We are looking for a Catalyst Project Manager

Job TitleCatalyst Project Manager 

Language Requirements: Fluent English 

Reports to: Head of Philanthropy 

Location: Main office near Old Street tube station, EC2 

Salary: £35,000 

Hours: 37.5 hours per week 

Contract: Fixed Term Contract – 3 years (January 2020 until December 2022) 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with the intention that the successful applicant will start in post on 2nd January 2020.

Please apply via Charity Jobs by midnight 5th December 2019

The Charity 

Founded in 2015, Breaking Barriers is a fast-paced, start-up charity with a mission to help refugees in London gain the knowledge, confidence and experience to secure stable and fulfilling employment in their new home. 

We offer effective and flexible employment support in direct partnership with businesses that help refugees secure work, progress into better jobs, and successfully integrate into UK society. We have a unique approach, working with corporate partners to help refugees develop careers that match their skills, experience and aspirations. 

Since Breaking Barriers’ inception just four years ago, we have grown to support in excess of 500 refugees per year and have ambitious plans to expand this as part of our strategic plan. We concentrate on getting things done in a flexible environment where everyone is encouraged to take ownership and contribute. 

We are a team of over 20 employees supported by several hundred volunteers, who are all driven and committed to helping London’s refugee community.  We are looking for similarly driven and ambitious individuals keen to join an enterprising organisation where they can benefit from the opportunity to innovate and shape the direction of the charity. Colleagues who thrive are passionate, driven and have the confidence to work autonomously while remaining team players and sharing credit with all involved.

 We are looking for someone who lives and breathes our values:  

  • Mission-led: our clients come before everything else.  
  • Welcoming: we want all people to feel happy, comfortable and secure with us.  
  • Collaborative: we are supportive and considerate, curiously exploring other viewpoints to find solutions.   
  • Enterprising: we are discerningly bold, entrepreneurial and have the courage to give things a go.   

Catalyst – supporting integration across the capital 

Breaking Barriers successfully applied to the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) to support the ‘Catalyst’ project which offers employment and training support to Third Country National (TCN) clients in London.  

Catalyst will support 600 TCN clients over three years, providing bespoke employment support, English language and IT training as well as access to skills-based workshops in collaboration with our corporate partners. 

The project will also include a skills audit and data analysis for development of a National Best Practice guide in employment support for TCN clients as well as regular stakeholder events to share knowledge and learning with the private, public and third sector.

Overall Purpose of the Role 

We are looking for an experienced Project Manager to join our team to help us deliver our new Catalyst project. Funded by the Asylum Migration and Integration Fund, this three-year project will create opportunities for 600 Third Country Nationals (TCNs) to successfully integrate in London through bespoke employment support and training. 

ThCatalyst Project Manager will have overall responsibility for the management of the project including financial and performance management. The role includes managing the reporting and compliance requirements of the AMIF funding and ensuring adherence to the conditions of the grant agreement.  

The Project Manager will work closely with the Project Delivery Team, Data Officer and Head of Strategy and Impact. The Project Manager will line-manage the Project Administrator. The role will be responsible for leading the relationship with the UK Responsible Authority and for ensuring the smooth running of the project, meeting of targets and reporting.    

This role will report into the Head of Philanthropy with a dotted-line into the Head of Programmes. The role will work closely with our Programme Delivery team to ensure that targets are met, information is collected accurately and that communication is effective across the organisation in relation to the project. The role will also work on project related publicity and materials, contribute to the development of the National Best Practice Guide and stakeholder events.  

The successful candidate will be an experienced and reliable project manager with signifcant complex project management experienceThey will have considerable experience of project management, partnership management and/or statutory fundraising. We are looking for a highly competent and pro-active individual. This role will network with senior stakeholders including local authorities and businesses so it is vital that you are an exceptional relationship-builder and comfortable working with a wide range of people.  

We are a growing and ambitious organisationcommitted to best-practice. You will share our energy and determination and will be attracted by the idea of working in a friendly team environment. 

Key Responsibilities 

Breaking Barriers is a data driven charity, which puts M&E at the core of our delivery and considers data evidence as the foundation of responsible decision making. Your role involves: 

  • Manage the Integration Through Employment Project and have overall responsibility for the day to day financial and performance management of the project. 
  • Produce clear project plans and work with project and delivery staff to ensure the success of these plans. 
  • Be the first point of contact for the project for internal and external stakeholders including with the UKRA, Audit Authority and any other agent appointed by the UK or European Commission. 
  • Have ownership and accountability of the project. 
  • To represent the project internally and externally at meetings and events as required. 
  • To line-manage the Project Administrator. 
  • Complete quality assurance and consistency checks on finance and performance. 
  • Deliver all financial reporting requirements and project delivery reports to agreed timelines. 
  • Coordinate all monitoring and performance reviews, meetings and attend audits by the UKRA, Audit Authority, European Commission, European Court of Auditors and any other agent duly appointed by the above bodies. 
  • Lead all internal monitoring meetings and compile minutes. 
  • Gather evidence and prepare reports on the project. 
  • Lead project visits and post-project evaluation activities. 
  • Coordinate correct training to ensure compliance under EU funding. 
  • Identify and manage the coordination of acknowledgment and recognition opportunities. 
  • Build and develop cross-organisational relationships to facilitate project success. 
  • Regularly update Head of Philanthropy and Head of Programmes and report on project delivery and budget. 
  • Undertake any other duties that may reasonably be required within the scope of this role. 

Person Specification


  • 3+ years’ experience in project management in the public or charitable sector or transferrable private sector experience. 
  • Demonstrable experience in monitoring and reporting on large, complex projects. 
  • Experience managing budgets and financial reporting. 
  • A good working knowledge of the charitable sector.  
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.  
  • The ability to process complex information and relay this to a variety of audiences both verbally and in written communication.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact confidently and with diplomacy both internally and externally. 
  • Highly organised with the ability to manage multiple competing priorities, meet deadlines and adapt to a changing and fast-paced working environment.  
  • Knowledge of Data Protection Act (DPA) 2018, and the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018. 
  • Excellent computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. 


  • Experience using project management software. 
  • Demonstrable knowledge and interest in the refugee sector. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with the intention that the successful applicant will start in post on 2nd January 2020.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age. 

Breaking Barriers particularly welcomes applicants with experience of migration and/or a refugee background. 

Please apply via CharityJobs before midnight 5th December 2019