Project Development Officer


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Development Trust for Carron Valley & District

Project development officer

A               Details

Contracting authority                            Valley Renewables Group 

Contract value                                        Part time up to £15,000 plus local travel expenses

Contract duration                                   Up to one year, extendible

Submission deadline                             26 August 2020

Expected start date                                Mid September 2020

Contract status                                       Self employed

Submission requirements                    CV and tender submission

Submission address                                The Secretary, Barbara Wilson

                                                            2 Buckieburn, Carronbridge, Denny FK6 5JJ


Submission documents – download here:

Tender Submission



B               Responsibilities and accountability

  1. To engage with Carron Valley residents and project promoters assisting with the development of community projects. The assistance may be part or all of a project’s cycle: preparation, development and implementation.
  2. To assist with larger community projects promoted by the VRG Board of Directors which may arise time to time with full or partial project cycle support.
  3. To promote and assist Carron Valley residents with household grants, advising on and supporting applicant submissions.
  4. To ensure all grant funded projects meet the VRG objectives.
  5. Where opportunities exist, suggest ways projects can maximise community engagement and benefit.
  6. To explore new project opportunities, test their feasibility and present viable proposals to the directors for implementation. The directors are particularly keen to see projects which assist with household energy efficiency, household reduction in carbon use, increasing bio-diversity and general amenity and recreational improvement.
  7. To explore projects that add to and compliment the existing Community Woodland initiative by working closely with the Woodland’s management team.
  8. To report speedily where projects may encounter problems, are likely not to fulfil community expectation or bring the wider community and/or the VRG and directors into disrepute.
  9. To ensure positive, effective and cooperative working relationship with VRG board of directors and Carron Valley Community residents.
  10. To report to the VRG board, usually through a nominee, on community project support provided, project implementation effectiveness and progress of grant applications.
  11. To liaise with the grant scheme administrator to ensure timely and effective support.
  12. To explore sourcing additional funding for VRG and community projects where required.
  13. To ensure projects comply with statutory requirements, particularly local planning needs.
  14. To work in a flexible way, visiting residents and project promoters and engaging directly with Carron Valley residents.
  15. To support the VRG board to plan community engagement events bringing people together within the community.
  16. To work to the VRG Vision: ‘For everyone in our community to experience an improving quality of rural living. For this to be delivered through community-wide and individual projects, supported by community benefit income, and distributed through a fair and transparent process’. 

C                Qualification and experience

  1. Educated to degree level or equivalent.
  2. Substantial experience in project management. Advantageous to have community focused project experienced.
  3. Evidence of seeking and securing project funding. Community project funding experience advantageous.
  4. Experience of project development, planning, writing and presentation.
  5. Experience of project development specifically in the area of household energy efficiency and/or reduction in carbon use and/or supporting biodiversity would be advantageous.
  6. Experience of community engagement would be advantageous.

D               Skills and ability

  1. Ability to plan and develop projects within the strategic aims of Valley Renewables Group.
  2. Highly organised and self motivated with excellent communication skills.
  3. Ability to prioritise and manage a varied workload, meet deadlines and work in an organised and systematic way.
  4. Good networking skills.
  5. Ability to devise new projects and seek and secure funding.
  6. Excellent oral, written and office computer skills.
  7. Ability to work with individual households and offer support with funding opportunities.
  8. Ability to communicate project ideas simply and effectively, both verbally and in writing.

E                Commitment to the ethos of VRG

Commitment to working within the strategic aims and vision of VRG.

Commitment to reducing carbon use within VRG community area.

Commitment to increasing biodiversity within VRG community area.

Willingness to be flexible in response to the reasonable needs of the organisation.

Willingness to travel and engage with community members.


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