–       To facilitate The Rainbow Projects sexual health programme;

–       To provide gay and bisexual men with information and advice to enable them to make informed choices about their physical and sexual health and well-being;

–       To provide health professionals with information and guidance to enable them to increase their understanding of the physical health and well-being of gay and bisexual men and obstacles they might experience when accessing mainstream health service provision;

–       To work alongside programme team colleagues to ensure that collective objectives are met.


Key Responsibilities


The Physical and Sexual Health Development Officer will:


–       Provide representation on sexual health working groups across Northern Ireland;

–       Maintain relationships with organisations working in the field of sexual health;

–       Co-ordinate The Rainbow Project’s sexual health programme including distribution of safer sex materials, online net-reach advice service, regular sexual health promotion campaigns, rapid HIV and Syphilis testing and outreach GUM clinics in partnership with GUM clinics;

–       To work with, support and facilitate The Rainbow Project’s Volunteer Co-ordinators and volunteers in the delivery of the sexual health programme;

–       Carry out any other reasonable duties as required by The Rainbow Project.


Personal Criteria


–       Be a confident out gay or bisexual man with knowledge and/or experience of the commercial and non-commercial gay scene;

–       Have an appropriate understanding of the sexual health needs of gay and bisexual men and men who have sex with men;

–       Have a commitment to working with and for gay and bisexual men, and the ability to engage constructively with people across the age range;

–       Have an appropriate understanding of the diversity of gay and bisexual men;

–       Have the ability to respond and adapt to the constant changing needs of a volunteer-led organisation;

–       Have an outgoing and approachable personality;

–       Be willing to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends when necessary.

Essential Qualifications & Experience


–       Five GCSEs at grade C or above to include English;

–       One year full-time experience as a paid member of staff in a health promotion role three years similar experience as a volunteer;

–       Excellent oral and written communication skills including computer competence with proven inter-personal and communication skills (written and verbal);

–       Ability to work flexible hours when required;

–       Be clear about and able to work within professional and personal boundaries;

–       The ability to work independently and co-operatively as part of a multi-disciplinary team;

–       Have the ability and experience to relate appropriately to volunteers, co-workers and other professionals both formally and informally;

–       Have an understanding of the need for and importance of confidentiality;

–       Have experience in organising your own workload and the ability to be “self-supporting” in administrative functions;


Essential Competencies


–       Good written and verbal communication skills

–       Good interpersonal skills

–       Commitment to equality and social inclusion

–       Commitment to confidentiality and impartiality within advocacy work


Desirable Experience and Competencies


–       Understanding of issues affecting members of the LGB&T community including but not limited to homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism

–       Experience of working in the LGBT Sector as a volunteer or paid member of staff

–       Experience of working in the area of sexual health

–       Experience/ knowledge of key issues for young gay and bisexual men;

–       An understanding of, if not experience in, provision of experiential training;

–       An understanding of, if not experience in, project planning and management, specifically within health promotion;

–       Knowledge of training and development resources and services appropriate to the perceived needs of gay/bisexual men;

–       Experience of having provided an advocacy role to disempowered individuals;

–       Experience of liaising with statutory, voluntary and community organisations.




The Rainbow Project requires all posts within the organisation to carry a degree of flexibility in their execution of duties in order to assist the development of the organisation.  All responsibilities associated with contracted personnel will be carried out in line with the aims and objectives of the organisation and policies set out by the Board of Directors.  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.

Employees will be expected to be flexible in their approach to working hours, as evening and weekend work will be necessary.  The organisation operates a Time-Off In-Lieu (TOIL) policy to cover time worked outside normal operating hours.

This post is funded for an initial period of 1 year.  Continuation of the post will be subject to the securing of future funding.


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