Project Officer

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Fixed Term Part Time
£31,857 - £34,255 (pro rata)

Our aim is for everyone in the National Church Institutions (NCIs) to feel that they belong, and are valued for who they are and what they contribute. Together, our people contribute in different ways towards our common purpose, whichever NCI they work in and whatever their background.

The Church of England’s Mission and Public Affairs Division have a unique opportunity for a Project Officer, to workon a Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Aid Connectfunded project, on freedom of religion or belief (FoRB).

This consortium based project will create a FoRB leadership network involving parliamentarians and belief leaders across eight countries (Bangladesh, The Gambia, Ghana, Malawi, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda) to address the legislative barriers to FoRB and the social traditions that support societal hostility towards minority groups on account of their religion or belief.

The consortium consists of the following partners: The Centre for the Study of Social Cohesion based at the School of Anthropology (Oxford University), the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (Oslo, Norway), NORFORB (Oslo, Norway), Danish Institute for Human Rights (Copenhagen, Denmark), the African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (Accra, Ghana); the programme for Christian Muslim Relations in Africa (Nairobi, Kenya), the Jinnah Institute (Islamabad, Pakistan), the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (Islamabad, Pakistan), the British Council (Dhaka, Bangladesh).

Oxford University is the Tier 1 partner and hold the contract with the FCDO, and will take lead responsibility for the research dimension of the project. The Church of England is the Tier 2 partner and has responsibility for managing the operational delivery of the project with Tier 3 partners across the 8 countries.

As Project Officer, you will work under the guidance and supervision of the Director and Deputy Director of Operations.

You will be responsible for providing technical and expert support essential for the effective delivery of the FoRB leadership network project.

An analytical thinker with excellent problem-solving skills, you will be able to multi-task in a high volume, fast-pace environment. You must be a team player with a high level of self-motivation and the ability to set and meet goals.

This role will be part time, working 17.5 hours per week and the salary shown will be prorated for the hours worked. This contract is fixed term, expected to last until September 2023 (subject to review).

The Project Management team will be based at Church House, Westminster, London SW1P 3AZ. Currently employees are working remotely due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Interviews will take place via Teams/Zoom on the 3rd December 2020.

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.

The Role

  • Provide technical support to parliamentarians and faith leaders that are members of the Freedom of Religion or Belief Leadership Network (FoRBLN)
  • Liaise with Project Staff in the African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs on the needs of FoRBLN members in West and East Africa
  • Liaise and coordinate work with the Project Officer based with the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPPFORB) in Oslo, Norway
  • Assist with the delivery of programmatic activity across FoRBLN such as a photo competition on FoRB in Pakistan and Bangladesh, or a schools project on FoRB in the Gambia
  • Assist and support the Director and Deputy Director of Operations in their activities especially the delivery of the project in South Asia
  • Develop and maintain a data base of project contacts
  • Maintain the project website (WordPress), facilitate regular newsletters and liaise with relevant partners on suitable content (written and oral)
  • Produce suitable resource material to assist FoRBLN members advocate freedom of religion or belief (eg advocacy material in support of International Religious Freedom Day and the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief).

The Requirements


  • Competent in word processing, WordPress, Zoom, Teams, spreadsheets, project scheduling and the use of computer applications
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member and independently
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities under pressure, trouble-shoot, and to meet short- and long-term deadlines
  • Demonstrable experience in research and advocacy and financial management
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent critical and creative thinking and analytical skills
  • Demonstrable interest in, and understanding of international relations and/or public policy
  • Cultural sensitivity and an ability to work with beneficiaries and partners from different geographical regions, political and belief traditions
  • Experience of working with parliamentarians and faith leaders.


  • Experience within a governmental or non-governmental body, the public sector, or other large and complex organisations.

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