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Location: London
Position: Project Management
Salary: £400 per week
Date Posted: 15 November 2017
Vacancy Type: LCIP Internship
Job Description:
Job title: Project Officer – Gateway & Welfare Contracts & Commissioning – London Borough of Croydon
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a six month Graduate Internships, working as a Project Officer in the Gateway & Welfare Contracts & Commissioning service in Croydon Council. Gateway & Welfare is a new division set up to support individuals and families affected by Welfare Reform, and provide a holistic approach to finding sustainable solution to people having financial and housing stability. The opportunity is to help support the delivery of innovative cross-organisation projects to provide housing solutions for rough sleepers.

Before you apply, please check that you are willing to travel to the London Borough of Croydon.

Application deadline: Monday 6th of November at 12pm

The Council

Croydon is a distinctive and diverse place and is London’s most populated borough. Croydon is about to undergo the biggest development and regeneration programme since the 1960s with £3bn of investment flowing into the borough over the next five years, building a positive future for residents and businesses alike.

We are passionate about the value of public services and our new headquarters has the customer at the heart of what we do. It brings together 75 services including council, Met Police, NHS, Jobcentre Plus, Croydon Credit Union and Citizens Advice Bureau under one roof, allowing us all to work together as one team. This makes now an exciting time to join our team delivering vital services to over 360,000 residents.  This role focusses on improvements in services which support residents, working across homelessness, housing, immigration, public health, and children and adults social care.

The Role

The successful candidate will have an opportunity to gain an unrivalled insight into a career in project management in a large organisation.

The council has commissioned a significant number of partners to delivery services across Croydon, and are looking for creative solutions to address rough sleeping, such as the creation of an all year shelter. We are looking to recruit a professional, enthusiastic and hardworking Project Officer to support this work.

The roles have no limits on the level of involvement and ownership the successful candidate would be able to achieve, so would suit people with commitment, enthusiasm, flexibility, ability to learn quickly and with an abundance of talent. You will be working alongside the Gateway & Welfare Contract & Commissioning Manager and our delivery partners, providing an excellent opportunity to develop business change skills for the public sector.  The role will involve tasks such as:

Shelter Project

  • Support a project to implement an all-year shelter by 31/3/18 
  • Coordinate a project plan
  • Research good practice (involves liaising with Housing Justice, coordinating visits to other shelters etc.)
  • Support recruitment of paid staff to support shelter
  • Support the development of protocols and processes between partners
  • Liaise with internal partners (planning/parking)
  • Support the shelter partnership to increase volunteer base
  • Report on the above

Rapid pathway from the streets Project

  • Monitor delivery of the pathway with stakeholders/partners
  • Suggest/implement improvements

CRZero 2020 (borough-wide street homeless) Project

  • Develop and deliver council actions in CR Zero 2020 action plan
  • Attend CR Zero steering and community solutions group and feedback
  • Establish and coordinate a rough sleeping forum (see attached)

The Candidate

The candidate will need to be able to demonstrate a strong project skills. Work experience in projects or partnership working is desirable.

Key requirements:

  • Minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree
  • Ideally experienced with MS package
  • Strong people skills
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • An ability to communicate with impact, ensuring complex information is articulated in a meaningful way to wide and varied audiences
  • Ability to work and deliver within a project structure.
  • Time management and prioritisation skills are highly important along with a strong attention to detail.
  • An understanding of project management is desirable.


£400 per week

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