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Programme Officer – Housing and Homelessness Programme

Oak Foundation

Location: London, UK

Application Deadline: 07 June 2021

Date Posted: 18 May 2021

Deadline for application: 7 June 2021

Location: London, UK

Location: Office-based, when guidelines change, with up to 25 per cent travel annually

Reporting to: Director, House and Homelessness Programme

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

Salary: circa £46,000.- 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.

About the Housing and Homelessness Programme
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.

The programme is currently made up of a programme director, four programme officers and one programme support assistant. The programme officers are responsible for identifying, developing and presenting grants to Trustees, and maintaining relationships with grant partners.

This opportunity is for an additional programme officer, who will take responsibility for developing and managing a portfolio of national organisations in the UK and the US.  We are looking for someone who has extensive experience of working in relevant sectors such as housing and homelessness, race equity, anti-poverty, and across policy and practice. You do not necessarily need to have worked in grant-making previously, but you will be adept at making connections between policy and practice, as well as building strong relationships with people in the sector. You will also be committed to engaging with grassroots movements and value the process of involving people with lived experience.

We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds, including lived experience or any of the issues related to our work.

Main responsibilities

  • Actively participating in the development of the programme’s strategies and workplans.
  • Seeking out new UK and US grant-making opportunities in line with the strategic direction and our learning and evaluation system. This includes taking a social-justice and race-equity approach to our work.
  • Fully managing a substantial grant portfolio and actively engaging with grantee partners. This includes handling the day-to-day responsibilities of a grant portfolio from initial inquiry to assessment to final recommendation; site visits; identifying and responding to capacity-building needs; monitoring grant implementation; reporting on and closing grants; evaluating current or past grants according to needs; and drawing and sharing lessons learned from projects and clusters of grants, among other activities.
  • Monitoring issues and strategies in the sector and grant-making field that are relevant to our work, and actively engaging other programme team members, as well as our grant partners. This includes learning from our own monitoring and evaluation, and making wider connections with national policy and practice.
  • Building collaborative relationships and networks at national level in the UK and US.
  • Designing research, projects or evaluations, commission and supervising consultants as and when we are developing larger projects.
  • Supervising interns/fellows as required.
  • Contributing to Oak-wide projects where required, including seeking opportunities for cross-programme funding of projects.
  • Performing all other relevant duties that may be assigned by the d

Position requirements

  • University degree preferred but not essential, plus seven years professional experience of housing and homelessness and/or social justice and/or race equity.
  • Deep understanding of the multiple ways in which people are disadvantaged by housing policy and a commitment to achieving systemic change, gained through experience of working in the field.
  • Commitment to grassroots action, and the involvement of people with lived experience in achieving social change – ideally gained from demonstrable experience of working in this way.
  • Demonstrable commitment to civil society; familiarity and solidarity with social justice movements and work that connects mainstream organisations to grassroots work and engaging effectively with communities.
  • Strategic, research and analytical skills, including in learning, monitoring, and evaluation, and the ability to synthesise and communicate information.
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to working both independently and as part of a team. Demonstrated experience of developing work remotely.
  • Ability to juggle a wide range of responsibilities that may demand ongoing reprioritisation.
  • Understanding of not-for-profit and/or governmental financial reporting and budgeting, or willingness to learn.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and ability to write detailed grant proposals for Trustees to consider and approve.
  • Willingness to travel, up to a maximum of 25 per cent per year.
  • A commitment to Oak’s organisational

How to apply

Oak Foundation is being supported in this process by Cadence Partners, who can be contacted for an informal discussion at any time.

Please contact Philip Nelson on +44 20 7947 4960 or email

Cadence Partners are using Applied, a new application platform developed by the Behavioural Insights Team, to record your application. Applied is focused on using behavioural and data science to improve hiring decisions and minimise unconscious bias in the recruitment process. You will be asked to respond to four questions which will allow you to express your match against the person specification. Each response has a 250-word limit.

Your answer to each question will be viewed in isolation and reviewed against the job specification. Please therefore ensure there is enough detail in your response and evidence in that single response, without any references to your other responses.

