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Title  

Project Manager (London)

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Rural Economy, Arboriculture and Agri.
Location   England (London & Greater)
Salary   £29,705 (FTE) plus 5% employers pension
Type   Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status   Full Time
Level   Mid Level
Deadline   04/06/2018
Company Name   The Orchard Project
Contact Name  
Email   ella@theorchardproject.org.uk
Website   Further Details / Applications
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Description  

This is a great opportunity to join The Orchard Project’s team, helping to plant and look after community orchards across London. Working as part of a friendly and supportive team, you will be helping to build community resilience and community engagement in our brilliant network of orchards. You will nurturing our existing community orchard groups, further building their skills and engagement with their community orchard by supporting events and harvesting and helping groups to design and plant new orchards across the capital. Jobs don’t get much better than this. Expect to be working alongside a whole load of energised community groups, discovering parts of London you have never imagined and helping to create a legacy of orchards which will be blossoming and producing fruit for generations.  

About The Orchard Project 
 
We believe that community orchards can transform lives and help nature to thrive, so we create and champion community orchards across the country.  

Our vision is that in every city, town and village across the country, every home is within easy-reach of productive, well-cared-for, community-run orchards. These orchards are making a significant contribution to the country’s fruit and nut provision, improving health and wellbeing, building community resilience, nurturing skills and providing cherished, nature-rich, community spaces used by a wide range of people.

We are a national charity that inspires and trains communities to create, restore and maintain community orchards for the benefit of people, communities and the environment. Our Project Managers work with communities in hubs across England and Scotland, and we have a core staff based mostly in London.  

We’ve been around since 2009 and have grown from a London-based project to become the country’s national community orchard charity. We have created and restored over 250 community orchards in our time and we run training programmes with adults and in schools, orchard heritage events and orchard enterprises. Our flagship programmes at the moment are:
 
- Helping Britain Blossom
 
We have been working in a fantastic partnership with HEINEKEN UK for over three years to deliver the Helping Britain Blossom project, bringing people together to improve green spaces and build healthier, happier, and more sustainable communities by creating, restoring and celebrating urban community orchards.  

This project is funding the Project Manager post.
 
- A Celebration of Orchards

This HLF-funded major programme sees us working with communities in the London region. We are restoring 30 of London’s lost or forgotten orchards and their habitats, some over a hundred years old, and building vibrant community groups to work with them in the future. Alongside that we have developed an orchard training programme that includes a highly successful, externally accredited, community orchard course. And in a third strand of the project, we have set up a community-powered juice and cider enterprise in London, made from the juice of London apples.  

The Helping Britain Blossom story so far…

Our vision is to share the magic of orchards with communities across the UK by helping local people create, restore and access orchards which they can enjoy and use for good. We are working in partnership with HEINEKEN UK to deliver Helping Britain Blossom which is bringing people together to improve green spaces and build healthier, happier, and more sustainable communities.  

Helping Britain Blossom has proved to be an extraordinary project. It is the biggest coordinated community orchard planting programme happening anywhere in the UK and probably the biggest such undertaking this country has ever seen. The project has touched the lives of thousands of people and changed local community spaces for decades to come.

Priorities and themes for 2018-9

The first phase of the project was about orchard planting / restoration and starting to grow the capacity of communities that will look after the orchards.  

Now, for the orchards to truly thrive, they need to become even more centrally relevant to the wider communities that host them. They need to become better known in those areas to feel more fully owned by those communities and they need to be bringing benefits and impacts to people and groups of people that are the most in need.

So the next phase is about building community resilience and broadening community engagement in our brilliant new network of orchards. We will nurture our existing community orchards, further building their skills and engagement with their community orchard by supporting events, enterprises and harvesting.  We will encourage community orchard groups to grow and thrive bringing in new people, groups and partners, particularly those most in need, to use and benefit from the many impacts our new and restored community orchard can bring. And we will work with these same partners and groups more in need, to create new community orchards that will broaden the impact further.  

A community orchard is about community and in this phase of our project, we will enhance and build those communities and share even wider the impacts they can have.
 
