UK Independent Assessors

Comic Relief
£46 per hour + reasonable expenses
Closing date
30 Oct 2019
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UK Independent Assessors

£46 per hour + reasonable expenses

Home Based All UK regions and Nations

We are recruiting to our pool of independent UK assessors.

Our freelance assessors are an important part of our approach to understanding and investing in a broad range of charitable organisations across the UK and work alongside the core Comic Relief team providing independent insight and capacity for assessment and shortlisting of funding applications.

Assessors are responsible for understanding the current and proposed work of applicants, their governance, financial health, safeguarding and strategy and make recommendations about suitable organisations for investment. Assessments directly contribute to the final decision-making process at Comic Relief.

We are particularly interested in assessors from black and minority ethnic backgrounds and those based in the North East of England, Yorkshire & Humber, Scotland and Wales however applicants from all Nations, Regions and backgrounds are welcome. We also welcome applications from those with lived or professional experience relating to any areas of our Social Change strategy.

Assessors are paid at an hourly rate of £46.00 for shortlisting, assessments and training related to these areas. Reasonable associated expenses are also covered.

Person Specification

Applicants will need to demonstrate:

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Experience of working in the voluntary sector, either paid or unpaid, or within local Government in a position which has involved liaison with the voluntary sector.
  • Experience of assessing grant applications of various sizes and complexity and good analytical skills.
  • To be based in the UK and to ideally live in, and have detailed knowledge of, any issues affecting your  particular region / geographical area and / or knowledge of areas and issues tackled through our Social Change strategy
  • To be willing to travel to other areas of the UK to undertake assessments
  • General knowledge of the voluntary sector in the UK and a working knowledge of the structures and decision-making process of statutory authorities and other regional / national funders
  • Ability to write detailed reports clearly and concisely, providing analysis of strengths and weaknesses of proposals and applicant organisations and a judgement on these
  • Ability to use information and communication technology, including word processing, email and Comic Relief’s bespoke online assessment system (training is provided)
  • Ability to analyse and make judgements based on audited and management accounts, project budgets and other financial data
  • An understanding of safeguarding, inclusion, diversity and participation as it relates to organisations and assessment.
  • A commitment to Comic Relief’s values of promoting social justice and tackling the effects and root causes of poverty in the UK

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of Comic Relief’s current Social Change strategy.
  • Lived or professional experience and knowledge of one or more of our social change priorities and approaches; Gender Justice, Safe Place to Be, Mental Health Matters, Children Survive and Thrive, Sport for Change and Social Tech

To apply to become one of our freelance assessors please submit an up to date CV and cover letter explaining your interest in and suitability for this role to Claire Langford via the link.

Deadline for applications is 12 noon 30th October and we anticipate holding interviews w/c 9th December 2019.


Our mission, thanks to our comedy heritage and the fantastic relationship we enjoy with the BBC, is 'positive change through the power of entertainment'.

And our biggest tool, in trying to achieve these two goals, is the ability to inspire people across the whole country especially those who don’t normally do charity - to do charity.

As the world has changed and become more complex over the last two decades, so Comic Relief has had to adapt and change too but the fundamentals remain the same - a just world free from poverty. In trying to achieve that vision we make this promise to the people who make those efforts possible - our supporters:

"In order to run itself in a professional and effective way Comic Relief incurs necessary costs. Raising funds, making grants and organisational overheads cost real money.

Despite these costs, Comic Relief is still able to promise that for every pound the charity gets directly from the public, a pound goes to help transform the lives of people living with poverty and social injustice. If Sport Relief raises £20 million, Comic Relief will spend at least £20 million doing just that.

It can make this promise because its operating budget is covered in cash or in kind from all types of supporters like corporate sponsors and donors, suppliers, generous individuals and government (including Gift Aid) as well as from investment income and interest"


Comic Relief is obviously a charity - but it's also a business too.

The money we raise is allocated to a wide range of grants and social investments aimed at delivering real and long-lasting change to the poorest, most vulnerable people at home and across the world; as well as informing the public and young people in particular about global citizenship and the underlying causes of extreme poverty.

That money comes in from a number of different sources. Traditional charitable fundraising obviously plays a vital role. The public contribute to Comic Relief's annual campaigns by raising money through sponsorship and by making donations online, by post, by telephone and through major banks and building societies. This support, from almost the very day Comic Relief was formed, has been both humbling and inspirational.

On the business side of things, Comic Relief works with key corporate partners to produce products and promotions that are profitable. The clearest example of this is the Red Nose that is the emblem of Red Nose Day.

Where possible these products tie-in with the charity's commitment to delivering benefits to poor farmers and producers. The Red Nose Day 2007 T-shirt for instance was made with fair trade cotton from Mali, Cameroon and Senegal and there will be a fair trade Maraba Bourbon coffee grown in Rwanda, a country to which Comic Relief has had a clear commitment since the appalling genocide of 1994.

Another way Comic Relief raises funds is via the creativity made available to the charity. Comedians from time to time offer access to key brands like Little Britain for commercial exploitation. The charity also develops and owns key sub-brands like Robbie the Reindeer and Monkey, both of which deliver a revenue too.

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