Farringdon, Greater London
£30,000 - £32,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description





From £30K Up to £32K depending on experience + 11% pension contribution


The Order of St John (also known as St John International) is a prestigious chivalric organisation with a rich history and is an international development Charity. It aims to support its members and its establishments around the world in delivering first aid and health care services in more than 35 countries. The International Office of the Order is a small but busy organisation that serves as the secretariat for the global organisation and is on the cusp of expansion. It is looking for an experienced International Networks Coordinator. This is a mid-level role in the organisation, with real scope to help shape and drive change in a global organisation that reaches and engages millions of people every year.

 St John International is currently undertaking a Strategy Review and the post holder will take an active part, both in the Review and developing their own job specification.  The organisation’s role, as the international secretariat, is to provide services that enable linking up and synergy to develop between all 40 of the organisations within the family of St John, while encouraging a movement towards internationally consistent standards in all areas of organisational delivery. Functions of St John International in line with this include facilitating the development of thematic working groups to build consensus for subsequent action across all organisations.

The post holder will need to be comfortable in a role that involves considerable network building, developing consensus among peers, and using that consensus to define and enable further actions. The role would suit someone who is able to build strong peer relationships among thematic groups and able to guide a working group towards delivery of their purpose. It requires an ability to provide absolute clarity in communications and decisions, along with a willingness to hold peers to a deadline or agreement. 

This role is orientated around two specific themes of Youth involvement in governance and building a world class safeguarding system in all St John organisations. It will be necessary, however, for the post holder to recognise that these themes will evolve over time, and they could be called upon to address other themes in the same facilitation role.

This role is chiefly facilitating two developing areas of the Order of St John: The International Youth Advisory Network (40%) and development and implementation of an Order safeguarding strategy (40%). The remaining time will be involved in other network functions, such as supporting an international community of practice that is identifying good practice in volunteer management. (20%)

Although still developing in structure, aid and support for many of our smaller organisations around the world will come from the larger St John organisations based in the region.  The post holder may be required to work closely with the regional leads, linking their work with the requirements of the International Office.

International Youth Advisory network (IYAN): Facilitate the meetings of the IYAN group as per the IYAN ToR, and coordinate support discussions with youth staff managers to enable IYAN. Assist IYAN members to understand their role and encourage development of a vocal and empowered IYAN cohort.





  1. Provide a secure online space for IYAN members to use. Respond to IYAN opinion and needs in development of this space and ensure that all members are fully able to use it.
  2. Develop an IYAN culture and infrastructure that is youth friendly and responsive to young people’s needs, to encourage participation.
  3. Encourage discussion, remind members of deadlines, prompt engagement where necessary
  4. Provide access to information as requested by IYAN members (consulting with Head of development if necessary)
  5. Ensure IYAN members remain true to their purpose as described in the ToR.
  6. Provide a secretarial role to IYAN as necessary, although encourage members to create their own material and minutes as much as possible.
  7. Relay questions about strategy development from IEM to IYAN, and vice versa
  8. Assist IYAN in producing formal documents that clarify the support that IYAN needs from staff (in the event of further youth consultation for instance)
  9. Assist IYAN in delivery of their purpose in any other way
  10. Coordinate peer meetings of priory youth management staff meetings, to ensure they are aware of IYAN’s discussions, and that they are prepared to assist IYAN members in delivering their purpose.
  11. Facilitate IYAN in putting members forward to join other governance committees of the Order and ensure those members are adequately aware of the issues and discussions to be able to contribute meaningfully.


Safeguarding: Coordinate delivery of a safeguarding strategy for the Order, including management of a consultant to provide an indicative baseline assessment of the Order’s current situation and roadmap for improvement. Ensure that the Order strategy adequately responds to the risk from poor safeguarding, and that resources necessary to provide a world class safeguarding strategy are planned and ultimately put in place for the Order.


  1. Advocate and discuss the strategy for safeguarding development across the Order with all Priories and regional management teams. Build awareness and adherence to the strategy means and method.
  2. Manage an internationally experienced safeguarding consultant, able to understand the complexities of safeguarding in international organisations that work in LMICs. The consultant should:
    1. Conduct baseline assessment of safeguarding policies, procedures and culture in at least 1 Priory and 1 Association.
    2. Provide a presentation to the trustees of the Order that highlight the current status of the Order’s safeguarding risk, the requirements and responsibilities of the trustees from a legal and moral standpoint
    3. Develop a roadmap for the improvement of safeguarding to a world class system in all of the Order’s establishments
  3. Build consensus among all Priories for the safeguarding roadmap, or a variation of it. Ensure the actions identified within it are resourced and built into the Order development strategy
  4. Lead in the development of any secretariat functions with regards to the agreed safeguarding strategy

Volunteer Management Community of Practice: The Order has engaged several staff managers from around the world in an effective community of practice (CoP) that discusses the subject of Volunteer management. The post holder will be required to support the continuation of this CoP


  1. Schedule and communicate with all CoP members about next meetings
  2. Facilitate a rotating chair to create lively and engaging discussion around preferred issues
  3. Document discussions, identifying good practice, ideas, areas requiring research, etc.


An ideal applicant would have experience in:

  1. Managing a support function for an international organisation or network of organisations.
  2. Working to facilitate disparate groups of people around the world to come together with a shared understanding of purpose
  3. Driving committees towards clarity of decisions and purpose and holding them accountable.
  4. Working with and to empower young people, particularly working with them to encourage their involvement in governance type roles.
  5. Managing consultants in a timely and effective manner.
  6. Using a baseline survey to evidence needs and developing costed action plans to address those needs.
  7. Working successfully in a variety of countries and cultures, particularly the LMIC’s within the commonwealth.

Along with technical knowledge of:

  1. Safeguarding in organisations, especially those working in resource poor settings.
  2. Using digital applications to facilitate collaboration, particularly MS Teams
  3. Consultancy contract management


The role will have an expected element of travel, including to LMIC countries from time to time. It is estimated that this will not exceed 6 weeks a year. The global reach of St John means that the post holder will occasionally be required to be flexible with working hours to match different time zones.


The Order of St John are committed to increasing diversity in the workplace and across our practices. Applications from all minority ethnic or under-represented groups will be very welcome.


To apply, please send a CV and a brief covering letter outlining your relevant experience and skills and providing your current salary.


Applications will be accepted until 1700hrs on Friday 30 0ctober 2020.





Video interviews will take place on 4-5 November 2020.

Face to Face interviews will take place on Thursday12 November (subject to Covid19 restrictions)

Refreshed on: 20 October 2020
Closed date: 30 October 2020
Tags: Intl Development

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