Project and Research Officer

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

Our task in the Ministry Division is to renew lay and ordained ministry throughout the Church of England. We do this by providing advice and support to dioceses, the CofE’s Bishops, and numerous Theological Education Institutions (TEIs).

We oversee the selection, training and deployment of ordained ministers, ensuring the Church is well equipped to serve God in living out its mission for many generations to come.

Resourcing growth in ministry is a major strand of the Renewal and Reform programme throughout the Church of England. Working through the National Ministry Team, the Ministry Council seeks to promote the framework for ministry outlined by the House of Bishops and Archbishops Council.

Two new projects are in development and this role will be responsible for supporting the Strategic Ministry Fund which provides grants from funds made available by the Church Commissioners for additional curacies.  Our aspiration is 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 the training of Ordinands and the role of TEIs in partnership with Ministry Council and the dioceses.

This is a unique opportunity for an experienced Research and Project Officer, to support the Funding Ministry Growth project by providing planning, administrative and reporting.

This will include managing and monitoring grants through the application, award, payment and evaluation stages. You will also provide similar support to other projects, including the Resourcing Ministerial Education Review.

You will play a key role in communicating the aims of these projects to stakeholders and providing data to inform consultation processes.

To be successful, you will need hands-on experience within a high-profile grant or funding process, including building and maintaining excellent relations with key stakeholders. With experience of reporting within a governance process to trustees and senior stakeholders, you will have the ability to present work attractively and accurately and engage persuasively, both verbally and in writing.

For further information about the team please visit us here

Interviews will be held on the 13th December 2019.

In return we offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme. For further information please visit here

The Role:

  • 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.

The Requirements:


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

We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.

Excellence, Respect, Integrity

We follow these three values in everything we do, whether we are of Christian faith, another faith or no faith. To learn more about working for National Church Institutions and our benefits, please click here

As we are a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, we welcome all applications from those you have served in our Armed Forces and their families

We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise. 

*Where applicable depending on post requirements.