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WINNING HEARTS & MINDS: COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FIELDWORKERS

 

 

The role is Grade 5 (£22,627 - £25,481). The role is fixed term until 31st March 2024. Closing date for applications is Sunday 6th March 2022.

To apply please send your CV with a covering letter detailing how you meet the criteria listed on the person specification to

recruitment@mcractive.com

Length of Contract: Fixed Term (2 years)

Do you know north Manchester? And we mean, do you really know north Manchester? Do you want to help local residents to improve their communities and improve their health and wellbeing? Can you:

  • Actively engage with the local community?

  • Collaborate with local partners?

  • Be pro-active in developing resident partnerships?

 

Do you:

  • Strive for a more just and equal society?

  • Respect, value, support and promote difference and diversity?

  • Have the ability to enable community empowerment?

  • Promote the active participation of people within communities?

Create and encourage opportunities for collective learning

Main Purpose of Post

  1. The team of Community Development Fieldworkers play an important role in the implementation and ongoing delivery of the community led initiatives workstream within the wider Winning Hearts & Minds Programme.

  2. The central focus of the roles requires strong engagement with Manchester’s diverse communities in the north of the city using a community development approach.

  3. Based within a community, and supported by other neighbourhood-based agencies, each role holder will need to fully embed themselves within their identified community, developing a strong relationship network across residents, statutory partners, the VCSE sector and other stakeholders to “get under the skin” of their area.

  4. Through information gained from these relationships, the role holders will support the development of community led initiatives within their localities, with the medium and long-term aims of improving health and wellbeing outcomes in that area.

 

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Establish working relationships with residents, partners and stakeholders within a designated community.

  2. Collect and analyse information on the condition of local community life and levels of activity in local neighbourhoods.

  3. Coordinate community engagement in north Manchester with the support of other neighbourhood-based agencies and the Strategic Programme Lead, Programme Officer and the programme’s Strategy Group.

  4. Ensure that the programme understands resident need and that residents have their say in what is important to their health and wellbeing.

  5. Working with residents and other agencies, apply varied and creative methods to strengthen community groups, increase people’s participation in local activity, increase mutual aid (the exchange of resources and services in the community for mutual benefit) and increase the influence of local people on public services.

  6. Produce reports on work carried out, results achieved and lessons learned.

  7. Liaise with and support evaluation partners for the Winning Hearts & Minds Programme and undertake self-reflection in order to assimilate feedback and evaluate own performance.

 

 

 

 

Community development brings people together. It enables people to work collectively to bring about positive social change and is a long term process, starting with people’s own experiences. This role requires selfless individuals who are passionate about assisting others. Role holders must be willing and able to take strengths based, person and community centred approaches to enable communities to work together in order to improve the quality of their own lives, the communities in which they live and societies of which they are a part.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

 

Essential:

  1. Have an excellent knowledge of north Manchester in relation to social issues and challenges faced by communities and be able to clearly demonstrate an ability to build relationships and identify community skills, assets, issues and needs across north Manchester’s diverse communities.

  2. Have a strong passion for making a difference to the lives of local residents in north Manchester and be committed to work for a more just and equal society.

  3. A commitment to the philosophy that changes are best bought about by the community themselves, and that efforts to improve an area must be driven and led by local people in order to have lasting success.

  4. Strong ability to communicate with the community, adapting language and style to relevant audiences. Understand the information requirements of a wide range of communities and make all information accessible.

  5. Experience of working with voluntary and community groups.

  6. Ability to work on own initiative, responding to the needs of the community as they arise.

  7. A willingness to undergo the training provided to further develop their community development and other job related skills.

  8. A willingness to consent to and apply for an enhanced disclosure check.

 

Desirable:

  1. Experience of working in the north Manchester area.

  2. Experience of co-design and co-production with local communities.

 

Where the post holder is disabled, every effort will be made to supply all necessary aids, adaptations or equipment, to allow them to carry out all the duties of the job. If, however, a certain task proves to be unachievable, job redesign will be pursued.

