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Vacancy: Project Officer My Life - My Rights: Somali Speaking Female

JOB TITLE: Project Officer My Life- My Rights: Somali Speaking Female




Contract Duration: July 2019 to June 2020 (2 days per week pro rata - £30,000 Plus 5% Pension Contribution). (continuation subject to funding).





The Council of Somali Organisation (CSO) is an infrastructure organisation based in London and designed to build a strong and effective voice for the Somali community in London. Since its inception it now works actively with up to 110 Somali organisations each of them providing front line services. CSO also works directly and indirectly through member organisations to support pupils facing educational and socio-economic challenges or are at the brink of exclusion to reach a meaningful level of attainment at scools. 


The Board of trustees of CSO has overall responsibility for the governance and overall strategic direction of CSO, and are supported by the Director.


Function of Council of Somali Organisations

The primary functions of CSO are as follows:

Leadership: Championing the needs and views of the Somali third sector, business and the Somali community in the UK at large.

Advocacy and Representation: Providing a voice and representation for the Somali community on a range of policy issues to address poverty and exclusion within and between communities.

Partnership Building: Supporting collaboration between local authorities, government departments and Somali organisations, including consortia bids, commissioning and supporting cross sector partnerships to deliver quality services to the Somali community.

Development: Lead on project development in key priority areas for Somali communities; this includes health and wellbeing, education, entrepreneurship, housing, criminal justice system. This also includes producing research and policy briefings for CSO members and partners.

Enhanced Communication: Within the Somali organisations, and statutory agencies. Support the coordination of forums and network groups engaged in delivering services to the community including faith organisations.

Develop high quality support services: Project development, good, governance, quality and compliance standards for CSO and Somali organisations.

Improve service delivery: financial sustainability, premises, technical support and specialist policy advice and information; research on community needs and issues.

Increase communication and collaboration: both within Somali organisations and statutory and non-statutory agencies, particularly but not exclusively in the thematic priority areas.


Purpose of the job:

A Project Officer is required to deliver a People’s Lottery funded project that provides community and outreach services to Somali Women in the UK.

The Project aims to combat the discrimination and cultural prejudices faced by Somali Women and Girls within the family & community environment. The program will develop and equip leadership skills and voice for Somali Women & Girls. It will also raise awareness of the rights of women in the family and community environment.


The components of the program are:

  • Leadership training: One-to-one training & Group workshops to build a safe environment for Somali Women & Girls to build confidence and voice. This will enable beneficiaries to feel more empowered and in control of their own lives.
  • Capacity Building in relation to increasing awareness of Women’s rights within the family and social environment. This will increase capacity to engage fully in civic life and community. In whole, to raise Somali women’s awareness of the wider community the issues facing Women and not treating discrimination and prejudices as private matters.

Beneficiaries: Somali women of all Ages (18+ ). The plan is to recruit 10 Somali women volunteer leaders over 12 months.


The role is a fixed term contract of one year duration with a start date of within two months.   


The post holder is expected to develop individual plan, coordinate and implement program outreach activities; working directly and closely with service beneficiaries and other stakeholders.


The post holder will:

  • Train service beneficiaries on human rights issues, gender equality, social, economic, community actions, and advocacy skills;
  • Provide information, advice and support;
  • Plan and implement effective empowerment intervention activities;
  • Conduct investigation and follow-up on women empowerment issues;
  • Write press releases, statement and blogs.

Please contact our Director directly if you wish to discuss this – contact details can be found in the document Guidance for Applicants.


Salary: £30,000 Gross Pay per annum plus 5% pension contribution [2 Days Pro rata]

Conditions:  16 hours per week (2 days)

Holiday entitlement: 25 days annual leave per annum plus public holidays

Duration: Fixed term until 30 June 2020 with possibility of extension, subject to funding

Location: London

Closing date for applications: Thursday 20th June 2019 5pm

Interviews: Wednesday 26th June 2019

Start date: Monday 15th July 2019 (or as close as possible after this date)


Documents to download

Application form

Notes on completing the Application form

Job Description and Person specification

Equalities Monitoring form