Programme Officer – NI Women’s Caucus

Location UK / Belfast

Job Type Permanent, Temporary full-time, TemporaryContract, Trainee

Salary See description

Updated 1 week ago

Reference 1377677

 Job Description

Excellent opportunity for a Programme Officer – NI Women’s Caucus based in Belfast

Job title: Programme Officer – NI Women’s Caucus

Responsible to: Head of Programmes

Status of Post:   Full time temporary contract for two years with possible extension based at Parliament Buildings

Salary:   £ 23,589 p/a

Key working relationships: Senior Programme Officer, Communications Co-ordinator and the Finance Co-ordinator.

Politics Plus:

  • Politics Plus was established with the aim of enhancing the capacity of political institutions by providing independent, effective and creative support for those involved in politics and public service.
  • The work of Politics Plus involves:
  • Providing development opportunities for elected representatives, party support staff and public officials;
  • Promoting engagement between elected representatives and public officials at all levels of government;
  • Delivering international development and exchange programmes for elected representatives and public officials with states affected by conflict and instability.
  • Strengthening the role of women in political and public life in particular through its work providing a secretariat to the Northern Ireland Assembly Women’s Caucus and it’s the Next Chapter Peace IV programme;
  • The Politics Plus Programme Officer will support the work of Politics Plus mainly in relation to the NI Assembly Women’s Caucus.

Specific duties:

1. Providing secretariat support to the NI Assembly Women’s Caucus.

2. Supporting the Head of Programmes in developing and delivering a forward work plan for the Caucus.

3. Developing and maintaining effective working relationships with external Stakeholders of the Caucus and Politics Plus.

4. Planning and co-ordinating events for the Caucus and Politics Plus around NI and the Republic of Ireland.

5. Assisting in the development of marketing and promotional materials and management of online- and social media communication.

6. Supporting the implementation of focus groups, surveys and data collection to inform the work of Politics Plus. 

7. Assisting the Senior Programme Officer in their work in relation to Politics Plus’s Member Development work.

8. Raising awareness of the importance of gender equality in public representation.

9. Contributing to the promotion of Politics Plus and any other reasonable duties as required from time to time.

Please Note:

The post-holder will be required to travel across Northern and the Republic of Ireland to support the implementation of the project. They will also need to be prepared to work some early mornings, evenings and weekend when required.

Essential Criteria:


1. A third-level qualification


Two years’ experience of:

2. Providing secretariat support to a board of trustees, management committee or similar structures.

3. Communications work including assisting in the development of marketing and promotion materials, and management of online- and social media tools.

4. Planning and co-ordinating events or training for groups.

5. Working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders including voluntary / community sector organisations and statutory bodies.

(This experience can have been achieved combined within one job role.)


6. Good interpersonal skills.

7. Good oral and written communication skills.

8. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

9. Proficiency in using the MS Office suite.

10. Proficiency in the use of Social Media including Twitter and Facebook.


11. Flexibility to work unsociable hours when required in order to meet the requirements of the role.

Desirable Criteria: 

1. A third level qualification in a relevant subject like Gender Studies, Politics or Youth & Community Work.

2. Previous experience of working in the women’s sector and / or in politics.

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Politics Plus reserves the right to use the Desirable Criteria listed to aid further short-listing should this be required to select the most appropriate candidates for interview.