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Senior Project Officer - Community Development and

Groundwork South
Closing date
28 Jul 2021

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ROLE: Senior Project Officer - Community Development and Training (Communities Prepared)
SALARY: Circa £23,000-26,000 FTE per annum
HOURS: 15-22.5 hours per week
CONTRACT TYPE: Fixed Term to 31st December 2021, with possible extension for further 2 years
LOCATION: Flexible (Bristol or home working from anywhere in England)

Role Description

The highly successful National Lottery funded Communities Prepared programme places people and communities at its core with a ground-breaking step forward for community resilience towards emergencies by empowering and mobilising community emergency volunteers (CEVs) across England.

Communities Prepared CEVs support communities to be more resilient by preparing for, reacting to, and helping with the recovery from flooding events and other emergencies. With an action plan based on their local knowledge, they assist the emergency services and support the community, as well as serve a vital purpose in early warning, reassurance and support for vulnerable people.

Main Duties

We are looking for an enthusiastic part-time Senior Project Officer to join our well-established team in order to lead the training and development element of the programme. The Senior Project Officer will work closely with the programme team, communities and partners nationwide to design and deliver tailored training and support packages that aim to assist communities to prepare for, respond to and recover from a range of emergencies. Please note that all training is currently being delivered online but this will be reviewed later in the year in line with government advice and the needs of the communities we support.

Our current programme is due to end in December 2021 but given the achievements of the programme to date and the ongoing need for work in this area, we are putting plans in place with a view to extending the project by a further two years. The successful candidate will play a key role in planning for, and transitioning to, this next phase alongside the rest of the programme team.

About you

As Senior Project Officer for Community Development and Training, you will have the confidence and skills to engage with people from a range of backgrounds and have proven experience in delivering training within a community setting. As the lead for training delivery, you will be comfortable in managing your own projects, whilst also working collaboratively, deputising for the Communities Prepared Programme Manager as required and supporting other Senior Project Officers.


Strong written and oral communication skills
Confident in using a range of training styles, with the ability to adapt to fit the needs of the audience
A broad understanding of the factors that contribute to resilient communities and the potential barriers
Strong leadership, motivational and organisational skills
Excellent listening skills and confidence in talking to people in groups and on a one-to-one basis
Experience of collaborative working with statutory and voluntary agencies


Experience of leading or being a member of a community volunteer group or community activities
Knowledge of emergency planning and the UK emergency response sector
Experience delivering training online, using meetings software such as Zoom

Key tasks include

Set up, organise and deliver training sessions to communities across England (including some evening and weekend sessions), utilising a broad range of disciplines and teaching styles
Deliver Train the Trainer training sessions to partners and other professionals
Provide information, advice and guidance to people who are facing emergencies and natural disasters within their community, such as flooding, pandemics, snow and utilities failure
Develop and execute community development strategies to grow community resilience, including establishing and/or supporting existing community emergency volunteer groups
Identify and engage volunteer groups and their coordinators within target communities, in partnership with other organisations
As part of the Communities Prepared team, contribute to the collective learning around community resilience, community emergency planning and response
Develop training materials and other resilience resources which can be used on the Communities Prepared online hub and various other platforms
Monitor progress against agreed targets and outcomes in relation to community development and training, in order to support reporting to the funder and partners
Represent the programme at conferences and events, including presenting to varied audiences
Be willing to travel nationally to meet the above duties (currently all duties are to be carried out from home with all training delivered online; this is to be reviewed later in the year in line with government guidance re. COVID-19)

In return we offer

25 days FTE annual leave per annum plus English Bank Holidays
A contributory pension scheme
Scope for continuing development of your professional skills

Groundwork South is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable groups. In line with our Safer Recruitment & Selection Policy and Procedure, successful applicants are subject to the receipt of two satisfactory references.

Closing Date: midnight on Sunday 8th August 2021
Interview Date: 11/12th August 2021 (remotely)

To Apply and for More Information:

If you would like to apply and find out more about this position, please click the apply button and follow the instructions on our website.

CVs will not be accepted. No agencies please. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please note that we reserve the right to close applications early in the event of a large response.

Groundwork South is committed to transforming people's lives and places through social, economic and environmental action. In terms of development and delivery of these projects we work across three business themes, Parks & Open Spaces, Youth & Employment and Greener Living & Working.

We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people. To demonstrate our commitment, we have been awarded the Disability Confident Scheme Symbol, which is awarded by the Employment Service. We guarantee an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the essential criteria for the post. If you consider yourself to have a disability and would like to apply under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme please complete the Guaranteed Interview Scheme form (at the top of our current vacancies page) and submit this with your application. We shall ensure fairness and equal opportunities throughout our workforce and in service delivery.

Groundwork South is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We welcome applications from suitably skilled candidates regardless of ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality, religion or age. A copy of our Equality and Diversity policy may also be made available to candidates on request.
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