JOB DESCRIPTION FOR PROGRAMME PROFESSIONAL

LEAD, YOUNG PEOPLE EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS

Job Title: Lead Project Facilitator

An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen with The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace, an internationally renowned Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding charity based in the North West of England.

The purpose of this post is to lead the coordination, planning, delivery and evaluation of the Foundation’s youth programmes that are project-based, on the long established leadership development model.

The aim of the Foundation’s work with young people is to equip them with the skills, ability and confidence to manage conflict in their own lives and where possible, to influence others with their resulting leadership skills. This work involves us working with young people of all backgrounds, but includes some of the most disadvantaged and disenfranchised young people (including some of the ‘most excluded’ socially or educationally).

The work within the youth programmes is designed to tackle prejudice, develop resilience to prejudiced ideologies, enhance conflict resolution skills, and increase young peoples’ confidence in their own identities, but with an awareness or appreciation for others. The projects and products currently delivered within the youth programme, include the THINK project and My Former Life, the Foundation’s latest multimedia education project designed to tackle and prevent extremism.

Description

This post therefore requires a Lead Facilitator who is excellent in both project coordination/management and implementation as well as possessing excellent delivery and facilitation skills. Experience in the field of conflict resolution or fields relating to the themes identified are essential. Those with a background in education, theatre and/or participatory methods of facilitation are of particular interest as the Foundation’s methodology is highly participatory. The post holder will be involved in significant direct delivery to a wide range of young people, including those who may display challenging behaviours. With significant travel across the North of England for the coming year, this post requires flexibility and commitment.

The Foundation has two decades of experience working with communities, young people, and those affected by violence to prevent, resolve, and respond to conflict. As the contemporary challenges of international conflicts play out here in the UK, some of our communities face increasing tensions, while professionals in the public sector and beyond find themselves needing to build capabilities to tackle difficult issues of difference, discrimination, conflict and extremism. Our programme for peace addresses these acute challenges.

Our work programme covers material relating to the ‘prevent’ agenda and the wider ‘preventing violent extremism’ agenda. This role will see significant interaction with this topic and therefore experience in this area of work is advantageous.

Position in organisation: The post holder will report to the Programme Manager and has no direct line reports but is expected to manage external associates as required.

Main duties and key responsibilities

The successful applicant will be expected to (including but not limited to):

  • Coordinate, plan, deliver and evaluate the ‘Think’ Leadership project within the Foundation’s programme portfolio.
  • Deliver content for project units using Foundation programme themes and methodologies including:
    • Identity, Belonging & values
    • Prejudice and Discrimination
    • Preventing violent extremism
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Leadership Development
  • Work with partners to identify specific target groups
  • Programme delivery engagement & support tasks including:
    • Recruit and build relationships with participants to the project
    • Assess progress of participants
    • Intensive one to one mentoring support
  • Delivering intensive residential training programmes using our international Peace Centre and external venues as appropriate
  • Evaluation and monitoring of projects and single day workshops
  • Support the coordination and support of associates working on youth programmes
  • Additional duties and responsibilities include

 

  • Record, monitor and evaluate teaching and learning strategies
  • Comply with our internal impact capture strategy requirements and external accreditation bodies as relevant
  • Ensure that the best practice developed by the Foundation is captured through report writing and drafting papers for relevant settings
  • Network with agencies and individuals to continue to share and develop best practice
  • Provide information and advice on where young people can get specialist support that is not provided by the Foundation (signposting)
  • Attend relevant conferences/seminars and trainings to continue to raise awareness of the work being undertaken through the project
  • Undertake a regular one to one and appraisal process in line with Foundation management and procedures
  • Prepare reports and presentations and keep records of activity levels, when deemed necessary by the Foundation and external funding bodies
  • Be willing to undertake significant regional and some national travel to deliver the Foundation’s projects, and for this purpose possess a full, clean driving license and have access to a car
  • Any other duties which may arise in connection with this position as agreed with Foundation management
  • Person specification:
  • A flexible approach to working hours is essential, as some evening and weekend work will be required in carrying out the duties.  
  • Essential skills/abilities: 
  • A relevant degree level qualification and/or a proven track record in the youth/community/peace work sectors or equivalent
  • Experience of working with young people on a group basis
  • Experience in working with young people with challenging behaviour
  • Ability to deliver educational/training programmes
  • Ability to respond to changing needs in different situations, among different cultures and in different environments
  • Experience of operating within budget constraints
  • Ability to use own initiative and work unsupervised
  • Commitment to confidentiality of beneficiary information
  • Ability to network effectively with other agency professionals and programme participants
  • Knowledge and experience of using the latest MS Office software i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Desirable skills/abilities: 
  • Experience of work in the conflict resolution/transformation field would be an advantage
  • Ability to collate evidence according to Regulated Qualifications Framework standards, such as those of Open Awards
  • Presentation skills
  • Understanding of international conflict and political affairs
  • Understanding of peacebuilding within the school curriculum

Hours of Work:

Full time: 37 hours per week

Evening and weekend work may be required from time to time.

Leave: 25 days per year

Salary: £28,000-30,000 per annum dependent upon experience

Start Date: ASAP

End Date: Permanent

Deadline for applications: Friday 8th July 17:00

Interviews: From week commencing 11th July 2016

Download: Lead Project Facilitator Application Form

Download: Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

At the Foundation, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone, regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation.

To apply for this role, please complete the application form or email: cloudy.tan@foundation4peace.org or call 01925 581246 for an application pack.