Community Enterprise Assessor - Power to Change - United Kingdom

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 11 September 2019

Job Description

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status. Palladium is bidding on a grant management and programme delivery contract for Power to Change, a UK based charitable trust whose vision is to support community businesses to revive local assets, protect the services people rely on and address local needs by providing grant funding and technical assistance. Power to Change offers grant funding to UK based community businesses where the work is furthering a charitable purpose, and is for public benefit.

P2C’s funding is channelled through the following workstreams:

  • Community Business Fund
  • Homes in Community Hands
  • Empowering Places
  • Research & Development

To receive grant funding from P2C, an organisation must meet the following criteria:

  • Locally rooted - the organisation is rooted in a particular geographical place and builds on the strengths and assets of that place to address community needs
  • Accountable to the local community - can be demonstrated in many ways (e.g. Membership structure, ownership, broad range of local trustees) but you must have evidence of regular community input into decision making
  • Trading for the benefit of the local community - a clear trading model and sell services in and around the local area. The way the business is run, and the profits it makes are used to deliver local benefit
  • Broad community impact - engage with a variety of different groups in their community and deliver impact against a range of different community needs.

We are seeking individuals to act as expert assessors for the Power to Change Community Business Fund, if Palladium’s proposal is accepted.

The Community Business Fund has awarded over £26 million in capital and revenue grants since 2015, and will provide a further £16.5m between now and 2022. The outcome of expert assessments will inform funding decisions made by the fund’s governance bodies.
Experts should have the following expertise, preferably with a focus on UK based community businesses:

  • Providing one to one business development support to community businesses, community organisations, social enterprises and / or small and medium commercial enterprises, including community asset projects
  • Undertaking grant assessments and / or social investment readiness appraisals for community businesses or support groups to apply for community business funding
  • Conducting or supporting social impact assessments, measurement and monitoring in the context of community businesses, community organisations, social enterprises and / or small and medium commercial enterprises, including community asset projects
  • Providing quality consultancy support on any of the following areas:
    • Business and financial planning
    • Asset development and capital projects
    • Governance
    • Local accountability and people management
    • Planning and managing for social impact
  • Assessments of community businesses take 2-3 days, so support will be required on a consultancy basis dependent on availability.

About the Organization

Palladium develops and delivers solutions that create positive impact for communities, businesses, societies and economies. We transform lives and create enduring value by working with governments, corporations and non-profit organisations.

Palladium is built on the idea that progress will be supported by four key pillars: • International Development • Strategy Execution Consulting • Impact Investment • Training and Events We create positive impact through more than 100 current projects with more than 2000 employees operating in over 90 countries.

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