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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 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