Job Vacancy: Community Programme Officer

Job Vacancy: Community Programme Officer

Job title:   Community Programme Officer

Reports to:   UK Programme Manager

Salary:   £23,125- 25,500

Hours:   35 hours

Duration:   2 years fixed term contract


We are the African women-led organisation working to end multiple forms of violence against women and girls. From female genital mutilation and child marriage to domestic and sexual violence, we tackle abuse and discrimination – enabling African women and girls to have the dignity, health and equality they deserve. For over 35 years we have worked to bring communities together, developing local skills and knowledge, and nurturing young women leaders to enable them acquire the leadership skills, information and motivation they need to transform their lives.

Job purpose

FORWARD is looking for a dynamic individual, experienced in building relationships with BME community organisations and women. The ideal post-holder will also be a great facilitator and passionate about supporting women affected by multiple forms of abuse to transform their lives and thrive.

Under the direction of the UK Programme Manager you will support the implementation of FORWARD’s community engagement and outreach support projects and programmes through partnership development, community mobilisation and capacity building. The Community Programme Officer will also work with African women and girls affected by female genital mutilation (FGM), domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG), helping them become confident, empowered change-makers and leaders. You will provide community-based support for affected African women and minority ethnic communities, enabling them to have the dignity, health, wellbeing and safety from violence they deserve, for themselves and for their children. You will also support the work of community volunteers and partners.

Key responsibilities

  1. Mobilise and oversee community support and outreach services, including coordinating requests for advice, support and information, assessing users’ problems and needs, and ensuring appropriate responses to requests, such as during referrals to FGM clinics
  2. Partnership development and project implementation, such as supporting bridge-building between community women, partner organisations and statutory agencies and other bodies
  3. Research, monitoring and evaluation, such as recording and monitoring progress of the Community Programme towards achieving targets and outputs and producing quarterly reports to the UK Programme Manager
  4. Other general duties, such as undertaking any general enquiry work, advice and support where needed, and maintaining high standards of conduct and personal integrity through example and practice

Recruitment and selection

As part of the recruitment and selection process, FORWARD may undertake DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) checks where appropriate for all individuals who will work directly with children and vulnerable adults. We are committed to welcoming people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences. FORWARD considers being female a Genuine Occupational Requirement for this post under the Equality Act 2010.

Closing date: Monday, 23 May 2022, 23:59

Interview dates: Monday, 6 June 2022 – Tuesday, 7 June 2022

To apply for this post, please read the job description and send back a completed application form and equal opportunities form to [email protected]

Please state this reference in your application: COMMSMA22