NB: Whilst we are asking for your CV, please note that we will not be viewing your CV during the initial sift process. The selection panel will not have access to your CV, so it is therefore essential that you respond to each question fully.

To start your application please click here

Closing date: 9am on Monday 7th June 2021

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

By submitting your application, you confirm that you have read and understood Oak’s job applicant’s data privacy notice. I have deleted this as Applied has its own data privacy notice, as do Cadence. You may wish to keep this in.

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.

Corporate Initiative Research Manager


Location: Brussels, Belgium

Application Deadline: 28 May 2021

Date Posted: 17 May 2021

About EVPA

EVPA is a strong community of around 300 member organisations from 30+ countries sharing the same vision and a common goal: creating positive societal impact through the practice of investing for impact.

Established in 2004, EVPA is proud to have initiated this movement in Europe. Over the years, we have been contributing to a thriving impact ecosystem and a growing market engaging social investors, foundations, corporations and policy makers in supporting social innovators and maximising their impact.

We enable our members to connect and learn from each other to achieve deeper societal impact through investments. We build the impact ecosystem at international, European, national and local levels. As a strategic partner of the European Commission in advancing this sector, we share insights, develop knowledge and training, and shape public policies to make the investing for impact movement in Europe stronger.

The Corporate Initiative is EVPA’s sub-community for 70 CSI and has been developed successfully over the 5 past years in Europe, driving the thought leadership on corporate social investing, building a thriving community for practitioners to connect, and raising the sector profile of corporate social investors as a key player in the impact space.

The Corporate Initiative develops practical tools and guidelines for practitioners through dedicated research, organises workshops/webinars and the flagship conference C SUMMIT, the first European corporate philanthropy and social investing summit, gathering annually 170+ corporate social investors, companies, and other key sector players.

For more information about EVPA, please also visit our websiteEVPA success storiesAnnual Conference and our LinkedIn profile.

EVPA is a growing organisation with a team of 20+ full-time dedicated professionals. To strengthen our team, we are looking for a Corporate Initiative Research Manager.

Job description

While much is known on corporate philanthropy and corporate sustainability, the field of corporate social investments is still largely unexplored, yet rapidly growing. The role of the Corporate Initiative Research Manager is to drive EVPA’s research and thought leadership on corporate social investing by conducting research projects on the latest trends and questions in the field.

As a research manager, you will be responsible for the full research cycle, from developing a first proposal, to gathering information from practitioners, building new concepts and models, drafting and developing research publications, and sharing research findings through events, articles, blogs, etc.

This is a full-time role based in Brussels (EVPA’s office). The role is supervising the Corporate Initiative Associate, reports to the Head of Knowledge Centre, with a dotted-line reporting to the Corporate Initiative Lead.

Roles & responsibilities

  • Responsible for EVPA’s applied research on the latest corporate social investing trends across Europe
  • Data collection through various methodologies, incl. interviews, surveys or focus groups
  • Analysis of qualitative and quantitative data to develop practitioner-oriented models and research outputs
  • Developing research publications, such as practical tools, guidelines, case studies, from first conceptualisation to final authoring
  • Presentation of research findings at conferences, webinars, and other events in front of 150+ people
  • Support the development of the C Summit programme – the European Corporate Philanthropy and Social Investing conference, including organisation of the programme committee, curation of session topics, selection and coordination of speakers
  • Keep abreast with the latest developments in the corporate social investing / sustainability ecosystem (events, publications) by attending external events offline or online, looking for new publications online
  • Supervision and management of Corporate Initiative Associate

Skills & qualities

  • Previous experience conducting applied research and (research) publications
  • Strong knowledge on corporate philanthropy, corporate social investing and corporate social responsibility/ sustainability is a must
  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Ability to present complex information in an easily-understandable and insightful manner
  • Both a strategic mind and a can-do mentality, willingness to take own initiative
  • Well-organised, result oriented and keen to details while always keeping the overall picture in mind
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English, any other European language is a plus
  • Strong academic background with Master’s degree in business administration, sustainability, or similar
  • A good team player
  • Ideally available on short notice

How to apply

Interested in this position? Please send your resumé with cover letter to, we accept applications on a rolling basis.

EVPA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate and practise diversity in all its forms and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all of our employees.

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