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OPeNS engAge Project Worker

Particulars of Appointment: 

OPeNS engAge Project Worker

Reports to: OPeNS engAge Project Manager/ Ananna Project Coordinator 

Organisation Unit & Location

Ananna - Manchester Bangladeshi Women’s Organisation

360 Dickenson Road 

Longsight 

Manchester

M13 0NG

Part time - 20 hours per week @ £23K pro/ rata

Duration Fixed term till June 2021 (and further, subject to funding)

About: engAge - connecting our over 60’s community 

The OPeNS (Older People’s Neighbourhood Support Fund) from OMVCS has funded a newly formed partnership in the Longsight and Ardwick neighbourhood and Ananna are pleased to be the lead organisation of this project. We are partnered with Manchester Cares, Together Dementia Support and TLC St Lukes. The aim of the project is to engage the existing over 60’s community in the area and provide meaningful activities and support. We at Ananna are looking for someone to join our team to implement and develop the exciting work of the engAge partnership. 

Main Contacts: Bangladeshi women and their families, engAge Partner organisations (Manchester Cares, Together Dementia Support and TLC St Lukes), Ananna Board of Trustees and staff, other voluntary and statutory organisations, volunteers.

Application closing date: 5pm, Friday, May 21st 2021

Invitation to Interview: Monday May 24th 2021

Interview date: Friday/Saturday May28th/29th 2021

Start Date: Immediate start

Main Purpose of the Job

You will be the key worker for this new OMVCS (Our Manchester Voluntary and Community Sector) grant and will maintain the responsibilities for the development of the OPeNS (Older Peoples Neighbourhood Support) engAge partnership. You will codesign and establish new activities after identifying the needs and interests of older service users. You will be proposing and implementing outreach strategies to attract service users we have not engaged with in the Longsight and Ardwick neighbourhood. You will be developing and managing appropriate service and support networks in response to these needs. You will be in close contact with the other partners in this project and will be expected to meet monthly to disseminate the project updates. These monthly meetings will also be an opportunity to discuss and implement changes to the delivery of the project as well as a chance to share skills between project workers. This partnership was formed with the support of the Longsight and Ardwick Age Friendly Network who will continue to actively be a means of information and signposting, referral and point of contact. The candidate must have a willingness to work flexible hours including occasional evenings and weekends. The candidate must also be willing to undertake relevant training.

Key Responsibilities, Accountabilities or Duties 

  1. To maintain and improve the developmental work of the partnership
  2. To support the advice and advocacy service of Ananna
  3. To make contact with local Bangladeshi Women so that they are aware of the different activities of the organisation
  4. Help the eligible women of the community to identify and meet their needs and objectives through a range of outreach and centre based work
  5. To attend the engAge partnership and Ananna staff and Trustee meetings to ensure seamless service delivery 
  6. To prepare and present project and monitoring information at the engAge partnership and management committee meetings
  7. To assist the Coordinator of Ananna regarding the engAge partnership as required
  8. To be responsible for implementing the engAge partnership and Ananna management committee decisions and policies with regard to the engAge partnership
  9. To draw an action plan for the delivery period aligned with the budget after consultation with service users and to evaluate the action at the end of that period
  10. To keep the records and reports of all work and communications to optimize the efficiency of the work
  11. To assist in the monitoring and evaluation procedures of the engAge partnership and Ananna
  12. To establish and maintain contact with appropriate statutory and non-statutory agencies
  13. To develop resources to support the work
  14. To work as part of a team and be highly organised and efficient
  15. To promote and distribute information about the engAge partnership and Ananna in general
  16. To ensure that the equal opportunities policy of Ananna is fully understood,

promoted and actively implemented

  1. Any other duties that support Ananna and the engAge partnership to deliver their outcomes as appropriate to the level of the job until the job description is reviewed
  2. To hold an up to date Enhanced DBS certificate

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Knowledge

  • The ability to identify sources of information and make appropriate use of it for further development of the engAge partnership 
  • Sufficient awareness and knowledge of welfare rights, health and the benefit system to be able to guide service users to access the correct support
  • Have knowledge and understanding of Bangladeshi culture and community, particularly in relation to vulnerable and marginalised women 
  • Knowledge of Manchester’s Community and Voluntary sector with particular awareness of services and support for older people from Black, Asian and Global Majority background
  • To have a clear understanding of safeguarding and experience in working with older people and vulnerable groups
  • The ability to promote and implement Ananna’s Equal Opportunities Policy and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion aims and objectives
  • Knowledge of standard IT software including MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook and social media platforms
  • Awareness of community and voluntary sector (CVS), how they operate, their broader role and the issues that impact CVS organisations in an age friendly context

