Sexual Health Centre: Outreach Project Worker (DASH) - Night-time Economy

Sexual Health Centre

Outreach Project Worker (DASH)
Night-time Economy

Full Time, Fixed Term Contract

The Sexual Health Centre, in partnership with Cork Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force, is seeking an exceptional, positive individual to join the team to undertake the delivery of DASH (Drugs, Alcohol, Sexual Health), with a specific focus on the night-time economy. This pioneering project will see the roll out of a mobile unit that will combine drugs, alcohol and sexual health services across the Cork and Kerry region with a particular emphasis on responding to those in the night-time economy. In this role, you will have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the overall strategy of the Sexual Health Centre.

The purpose of this particular role is to establish, co-ordinate and develop the DASH project with a specific focus on the night-time economy. The successful candidate will develop a strategy of delivery that supports equitable access, by means of a mobile health unit within the Cork and Kerry region, to sexual health, drug and alcohol services to individuals and groups from vulnerable or marginalised communities and to those who may feel disconnected from society.

If you are a strategic and driven professional with strong planning, analytical and stakeholder co-ordination skills, this could be the ideal role for you. This novel project combining the work of Cork Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force and the Sexual Health Centre focuses on delivering additional outreach sexual health, drug and alcohol information and support direct to communities across Cork and Kerry. These enhanced services to communities, delivered through an inclusive lens will enable access to information, signposting and support to enable behaviour change opportunities and improve outcomes for service users with particular emphasis on the night-time economy.

This is a full time, fixed term contract until December 2022. Applicants will require a full clean driving licence and be available for an immediate start.

Responsibilities of your role will include:

  • Devise, co-ordinate and implement an innovative business plan focusing on the coordination of a mobile unit (specialised adapted van) which combines drugs, alcohol and sexual health services across the Cork and Kerry region with a specific focus on the night-time economy
  • Carry out a mapping exercise of the current provision of Drugs, Alcohol and Sexual Health services in the Cork and Kerry region and identify gaps e.g. geographical, cost related, time etc.
  • Oversee the legal and practical requirements associated with service delivery including but not limited to risk-registers, permits, workplans, health and safety audits associated with utilising DASH within the night-time economy
  • Ensure relevant documentation, such as permits, are in place for service delivery
  • Undertake comprehensive risk assessments and ensure relevant policies, procedures, protocols and guidelines are devised under the guidance of the management team at the Sexual Health Centre and in conjunction with Cork Local Drug and Alcohol Task Force
  • Ensure a healthy and safe working environment for clients and other staff
  • Enable effective partnership with all agencies and stakeholders involved with the delivery of the DASH Project with particular care for those working in primary and secondary care
  • Co-ordinate a suitable working schedule with partners to ensure the smooth delivery of the project while maintaining client needs at the forefront
  • Proactively source opportunities to communicate and advertise the project to drive overall stakeholder and client engagement
  • Deliver a service that provides equitable access to information and resources as well as one-to-one support services in the Cork and Kerry region
  • Support the services being offered as part of the project, for example, rapid HIV testing and drug and alcohol support sessions and appropriate signposting
  • Provide, where appropriate, brief intervention / motivational interventions to clients in relation to their sexual health, drugs or alcohol use
  • Create an awareness of the DASH project and the wider services of the Sexual Health Centre and Cork Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force and their services to relevant stakeholders, clients and service users
  • Support the delivery of one-to-one interventions, drop-in services, condom demonstrations, condom distribution and helpline calls within the organisation
  • Establish and maintain an excellent rapport with partners and stakeholders
  • Provide testing (Rapid HIV, Hepatitis C, Pregnancy) opportunities as relevant to the role
  • Provide day-to-day office and administrative duties as required
  • Complete data collection and collation for a variety of funders and services as required
  • Work within the Sexual Health Centre’s internal pathways to refer clients to the appropriate professional team member or external service
  • Work within the Policies, Procedures Protocols and Guidelines and also within the remit of the Employee Handbook of the Sexual Health Centre
  • Represent the Sexual Health Centre at events, conferences, meetings etc.
  • Achieve volume, activity and income targets as agreed with the Centre Manager
  • Actively seek new opportunities to promote awareness of the services offered by the Sexual Health Centre
  • Establish and maintain an excellent rapport with clients to create a respectful and trusting relationship whilst providing ‘persistent and challenging support’
  • Ensure a healthy and safe working environment for clients and other staff
  • Adhere to the goals and targets of the Strategic Plan for The Sexual Health Centre
  • Assist with the provision of health promotion work, including information stands where required
  • Participate in the overall administration of the Health Promotion team
  • Perform other duties commensurate with the nature of the post. It is important that all members of staff are prepared to take on additional duties or relinquish existing duties in order to maintain efficient running of the organisation. All roles will develop and the Sexual Health Centre may change the role scope in consultation with the post holder

Education / Professional Qualifications:

  • A relevant qualification in health promotion, social care, community development or other relevant area (Level 7 NFQ, desirable)
  • Excellent communication and project development skills, with the ability to collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Excellent IT skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Suitable experience in developing, evaluating and managing projects

Requirements

  • A full clean driving licence is essential (regular B licence)
  • Relevant experience in the area of sexual health and/or drugs and alcohol
  • An ability to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds in a variety of settings
  • The ability to work as part of a team and in partnership with other organisations and individuals
  • Flexible working style and the ability to respond effectively to emerging/unexpected needs
  • Innovative thinking and project planning is essential

Terms and Conditions

Salary: Salary will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate.
Contract: Contract to December 2022
Hours: Full time contract based on 37 hours, 5 days per week, Monday to Friday. Due to the nature of the post, evening or weekend work will regularly be required.
Holidays: 24 Days annual leave
Garda Vetting: please note that any offer of employment will be subject to Garda Vetting.
The Project Worker will report to the Centre Manager of the Sexual Health Centre.

CV and accompanying cover letter can be directed to Catherine Kennedy, Centre Manager: catherinekennedy@sexualhealthcentre.com. Applications will not be accepted after 5.30pm on Monday 31st January 2022. Interviews will be held within a short timeframe of the closing date.

Sexual Health Centre is an equal opportunities employer.

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
12th Jan, 2022
Region
Cork
Expiry Date
31st Jan, 2022