Manchester, Greater Manchester (On-site)
£30,000 per year, actual £25,306.00 for 9 months
Temporary, Current funding is for 9 months - a key part of the role will be to attract future funding., Full-time
Job description

The Our Manchester Disability Equality and Inclusion Partnership (OMDEIP) aims to be the city’s leading forum for all matters relating to disability. It is a pioneering initiative that facilitates co-production between Manchester’s influential organisations and disabled people, working to remove barriers which exclude disabled people from opportunities in the city.  We are a growing partnership of Disabled People and their Organisations (DPOs), public sector organisations, allies from the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector, and private sector companies.

This is an exciting time to take on a principal role within the initiative and build on key achievements.  For background information, please see the Our Manchester Disability Plan page.

The OMDEIP Strategic Co-ordinator facilitates effective work and progress within the Partnership, while seeking opportunities for its growth and development. 

The post-holder’s key responsibilities include:

  • Socialising and engaging key stakeholders across the city in the new OMDEIP.
  • Co-create a new Vision for OMDEIP
  • Ensure the co-production and delivery of an agreed set of clear annual priorities (2022)
  • Development & maintenance of OMDEIP infrastructure, including the recruitment of independent Chair/s
  • Secure shared resourcing and financial support from across city partners and external funding sources to sustain OMDEIP beyond 12 months
  • Ensure an independent OMDEIP online presence

The full job description and person specification is below

About you:

You will be able to demonstrate a proven experience in project development and management – particularly managing key stakeholder relationships that successfully deliver agreed objectives and targets.  

You will have excellent knowledge of the principles of co-design and coproduction and be driven by this opportunity to support ground breaking challenge and change. You will have experience of managing and developing financial resources.

You will have a genuine commitment to equality of opportunity and an understanding of the barriers that prevent full participation in society by marginalised or excluded groups and how these barriers can be removed.

You will have excellent communication and relationship building skills in order to establish and maintain effective partnership working

You will have excellent organisation and time management skills, an ability to work under your own initiative.

Breakthrough UK operates a fully inclusive approach to recruitment and employment.

How to apply: We require cover letter with a CV - or application form - which tells us how you meet our person specification for the role, listed below – please ensure you have considered how you will tell us why you will be the best candidate for this role.

If this approach is not accessible to you please contact us to discuss alternative application approaches.

Information is available in different accessible formats on request.

Deadline for applications: 9am 07/02/2022

Date for Interview: w/c 14/02/2022

About Breakthrough UK

Breakthrough UK is an organisation of disabled people, working to promote the Rights, Responsibilities and Respect of disabled people in society. We seek to influence public policy at National, Regional and local level and we work with public bodies, businesses, employers, other community and voluntary organisations, social enterprises and individual disabled people to remove barriers to employment and participation in society by disabled people. We provide a range of front-line services to disabled people to enable them to live independently and exercise choice and control in their lives. Our policies and working practices are based on the Social Model of Disability.            

We offer excellent working conditions and terms of employment – such as flexible working, good holiday provision, regular supervision, peer support and an employee assistance programme. We understand how to ensure all our staff feel included & we remove barriers to work.

Breakthrough UK is an equal opportunities employer and particularly welcomes applications from disabled candidates. As a disabled people’s organisation, 55% of our Board Members are disabled people and a significant number of our current staff are disabled people. 

Job Description  

Post:

Strategic Coordinator - Our Manchester Disability Equality & Inclusion Partnership (OMDEIP)

Salary:

£30,000 p/annum  9 months pro rata at Jan 2022

Hours:

35 Hrs per week (1.0 fte)

Based:

Remote working with regular meetings in Manchester.

Responsible to:

The Chief Executive

Responsible for:

The OMDEIP Project Administrator

Main aims of the post

The OMDEIP Strategic Co-ordinator facilitates effective work and progress within the Partnership, while seeking opportunities for its growth and development.  The post-holders' key responsibilities include:

  • Socialising and engaging key stakeholders across the city in the new OMDEIP.
  • Co-create a new Vision for OMDEIP
  • Ensure the co-production and delivery of an agreed set of clear annual priorities (2022)
  • Development & maintenance of OMDEIP Infrastructure, including the recruitment of independent Chair/s
  • Secure shared resourcing and financial support from across city partners and external funding sources to sustain OMDEIP beyond 12 months
  • Ensure an independent OMDEIP online presence.

