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Vacancy - Programme Officer

Programme Officer (Violence Reduction Unit) for

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), Humberside

Salary: Band E £24,000 - £26,500 / Band D £27,500 - £32,000 (dependent on experience)

Based at The Lawns, Cottingham (agile working available)

Note: Secondment Arrangements are possible for this vacancy. Please contact us to discuss

This role is hosted by the OPCC on behalf of the Humber Violence Prevention Partnership, a new Home Office-funded Violence Reduction Unit (VRU).

The OPCC has a strong focus on employing people that best fit with the ethos and culture of our team and are looking for someone who will embrace our values of Ambition, Brave, Connecting, Compassion and Trust.

The OPCC is working with partners to establish a new multi-agency Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) for the Humber area, which will lead and coordinate the local response to serious violence through an evidence-based whole-system approach (also known as a public health approach).

We are looking for a dynamic Programme Officer to support the management of the VRU’s delivery programme and core grant funding.  Your role will help us to commission organisations to deliver the projects set out in our Delivery Plan, ensure they are supported (and where necessary challenged) through to successful delivery, and enable us to demonstrate the impact they have had for communities.  You will also co-ordinate regular reports to the VRU’s main funder, the Home Office, and ensure we satisfy all grant conditions.

You will contribute to the development of project specifications and apply critical thinking to assess and challenge tender responses, including identifying potential risks and issues, and make recommendations on which organisations should be funded – ensuring that we achieve the best value and protect public funds.

You will build productive working relationships with delivery partners to maintain open communication about progress, solve problems together and record project outcomes.

With excellent numeracy, you will have experience of analysing/challenging financial and statistical data such as project budgets and monitoring reports.  You will have a track record of maintaining accurate information in systems/databases, be competent in using various IT applications, and have experience of working in a team and independently.

Ideally you will have prior experience of working with grant funding, working for a funder or funding recipient in the public or third sector.  Wider experience of project/programme administration and knowledge of community safety would also be advantageous.

Whilst it would be great to have someone who knows who we are, what we do and who we work with, it isn’t our greatest requirement.  We want the right person.  We can easily give you the context of our working environment. We need the right skillset and values. That is our priority.

We do need someone to be professionally astute, an ambassador for the OPCC and VRU in working with a broad range of stakeholders, confident in their abilities, and able to understand and challenge complex information.

Any experience of working with statutory operating frameworks in a public sector setting would be advantageous.

You will be required to work out of the main OPCC office based at The Lawns, Cottingham, although we work to the ethos of being an ‘Employer of Choice’ and therefore do operate agile working which can accommodate flexible working requests.

If you are interested in this challenging and exciting role, you can get further information by contacting Richard Kendall, VRU Director (, to arrange an informal conversation.

Should you wish to apply you can do so by sending a covering letter and CV indicating what you think you could bring to the role and how you meet the requirements of the role profile.  This should be sent by email to  You should also complete the Monitoring Questionnaire and submit with your application.

The closing date for this vacancy is Tuesday 26 July 2022, 5.30pm.

For further information on our office, browse this website

All posts of the OPCC require staff to operate as ‘politically restricted’ and are subject to police vetting. 

Role Description

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