Project and Research Officer

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£30,909 p.a. rising to £33,452 p.a. after probation

Resourcing growth in ministry is a major strand of the Renewal and Reform programme carried out throughout the Church of England. Working through the National Ministry Team, Ministry Council seeks to promote the framework for ministry outlined by the House of Bishops and Archbishops Council. Two new projects are in development. The post holder will be responsible primarily for supporting the Strategic Ministry Fund which provides grants from funds made available by the Church Commissioners for additional curacies to meet the aspiration to increase the number of those being trained for ordained ministry by 50%. Alongside this, a major review of theological education and Resourcing Ministerial Education will examine the current funding mechanism for funding the training of ordinands and the role of TEIs in partnership with Ministry Council and the dioceses.

The Research and Project Officer will support the Funding Ministry Growth project by providing planning, administrative and reporting support. This will include managing and monitoring grants through the application, award, payment, monitoring and evaluation stages. The post holder will provide similar support to other projects, including the Resourcing Ministerial Education Review as directed. You will play a key role in communicating the aims of these projects to stakeholders and providing data to inform consultation processes.

The main responsibilities are;

  • Supporting the successful delivery of the Strategic Ministry Fund. 
  • Supporting the management of the Strategic Ministry Fund grant process
  • Supporting the delivery of the RME and Theological Education Review
  • Collate data and create dashboards and other forms of communication to inform staff and trustee decision making
  • Managing and improving the process for monitoring and evaluating projects
  • Participating in monitoring and evaluation meetings and visits to dioceses; identifying learning points which can be shared within the Project Group.
  • Help deliver excellent governance support including, with colleagues, drafting papers to report on the use of the funding to the various Trustee bodies.
  • Responsibility for the on-going development of application guidance, improving the process and answering queries on the application process.
  • Working closely with finance colleagues, tracking the grant applications through the process, monitoring budgets and cashflow, including analysing how the funds are spent.
  • Working closely with the Finance Strategist and management accounting colleagues, checking grant claims and ensuring the payments process works smoothly.
  • Carrying out any other duties as required.

The ideal candidate should have;


Experience and Skills

  • Education to degree level
  • Experience in change management and strategic planning as part of a team
  • Hands-on experience within a high-profile grant or funding process, including building and maintaining excellent relations with key stakeholders.
  • Experience in monitoring and tracking substantial budgets, including the use of spreadsheets.
  • Experience of building excellent relationships and communicating effectively with staff at all levels (including senior staff), demonstrating emotional intelligence, tact and persuasive ability.
  • Experience of reporting within a governance process to trustees and senior stakeholders, including drafting and presenting reports.
  • The ability to present work attractively, persuasively and accurately, both spoken and in writing.
  • Good IT skills including data handling and translating data into graphics


  • Experience in facilitation or consultation processes

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