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Programmes and Funding Partnerships Officer (BBC Children in Need)

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Job Introduction

BBC Children in Need, in collaboration with Wellcome, are currently looking for a Programmes and Funding Partnerships Officer for a 12-month fixed-term contract, based in London.

BBC Children in Need exists to make a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. We have recently adopted a new funding strategy designed to enhance our support to disadvantaged children and young people. This expands the current portfolio of emergency and responsive grant programmes with an enhanced focus on partnership funding.

This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to contribute to the delivery of BBC Children in Need’s strategy as an integral part of the new Funding Partnership team. Within this role, the post holder will be seconded for two days a week to the Education & Learning team at Wellcome. The successful applicant will therefore benefit from working in two of the UK’s major independent charitable funders.

Wellcome exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. We’re a global charitable foundation, both politically and financially independent. We support scientists and researchers, take on big problems, fuel imaginations and spark debate.

Role Responsibility

The Programmes and Funding Partnerships Officer will support the work of the Funding Partnership team at BBC Children in Need: planning and project managing grant making activity; developing grant making materials and processes; supporting programme communications and taking a leading role in convening events and ensuring the voice and active role of children and young people in our strategic programmes and initiatives.

At Wellcome, the post holder will support project planning and grant making activity; support existing grant-funded projects; draw together learning from across different projects and disseminate that learning to relevant groups; and help to identify and pursue new areas of work in informal science learning (ISL).

The role will have a particular focus on the delivery of Curiosity, a funding partnership between BBC Children in Need and Wellcome, which aims to use ISL to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

Are you the right candidate?

The Programmes and Funding Partnerships Officer will have a passion for finding solutions to the challenges faced by disadvantaged children and young people in the UK and the ability work with others to create change.

You will have experience of the voluntary sector or the children and young people’s field as well as good communication and project management skills. You will have a commitment to the engagement and active participation of children and young people.

You will have strong interpersonal skills and be excited by the opportunity to work at both BBC Children in Need and Wellcome and to share learnings and insights between the two funders.


Package Description

The role is based in London. The role will be line managed by the Head of Funding Partnerships at BBC Children in Need. We anticipate that the post holder will spend three days per week at BBC Children in Need offices and two days per week at Wellcome offices.

About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

Diversity matters at the BBC.  We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles.  The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.  

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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