Senior Programmes and Funding Partnerships Officer (BBC Children in Need)

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Job Introduction

BBC Children in Need are looking for a Senior Programmes and Funding Partnerships Officer to work on our on Curiosity Programme, a funding partnership with The Wellcome Trust. This is a 23 month fixed-term contract and the location is flexible.

The Senior Programmes and Funding Partnerships Officer will support the work of BBC Children in Need’s Funding Partnership team, where they will have a particular focus on the delivery of Curiosity, our funding partnership with The Wellcome Trust (Wellcome) which aims to use informal science learning (ISL) to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. 

You can find out more about the Curiosity programme here,

*Please refer to Appendix of Job Description when applying*

BBC Children in Need exists to make a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Our refreshed objectives and activities will ensure the impact we have on children’s lives is front and centre of the work the charity undertakes over and above the projects and services we fund.

Role Responsibility

The Senior Programmes and Funding Partnerships Officer will have the following key responsibilities:

  • Grant portfolio management for the Curiosity programme - work closely with Impact team across Nations and Regions and with colleagues in the Funding Partnerships team to monitor progress across the portfolio of grants, support grantees and identify opportunities for further impact
  • Programme communications - plan and deliver relevant communications associated with Curiosity 
  • Convening / events - lead on the planning and delivery of convening (including online) events across the cohort of Curiosity projects to support wider programme learning
  • Programme learning - manage day to day CiN relationship with evaluators and act as a knowledge broker between the projects delivering Curiosity and the programme evaluators
  • Influencing activity – Lead on an influencing strategy, including a programme of events and communications, in partnership with key external stakeholders
  • Project Management – provide overall project management for the Curiosity programme as well as project management support across the Funding Partnership team’s portfolio of programmes 
  • Case studies and storytelling – in partnership with projects, evaluators and CiN colleagues, identify and collect case studies about the impact of Curiosity and other informal science learning activity, and identify story telling opportunities 
  • Support for the wider work of the Funding Partnerships team

*Please refer to Appendix of Job Description when applying*

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for someone with:

  • Knowledge of and experience in the voluntary sector or the children and young people’s field 
  • Understanding of the importance of and insight into methods and approaches for engaging children and young people e.g. youth voice, co-production and asset based approaches 
  • Experience of planning and delivering events
  • Good planning, project management and organisational skills 
  • Excellent team working skills and the ability to work on your own initiative 
  • Able to adapt and work effectively with different situations, individuals or groups 
  • Good communication, writing and presentation skills 
  • Good relationship management and interpersonal skills 
  • Able to simplify complex problems, processes or projects into component parts and explore and evaluate them systematically 
  • Able to apply creative problem-solving approaches, generate new ideas, find fresh perspectives, and produce effective solutions


  • Experience of / interest in science and the potential role of science and science learning to create change for children and young people 
  • Experience of grant-making

*Please refer to Appendix of Job Description when applying*

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: Fixed-term (23 months)
Location: Flexible

Salary: £30,300 - £36,000 (plus London Weighting of £4,729 if applicable)

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

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