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HEAR Network Development Manager


July 24 2019

We are excited to announce that, due to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund Reaching Communities programme, HEAR is now recruiting for a third member of staff to join our team to support equality and human rights work across London.

  • Deadline for applications: 9am on Monday 19th August 2019
  • Interviews in Central London 5th September 2019

Announcement in full

Job Description and Person Specification-Network Development Officer

  • Role title: Network Development Officer
  • Contract: Fixed term to June 2021, with possibility of some extension
  • Salary: £28,500 per annum pro rata
    • Hours: 21 per week
    • Main place of work: HEAR offices near Kings Cross, with travel across Greater London

About HEAR:

HEAR is the London network of equalities organisations. HEAR acts as a strong pan-equalities voice and source of knowledge and expertise on equality issues, and how these issues affect the voluntary and community sector and the individuals they work with. HEAR is committed to user-led services, and all its work is based on the principle that people with direct experience of discrimination are in the best position to develop strategies to achieve equality.

About the Mapping and Networks for Campaigning and Solidarity Project:

This project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund Reaching Communities programme and is an innovative and experimental partnership between equality networks working with grass-roots and user-led groups across London, experts in supporting small community groups use and benefit from digital tools and skills, and partners with long experience of making connections and sharing learning through digital platforms, and using social network mapping and analysis to further community development.

The Role:

This is a pivotal role in the project, based within HEAR as the lead partner, but working closely with all other partners and the wider HEAR Network membership across London. This is an experimental and innovative project, and we are looking for someone with enthusiasm, creativity and willingness to learn new skills and approaches.


  1. Undertake training on network/mapping software and work with all stakeholders on the development of mapping through an agreed schedule of needs analysis, involvement of potential users, pilots and testing
  2. With appropriate training and support, develop an understanding of how the map can be used to develop and strengthen networks, and linked to other forms of communication (website, social media etc.)
  3. Organise and facilitate pan-equality needs analysis, testing and piloting with HEAR network members, ensuring that small, grass-roots, user-led and intersectional groups have a strong voice in the process
  4. Coordinate relationship with appointed external Learning Partner including attending learning workshops as required
  5. Coordinate the dissemination and sharing of learning from the project, working with other project partners to develop a Learning Space platform; disseminate learning to a range of identified audiences and stakeholders.
  6. Work closely with the HEAR Coordinator and Policy and Campaigns officer, ensuring relevant information about the project is disseminated to the HEAR Network
  7. Raise awareness amongst the wider HEAR Network about the project and how members can be involved and benefit
  8. Maintain an awareness of developments in relevant technology and other thinking related to network building, mapping etc.
  9. Link HEAR members to other relevant sources of support
  10. Assist with and contribute to regular partners meetings
  11. Attend HEAR staff, steering group and line management meetings as required
  12. Coordinate organization and delivery of 2 end of year project ‘apex’ events
  13. Collect and record monitoring data as required, including financial and budget information
  14. Ensure that direct costs of HEAR activities for the project remain within budget
  15. Act at all times in accordance with HEAR’s aims, practices and policies
  16. From time to time undertake other reasonable duties consistent with the post.

Person Specification

Essential attributes:

  1. Willingness and ability to develop new knowledge and skills relevant to the post and the project, particularly technical skills in network mapping and analysis
  2. Creative approach to exploring new ways of working and capitalizing on potential and new opportunities
  3. Experience of, and interest in, using a range of IT applications, digital tools and means of communication, and the confidence and willingness to learn and try out new methods
  4. Flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances within a developmental and experimental project
  5. Ability to work collaboratively within a partnership with partners of different sizes, roles and cultures
  6. A strong demonstrable commitment to equality and human rights principles
  7. Experience of working in the voluntary and community sector
  8. Ability to manage and prioritise own workload
  9. Ability to work to a defined budget and conduct basic financial administration related to project activities
  10. Ability to work to agreed deadlines and standards
  11. Ability to analyse and interpret data and use to inform project delivery
  12. Good presentation and facilitation skills and ability to communicate complex information in clear, accessible language
  13. Experience of organizing events, workshops and meetings
  14. Experience of successful project delivery
  15. Experience of collaborative and partnership working

Desirable but not essential:

  • Knowledge of social networks and social network analysis
  • An appreciation of user-led organization and the importance of lived experience
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