Project Worker

We are very pleased to have been awarded 3 years funding from BBC Children in Need for a new cooking and gardening project. The post will be based in Ashington, but some travel around NE Northumberland will be needed. The Job Description and Person Specification follow. Applications should be made by emailing a CV and a covering letter to; by the closing date of Friday, April 19th 2019. And if you would like an informal chat beforehand, please email your phone number and availability to the same. Job Description   Post:                                      Project Worker Responds To:                      Project Manager Responsible For:               Volunteers Hours of work :                 21 hours per week Contract length:                Three years  Pay Scale :                          £21,840 pro rata Base:                                    Hirst Welfare Centre, Ashington, Northumberland (and travel as     required)

Job Purpose

To develop and deliver the BBC Children in Need funded community programme utilising growing and cooking skills for children and young people. To encourage healthy eating, outdoor activity and exercise beneficial to health.

Main Duties

The following list is typical of the level of duties which the post holder will be expected to perform. It is not necessarily exhaustive & other duties of a similar type and level may be required as instructed by the Project Manager.
  • To be responsible for the day to day delivery of BBC Children in Need funded project within an agreed budget including the over-seeing and all development, planning, risk/assessments, management of volunteers, delivery of project, monitoring and evaluation.
  • To deliver cooking sessions with young people and primary school age children up to age 18 years of age.
  • To source and support beneficiaries, motivating and empowering them in their participation in the project
  • To develop and deliver methods of cooking, recipes and food budgeting strategies appropriate to children and young people
  • To facilitate and appreciate the input of children and young people into the design, delivery and evaluation of the project.
  • To be jointly responsible for overseeing the efficient running of the FCFP community café and kitchen garden
  • Working in partnership with a range of external partners develop new aspects of this project in response to community needs
  • Ongoing recruitment, induction, support and retention of volunteers for the project.
  • To manage the DBS checking process for this project
  • To implement, monitor and evaluate FCFP’s Safeguarding Policy and Procedures for this project, and be responsible for making volunteers aware of their obligations under the policy.
  • To arrange Safeguarding training for volunteers, or additional staff if required for this project.
  • To implement the organisation’s policies & procedures
  • To implement the organisation’s monitoring procedures and capture evidence to demonstrate impact.
  • To represent FCFP on external bodies where appropriate & network with organisations/ agencies to further develop the work of the organisation.
  • To develop, implement & review monitoring systems to demonstrate the performance of the organisation and to meet funders’ requirements.
  • To prepare regular reports on the progress of this project as required and attend Trustee Meetings if/when required to do so.
  • To ensure Health & Safety and Safeguarding of staff, volunteers and beneficiaries at all times.
  • To participate in learning & development activities as appropriate.
  • To manage and update FCFP Social Media accounts in line with relevant policies and procedures.
Appointment will subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS Check, plus completion of a 3 month trial period.                                            Project Worker – Person Specification

Factor Essential Desirable
Education/Qualification     Educated to a Good Standard Food Hygiene Certificate Level 3 * Community Development Qualification Youth work / working with Children qualification
Experience              Experience of working &/or volunteering within a community environment. Experience of delivering cookery education and support to community beneficiaries. Experience of working with young people and children. Knowledge of and experience in safeguarding procedures re delivering projects involving children and young people. Experience or working within/delivering grant funded projects in communities experiencing social disadvantage Experience of working with a wide range of agencies/ organisations in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors Experience of working effectively as part of a small team Experience of recruiting, supporting, managing, and retaining a team of Volunteers. Trained re Equality and Diversity. Experience of completing risk assessments re projects. Experience of delivering presentations. Experience of planning and managing promotional /fundraising events Desirable
Skills/ Knowledge/ Aptitudes  Must be self-motivated able to work with minimal supervision and be able to prioritise own work load in order to achieve targets/objectives. Knowledge of Food Safety Legislation. Ability to clearly demonstrate ccoking/healthy eating skills to project beneficiaries. Knowledge of the issues of food poverty, food waste & diet. Knowledge of and experience in implementation of safeguarding requirements. Ability to deliver agreed targets /outputs in line with funding requirements and the agreed budget. Well organised with excellent administration skills. Excellent IT skills required. Able to produce high quality reports /case studies to demonstrate the impact of the project. Knowledge of Health & Safety at work. Networking skills, with the ability to network with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. Knowledge of health, diet, environmental issues. Knowledge of data protection legislation. Ability to use Social Media to promote the project. Ability to manage/update   websites Project budgeting skills. Ability to design and produce high quality promotional material to promote projects /events Knowledge/experience of working with other Third Sector Organisations in Northumberland Trained re manual lifting and handling.
Additional Requirements  Appointment will be subject to the successful applicant undertaking an Enhanced DBS Check. Willing to obtain a Level 3 Food Hygiene Certificate on appointment ( to be paid for by FCFP). Willing to undergo further training and development as required. Able to meet the travel requirements of the post. Able to work flexibly to meet the needs of the role including some evenings /weekends for which TOIL will be taken in line with the FCFP Staff Handbook. Willing to deliver projects/events outdoors as /when required.
March 2019