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Programme Manager

London several locations, Brixton Coworking Space.

Posted: 6 Oct 2021

Deadline: 29 Oct 2021

Compensation: £28,000 pro-rata to 2.5 days a week secured for 6 months

Paid Part-time

Job description

Job title: Part Time Programme Manager - Breadwinners Programme

Reporting to: Project Director

Remuneration: £28,000 (Pro-rata, part time, self employed)

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

Duration: 6 months guaranteed, renewal subject to funding.

Location: London, several central areas and expanding reach. Coworking Office Space in Brixton. 

Start: Nov 2021 / Apply ASAP, no more applications will be taken after 29 of Oct 2021

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We are looking for the next Part Time Programme Manager to join our core team and lead our flagship programme called “Breadwinners”, supporting refugees with their first job in the UK, managing our Market Stalls across London, and beyond!

The ‘Breadwinners’ programme currently supports 10 refugees for 6 months, working on our network of market stalls, selling the best artisan organic bread, and gaining training and 1 on 1 mentoring support.

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 team, delivering a huge impact is essential, together with an ability to assist our beneficiaries at the market stalls over the weekend.

You will be working with the Project Director, charity partners, and volunteers to run the ‘Breadwinners Programme’. Recruiting, training and supporting our “Breadwinners”(refugees looking for their first job in the UK) to work on our market stalls and ensure the smooth and successful running of markets, and progression into further employment.

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.    

We are an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourage applications from those with lived experience of migration, and from diverse applicants regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital/civil partnership status, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, or pregnancy/maternity leave status.

We welcome informal chats about the role - please call Martin Cosarinsky Campos on 07783996918.

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 'Breadwinners' programme supporting refugees with work in Breadwinners. Grow and run the 'Breadwinners' programme to support refugees with their first part-time self employed job at our market stalls, mentoring and training. Designing new programmes subject to funding. Making sure the needs of refugees are at the centre of all programme design.

  • Charity Impact - Checking we are doing good!

Working with the Project Director 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 developing plan for “Breadwinners” and their “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 to support the market stalls, ensuring the staffing runs smoothly, to the best health and safety practices, and that the  “Breadwinners” and volunteer mentors 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

Recruit new “Breadwinners” and volunteer mentors, to successfully deliver the Programmes. Working externally in partnership with other charities, and internally with the other Breadwinners Programme Managers for programme progressions.

  • 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, email, WhatsApp). 

  • Experience in designing and delivering personal development programmes, recruiting, training, supervising and motivating programme participants and volunteers, desired.

  • A 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, and at least 1 more language with Arabic as desired.

Compensation details:  

  • Salary -  £28,000 pro-rata to 2.5 days a week secured for 6 months.

  • Opportunity to work directly with refugees 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 

Breadwinners is a grassroots charity and not for profit social enterprise set up in April 2016. Our mission is to support young refugees and people seeking asylum with their first UK job, work experience, mentoring and training programmes, using our market stalls, e-commerce home delivery of bread and wholesale models. Young refugees who suffer from mental health due to the trauma they have experienced, face many challenges when trying to find work in a country they do not know. Our programmes allow them to use their skills and gain new ones, feel part of their local community, get jobs and ultimately improve their well-being significantly.

Our model uses our award-winning bread stalls in markets across London, our e-commerce home delivery of bread, and wholesale model, as a base for three programmes: Risers, which provides structured work experience, training and mentorship to newly arrived young people seeking asylum doing at our 9 stalls; Breadwinners, the follow up programme for refugees with the right to work doing their first job in the UK as market stall manager, Proofers,  a progression to working remotely managing our online e-commerce bread home delivery. In the last three years, we had 155 programme participants. 94% of our programme participants reported that their well-being has significantly improved due to our programmes. 90% of our Breadwinners Programme participants have gone onto further employment after our programme. 

“I’ve learnt so much customer service and talking to new people, and I have two certificates that will help me in the future. It’s been a life-changing experience for me, and now I have a job”. Dagim, a young Eritrean man referred by British Red Cross

“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”

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Application information

Please apply as soon as possible, by submitting your cover letter and CV to Please use “BW - Breadwinners 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 29 of Oct 2021. 

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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.