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Development Manager

Independent Custody Visiting Association
£40,000 per annum
Closing date
19 Mar 2024

Job Details

We are seeking someone who shares our values and can demonstrate high levels of experience, skill, and motivation to develop our organisational strategy, demonstrate the value of ICV volunteers, and generate income to deliver projects and sustainable outcomes for our members and those in detention. 

Around 1,300 volunteers across the UK make unannounced visits to police custody suites to provide a crucial safeguard for the rights and welfare of those held there. The Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA) is a national membership organisation which leads, supports and represents these volunteer custody visiting schemes. This new role presents an opportunity to expand and develop our service, impact and offer across the UK.

ICVA has a great reputation as a rights-based organisation with an impressive reach for such a small team, and a can-do attitude is essential to ensure that we build on this reputation. 

Job description

The postholder will develop our outreach, policy and fundraising work, to increase the profile and reach of ICVA and the visiting schemes it supports and represents. 

Communications, policy, and development

  • Lead in developing and delivering policies and strategies in line with the annual business plan. 
  • Research and draft clear, well-targeted and influential communications material on key issues, including on emerging significant issues within police custody, human rights and volunteering. 
  • Play a key role in developing and tracking policy projects in priority areas to ensure the humane and equitable treatment of those detained in police custody. 
  • Produce publications, social media content and web copy designed to promote ICVA and the value and impact of independent custody visiting volunteers and schemes.
  • Work with the ICVA team to ensure that organisational strategic aims support members effectively.
  • Compile information for quarterly Board meetings and attend and contribute to team and board meetings. 
  • Support, promote and implement equality, diversity, access and inclusion across all work. 
  • Attend appropriate conferences, networking events, workshops and other events beneficial to increasing awareness of the work of the volunteers and ICVA. 


  • Research, coordinate and write funding applications to trusts, foundations and public bodies. 
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of the funding climate, sector and sources of available funding. 
  • Lead on gathering, compiling, and submitting timely and accurate monitoring, outputs and evaluation reports, working with the wider team to build this into plans. 
  • Consider opportunities for the organisation to build corporate partnerships.
  • Develop strategies and campaigns to encourage new networks and engaging potential funders in organisational workstreams. 

The role is remote but there is an occasional requirement to attend meetings across the UK. 

For further information please see the attached job description.

How to apply

Please submit:

  1. An anonymous CV of no more than two sides of A4. Please remove any data that would suggest any personal characteristics such as age, gender, or ethnicity.
  2. A covering letter of no more than two sides of A4 outlining your suitability for the role as per the person specification and qualities listed. Please include the details of two referees, including your current or most recent employer.
  3. A completed equality and diversity form. This will be separated from your application.

Please email your application documents with the subject ‘PRIVATE – Application’ to by 11.59pm on Tuesday 19 March 2024.

Your application documents, taken together, should demonstrate how you meet the criteria in the job description and person specification. Please ensure that you consider and address the criteria in your response.

Interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams on Tuesday 16 April 2024.


Local volunteers make unannounced visits to police custody to check on the rights, entitlements, wellbeing and dignity of detainees held in police custody, reporting to PCCs and Policing Authorities who hold Chief Constables to account.


  • Promote and support the effective provision of independent custody visiting in police forces in the United Kingdom
  • To support independent custody visitors across England and Wales in contributing, wherever possible and appropriate, initiatives to improve conditions in police custody.
  • Ensure alignment between the local delivery of independent custody visiting and the UK’s obligations under relevant international treaties, including the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) and European Human Rights legislation.
  • We are members of the UK National Preventive Mechanism (UKNPM) as required by the Optional Protocol against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) – an international human rights treaty designed to strengthen the protection of people deprived of their liberty.

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