We’re hiring! New post of Mentoring Project – Project Manager for South East England

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Background

The PFLA has secured funding through the Farming in Protected Landscapes fund (FIPL) to establish a two-year Farmer Mentoring project in the South East covering the High Weald, Kent Downs and Surrey Hills AONBs. We are seeking a full-time project manager to deliver this project starting at the beginning of April/May 2022.

This new role will require someone who is a confident self-starter, happy with remote working and with experience of delivering outcomes and bringing together a team to deliver.

You will be the key member of the Project Team focusing on the implementation of the Project Plan and managing the needs and expectations of key stakeholders including the Steering Group, Mentors, Farmers and Funders to ensure objectives and measures of success are achieved.

Experience of working with farmers, delivering mentoring and/or wider learning opportunities and successful reporting to project funders will all be important attributes. You will be responsible for growing the programme from nothing, establishing the structures and mechanisms needed to ensure delivery of a successful outcome and building on the PFLA`s very solid track record of farmer-to-farmer support. The PFLA intends to use the experiences gained during the project further develop a highly regarded programme of mentoring and learning that can be delivered across the UK.

Core responsibilities of the role:

  • Organise and promote the programme, and the concept of mentoring, to generate interest and recruit participants across the three protected areas
  • Work with colleagues at thePFLA and protected areas on outreach
  • Play an ambassadorial role for the project across variousforums
  • Manage the recruitment, selection and matching process between mentors and farmers
  • Provide mentors with clear guidance on the expectations of the programme and their responsibilities and terms of engagement
  • Giving and receiving feedback, while adapting to the specifics of the situation
  • Work with wider PFLA team to make available resources and materials to support the mentor role and farmer learning
  • Organise relevant training and support
  • Establish reporting mechanisms that capture evidence and data to demonstrate success and feedback progress to Project Sponsor
  • Monitor programme effectiveness by collecting and analysing reporting information and formal and informal feedback from mentors and farmers
  • Evaluate project success and identify any opportunities for improvement
  • Communicate results and progress to mentors, farmers, and the SteeringGroup
  • Manage and monitor expenditure in line with agreed budget
  • Liaise with DEFRA and the Protected Areas to ensure budgetary compliance

The skills and experience we need:

Required

  • Demonstrable experience of planning and organising projects
  • Strong time management and ability to work independently
  • Effective communication and motivational skills working across large groups
  • Ability to manage and analyse information & data to make effective decisions
  • Evidence of an ability to problem solve during a project
  • An empathetic approach to stakeholder management
  • A focus on outcomes and desire to get the job done
  • Willingness to travel within the South East

Preferred

  • Experience working in the food and farming or conservation sectors
  • Personal networks in the South East to call on in the delivery of this project

Specifics of the role

We are looking for a full-time position for a fixed term of two-years. The salary will be in the region of £40k FTE.

The PFLA is a nationwide organisation and its active Directors, volunteers, and current staff members work from home so the Project Manager will be expected to make their own working arrangements. A computer will be provided, if needed. Team communications are currently held through Zoom and other media, with occasional face-to-face meetings. The successful applicant will be expected to travel for which expenses may be claimed. They will need to be able to work on their own, but also to communicate effectively with the wider PFLA team, ensuring everyone is pulling together in the same direction.

Anyone interested in this role can write to info@pfla.org.uk with their CV and a covering letter stating their interest and explaining why they would be the best person for the job.

We ideally need to have the candidate in post at the beginning of April or May and would look to conduct first round interviews throughout March and April as applications come in. We urge you to apply early and we aim to seek shortlisted candidates in April.

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