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Project Co-ordinator (In Work Support Research)

Posted: 8 Sep 2020 Closes: 30 Sep 2020
London Borough of Tower Hamlets, GB £28386 (for 28 hours)
Fixed term & Part time working-well-trust/20200908104833

Research in to career progression for people with mental health to move out of low paid work


Project overview 

We are a recruiting a Project Co-ordinator for a project (London Work Resource) funded by the Trust for London and delivered with the London and South East Network for Job Retention and the Centre for Mental health. The London Work Resource has been set up in response to a burgeoning awareness that low pay is a serious problem, with 1 in 5 employees in the capital earning below the London Living Wage. The project will generate robust research evidence ‘’of what works’’ to improve the earning prospects for low-wage workers and will also benchmark best practice across a range of stakeholders, including employers, to promote better work for disadvantaged workers. 

Purpose of the role

The London Work Resource Project Co-ordinator will research, test and evaluate best practice models of career progression to increase the earning prospects of low paid workers with mental health support needs.  As the role will entail designing and delivering high-impact research and managing different project work streams, we are looking for someone with strong research and project co-ordination skills, with excellent organisational skills and a strong interest in promoting better work for disadvantaged people. In this busy role, it is important to be able to balance multiple priorities, devise work plans, mobilise plans into deliverable actions and develop strong working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.

Scope of the role 

The postholder will undertake the following duties: 

  • Manage different project work streams and undertake co-ordination tasks
  • Devise detailed project plans, translate plans into deliverable actions and set key timeframes
  • Design task-specific research activities and undertake primary data collection and analysis
  • Effectively communicate and disseminate findings internally and externally
  • Identify key barriers preventing career progression & evaluate existing career progression models by drawing out what works (or doesn’t)
  • Research, test and evaluate best practice models of career progression and employer engagement
  • Support employers and human resources professionals to implement systems and practices which best enable career progression for low waged workers
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with employers, HR departments, job retention network members, occupational health and trade unions
  • Test models of support with Retention Network providers

Location

The post will normally be based in our office in Bethnal Green although it will also include meetings with employers, clients and other providers across London.  Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic the post will be initially home based with online and phone meetings replacing face to face meetings.

Benefits

Staff benefits include an employer contribution to a personal or workplace pension equivalent to 6% of gross salary.  30 days annual leave plus paid public holidays (pro rata). 

How to apply

Please send your CV and cover form which include a supporting statement section (as one document) outlining how you meet the person specification requirements.  Candidates who do not send a supporting statement will not be shortlisted.

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2020 at 9am.  An initial short-list will be compiled and selected candidates will be contacted for a screening interview during the week beginning 5 October.  Formal interviews will be held in the following week.  We may choose the close the advert earlier if sufficient applications are received.

Working Well Trust is a Disability Confident employer and is committed to equality of opportunity and diversity. We welcome applications regardless of gender, age, marital status, religion or belief, ethnic background, disability or sexual orientation. 

A guaranteed interview scheme is available for disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria for appointment.

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