PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR: “NEW UNDERSTANDINGS, CREATING CONNECTIONS”
The Significance of Britain’s WW1 Indian Muslims
Information for candidates
This is an exciting opportunity to work with British Future and New Horizons as the Project co-ordinator for a major national project.
“New Understandings, Creating Connections – The Significance of Britain’s WW1 Indian Muslims” is a partnership between British Future and New Horizons in British Islam, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund with a grant of £99,000 over 14 months.
We will explore the heritage of 400,000 Muslims who served in the British Indian Army during the First World War. Our previous activities have captured how encountering this heritage provides British Muslims with a greater sense of claim towards their British Identity, whilst at the same time broadening understandings of Britishness amongst wider society and White Britons. This project explores the extent to which this heritage can be used between Muslim communities and wider society to develop a shared identity.
Over a period of 14 months this project builds upon the work of an “Unknown and an Unknown Story” which has conducted activities in Birmingham, Leicester, Sandhurst and Woking on this theme between 2015 and 2016. The project website can be seen at: http://ww1muslimsoldiers.org.uk
This project will engage communities across four locations of importance to British Muslim history to explore aspects of the Muslim contribution to WW1. The results will be presented in an accessible and informative format that will reach non-specialist public audiences through widespread public dissemination.
This project aims to deepen engagement an understanding amongst British Muslims themselves and the wider British public of the Muslim contribution, and to fully explore that contribution against the contemporary relevance of this heritage for British society today.
*British Future is an independent, non-partisan thinktank engaging people’s hopes and fears about integration and migration, opportunity and identity, so that we share a confident and welcoming Britain, inclusive and fair to all.
*New Horizons in British Islam is a forward-looking organisation that works for reform in Muslim thought and practice. It is inspired by Islamic values and spirituality, and speaks from within the Islamic tradition, but for the benefit of all people. The organisation’s vision is of a society where relations between Muslims and their fellow citizens are strong and healthy and where Islam feels at home, rooted in its British context.
*From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife, Heritage Lottery Fund uses National Lottery players’ money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about. www.hlf.org.uk
Role Description – Project Co-ordinator
“New Understandings, Creating Connections” – The Significance of Britain’s WW1 Indian Muslims
Role purpose: The post-holder will lead a 14 month (fixed term) project highlighting the contribution of Muslim soldiers to the British war effort in The First World War. You will ensure the project is completed on time and within budget, that the project’s objectives are met and that everyone engaged in delivering different parts of the project, fulfils their obligations. Overseeing the project you will ensure the desired result is achieved, the most efficient resources are used and the different interests involved are satisfied. The post-holder would be based at British Future.
Your main responsibilities would include:
- Taking lead responsibility, working to the Director, on execution of the project objectives. There will be opportunities to have input into decisions about how to operationalise and prioritise the agreed objectives and how to best implement all aspects of the project.
- Representing the project, and the New Horizons in British Islam/British Future partnership as appropriate, to all outside project stakeholders. You will be the primary externally facing staff member working on the project.
- Working with organisations and groups to deliver the project in the 4 chosen locations – Bradford, Belfast, Leeds and a Nationally-significant project – and overseeing the overall delivery of the project.
- Acting, with the participants and partner organisations, as a public champion and advocate of the project and its findings.
- Working to share the content and lessons from the project with relevant stakeholders and public audiences, with a particular focus on finding effective ways to encourage further individuals and groups to engage with the heritage of the First World War, and the Commonwealth, multi-faith and British Muslim contribution to this, beyond the life scale of the project.
- Organising the various professionals and partners working with us in different project locations.
- Working with specialists and sub-contractors to maintain the project website.
- Overseeing the accounting, costing and billing to make sure the project remains in budget.
- One fifth of the post-holder’s time would be used to contribute to broader British Future activity on relevant identity and integration themes – including facilitating networks with Muslim and non-Muslim civic society voices, engaging current and potential funders and other stakeholders, and contributing to public activities on contemporary integration debates.
The ideal candidate would:
- Have a good understanding of current public debates around British Muslim identity and heritage, and/or an ability to demonstrate the relevance of comparable experience in another field to this project.
- Be highly organised – being able to plan, prioritise and deliver to tight timescales, and to manage projects effectively, and able to demonstrate evidence of past project management experience.
- Well-developed interpersonal skills, evidenced through past project management and work, with the ability to inspire and motivate people, from volunteers to project partners.
- Have an understanding of how to work with individuals and groups from different cultural and faith backgrounds, and a commitment to bringing people together to find common ground.
- Be entrepreneurial – with the ability to inspire and motivate alliances and partnerships.
- Have good public-facing writing and speaking skills.
- Have a high degree of IT competence. This will be a self-servicing role, and candidates will be expected to have IT skills and the ability and willingness to manage their own schedule.
- Understanding and commitment to the aims and values underpinning the project, and of the partner organisations.
- Numeracy, budgeting and record keeping skills.
Your contract of employment will be with British Future, whilst the project will be jointly overseen by the two partner organisations.
The salary will be £35,000 per annum for 5 days a week for a fixed period of 14 months. Provisionally we would like to run the project from December 2016 to February 2018 but the precise start and end dates will depend on agreement with the successful appointee. Please advise us on your availability and provisional start date when you apply.
The post holder will be employed to work for 35 hours per week (the standard office hours are 10am-6pm, Monday to Friday) though a willingness to work flexibly and out-of-hours will be part of the job. There will definitely be some occasional weekend/evening commitments for which time in lieu is given.
The organisation aspires to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from any qualified individual.
The organisation is currently based in central London, near Covent Garden, but the role includes travel around the United Kingdom.
How to Apply
Submit your CV – with 2 referees – along with a detailed one-two page covering letter highlighting your relevant work experience and current notice period (if applicable) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews will take place on Monday 24th October or Wednesday 26th October – please advise of your availability in your covering letter for these dates.
Please also submit a short (maximum 800 words) piece of writing giving your perspective on the following broad themes:
- What do you think people would find most interesting about the story of the Muslim contribution to the British War effort in The First World War?
- How does this differ across a range of potential audiences?
- What opportunities are there to demonstrate its relevance to Britain today?
The closing date for applications is Noon on Tuesday 11th October 2016.