Main purpose of the job

The Project Manager will be responsible for the delivery of Helping Britain Blossom in London. They will coordinate the programme throughout the region and will ensure that local partners are fully engaged and supported and that the project is being delivered on time, to budget and with consistent quality.  

The role comprises project and events management, partnership working, developing and managing contracts and relationships with freelance delivery agents, some technical and practical orcharding support, community development, as well as monitoring, evaluation and administration.  

The Project manager will be expected to work with existing community groups and will focus significantly more in this second phase on building and involving local and regional partners that can help increase the impacts that existing and new community orchards can have with communities and groups that can feel the impacts most.  

The Project Manager will work closely with the other Helping Britain Blossom Project Managers and other staff based in the London and Manchester offices to share good practice, develop peer-topeer support and create a national picture of the orcharding movement in the UK. They will lead on developing a long-term strategic vision for London with support and input from the Programme & Regions Director, HEINEKEN UK and local partners.   

In phase 2 there is a greater emphasis on building the capacity of the communities, partnership working with local agencies, communications and raising the profile of the project locally, Monitoring and Evaluation and network building.
 
1. Helping to build the community role and value of the orchards created and restored in phase 1. By encouraging and supporting existing community orchard groups to put on community events, supporting them and others to build skills and knowledge in community orchard care.
 
2. Involving a broader range of people and partners in using and benefiting from the orchards created and restored in phase 1. Building partnerships with organisations that represent or involve people that suffer disproportionately from personal or social hardship, encouraging existing community groups to help build the value of their orchards by involving such groups or supporting them to use the spaces.  
 
3. Creating new community orchards each year. Our work focuses on working with groups and organisations that represent or involve people that suffer disproportionately from personal or social hardship.
 
4. Increased profile: Project Managers will be primarily responsible for the communications function for their region and for increasing the profile of the project in their area. This will require story-gathering and development of case studies for social media, web and local media.
 
5. Movement support: There is a continued role within Helping Britain Blossom to create a movement of orcharding people who come together from all different regions with the aim of inspiring each other through sharing stories and exchanging skills and knowledge. The project managers will be responsible for coordinating the networks in their own regions which will then feed into a national project network
 
6. Monitoring and Evaluation will be integrated into the delivery model to measure impact and the Project Managers will take ownership of the process by collecting monitoring data and recording the data into our Salesforce database. An external evaluator will review the project after the first and final year to offer validation of the evidence provided by the Project Managers and to establish a national profile from the findings.
 
Person Specification [all essential criteria]

Experience in:

* Managing projects of quality to deadline, to budget and with minimal supervision
* Organising and managing events for the local community and larger regional events
* Delivering training and workshops
* Developing and maintaining relationships with partners, community groups, local authorities and other stakeholders in the London region.
* Monitoring, evaluation and reporting to deadlines
* Devising, initiating and implementing new activities and programmes of work
* Experience of managing and supporting; volunteers, partners, freelance practitioners
* Profile raising using social media, web, local press   
* Working in the voluntary or the not-for-profit sector
 
Knowledge and Skills:

* Knowledge of, and a proven interest in, environmental sustainability, sustainable food systems, and/or permaculture
* Significant familiarity, and relationships with, food and community networks and groups in London  
* Some horticultural and/or arboriculture knowledge and skills and a desire to develop these skills further
* Excellent oral, written and presentation skills
* A high level of competence in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
 
Personal attributes and behaviours:

* A pro-active approach to sharing learning with other staff and partners
* An excellent advocate for the charity and the project
* Passionate about the potential to transform communities in London and improve the lives of individuals through the project
* Preparedness to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in
 
Application Procedure
 
We are committed to creating an inclusive working environment, where diversity is valued and there is equality of opportunity. We therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community and we offer a range of benefits to encourage a work life balance.
 
To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter, 2 sides max, to Ella Hashemi, Programme and Regions Director at ella@theorchardproject.org.uk
 
In your covering letter you should explain why you want the job and how you meet the person specification.
 
The closing date for applications is Midnight, Monday 4th June 2018  
Interviews to be held on Thursday 14th June 2018 

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