Skills

  • The ability to undertake developmental work within the community by the use of appropriate outreach, motivation and organisation skills 
  • The ability to work cooperatively with other staff and engAge partners in the administration and management of the project in meeting the general aims and intentions of the management committee 
  • The ability to set up priorities, plan and use own initiative to organise own work in line with Ananna’s aims and operational priorities 
  • The ability to respect the confidentiality of service users and partnership work in all aspects of the work
  • To be proficient in speaking Bangla or communicating with women of Bangladeshi heritage
  • Basic numeracy skills
  • To have natural interpersonal skills to be able to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and of different languages
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to a wide range of audiences and stakeholders
  • Effective written skills including the ability to present information in a clear and concise manner for reports, monitoring and case studies
  • Ability to work on own initiative and determine own and multiple priorities and meet deadlines

Experience 

  • Experience of working in an environment that requires working sensitively with difficult situations, involving service users and wider community 
  • Experience of working with the the age friendly community and relevant agencies
  • Experience of paid or unpaid work in Black, Asian and Global Majority voluntary/ community sector 
  • Experience of running social activities independently in a community setting
  • Experience of working within a new and developing partnership 

 

To apply, please carefully read the job description and person specification above and then return a completed application form and an equal opportunities form along with a short cover letter. Applications can be obtained if you email info@mbwo.org.uk

Unfortunately we are unable to respond to all applicants.

If you have any queries, or wish to discuss this position on an informal basis before applying, please contact Ananna Project Coordinator Nasima Begum, – nasima@mbwo.org.uk

 

‘30 years of Ananna’ Project Officer

Particulars of Appointment: 

‘30 years of Ananna’ Project Officer

Reports to: ‘30 years of Ananna’ Project Manager/ Ananna Project Coordinator 

Organisation Unit & Location

Ananna - Manchester Bangladeshi Women’s Organisation

360 Dickenson Road 

Longsight 

Manchester

M13 0NG

20 hours per week, £22,704 pro-rata.

Duration Fixed term till June 2021 (12 months)

About: ‘30 years of Ananna’

Ananna, the Manchester Bangladeshi Women’s Organisation approached our 30 year anniversary towards the end of 2019. In celebration of this, we will be working on ‘30 years of Ananna’, a heritage project funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund to encapsulate the stories of the different generations of women who are a part of Ananna and Greater Manchester. This project aims to share heritage led by the findings of the young people involved in the organisation, and will focus on the narrative of the service users, staff, volunteers and board members. It will have intergenerational strands, but the aim is to capture positive stories and share them. We are hoping to curate some learning through archive material, visiting museums and cultural spaces within the city, whilst exploring various mediums of expression and oral history through the arts eg, poetry, photography, textiles etc. The Project Officer is responsible for leading on the development, delivery and promotion of The 30 Years of Ananna project. The role is responsible for managing freelance staff contracted to deliver work within the project, and must report to Ananna’s Coordinator and Chair when necessary. 

Main Contacts: Young people, Bangladeshi women and their families, Project Manager, Ananna Board of Trustees and staff, contracted freelance staff, partner organisations, other voluntary and statutory organisations, volunteers.

Application closing date: 5pm, Friday, May 21st 2021

Invitation to Interview: Monday May 24th 2021

Interview date: Friday/Saturday 28th/29th May 2021(TBC)

Start Date: Immediate start

Main Purpose of the Job

As the lead of this project, you are expected to coordinate and deliver Ananna’s ‘30 years of Ananna’ project at the highest creative quality whilst working closely with Ananna’s young girls group under the supervision of the project manager. To forge relationships with local youth provisions and schools to recruit participants and raise awareness about the project. You will manage freelance contracted staff and relationships with supporting and partner organisations. To be confident in delivering and producing creative sessions about identity and collecting oral history. To ensure sufficient promotion of the project and creative sharing events. You will also be sharing some of the creative outcomes from the project on social media and also via blogging. You will be working alongside an external evaluator to collect the success of this project in a creative manner agreed by young people.  

