Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) is an international movement supporting adults to handle conflict, build better relationships and prevent violence. AVP Britain is a network of trained volunteers who, before Covid-19, were running ‘Facing Up to Conflict’ workshops in communities and prisons as well as a ‘Facing up to Conflict’ distance learning course, available free of charge to every prisoner in the UK. The work was delivered across Scotland, Wales and England in five geographical regions, each region having a Regional Co-ordinator. In normal times each region organises workshops, recruits volunteers, advertises and fundraises with support from the Board of Trustees, Working Groups and Regional Committees. Flexible, online versions of AVP Workshops have been developed and are being delivered lieu of face to face to workshops. We now want to move towards re-establishing the face to face workshops in the regions once again.
The successful candidate will work closely with the Board of Trustees, regional and national volunteers, working groups and others to implement our Strategy and priorities for development. AVP is undergoing a period of change and this is an exciting opportunity to join us as we strive to take the organisation forward on a more sustainable footing.
OUTLINE OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Responsible to: Line Manager appointed by the Board of Trustees. The post-holder will also be guided by, and report to, the Board of Trustees.
Salary: £31,200 p.a. pro rata Hours: 20-24 hours per week
Location: Home-based (or London based office if preferred). The successful candidate will be happy to work on their own for much of the time, with the majority of contact with colleagues being by emails, phone calls and video calls/meetings. In normal times the role necessitates occasional travel to London and other UK destinations for meetings. Flexibility of when hours are worked is therefore required.
MAIN AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
Work collaboratively across the organisation, with regions, and working groups to facilitate the successful delivery of AVP’s strategic plan according to the priorities agreed with the Board of Trustees. To do this the National Coordinator will:
- Support Volunteers and Staff.
- Support the recruitment, retention and professional development of AVPB’s volunteers nationally and regionally.
- Line manage, and provide support and supervision to regional staff where agreed (currently only one).
- Support the Programme
- Support the national development, delivery and marketing of our online workshops with consistent quality control principles.
· Support AVPB regions to find ways to safely and effectively re-establish their face to face workshops and then to expand and extend their activities in line with AVPB strategy.
· Explore and develop new ways to deliver our learning when face to face working is not possible (e.g. online workshops/distance learning) and possibilities to sustain more long term relationships with participants in order to deepen learning and facilitate greater change.
- Improve Internal Communication and Integration.
- Promote and enable more ‘joined up working’ within AVPB; regions communicating better with each other and with the ‘centre’ and vice versa; distance learning better integrated with other work.
- Improve communications and networking to enable regions to share ideas, initiatives and best practice.
- Improve Quality Control.
- Work with Trustees to ensure that strong and clear policies are in place to support the quality of all that AVPB delivers.
- Ensure that these policies are clearly communicated and disseminated via appropriate procedures, structures and training.
- Develop and maintain a consistent approach to monitoring and evaluating, particularly in quality and performance of AVPB facilitators and assessors, quality of work delivered (currently workshops and distance learning) and impact achieved.
- Develop Partnerships.
- Help AVPB to seek out, develop and sustain meaningful partnerships with other organisations at regional and national level in order to increase diversity of participants and volunteers, to increase the volume of work carried out and to work longer with participants where possible.
- Raise the profile of AVPB by improving external communications, including with past, current and potential funders, donors and commissioners, past and potential participants and with other agencies and stakeholders in the ‘conflict’ field.
- Identify and act upon funding opportunities as they arise
- Support trustees, staff and regional volunteers, in making national and regional funding applications to appropriate trusts and foundations, based on a clear understanding of AVPB’s programmes, funding needs and donor requirements.
- Keep the fundraising database up to date and available to all who need it.
- Where funders allow, ensure all funding bids are made on a full cost recovery basis and that all regional bids include core costs to support the central operations as well as the regional activities.
- Help to monitor expenditure in line with funders’ requirements and ensure timely reports to funders.
- Work with trustees and volunteers to help increase AVP Britain’s national and regional donor base.
· Support the Board in setting and reviewing the annual budget
CURRENT KEY PRIORITIES (THESE WILL BE REGULARLY REVIEWED AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND ADAPTATION)
- Support to regions. Help regional volunteers to re-establish teams, including recruiting new volunteers where needed. Help with plans, risk assessments and publicity to promote successful face to face workshops. Support regional fund raising for staff and programme development. Support and supervise regional staff where agreed (currently Wales Development Officer)
- Improve Internal Communication and Integration (see above)
- Improve Quality Control (see above)
2 years proven experience in managing teams or working in the Charity Sector(Candidates from outside of the charity sector with equivalent experience and transferable skills will be considered.)
Experience of working to organisational policies and procedures, including safeguarding, data protection, confidentiality, lone working, health and safety etc
Proven experience of working independently on own initiative, meeting objectives and tight deadlines and balancing competing priorities. Is a self starter.
Resilience: Can demonstrate experience of successfully facing setbacks, unforeseen events, obstacles and/or failures without allowing them to derail planned progress
Voluntary or professional experience in the field of conflict transformation
Experience of successful fundraising from grant-making trusts and other sources.
Experience of working with volunteers and/or in the voluntary sector
Experience of cross-organisational partnerships
MUST HAVE SKILLS:
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal (letter writing, flyers, reports and the ability to present AVP’s work externally in an engaging and informative manner).
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build strong relationships both internally and externally, including with other staff, Trustees and volunteers, from a wide range of backgrounds.
Proven project management and organisation skills with the ability to work systematically and thoroughly in preparing project proposals and donor reports.
Compilation and presentation of financial and basic statistical information
Ability to work co-operatively and motivate others. Can influence and lead without official reporting lines set up.
Strong user skills in Microsoft Word and Excel, familiarity with other office software and the internet, including social media
Willingness to work flexible hours by arrangement, including occasional evenings and weekends, and to travel in the UK on occasion
Board of Trustees, July 2021.