Main duties of the post

1. Stakeholder relationship building, Communication and Engagement:

  1. Raise awareness amongst the public about the Our Manchester Disability Equality and Inclusion Partnership – why it is important, and its vision, work and impact.
  2. Highlight and increase engagement and co-production between local disabled people, the Partnership, member organisations, and major public and private sector organisations in Manchester.
  3. Work with all partners to align all existing organisational Equality Diversity and Inclusion plans and policies to OMDEIP’s work – build on and improve work that already exists, rather than create something additional.
  4. Build on the existing membership of the Partnership, ensuring that organisations that represent disabled people are fully involved, and offering membership opportunities to any organisation who wants to contribute to our work. 
  5. Supported by the project administrator design communications marketing materials and approaches; Including delivering against the agreed aim of developing and maintaining an Independent OMDEIP online presence.
  6. Maintain positive relationships with our commissioners and partners, facilitating meetings, providing written and verbal updates as required.
  7. Act as an external ambassador for BUK and the service, attending workshops, delivering presentations and networking as appropriate.

2. Project Management and Coordination of the OMDEIP

  1. Ensure compliance with contract and project requirements.
  2. Support staff and our OMDEIP partners to achieve individual and project team objectives and targets.
  3. Ensure that all the OMDEIP the quarterly Forum meetings and all associated OMDEIP meetings are held in a timely way with co-produced agendas and are accessible for all.
  4. Develop & maintain the OMDEIP Infrastructure, including the recruitment and liaison of independent Chair/s as set out in the Our Manchester Disability Plan.
  5. Engage and ensure timely updates to OMDEIP partners on project objectives, timeline, plan and KPIs.
  6. Ensure that the OMDEIP partners Group Terms of Reference are revised, updated and agreed as necessary.

3 Support the Partnership in its delivery of its five key priorities in 2021 – 2022:

Priority 1.To amplify the voices of disabled people in Manchester.  Activities will include:

  1. Establish and cultivate an ‘assembly’ of disabled people, whose views and experiences can influence the development of disability policy and practices throughout the city.
  2. Develop a mechanism for disabled people to communicate their priorities and concerns with the Partnership.
  3. Build relationships with key organisations, forums and individuals throughout Manchester, garnering support for the Partnership and its work - responding to the voices of the assembly as a result.  

Priority 2. Seek to prevent the human rights of disabled people being compromised during responses to emergent issues and situations.  Activities will include:

  1. Delegates from the Partnership to have membership / influence within decision making forums across the city, where they can represent the rights of disabled people.
  2. Establish if / when / how disabled people are being [indirectly] discriminated against according to the Equality Act 2010 and UNCRPD.
  3. All members to advocate for the rights and needs of disabled people to their organisations, especially during unprecedented situations.

Priority 3. Level-up “accessible housing, emulating ‘best practice’ proportions of new-build homes meeting accessible standards, as adopted by other UK cities.

  1. Developing relationships between relevant sections of Manchester City Council and housing partners / key forums (Manchester Housing Provider Partnership), consider opportunities to increase the proportion of new build homes being accessible.
  2. Understand best practice from elsewhere in the UK, and work to establish whether we can learn from and / or adopt other approaches.

Priority 4. Represent and support disabled people throughout the Covid-19 recovery – considering economic factors, employment, digital exclusion.

  1. Adapting to new working patterns, while avoiding digital / social exclusion.
  2. Responding to changing employment and work experience opportunities.
  3. Remain alert and responsive to additional emerging health concerns (new variants, the impact of long-covid, pandemic-related residual mental and physical health issues).

Priority 5. Minimise the impact of evolving approaches to transport and the built environment on disabled people:  

  1. Work with Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester, as well as both organisation’s disabled people’s advisory groups, to understand the impact of changing infrastructure, emerging modes of transport and policy reforms on disabled people.
  2. Support advisory groups in their work to mitigate potential issues and influence transport / infrastructure decisions.

