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Programme Manager


Posted: 11/11/2020

Deadline: 30/11/2020

Compensation: £23,000 pro rata

Paid Part-time

Job description

Job title: Part Time Programme Manager

Reporting to: Project Director & Programmes Manager

Remuneration: £23,000 (Pro-rata, part time, self employed)

Days and Hours: 2.5 days a week, Flexible hours, availability to support a minimum of 4 hrs over the weekend 

Duration: 6 months guaranteed, renewal subject to funding.

Location: London, several central areas and expanding reach.

Start: Dec 2020

 (check out our Video / Impact Leaflet / Stories )

Breadwinners is growing, and we are delighted to offer an amazing opportunity for a Programme Manager to deliver the ‘Risers’ programme, supporting young unaccompanied people seeking asylum to gain work experience, training and mentoring.

We are looking for a highly motivated, creative and innovative Programme Manager with a passion for supporting refugees and young people seeking asylum. We are a small, and ambitious start up, so  a can-do attitude and the drive to  work within a small, start up team, delivering huge impact is essential, together with an ability to assist our beneficiaries at the market stalls over the weekend.

The role will be to run the “Risers” Programme. 

You will be working with the Project Director, Programmes Manager charity partners, and volunteers to recruit, train and support ‘Risers’ (Young people aged 17 to 25 seeking asylum in the UK) and volunteer mentors to get the most out of their work experience, mentoring sessions and training. You will be organising and leading skills training activities, work experience days, and mentoring sessions. 

You will have the chance of seeing the impact your work has, meeting amazing people that deserve better opportunities, working together with them and learning every day in a fun and positive environment.    

Key responsibilities 

  • Programme Development - Running the Programmes

Designing and delivering exciting programmes supporting refugees into work, using our market business model as a platform. Running and developing our already successful 'Risers' programme supporting young people seeking asylum with work experience, mentoring and training. Designing and creating new programmes subject to funding. Making sure the needs of refugees and young people seeking asylum are at the center of all programme design.

  • Charity Impact - Checking we are doing good!

Working with the Project Director and Programmes Manager to measure the positive impact of our programmes and report to funders, using different tools, and continuously learning from the needs and experiences of unemployed refugees in London to improve the programmes.

  • Performance Management - Supporting the development of people

Designing a supportive development plan for “Risers” and “Volunteer Mentors”, to ensure everyone is making the most out of their involvement with Breadwinners. 

  • Effective Operations - Supporting the Markets

Working with the Project Director and Programmes Manager to support the market stalls, ensuring the logistics run smoothly, that they have the correct equipment, to the best health and safety practices, and that “Risers” and volunteers are supported with training and on hand experience to run our Market Stalls at the very top level of customer services best practices. 

  • Resource Management - Recruiting amazing people

Supporting the Project Director and Programmes Manager to recruit new “Breadwinners”, “Risers”, and “Volunteer Mentors”, to successfully deliver the Programmes. 

  • Governance - Safety First

Ensuring safeguarding and code of conduct of all participants. 

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the below points:

  • Passionate about supporting refugees and young people seeking asylum, with either personal, professional or volunteering experience.
  • Strong project management skills, planning tasks and activities, dealing with a variety of people and different communication styles and forms (Face to face, video call, email, whatsapp). 
  • Experience of designing and/or delivering of personal development programmes; recruiting, training, supervising and motivating beneficiaries and volunteers, is desired.
  • Simple approach, finding quick solutions to problems and setting up new processes. 
  • Energetic and self-motivated, able to work by yourself and as part of a team. Ability to motivate others and create a fun and positive environment, trying out and innovating new approaches.
  • Valuing connections and personal interactions, welcoming new people and being open to new cultures. Involving your network and expanding it to new people.
  • Entrepreneurial, business experience, preferably on customer facing work.
  • Ability to multitask, cover other responsibilities when needed, and delegate. 
  • Computer literate with good knowledge of google platform including email, calendar, drive, sheets, docs, slides. 
  • Good English is essential. Understanding of additional languages, such as Arabic, is desired.  

Compensation details:  

  • Salary -  £23,000 pro rata to 2.5 days a week secured for 1 year.
  • Opportunity to work directly with beneficiaries and volunteers, and  make a difference in their lives and yours. 
  • Contribution to the growth and direction of a new, ambitious, award winning charity.
  • Working directly with the Project Director, and alongside a supportive and passionate Board of Trustees.
  • Flexible time and work locations.
  • You must have a visa that allows you to work in the UK to apply for this job.
  • Appointment subject to DBS Checks. 

About Breadwinners (watch video)

Breadwinners is an ambitious grassroots charity set up in April 2016. We provide Londoners with the best organic artisan bread while empowering refugees through, employment, work experience, entrepreneurship opportunities, training and mentoring. 

Today, Breadwinners sell the highest quality organic artisan bread on farmers markets across London, employing refugees. We are the first stepping stone for unemployed refugees and young people seeking asylum into a safe and supportive working environment, where they can gain the skills, confidence and experience to move into long term work and improve their wellbeing.

  • We have built relationships with high-quality bakeries including,  The Celtic Bakers, Sumeria Bakehouse and The Snapery Bakery, who support our social cause and provide us with bread at the very cost of it, allowing us to have a cost advantage.

  • We work in partnership and take referrals from DOST, British Red Cross, Refugeeyouth, TERN, Groundworks, and The Refugee Council.

  • We currently run 8 markets across London and have plans to grow, providing the first UK job to a total of 16 Refugees and supporting 60 young people seeking asylum per year.

  • We have provided the first UK job to 27 refugees on our “Breadwinners Programme” and 89% of them have progressed into work, taking on average 6.8 months with Breadwinners.

  • We have trained and provided volunteering work experience to 67 young people seeking asylum on our “Risers” programme.

  • We have adapted to COVID19 and started an e-commerce business, allowing us to provide further IT training on a new programme called “Proofers”, providing work as online sales representatives to 6 Breadwinners.

People love our bread, brand and our social mission. What makes us a unique charity is the fact that we sell something people want, and this allows us to tackle the refugee unemployment problem directly, by providing amazing people with the opportunity to work. You will have the chance to help scale Breadwinners to further beneficiaries across London. If you're looking for a job which you can own, which will challenge and excite you everyday, while meeting incredible people making a big difference - you've found it here. 

“We believe refugees have extraordinary potential as entrepreneurs, employees and members of local communities. We sell the best artisan organic bread to support them to build a fresh start, providing self employment, training, and business opportunities, to become an active part in the community”

Application information

Please apply as soon as possible, by submitting your cover letter and CV to Please use “RS - Riser Programme Mgr Application” as the email subject. We will arrange interviews for great applications as they come in. No more applications will be taken after 30th of Nov. 

We want to encourage applications from people with personal, professional or volunteering experience, and welcome informal chats about the role - please call Martin Cosarinsky on 07783996918 or Charlotte Gallagher on 07730659809.

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About Breadwinners

Breadwinners is a grassroots charity providing Londoners with the best organic artisan bread while empowering refugees through, employment, work experience, entrepreneurship opportunities, training and mentoring.