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We are hiring: Programme Manager (Children and Young People)

Are you a feminist with strong programme management skills? 

AVA is looking for an experienced Programme Manager to manage our work around children and young people. This is work that involves multiple partners, including community and statutory organisations, supporting children affected by domestic abuse, as well as work promoting healthy relationships. You will have strong programme management skills, experience of successful partnership working and a commitment to ending violence against women and girls.

AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) is a leading UK charity committed to ending gender based violence and abuse. We work with survivors to champion evidence based change. We have particular expertise around multiple disadvantage and children and young people. Our groundbreaking work includes “Complicated Matters”, the Commission report “Breaking Down the Barriers” and the online resources “Ask AVA” and “Breathing Space”. 

Our work has a particular focus on developing trauma informed approaches to supporting survivors. This priority is informed by both academic research, and the lived experience of survivors, primarily through our peer research work.

AVA trains over 3,000 practitioners a year. We are accredited by the Open College Network London (OCN London) and CPD Standards Office. Our new reports and resources can be found here.

Responsibilities of the post include 

  • To lead, develop and manage AVA programmes around children and young people
  • Managing relationships with delivery partners, including specialist “by and for” VAWG organisations
  • Maintaining robust monitoring arrangements across partnerships 
  • Ensuring effective and robust reporting to funders.

Requirements of the post include 

  • The ability to  manage a complex programme without hands on supervision 
  • Experience of managing partnerships across the voluntary and statutory sectors, ideally including working with community organisations or other specialist “ by and for” services 
  • A strong understanding of violence and abuse as it affects children and young people, encompassing prevention as well as post abuse responses
  • An ability to manage budgets. 

Location and hours 

At AVA we are committed to flexible working and offer all staff the chance to work in a hybrid fashion combining both office based and home based working. We close the office when appropriate from a public health perspective and maintain a covid secure office. The successful candidate will be expected to attend the office regularly (up to twice a week) during periods when it is open. For this post there will be some travel to attend external meetings (i.e. not at home or in our office) in order to meet the needs of the work – this travel will be conducted within  covid guidelines.

Further information follows in this job application pack, including a job description, person specification, and an equal opportunities monitoring form. 

Applications should consist of

  • Your CV which must include details of your education, qualifications and any relevant training, your employment history and 2 referees
  • A covering letter, no more than 2 sides of A4 in total, which outlines your skills, experience and knowledge in relation to each of the points in the person specification 
  • A completed equal opportunity monitoring form.

Please send your application to maria.dardagan@avaproject.org.uk by 17th January at 10am. Interviews will take place via zoom on 31st January 2022, with a second interview on 4th February 2022.

By making an application you are stating that you are legally entitled to work in the UK. The appointment will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and references. 

AVA is an equal opportunities employer.  We particularly welcome applications from Black and minoritised candidates who are currently underrepresented at managerial level in our staff team.   Please contact us if you would like to see our Equal Opportunities and Anti-Harassment Policy or our Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy. 

Click here to download the full job application pack.

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