Birmingham, West Midlands
Finsbury Park, Greater London
£32,000 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Grants Programme Officer

One Year Fixed Term Contract

Based in London or Birmingham with occasional travel within the UK 

(Flexible working may be considered)


37.5 hours per week

£32,000 FTE


Big Issue Invest (BII) is the social investment arm of The Big Issue. BII helps prevent poverty and creates opportunities for communities by providing finance, from unsecured loans to equity investment, to sustainable social enterprises, charities and ventures.



We are currently in the process of establishing a ‘Covid-19 Social Enterprise Support Fund’ in consortium with other UK funders. This fund will expect to deliver grants to social organisations across England from July 2020 with all expenditure completed by March 2021.


BII are looking to hire a Grants Programme Officer (GPO) with experience in project management, grant management and impact reporting. The GPO will be a key role in an exciting UK social investor delivering this new programme. The GPO will work closely with the Head of Impact and the Lending Team’s Investment Manager leading the programme. 


The Role                                        

This will be a fast-paced and exciting programme and will require a GPO who can take initiative and be comfortable working at pace. 


The GPO will be responsible for leading effective collaboration with key stakeholders of the project and for delivery of key project management and reporting activities in relation to the fund. This includes liaison with funders around activity, expenditure and impact reporting.


The role is a great opportunity for someone with project management and/or grant management experience who wants to work within a social investment organisation supporting social organisations across the UK. The role provides an opportunity to build skills in project delivery, grant management, impact management and financial reporting skills. The role will sit in the Impact Team working closely with the Head of Impact and liaising closely with the Investment Manger leading the programme.


This role is initially a one-year fixed term contract with the opportunity to extend.


For a full job description including the summary of skills, qualities and experience required for the role please download from the link below. 

To apply please click Apply Now, you will be taken to our recruitment site and asked to complete a short application form and then upload your CV and covering letter.


Salary and Benefits

We offer a salary commensurate with the third sector, which can be confirmed on request

Incremental holiday entitlement starting at 25 days per year plus bank holidays (pro-rata for part time staff) plus paid leave to care for a sick child or grandchild and a sick or elderly relation

Incremental sick pay starting at 5 days per rolling year

Enhanced contribution to our workplace pension 

Enhanced maternity pay

Training and development opportunities including an open learning library and management training schemes

Health benefits include life cover, a health Cashplan scheme which provides access to counselling and a range of therapies

Please note that we reserve the right to review and amend our staff benefits and they do not form part of any contract of employment.

Workplace details

This role can be based in our London or Birmingham office with occasional travel within the UK. Flexible working arrangements will be considered. 


If you have any queries, please contact us stating the job title.


Closing date: 20th July 2020


Big Issue Invest is striving towards Equal Opportunities

We particularly welcome applications from those who are underrepresented in our sector, such as women in senior roles, and people with disabilities and from Black and Minority Ethnic communities.

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Posted on: 07 July 2020
Closed date: 20 July 2020
Job ref: BII/GPO
Tags: Finance, Project Management

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