London, Greater London
£34,315 - £39,338 pa
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Starting Salary:£34,315 - £35,763 pa

(Fixed term - 8 months - Please note that this is a maternity cover role)


Job Profile

CAFOD’s work in the Catholic community of England and Wales is to inspire and resource Catholics to participate in the Church’s mission to overcome poverty and injustice in partnership with CAFOD.

The main purpose of this role is to recruit and support a team of committed, inspired and well-resourced volunteers working in parish and school communities to enable and equip Catholics to connect and understand, give, act and pray. Each Community Participation Coordinator is the local contact for a group of volunteers within a diocese or dioceses within the regional team.

The Community Participation Coordinator (CPC) is part of a regional team working across a group of six dioceses and whilst having a primary focus on one diocese, is responsible for the results of the regional team plans in relation to volunteer recruitment and retention and parishioner participation.

The role will be based from the Southwark diocesan CAFOD volunteer centre at Bishop Challoner School, Shortlands and/or at Romero House, Westminster Bridge Road, London, although it is expected that the post holder will be mobile and flexible to meet volunteers as required. The post holder will also be meeting with other regional team members as required.  The role requires a willingness to be adaptable to support the work of the regional team, deploying skills, knowledge and at times activity in other parts of the regional team area. This is likely to require some additional travel (which would be reimbursed by CAFOD). The post also requires weekend and evening work.

CPCs are accountable for delivering CAFOD’s parishioner and children & young people participation plans locally across England and Wales. The parishioner participation plan focuses on growing parish participation through increased number and activity of parish volunteers and the development of volunteer co-ordinators. The plan is also focused on enabling parish communities to expand the breadth of their participation. Through greater numbers and activity of schools volunteers and volunteer co-ordinators, more schools will be visited by a CAFOD volunteer.

The post reports to the Community Participation Manager for South East region.



Key Responsibilities


Managing volunteers

  • Be the local diocesan contact for volunteers
  • Hold the relationship with a targeted number of volunteers in order to achieve the parishioner participation plan and children & young people participation plan in the region
  • Contribute to increasing the number and activity of parish and school volunteers and volunteer co-ordinators in line with the regional team plan
  • Contribute to development of volunteering opportunities especially the growth of volunteer coordinators
  • Match the offers, skills, experiences and expectations of volunteers with opportunities and needs in relation to CAFOD’s plans for parishioners and children & young people
  • Coordinate and support the work of a number of volunteers working in partnership with CAFOD to deliver CAFOD’s programmes of work within parish and school communities
  • Ensure each volunteer is appropriately inducted, briefed, trained and resourced
  • Increase and ensure volunteer retention through induction, support, affirmation and effective management of the volunteer throughout their involvement with CAFOD
  • Organize volunteer briefings and training opportunities to be delivered either by national programme teams or self or members of her/his regional team
  • Record and update volunteer records on the database


Delivering participation plans

  • Share accountability for delivery of parishioner and children & young people participation plans for the region (a group of dioceses) with a primary focus on one diocese, and for fundraising, education, campaigns, media targets, as delineated by the parishioner participation plan and the children & young people participation plan for the region. It is anticipated that the role will have an 80% focus on parish communities and a 20% focus on school communities
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of a regional plan across a number of dioceses (6) in support of the parishioner participation and children and young people participation plans and appropriate for local contexts
  • Achieve targets for increasing parishioner and children & young people participation primarily through recruitment and retention of volunteers
  • Produce monthly reports on recruitment, activity, development and retention of parish and schools and youth volunteers
  • Closely monitor parish participation activity


Managing relationships

  • Build and maintain a small number of key relationships including with priests and others within a diocese as determined in the regional plan. Be point of contact with local Bishops.
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with diocesan press and be a point of contact for local broadcast and print media, to increase opportunities for Catholics to hear about CAFOD’s work, working with and through media volunteers

All staff are expected:

  • To attend and contribute to regular Team, Group and CAFOD-wide meetings and briefings
  • To participate in training and other activities as requested by the line manager
  • To work as a supportive member of the team, providing cover for and training of other team members and volunteers as required
  • To be accountable for the achievement of objectives set by the line manager


This list of duties and responsibilities is by no means exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake other relevant and appropriate duties as required. This job description is subject to regular review and appropriate modification.


Safeguarding for Children and Vulnerable Adults

CAFOD recognises the personal dignity and rights of children and vulnerable adults, towards whom it has a special responsibility and a duty of care and respect.  CAFOD, and all its staff and volunteers, undertake to do all in our power to create a safe environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults and to prevent their physical, sexual or emotional abuse.  CAFOD is committed to acting at all times in the best interests of children and vulnerable adults, seeing these interests as paramount.  Any candidate offered a job with CAFOD will be expected to adhere to CAFOD’s Safeguarding policy and sign CAFOD’s Code of Behaviour as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents. This post involves contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults, or has responsibility for people who will do, and applicants will be subject to specific checks related to safeguarding issues.  If based in the UK the post holder is required to present or obtain a Disclosure from the DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service). 


Person Specification /Essential Criteria


Understanding our context

-Understanding Catholic identity: sympathetic knowledge of the life, culture and structure of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and an ability to work effectively within it and especially an understanding of parish community life


-Understanding CAFOD: understand the contribution of each division to the delivery of our vision, mission and values



Working together

-Managing ourselves:  Strong interpersonal skills including an ability to develop personal relationships quickly and to inspire and convince others.  Ability to be self-motivated and able to work in isolation at times.


Working with others: builds positive and fruitful partnerships particularly with volunteers; works effectively as part of a regional team to ensure sharing of good practice and shared workload; being willing and able to help other team members and be helped to achieve delivery of a regional team plan 

-Strong interpersonal skills including an ability to develop personal relationships quickly and to inspire and convince others.


Communicating: can communicate strongly CAFOD’s vision for community participation and volunteer partnership; share knowledge and information across CAFOD



Making change happen

-Managing resources:  confident with analysing and using data for planning, monitoring and reporting:  Proven planning, time-management and organisational skills


-Achieving results:  Ability and willingness to focus on achieving results, especially for the delivery of shared regional plans for community participation and income growth


-Managing our performance:Ability and willingness to work to targets and achieve results




Job-specific competencies


  1. A demonstrable commitment to volunteering and understanding of its potential as a force for change
  2. Experience of managing multiple relationships with volunteers and a wide variety of volunteers including recruitment and retention: managing volunteer performance 
  3. Need to be willing and able to travel extensively to all parts of the Diocese and to travel to other parts of the region as needed. At times it will be necessary to transport equipment and resources and to be flexible to work evenings and weekends. 


Please click here for a full list of CAFOD’s Staff Benefits 


Come and join us and help make a real difference in the lives of the world’s poorest communities. 

CAFOD is an equal opportunities employer. Recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.


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Posted on: 12 November 2019
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