Community Engagement & Capacity Building Officer

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Next Step Initiative is a registered Scottish Charity Incorporated Organisation and leading ethnic minority social enterprise that works to empower, improve and transform the quality of life of African communities in Scotland


Post Title: Community Engagement and Capacity Building Officer

Main Purpose of Post: To develop the capacity of new and existing  African and Caribbean Community Organisations and Social Enterprises  in Glasgow and West of Scotland area in helping them to link policy and articulates their issues and needs to allow them to influence policy ,by providing high quality information, training, mentoring and developmental support.


Contract Terms: Fixed Term

Salary: £31,678. per annum, inclusive 4% Pension Contributions, Employer’s NI & Tax

Hours: 35 hours per week, permanent post


Start Date: 1st October 2017        End Date: 31st March 2019

Location: Glasgow

Reporting to:  NSI CEO


We are looking for an exceptional and experienced project coordinator to joint our team to deliver a new project across Glasgow and West of Scotland, working with African and Caribbean & Ethnic Minority Communities, local communities, businesses and voluntary sector partners to test new approaches to empowering and mobilizing communities.


You will be part of a rapidly growing social enterprise; our work builds strong, resilient African and Caribbean/Ethnic Minority Communities and gives people the tools to make real lasting changes in their lives.


Your Role

As part of the team at Next Step Initiative, you will deliver the new Dream to Reality Programme. You will successfully provide targeted  policy mentoring support to African and Caribbean organisations and Social Enterprises  through ‘health checks’ and specific advice, particularly those organisations in a crisis situation for them to be able to engage and influence policy makers and institutions and to have a voice in policy matters that affect them and their communities both locally and nationally


The Project involves developing the capacity of new and existing African and Caribbean community organizations, and social enterprises organizations in Glasgow and West of Scotland area, providing high quality information, business growth and continuity support, and mentoring, training, and development support. It also involves helping these organizations and community to link to policy and articulates their issues and needs, so as to allow them to influence policy. A key part of your role will be to lead the delivery of the project as well as package up all the learning and insights from the work into several engaging and well as written reports, tools, and other visual outputs and dissemination these through events, roundtables, and other communications.

What you will need to succeed

You will have experience of successfully leading the development of short term, high impact programme that support the development of new approaches. You will be skilled at building relationships and communicating with a range of stakeholders including community members, business leaders, and senior public sector leaders. You will be creative and innovative, designing new activities on the basis of initial findings, and flexing your approach. You will be able to produce high quality influential reports, and present them in a compelling to influence change. You can facilitate, encourage, motivate and inspire. Like anything at Next Step Initiative, the work is fast moving, creative and varied, so we are looking for an exceptional individual who will be comfortable and experienced in leading this fixed term high impact and exciting project to influence change for the future.

How to Apply:

Please send a CV and covering letter (Max two pages) outlining why you are applying and your suitability for the role. The letter should speak directly to the responsibilities, Key Competencies, skills and experience outlined in the job description. Please also return a completed equality and diversity monitoring form. The Role description and person specification can be found at here


Applications should be send to: or telephone 01414402700

Please include your name and ‘’Community Engagement & Capacity Building Manager’’ Dream to Reality Project’’ in the email line

Deadline for applications: 12 noon, 20th September 2017.

Interview Date:   Wednesday, 27th September 2017.

Next Step Initiative is a Registered Scottish Charity Incorporation Organisation in Scotland and Registered Scottish Charity No. SC041305. Registered Office: Africa House, 300 Broomloan Road, Glasgow, G51 2JQ

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