4.  Monitoring and Evaluation:

  1. Lead the development and implementation of tools and systems to record, measure and evidence successful project delivery.  
  2. Oversee monitoring and evaluation requirements for the project, liaising with the funder and other key stakeholders as necessary.
  3. Undertake a mid-project review to assess if any changes to methods / approaches/ stakeholder engagement are required.

5. Line Management:

  1. Undertake regular 1 to 1 supervision meetings and performance meetings (e.g., Probation) with individual team member(s) to review and monitor performance.
  2. Provide day to day supervision, support, mentoring and performance management of team members to drive individual and team performance.
  3. Ensure staff maintain and improve skill sets and competencies appropriate to their role.

6. Financial Management and Resourcing:

  1. With the CEO and CMT to secure shared resourcing and financial support from across city partners and external funding sources to sustain OMDEIP beyond 12 months
  2. To manage effectively relevant budgets and comply with BUK financial procedures.
  3. To ensure that all contract/funder returns and claims are completed accurately and submitted promptly to ensure that all income and performance related payments due are received by BUK in a timely manner.

7. General Organisational responsibilities:

  1. To work within the BUK mission and values 
  2. To contribute to the development of the BUK service portfolio and business
  3. To work in accordance with all policies and procedures of BUK, particularly (but not exclusively) Health and Safety; Information Governance and Safeguarding
  4. To commit to own personal development and attend training or development activities as required
  5. To work in accordance with all relevant legislation
  6. To undergo regular supervision and at least an annual appraisal
  7. To undertake any other duties as required, and as appropriate to the post

Person Specification – Strategic Coordinator - Our Manchester Disability Equality & Inclusion Partnership (OMDEIP)

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate that they meet all of the following requirements below.

1. Personal values: All applicants must display a genuine commitment to equality of opportunity and an understanding of the barriers that prevent full participation in society by marginalised or excluded groups and how these barriers can be removed.

2. Knowledge

Excellent Knowledge of the principles of co-design and coproduction.​

Excellent knowledge of partnership governance and the role of stakeholders in the governance system​

Good knowledge and understanding of project management tools and methods​

An understanding of: (a) equal opportunities issues, (b) the need to treat people with equal respect, (c) social model of disability, (d) barriers that disabled people face to independent living​​

3. Skills

Strong skillset in using creative techniques to ensure co-productive and partnership approaches  ​

Strong skillset in relationship building and engaging key stakeholders from a variety of organisations

Excellent written and verbal communication skills (with the use communication support or equipment that meets their access requirements if necessary) with the skills to engage with a wide range of  internal and external audiences.​

Proven skills to manage competing priorities and multitask with the ability to be creative and solve problems as they arise.​

Proficient in IT platforms to facilitate remote working.

Ability to effectively work with a range of people from different skills and backgrounds, both internally and externally​

4. Experience

Proven experience in project development, management and successfully delivering agreed objectives and targets.​

Experience in developing positive stakeholder and partner engagement and involvement.​

Experience in planning, delivery and evaluation of strategic work.​

Experience of securing investment or funding for strategic initiatives​

Experience of managing staff, financial resources and key stakeholder relationships to successfully deliver partnership projects.​

We do not ask candidates at application stage to answer against the criteria listed below under Core Competencies. However please be advised that if you are successful in your application, at interview you may be asked how you meet our following core competencies.

Core Competencies:

1 Understanding of the Social Model of Disability and the Principles of Independent Living, and how to promote and apply these in your work.

2 Ability to manage own professional development and keep up to date on: disability issues, the environment in which Breakthrough UK operates and other areas of equality and diversity

3 Ability to critically appraise own and organisational performance.

4 Ability to promote the organisation to, and engage with, a wide audience of internal and external stakeholders.

5 An appreciation of value for money.

6 Leadership and motivational skills, including self-motivation.

7 Ability to work flexibly and as part of a team.

8 Professional approach to working with external partners.

Application Instructions

Please contact us if you require the application information or forms in a different format. Or if you wish to submit your application in a different format.
Please submit either a cover letter with CV or a fully completed application form.

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Posted on: 25 January 2022
Closed date: 07 February 2022 at 09:00
Job ref: OMDEIP SC Jan 22
Tags: Project Management