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Project Officer

Full time Peterborough
Position #16016 Closing date 27/09/2020

Background information:

PECT is an independent charity that is helping to protect and enhance the environment. Our vision is to create sustainable places, where the natural environment is healthy, communities are involved in their area, health and well-being is improved for all, and where resource use is responsible and doesn’t compromise the needs of others, now and into the future. We champion sustainable practices in order to leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

Purpose of role:

To provide project support across a range of PECT projects including Eastern New Energy (40%) and BLUEPRINT (60%).

Eastern new Energy is an ERDF funded project focused on implementing low carbon solutions. PECT is delivering a SME Grant Scheme to support investment by small businesses in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The role will provide brokerage grant support to SME, helping them work through the grant application.

BLUEPRINT aims to initiate the new policies, strategies and approaches required by local authorities to unlock sustainable and inclusive growth opportunities through the transition to a circular economy.

It will upskill 18 social enterprises to train 2,000 disadvantaged individuals with the skills they require to secure new jobs linked to circular economy growth (increased recycling, reverse logistics and secondary markets). PECT is working as part of a consortium of French and English partners to implement the programme.

The project officer will work with the wider Blueprint team to support the implementation of new and innovative behaviour change pilots across Peterborough, working with household and schools to reduce waste and improve recycling rates.

The role will be part funded by ERDF and Interreg.


Employer: PECT

Based: This position will be based at PECT’s offices: Ham Lane House, Ham Lane, Peterborough PE2 5UU. There may be opportunities to work from home on some days.

Salary: £21,000-£22,500

Closing Date for applications: 27/09/2020

Interview Date: Week commencing 28/09/2020

Start Date: ASAP

End Date: June 2023

Hours/Week: 37 hours

Work outside normal hours: Occasional evening and weekend work will be required

Reports to: Operations Director / BLUEPRINT & ENE Project Manager

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide ongoing brokerage of SME delegated grant applications that contribute to project targets and satisfy requirements around equality, value for money and practicability.
  • Liaise with relevant members of the delivery team, and others as required, to ensure all required information is submitted to the Grant Panel in a timely manner;  organise and administrate Grant Panel meetings, ensuring that all the decision making process is captured and recorded appropriately. You will communicate the outcome of grant applications to SMEs post-Panel and ensure all administrative requirements are met.
  • Work with wider team to develop pilot programmes to improve recycling rates
  • Recruit and work with residents and schools to reduce waste and improve recycling rates
  • Develop and deliver promotional activities for BLUEPRINT ensuring they meet funder requirements.
  • Plan and execute a series of events and activities to promote blueprint and secure engagement
  • Co-ordinate the logistics for events including transporting equipment and setting up stands
  • Undertake a range of day-to-day project administration activities.
  • Support and get involved in other PECT activities and initiatives where applicable.
  • Any other reasonable tasks requested by line manager
  • Ensure that all processes are completed in a timely, accurate and compliant manner at the prescribed quality in accordance with quality procedures and in line with client funding requirements

Person specification

Short listing criteria (obtained from application)

  • Level 3 qualification or equivalent in relevant subject.
  • Experience of community projects, engaging and empowering members of the community or working with schools.
  • Good experience of IT, especially proficiency in Microsoft Office Software.
  • Experience of attendance and organisation at events

Essential criteria:

  • Excellent organisational and time management skills, ability to manage projects and organise work effectively to a tight schedule and to completion
  • Knowledge of circular economy principles.
  • Ability to transport equipment to events and undertake manual handling
  • Proven track record of meeting challenging KPIs and targets
  • Demonstrable experience of managing multiple tasks/activities/events at one time.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Able to work independently and use own initiative; and within a small team
  • Able to work effectively under pressure and handle changing priorities
  • Willingness to learn and undertake training where appropriate


  • Be committed to continuous professional development.
  • Enthusiasm for and understanding of environmental/sustainable development issues.

Apply for this role

For more information about the role please read the Role Profile. Please send a covering letter and CV to [email protected]. We prefer to receive applications electronically; however, we understand not everyone has access to the internet, therefore, you can also post your application to the address below.

You may be contacted for a brief telephone interview before the formal interviews. If shortlisted for interview you may be required to prepare a presentation or complete a brief task, relevant to the role, as part of the interview.

If you have any questions about this role please contact Stuart Dawks, [email protected] or call 01733 568408

Postal address: PECT, Ham Lane House, Ham Lane, Peterborough PE2 5UU

For some activities, such as working directly with children on a regular basis, a DBS check may be required.