 

 

 

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 Project Manager

 

Job Title Project Manager
Grade G8 (£34,728 - £38,890)
Manager Digital Lead
Length of Contract Fixed Term (2 years)

recruitment@mcractive.com

Length of Contract: Fixed Term (2 years)

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 27 th February 2022.To apply for this position please submit your CV to recruitment@mcractive.com.
MCRactive welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, we aim for diversity within our team and believe it’s important that our workforce represents the communities we serve. We therefore want to attract more applicants from underrepresented groups particularly those who identify as LGBTQ+, those from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority backgrounds and individuals aged between 18 and 29 or 60+.

 

Main Purpose of Post
You will be an experienced project manager with experience of managing numerous projects. You will be working closely with team members, wider colleagues both internally and externally and suppliers to ensure that all project requirements, deadlines, and schedules are managed effectively.
To be a successful candidate, you will need to have a proven successful track record in project management.

 

Main Duties and Responsibilities
 Ensure contract compliance and delivery of agreed milestones, finances and outcomes,
including the verification of evidence for audit purposes and monitoring visits to providers in
respect of claims made.
 To constantly monitor and report on the progress of the programme and projects and any
problems and solutions to all stakeholders.
 To implement and manage any required changes to the programme and projects to ensure
achievement of desired outputs.
 To ensure effective evaluation and reporting structures, including post implementation reviews,
are in place to capture and apply learning points.
 To facilitate and maintain relationships with all suppliers and key stakeholders.
 Work with internal and external stakeholders to drive through a broad range of solutions.
 Work and coordinate with internal delivery and technical support teams together with external
specialists and third parties to develop and the scope of technical boundaries and integration
and manage and facilitate internal stakeholder involvement at all appropriate levels.
 To undertake such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the level of the
post.
 As part of the organisations flexible and supporting culture, to show a willingness to help and
enthusiasm towards supporting colleagues and peers from all sections within the organisation
should an individual or team needs assistance.

Through personal example the post holder should show an open commitment to ensure diversity is positively valued, resulting in equal access and treatment for all in employment, service delivery and communications. Where the post holder is disabled every effort will be made to supply all necessary aids, adaptations or equipment, to allow them to carry out all the duties of the job. If, however, a certain
task proves to be unachievable, job redesign will be given full consideration.

 

 

 

 

MCRactive is proud to support the Our Manchester Strategy. The Our Manchester approach puts
people at the centre of everything we do. We embrace the Our Manchester behaviours and as a
part of the MCRactive team, you will be required to adopt and adhere to these behaviours and
encompass them as a part of your daily working:

● We work together and trust each other;
● We take time to listen and understand;

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential
1. Strong understanding of formal project management methodologies.
2. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
3. Solid organisational skills including attention to detail and multitasking skills.
4. Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
5. Project Management Professional (PMP) / PRINCE II certification.
6. Ability to work as part of a team, to lead key areas of work and to mentor colleagues who
are leading on other aspects.
7. Ability to negotiate with stakeholders in complex and challenging situations.
8. Excellent interpersonal skills in group and one-to-one situations with strong negotiating,
influencing and persuasion abilities.
9. Ability to plan and manage budgets and to exercise firm financial control and budgetary
management across programme areas and individual projects.
10. An agile and flexible mind-set with the ability and aspiration to help and support all colleagues
across MCRactive and Manchester City Council
11. Ability to act on instructions and use own initiative.
12. Excellent time management skills.
13. Self-motivation and personal drive to complete tasks to required time scales.
14. Flexibility to adapt to changing workload demands and hours depending on the programme
of events and activities.
15. Personal commitment to continuous self-development.
16. Personal commitment to ensure services are equally accessible and appropriate to the
diverse needs of the service users.
17. If required, a willingness to consent to and apply for an enhanced disclosure check.
Desirable
1. Experience within the Public Health or NHS.
2. Experience within leisure industry.
3. Demonstrates knowledge in legal and technical IT requirements, particularly relating to data
handling and including the associated security aspects.

 

 

 

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