Samaritans Ireland Policy & Development Officer (Northern Ireland)

At Samaritans, our vision is that fewer people die by suicide. We believe that suicide is preventable and that, together, we can make change that saves lives.

To support us in achieving this vision in Ireland, Samaritans Ireland is looking for a Policy & Development Officer to lead on the development and implementation of Samaritans Ireland’s strategic policy and influencing objectives in Northern Ireland, including identifying and pursuing new statutory funding opportunities and partnerships.

This is a fulltime, permanent position, salary range of £45K to £50K, commensurate with experience. The post is based in Belfast with a mix of office and home-based work available, subject to COVID 19 Government guidelines.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Act as Samaritans Ireland lead on strategic policy development and policy promotion in Northern Ireland, working closely with Samaritans Ireland Executive Director, NI Regional Manager, and Samaritans Central Charity policy team.
  • Develop new and existing relationships and build alliances with policy makers, national/international networks, and stakeholders to advance Samaritan’s strategic objectives.
  • Identify and contribute to the development of key policy positions through effective research and collaborative working.
  • Identify new and existing funding and programme development opportunities in line with Samaritans Ireland NI policy and strategic priorities.
  • With the Executive Director, coordinate and develop a Samaritans Ireland NI Trust, Government and Foundations fundraising and external development strategy.

Skills and Experience:

  • Strong background in social policy analysis 
  • Demonstrable experience of building and leading/managing strategic partnerships and alliances to promote policy interests at a national / international level.
  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative social and/or health research methods.
  • Ability to plan, collaborate and work on own initiative.
  • Proven track record in fundraising / fund management / organisational development with an emphasis on funding for the community and voluntary sector.
  • Emotionally resilient to be able to deal professionally with a challenging subject matter.
  • Empathises with Samaritans’ values.
  • Is willing and able to undertake some work out of office hours to meet the business needs including travel to Samaritans Central Office if required.
  • Degree (Level 8) qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g. project management, research, social policy / community development, health and/or social care, human rights).
  • Minimum 5 to 7 years of relevant experience in a related field. 


Full job description can be found here. 

Please complete the official application form, available here (no CVs accepted), and submit it to by 5.00pm on Tuesday 20th July 2021.

Interviews are anticipated to take place on Friday 30th July 2021.