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Job Title: Project Officer

Location: Remote & IARS Institute Office, Bermondsey, London

Hours: 2- 3 days per week (£100 per day)

Closing Date: Sunday 29th August, 11.59pm

 

Our offer includes:

  • Competitive salary 2 – 3 days per week
  • CPD accredited online and face-to-face training
  • Fully funded bursaries to travel abroad, and across the UK
  • Excellent international networking opportunities, including working in partnership with 15 European organisations
  • The hours can be worked remotely and flexibly during the week

The Role

This is an exciting time to join IARS and a great opportunity to make a lasting and tangible impact on the future success of the charity. We’re looking for a part-time project officer to join our team and lead on our two exciting youth-led projects.

You will be responsible for the coordination of the IARS’ Youth Exchange Programme, which is funded by the European Solidarity Corps, and our youth services in Southwark. As travel slowly returns, you will be working with volunteers from a number of European countries and support them during their placements at our offices. As part of our youth services, you will deliver activities, such as conferences, workshops, training sessions, internships and volunteering opportunities for young people in the borough.

We are looking for an ambitious and self-motivated person with experience of working in youth-led programmes and managing volunteers. Experience and contacts in Southwark would also be valued, but are not essential.

About the IARS International Institute

The IARS International Institute has a charitable mission to give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society. We achieve our charitable aims by producing evidence-based solutions to current social problems, sharing best practice and by supporting young people and the community to shape decision making. We aspire to be a leader in creating new knowledge and forming public and expert opinion internationally. Over 85% of the Institute’s work takes the form of world class academic inputs (e.g. peer reviewed articles, ebooks, reports, consultation responses, policy papers, conference presentations, conference papers). We deliver our charitable mission:

  • By empowering marginalised individuals of our society through accredited training, educational programmes, mentoring and one-to-one support;
  • By acting as an international network of NGOS bringing together people and ideas to share best practice and engage in debates on current social problems
  • By carrying out action research and evaluation that is independent, credible, peer-reviewed, user-led, focused and current
  • By supporting individuals and grass roots organisations to carry out their own initiatives to shape decision-making and society, and by helping them to maximise their social impact
  • By being an authoritative, independent and evidence-based voice on current social policy matters.

Application Process

There are two stages in the application process.

Stage 1:

Please send: (a) your CV (b) a covering letter addressing the Person Specification  to Maija Linnala, via m.linnala@iars.org.uk and complete our online (c) IARS Diversity Form

The application deadline for this stage is Sunday 29th August 11.59pm.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. We regret not having the resources to respond to unsuccessful candidates.

Stage 2:

  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a face-to-face interview w/c 30th August (video interviews will be considered in light of the ongoing Covid-19 situation).

For an informal chat about the role please contact Maija Linnala via m.linnala@iars.org.uk

EMBARGOED 00:01 TUESDAY 8 MARCH 2022 

We are Sculpt

IARS International Institute to operate as Sculpt

*Charity CEO available for interview – details in notes 

A UK-based youth charity today changes its operating name from the IARS International Institute to Sculpt. 

IARS is an international NGO that’s been working to empower young people to forge a fairer society for over 20 years. Their work is guided and evaluated by young people themselves.  

Over the last 20 years, IARS has delivered more than 70 successful projects that have addressed real problems that young people face, in areas such as: 

  • Gender discrimination 
  • Violence against women and girls 
  • Supporting young people to find work 
  • Creating green and sustainable business 
  • Promoting collaboration among young people across the world and much more. 

In 2021, with the world changing rapidly and opportunities for their work shifting, they decided to refresh their purpose and identity, and made the decision to rebrand as Sculpt. 

Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of Sculpt, said: 

‘We are delighted to launch our new brand that speaks to our aim to empower young people to shape their future.

‘We believe that many of today’s young people are facing unjust challenges – economically, environmentally and socially. A fair, sustainable society can only evolve if all young people have the opportunities, the confidence, the ambition and the skills to make their voices heard and propel change in their communities, irrespective of who they are or where they come from.  

‘Our rebrand, like our work, has been guided by research and by young people themselves. As an organisation we base our work on rigorously researched evidence and are led in our approach by our youth advisory board. Their voices and insight are critical to solving the right problems in meaningful ways.’  

 

Notes to editors:  

Dr. Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of The IARS International Institute is available for interview. Contact Claire directly on: director@iars.org.uk +44(0) 7833 224442  

Sculpt

www.sculptuk.org 

Sculpt is a UK-based charity providing research, training and work-experience opportunities that empower young people to shape their own futures and those of their communities. 

We work directly with young people, employers and professionals who support young people. All our work is guided by young people themselves and based on carefully researched evidence. We: 

  • Facilitate forums for young people to make their needs and their voices heard. 
  • Publish a magazine by young people to express their perspectives and encourage debate around public policy issues. 
  • Conduct research to uncover young people’s real needs and what works to empower and support them. 
  • Deliver training to build young people’s confidence, skills, ambition, resilience and sense of responsibility, so they can shape their futures and change their communities for the better, as leaders, social entrepreneurs and active participants in civic life. 
  • Deliver training for professionals who work with young people, drawing on our research and expertise. 
  • Engage with employers to facilitate work experience and employment opportunities for young people to develop skills and access diverse jobs. 
  • Facilitate international exchange opportunities to encourage and enable young people to experience and appreciate other cultures, perspectives and ways of life. 

We tackle disempowerment from three angles: working directly with young people to build confidence and skills and their voice, working with professionals who support young people, and working with employers to break down barriers to opportunity.