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Partnerships Officer (BAME disparities project) - THCVS

THCVS is an independent membership organisation for voluntary, community faith and social enterprise organisations in the borough of Tower Hamlets. Tower Hamlets CVS has secured funding for a one-year action research project to support BAME community groups across Tower Hamlets to build on and sustain the impact achieved in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Project will work with BAME community groups and with System Leaders to develop effective and sustainable mechanisms for influencing health and social care systems across Tower Hamlets. The Project will also provide practical support to participating BAME community groups to develop their digital capabilities and longer-term sustainability.

Job Purpose

1. To work with BAME community groups to influence decision making

2. To support BAME community groups to be more sustainable

3. To participate in the general activities of THCVS

Key responsibilities and duties

Developing Partnerships to Influence Decision Making

1. To lead on delivery of the Project with support from the Partnerships Manager, the THCVS team and the Project Advisory group

2. To develop and support a Community of Practice (CoP) network for staff and volunteers working in BAME community groups including where necessary, to identify and source training and other resources needed to be effective

3. To develop an evidence base of barriers and challenges, drawing on experience from the CoP, the advisory group and a wide range of resources including, findings from the Tower Hamlets Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Inequalities Commission and Public Health Insights programme

4. To support the CoP network in developing partnership with other agencies to develop and test solutions to the barriers experienced by BAME communities and VCS groups

5. To promote the work of the project to a range of audiences and provide regular briefings and updates on findings and progress to funders and external partners via the Project advisory group.

Supporting sustainability

6. To support BAME community groups in accessing the digital resources, capacity building and networking support provided by THCVS

7. Where appropriate, to provide support to groups in raising funds and securing the resources needed to be sustainable

8. To contribute to building a bank of ‘knowledge’ resources for our members to access

9. To contribute to monitoring, reporting and evaluation of THCVS service delivery as necessary

10. To contribute to the planning and review of THCVS networking and capacity building support programmes

Contribution to THCVS general activities

11. Work in accordance with THCVS Vision, Mission and Values

12. To work in accordance with the THCVS Code of Conduct and comply with Operational Policies and Procedures at all times

13. To contribute to THCVS planning and external facing activities e.g. the AGM and annual meet the funders events

14. To participate in THCVS supervision and appraisal arrangements

15. To undertake training and personal development plans agreed with your line manager 16. To take on other duties that may from time to time be necessary and that are compatible and appropriate at this level of role



- Demonstrable experience of successfully supporting and working with VCS organisations

- Experience of contributing to successful partnerships between VCS groups and other sectors to influence changes in policy and/or service delivery

- Experience of delivering training and other peer learning events for diverse audiences

- Experience of conducting research and reporting on findings, including user feedback surveys


-Experience of successfully securing grant funding for projects



- Understanding of barriers and challenges that BAME community groups face in influencing decisions -

- A good understanding of VCS governance and accountability requirements

- Commitment to equality of opportunity and ability to integrate equality issues into all aspects of the work


- Knowledge and understanding of the operating context for this Project in Tower Hamlets - Understanding of Action Research approaches



- Successful partnership and negotiation skills that deliver demonstrable results

- Excellent verbal, written and report writing skills for communicating with diverse audiences - High level of competence in using a range of social media and digital communication tools - Able to work on own initiative, to prioritise your work schedules in order to complete tasks and produce accurate work on time

Job title: Partnerships Officer (BAME Disparities Project)

Salary: £32,000 to £34,000

Hours: 35 per week

Annual leave: 25 days plus 3 days over Christmas/New year Contract: One Year Fixed Term Based at: THCVS Office/Home

Reports to: The Partnerships Manager

Direct reports: None

Staff supervised: Volunteers and temp staff as appropriate

Budget holder: N/A

Closing date for applications: 9.00am on Thursday 3 December 2020

Interviews will be held on Friday the 11th of December

For the full information pack please follow this link https://thcvs.org.uk/news/partnerships-officer-bame-disparities-project

Completed applications and monitoring forms to be submitted by email to peter.okali@thcvs.org.uk

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