Programme Associate – Housing and Homelessness Programme

Deadline for application: 30 May 2021

Location: London, UK

Reporting to: Director, Housing and Homelesness Programme

Job Status: Full-time position/permanent subject to satisfactory six-month probation

Salary: circa £34,000.-with benefits

About Oak
Oak Foundation ( commits its resources to address issues of global social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa and North America, Oak Foundation makes grants to organisations located in approximately 40 countries worldwide.

Oak’s head office is based in Geneva, and the Housing and Homelessness Programme regularly contributes to the core functions of the organisation.

About the Housing and Homelessness Programme
The Oak Foundation’s Housing and Homelessness Programme is a grant-making programme which funds projects across the UK and US.  In additional to national projects, it also funds within the geographic locations prioritised in its current strategy. These locations are London, Bristol, Birmingham, Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, New York, Boston and Philadelphia.

With an annual budget of around USD 30 million, the programme makes 38 new multi-year grants annually; and in addition, maintains strong connections with existing grantee partners, sharing learning and opportunities. The programme is undertaking a strategic review, and underpinning this, is a deep commitment to social justice, racial equity, and strengthening the voices of people with lived experience. All the work we will seek to fund will demonstrate a strong understanding of the experiences of people facing homelessness and evidence that all proposed projects are rooted in the solutions people closest to the problem have identified.

We know that homelessness and housing problems disproportionately and unfairly affect sections of our community, and so we want to support projects that address this. This includes women; people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities; disabled people; and LGBTQI communities.

About the role
The Housing and Homelessness Programme is currently made up of a programme director, four programme officers and one temporary programme support assistant. The role of Programme Associate is a new position, which will replace the current temporary programme assistant role.  We are looking for a highly organised individual, with the ability to juggle a variety of tasks at the same time.  You will be able to undertake research on housing and homelessness issues to inform our grant-making choices, oversee some of our monitoring and evaluation processes, whilst also providing administrative support such as organising meetings and maintaining our grant-making database.  You will need to be a self-starter with the confidence to work both independently and part of a team.

Main responsibilities

  • Contributing to the design, implementation and regular review of the programme strategy.
  • Managing the grant-making project management system and monitoring the grant-making budget.
  • Conducting substantial research on housing issues as well as potential new partners, as directed by the programme d This will include keeping abreast of relevant policy issues, reading and summarising external reports for the benefit of the programme team and our grant-making portfolio.
  • Taking a substantial role in implementing our monitoring, learning and evaluation strategy, overseeing the regular analysis of our grant-making portfolio and reviewing outcomes/learning and regularly presenting these to the whole team.
  • Under supervision, managing a small portfolio of grants as required and regular contact with grantees. In addition, supporting the programme officers with the development of grants and writing progress reports for existing grant partners.
  • Substantially contributing to the programme’s communications, including drafting content and formatting newsletters, internal reports, PowerPoint and social media.
  • Regular liaison with grantee partners to gather evidence, publications and multi-media.
  • Performing a liaison function between Oak’s IT and database team and the management of the programme’s IT, SharePoint, database and outlook infrastructure.
  • Contributing to Oak-wide working groups.
  • Support the programme with internal and external meetings and partner expert convenings, additional diary support for the programme d Follow up admin support, which could include organising events, roundtables, organising travel.
  • Performing all other relevant duties that may be assigned from time to time, including administrative support as directed by the programme d This includes processing invoices and managing publication subscriptions.

Position requirements

  • University degree preferred but not essential;
  • 3-5 years’ demonstrable experience of working for a not-for-profit organisation or development organisation, ideally in a housing and/or social justice/equity policy and research;
  • Highly organised and able to juggle a wide range of responsibilities that may demand ongoing reprioritisation;
  • Experience of using social media for research and communications.
  • Demonstrable experience and confidence in all Microsoft applications, including excel, PowerPoint and Teams. Additional database experience (preferably Salesforce) is an asset.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, with the ability to write for a range of different audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Demonstrated openness and capacity to learn quickly;
  • Confidence and presence to conduct meetings with high profile external audiences;
  • A commitment to Oak’s organisational

The position will be based in the London office, and you will report to the programme director.  You will work closely with the programme officers, and liaise with the Trustees and President, as required.

This role may require some travel to the cities where we fund, as well as to our head office in Geneva.

How to apply

Only applicants who have the right to work in the UK will be accepted.

Interested candidates should submit a Curriculum Vitae and a compelling covering letter of no more than one page, explaining why you want the role, and addressing the key requirement of the post. Apply to Charity Jobs by 30 May 2021.

By submitting your application, you confirm that you have read and understood Oak’s job applicant’s data privacy notice.

Oak Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, as detailed in our child safeguarding policy. We expect all staff to share this commitment. Please note that the successful candidate will undergo reference checks and be required to provide a police record prior to starting employment.

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