Interim Youth Commissioning & Dev. Officer- Cultural Services

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Interim Youth Commissioning & Dev. Officer- Cultural Services
Southwark, London
Interim Position

Southwark 5207852

Posted: 8th June 2022 11:59
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  • Pay Rate:

    £22.09 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 4 months.

  • Southwark, London,


What's involved with this role:

Interim Youth Commissioning & Development Officer- Cultural Services

Reference no: Southwark 5207852

The post-holder will lead on youth related service improvement and development projects as well as procurement and grant making exercises for youth related services.

Key responsibilities:

  • Manage and direct the delivery of Youth service revenue and capital programmes and projects, including grants and commissioning, linked to relevant corporate priorities.
  • Carry out needs assessments, research and surveys to establish service improvement requirements, levels of need and scope for change programmes and commissioning of services.
  • Responsible for revenue and capital project initiation, baseline qualitative and quantitative research, scoping objectives, drafting project plans and key milestones, monitoring progress against plans, managing resources and budgets, escalating issues where necessary and ensuring that the Youth Operations and Commissioning Manager is briefed on risks, slippage and delays.
  • Ensure internal and external funding resources for projects are identified and managed where needed and reporting requirements are adhered to.
  • Write briefings and complex reports on led projects and advise senior managers and elected members on any policy and service development implications
  • Devise and implement commissioning frameworks: prepare tender and grants documentation packs and other briefing materials for providers, coordinate publicity for commissioning opportunities for maximum reach and advise organisations considering applying for grant aid from the council, assess tenders and make recommendations in accordance with council decision making processes
  • Put in place service level agreements, conditions of grants, contracts, anticipated outcomes and other deliverables with providers and monitor and report on provider performance against contract.
  • Undertake all financial procedures in relation to the setting up of payments for project costs, grants and contracts and assist with budget setting and monitoring.
  • Ensure that easily accessible information on the portfolio of support programmes is available in a range of media.

“Specific Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:

Experience & Knowledge / Technical skills

  • A minimum of two years’ experience in an area of work related to the delivery of projects or programmes
  • Knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of project management in complex organisations
  • Knowledge of youth services operations and the constrains, risks and trends facing youth services post-covid, particularly in relation to service redesign, innovation and service delivery.
  • Experience of effective delivery of projects
  • Experience working with and influencing a diverse range of community groups and partners and of consultation with diverse local community
  • Experience of financial management, including budget planning and monitoring
  • Experience of delivering commissioning projects which include awarding and monitoring grants and contracts.

Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders at all levels both internally and externally
  • Able to remove barriers to understanding the needs of diverse stakeholders and communities taking account of a wider range of needs and presenting information clearly and convincingly so that others see the council as credible and engage with us
  • An ability to organise and prioritise work, to monitor progress against project plans and where required take remedial action to ensure project milestones are achieved
  • Advocacy and influencing skills to promote the service and demonstrate their value.
  • High standard of proficiency in use of IT to help administer projects (e.g. MS Project, PowerPoint, Excel)

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Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.

Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.


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Interim Youth Commissioning & Dev. Officer- Cultural Services
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