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Grants and Research Assistant

Reference:
VAC-245
Sector:
Charity & Volunteering Support
Salary:
£6,800 to £8,000 Per Annum
Hours:
2 days per week
Town/City:
Cardiff
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Closing Date:
24/11/2017

2 days per week; working pattern to be discussed at interview stage.

This is a part-time position on a 2 year fixed term contract, subject to a satisfactory 3 month probationary period.

Salary: £6,800-£8,000 per annum (£17,000-£20,000 FTE), dependent on experience. 

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual with a keen interest in the environment. You will provide administrative and research support to the Environment Fund Manager; helping to research new grant applications and topics under our areas of interest (in particular tropical rainforests and marine fisheries), help make recommendations on funding, and help support relationships with new
and existing partners.

Through our environment fund we support projects which can help mitigate the damaging effects that humans are having on the environment and contribute to a positive change both now and in the future.

This is an excellent opportunity to work closely with our Environment Fund Manager across our two main funding themes:
Marine: projects which work to halt declining fish stocks;
Forests: projects protecting tropical rain forest, principally through avoided deforestation.

A detailed person specification and job description are below.  

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to our Head of Operations, Kate Rauwerda, by email at: jobs@waterloofoundation.org.uk.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Friday 24 th November. Interviews will be held during week commencing 4 th December 2017, with a view to offering the successful candidate a start date in early 2018.

Grants & Research Assistant (2 days per week)

 

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • Educated to degree standard, in a discipline related primarily to our Environment work.

  • Excellent research skills - both on-line and by telephone.

  • Good analytical and writing skills.

  • Excellent internal and external communication skills.

  • Good organisational skills and attention to detail.

  • Ability to work to deadlines, demonstrate time management skills and prioritise workload across a range of responsibilities.

 

Desirable Criteria

  • Knowledge of topics relevant to our EN Fund such as avoided deforestation, fisheries management, etc.

  • Experience of visiting, volunteering or working in a developing country or on environmental projects.

  • Personal interest and active participation in a charity or the third sector.

  • Knowledge of and effective skills in database management and information collection systems.

  • The ability to deal tactfully and diplomatically with a wide range of people.

 

All TWF staff are expected to:

  • Be committed to the aims and objectives of TWF.

  • Be positive, enthusiastic and flexible.

  • Be willing to attend events out of normal working hours.

  • Take initiative and responsibility.

  • Have excellent administration and computer skills (including MS office packages).

  • Be able to communicate effectively with people at all levels, including colleagues, trustees and applicants.

 

You will provide administrative and research support to the Environment Fund Manager; helping to research new grant applications and topics under our areas of interest (in particular tropical rainforests and marine fisheries), help make recommendations on funding, and help support relationships with new and existing partners.

 

Job Description

 

  1. To develop and extend knowledge of issues relating to the priorities of the Environment (EN) Fund, and produce relevant information:

 

  • Undertake background research into specific topics of interest to TWF.

  • Read sector reports and summarise content.

  • Compile statistics from internal databases and spreadsheets, produce general reports and help prepare presentations for trustee meetings.

  • Review and proofread papers.

  • Provide content for the TWF website.

 

  1. To deal effectively with applicants and research the Environment Fund applications, alongside the Environment Fund Manager:

 

  • Respond to general enquiries and provide advice to applicants and potential applicants about the EN fund and how to apply.

  • Help review funding applications across our EN fund to ensure that they meet TWF’s grant criteria.

  • Provide desk-based research into new applicants and the broad themes they are working in.

  • Contact and meet with applicants as part of the assessment process.

  • Take references for applicant organisations and follow up.

  • Help produce reports and help present recommendations to Trustees.

 

  1. To work with the Environment Fund Manager to manage relationships with existing grant recipients:

 

  • Undertake regular communication with grant recipients, under the Fund Manager’s direction.

  • Work with the Environment Fund Manager to produce formal offer and payment letters.

  • Attend meetings and functions, produce meeting notes and follow up actions from meetings as required.

  • Read project reports and evaluations, and contribute towards the preparation of summary reports for trustees and staff.

 

  1. To help maintain any necessary processes to ensure that applications are monitored and dealt with in recommended time scales:

 

  • Maintain databases relating to applications and organisations for use by TWF and its employees.

 

  1. To willingly undertake any other duties that may reasonably be required.