Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

We have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and passionate individual to lead on the development and growth of PAPYRUS in Northern Ireland. In this unique role, you will start with a blank canvas and have the responsibility of introducing PAPYRUS to Northern Ireland and growing the awareness and presence of our brand. This will involve engaging with communities and working closely with partners and those with lived experience of suicidal thoughts and behaviours. You will need to be a self-starter and able to work on your own as this role will lead on the development of suicide prevention activity and the recruitment of staff, once the demand on services increases. Initially you will work alone within our new office in Belfast whilst being supported by the Chief Executive and other members of the Senior Management Team.

This role would suit someone who is energetic and passionate about making a difference. This is an incredibly rewarding opportunity where you will work to create suicide-safer communities across Northern Ireland and encourage a real change in behaviours which will save young lives. 


PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide is the national UK charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

1DESIGNATION                                     Head of PAPYRUS in Northern Ireland

2HOURS                                                   36 hours per week

3SALARY                                                  Competitive salary + 5% pension contribution and death in service benefit

4LOCATION                                             Belfast with travel across the UK

5RESPONSIBLE TO                                Chief Executive

6ACCOUNTABLE FOR                          Northern Ireland-based staff

7PURPOSE OF POST                            To own, develop and sustain our presence in Northern Ireland


The post holder will lead on developing a base, a team of staff and volunteers and drive a programme of suicide prevention activity across Northern Ireland as set out in our strategic plan. This will involve engaging with all communities and in particular working closely with partners and those with lived experience of suicidal thoughts and behaviours. The post holder will be a key member of PAPYRUS Senior Management Team and will be expected to work closely with them to deliver the organisation’s strategic objectives.


9.1To develop the presence and activity of the charity in and across Northern Ireland

  • Set up a base with a view to developing a team operating from it in Central Belfast
  • Recruit and support a small team once business opportunities are established
  • Take a lead role in the engagement of strategic partners and key stakeholders such as

-National Advisory Group (Northern Ireland) on suicide prevention and self-harm reduction (or equivalent)

-Regional Suicide Prevention Partnerships and their Chairpersons

-Other suicide prevention charities and organisations in Northern Ireland

-Young people at risk of suicide and their organisations, media and social networks

-Health and Wellbeing Boards / Clinical Commissioning Groups or their equivalent

-Schools and colleges; Universities and related infrastructure organisations

-The Media (alongside our press Media Office)

-Those who have been touched by young suicide (parents, family members, friends, colleagues)

  • Identify and follow up appropriate opportunities across different sectors to prevent young suicides and to seize opportunities to help sustain and grow the charity’s business in Northern Ireland

9.2To support and report to the Chief Executive, working with other managers

-Contribute to strategic planning, budgeting, income generation, risk management and service delivery

-Contribute to and attend PAPYRUS conferences and seminars as required

-Be an ambassador for the charity and model effective engagement with stakeholders at all levels including attending and representing the charity at national, regional and local meetings/events

-Represent the charity in print and broadcast media when required


9.3To engage a core group of families and communities who have been touched personally by suicide and to support and equip them to be active in the prevention of young suicides as an integral part of our charity

-Recruit, Support and Manage Volunteers according to PAPYRUS policy and best practice

-Engage effectively with those with lived experience of young suicidality in Northern Ireland

-Ensure the charity uses these key people effectively and appropriately in promoting, campaigning, sharing stories, influencing and engaging others in reaching our strategic goals


-Contribute as required to the advice and information PAPYRUS provides on its web site, its social media portals and its literature for the public and stakeholders.

-Respect confidentiality within policy and manage information as per the Data Protection legislation and General Data Protection Regulations

-Understand duties and manage any matters relating to safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults within PAPYRUS policy and in line with safeguarding legislation and agreed protocols.

-Attend and contribute constructively to line management supervision and appraisal protocols.

-Attend training courses and develop agreed professional development plans within the scope of the post.


It is the nature of the work of PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide that tasks and responsibilities are in many circumstances, unpredictable and varied. All staff are, therefore, expected to work in a flexible way when the occasion arises and when tasks not specifically covered in their job description have to be undertaken. These additional duties will normally be to cover unforeseen circumstances or changes in work and they will normally be compatible with the regular type of work. If the additional responsibility or task becomes a regular or frequent part of the job, it will be included in the job description in consultation with the member of staff.                     


It is expected that all PAPYRUS employees understand that our work is confidential and that neither details about those who use its services nor any other PAPYRUS business should be divulged to members of the public. A confidentiality agreement must be signed on taking up this post. Further details are outlined in the PAPYRUS Confidentiality Policy.

13BASIC PRINCIPLES                 

The post holder is expected to be familiar with and have regard to the ethos and values of PAPYRUS and work within that framework. He/she must be prepared to operate without prejudice to all who approach PAPYRUS or work with the organisation at any level.


Conditions of Service are broadly in line with those set out by the National Joint Council for Local Government Services. PAPYRUS has a probationary period of 6 months for all posts. Appointment to this post may be subject to satisfactory completion of Vetting and Barring Scheme checks.


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Refreshed on: 07 February 2020
Closed date: 22 February 2020
Job ref: HONI2301
Tags: Senior Management

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