This role brings the voices of smaller grassroots organisations, and the low income families they support, into the policy and influencing space to improve policy and practice responses to child poverty across the capital. You will lead the network in collaborative efforts, sharing information and good practice to contribute to tackling child poverty.
Key responsibilities and tasks
To listen to the voices of Londoners with lived experience of poverty and develop strategic plans that amplify their priorities To manage the 4in10 project budget (and to secure external funding for the continuation of 4in10’s programme work in London past March 2023) To implement the project management plan for 4in10 to address the key child poverty issues London faces To line manage the 4in10 team to support the delivery of the project – two members of staff funded by City Bridge Trust To establish a strong profile for the 4in10 project through production of publicity material, strong press coverage, website and production of 4in10 members newsletters on child poverty in London To represent the project and campaign at high level decision-making groups assembled in London To develop and run campaigns to engage the public, voluntary sector and London policy makers in taking action on child poverty, including running London Challenge Poverty Week To develop and run good practice workshops and training for community and voluntary sector organisations and Local Authorities and policy makers in London To undertake research and policy projects to demonstrate how the key drivers of child poverty in London can be tackled by organisations, local and regional governments and businesses To engage with London Boroughs and provide support to ensure engagement of the voluntary and community sector, and children and young people in developing anti-child poverty strategies To implement a monitoring and evaluation framework for the 4in10 project and ensure the project complies with donor monitoring and reporting requirements
Other relevant activities including:
Playing an active role in achieving the ambitions of the Children England strategic plan Meeting regularly with other staff, working as a team, sharing ‘what works’ and providing feedback to Children England to inform future work and influence voluntary and statutory partners Monitoring and evaluating the impact of the work including providing regular reports and collecting monitoring and evaluation data as required for funders and trustees Participating in training, supervision and team meetings as requested
We want this post holder to approach their work with a commitment to:
Meet people where they are Be respectful Listen to the community Build trust and relationships. Get the word out about the challenges of living on a low income in a non-stigmatizing manner. Offer network support in a variety of locations and occasionally outside of normal office hours and travel across the capital
We require the following experience, knowledge and skills
Minimum of three years’ experience within children, young people, family / parenting organisations Experience of managing staff or volunteers.Experience of policy, campaigning and undertaking or commissioning research Experience of collaborative working with service providers and / or infrastructure voluntary and community sector organisations. Experience of establishing or actively participating in voluntary sector or other types of coalitions or networks. Experience of developing and / or delivering short training courses
Knowledge & skills
A high level of knowledge of current government policies and agendas on child poverty including, legislation and trends affecting the children, young people and families voluntary and community sector A good understanding of the child poverty policy context within the region, regional structures and developments, and voluntary and community sector engagement in them. Clear understanding of the needs and challenges facing London’s voluntary sector, and the impacts of poverty on the capital’s families. Previous experience of networking, advocacy and community capacity building work. An ability to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with the team, and community partners at various levels and to work with enthusiasm to identify and improve ways for the network to support them Facilitation and training skills. Ability to manage competing agendas Knowledge of how best to use digital communication tools to perform this type of role and experience with basic programmes such as Mailchimp, Eventbrite, Twitter and website administration.Evidence of the ability to be proactive and work on your own initiative to tight deadlines excellent written and verbal communication skills Child / young person centred approach, upholding children’s rights. Commitment to work in ways which challenge discrimination and disadvantage
We are #OpenToAll
We believe the voluntary sector should be as open and accessible as possible to people with the passion and skill to contribute, so we do not specify a degree, or particular qualification as a requirement for this role.
All staff must be willing to take advantage of appropriate training and development opportunities.
All staff must be willing to abide by the Health and Safety and other policies of Children England, and be prepared to challenge discrimination in the workplace and the wider world.
Children England has a small staff team and everyone is expected to work together as a team, contributing to shared tasks as well as taking personal responsibility for their own area of work.
All members of staff and volunteers are expected to work in a manner consistent with the agreed Statement of Values and Principles which underpins the work of Children England. This includes a requirement to maintain confidentiality.
All costs, expenses and travel will be reimbursed for duties undertaken – as per our expense policy.
Annual leave: 28 days, three of which must be taken over the Christmas / New Year period.
Pension - Offered at 9% of salary (not including London Weighting element) into a personal pension plan.