Key Responsibilities, Accountabilities or Duties 

  1. To project manage 30 years of Ananna NHLF project and be the first point of contact to all matters relating to the coordination, delivery and execution of the project
  2. To deliver the 30 years of Ananna project plan with creative input
  3. To set up, recruit to and oversee a project steering group with young people, partners and appropriate representatives
  4. Develop and maintain relevant and mutually beneficial partnerships with supporting organisations
  5. Work closely with Ananna’s young girls group to explore heritage and co-produce activities and outputs using creative and user led methods  
  6. Recruit, engage and enable young people from GM schools, project volunteers and service users to participate in project
  7. To be responsible to the Ananna Project Coordinator and 30 years of Ananna Project Manager and Trustees for monitoring and overall project delivery
  8. To attend staff and trustee meetings as required and present monthly progress reports verbally and in writing       
  9. To undertake relevant safeguarding training and design and deliver all activities with the highest regard for safeguarding of all young people that come into contact (directly and indirectly) with the project
  10. Participate in team projects and collaborate with any colleagues on shared tasks/objectives as required from time to time by the organisation
  11.  Any other duties appropriate to this level of post which may evolve as the job progresses, until the job description is reviewed
  12. ·To ensure compliance with all Equalities legislation and good practice
  13. To actively promote inclusion, equality and diversity within all service provisions and activities
  14. ·To ensure compliance with all relevant Health and Safety legislation and guidance within sites as appropriate
  15. To hold an up to date Enhanced DBS certificate

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Knowledge

  • Awareness and interest in Bangladeshi history, heritage and culture specifically relating to and centring the experience of women and girls of Bangladeshi heritage in Manchester
  • The ability to deal sensitively with the various types of situations that arise involving staff, management, service users and the wider community with full confidentiality
  • To present and write reports with good analytical skills
  • Excellent IT skills, spreadsheets, report/letter writing, internet/ e-mail etc
  • Experience of project development on comparable projects
  • Awareness of community and voluntary sector (CVS), how they operate, their broader role and the issues that impact CVS organisations 
  • To have a clear understanding of safeguarding and experience in working with young people and vulnerable groups
  • Knowledge of standard IT software including MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook and social media platforms

Skills

  • Clear understanding of the importance of monitoring and the relevant processes to meet the objectives and outcomes for this project
  • The ability to manage the day to day running of the activities of 30 years of Ananna within the organisation whilst ensuring all policies and procedures are followed
  • The ability to prioritise, plan and organise workload and the activities of the organisation
  • A personable and friendly attitude to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and of different languages
  • To have excellent communication skills; the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to a wider range of audiences
  • Effective written skills including the ability to present Information in a clear and concise manner for small publications, reports, blogs and for the website
  •  Ability to work on own initiative and determine own and multiple priorities and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively within a team to lead, manage and motivate artists, staff, participants and partners with a solutions focused approach to work

 

Experience

  • Experience of volunteer supervision, development and support
  • Experience of working with young people, youth work and support 
  • Ability to design and deliver training workshops in a community setting and online being cognisant of how digital is used in community settings
  • Ability to manage resources and people with strong planning and organisational skills
  • Experience in developing and co-producing community projects, ideally in an arts context with a creative approach
  • Experience of working effectively online and remotely using tools such Zoom/ MSTeams/ WhatsApp to meet and connect regularly with team members and community stakeholders
  • Experience of successful project management, including monitoring, dissemination and evaluation and meeting tight deadlines
  • A good understanding of the digital environment and ability to schedule events digitally and support colleagues and community groups/ individuals remotely

      Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of oral history and reminiscence work and best practice, including use of recording equipment and/ or experience of having collected an oral history archive or interviewing community participants
  • Knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the arts and connecting communities through creative activity
  • Personal connection/ lived experience of being Bangladeshi and being able to speak/understand Bengali or a relevant dialect would be an advantage 
  • Experience of working in Black, Asian and Global Majority community sector

To apply, please carefully read the job description and person specification above and then return a completed application form and an equal opportunities form along with a short cover letter. Applications can be obtained if you email info@mbwo.org.uk

Unfortunately we are unable to respond to all applicants.

If you have any queries, or wish to discuss this position on an informal basis before applying, please contact Ananna Project Coordinator Nasima Begum, – nasima@mbwo.org.uk

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