We are recruiting for a Participation and Programmes Associate – apply now!


8th September 2023

Come and join our team! 

Full-time role, with 1-2 days per week in our London office

32,000-35,000 FTE depending on experience 

We are looking to recruit someone who is passionate about co-designing work with young people, and has an understanding of what it takes to deliver high-quality research and evaluation projects. Please find the full CfEY Participation and Programmes Associate job advert here.

About this Job

The Participation and Programmes Associate role is an exciting, practical and varied, with a dual purpose. You’ll help to co-design and deliver exciting and engaging programmes for young people and those who work with them. You’ll also plan and conduct high-quality research and evaluation projects.  

Sitting within CfEY’s new participation and programmes strand and working closely with the Head of Participation and Programmes, you’ll help to ensure the strand designs and meets strategic goals to support CfEY’s work.

The strand is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that we maximise opportunities to involve young people who have lived experience of the challenges and experiences explored in our projects, in a way that is useful, authentic and productive.
  • Creating the structure and methodologies that enable all research participants to have their voices heard, particularly those from marginalised groups, and including young people, practitioners, parents/carers and adult learners. 
  • Supporting team members to identify opportunities to design and deliver programmes in partnership with other networks, organisations and practitioners.
  • Externally, promoting the strength, importance and credibility of youth participation in research.

You will also work closely with the rest of our team, seeking out and delivering research, policy, organisational development and communications projects for our clients. You will have a good level of autonomy over your work and will be in regular contact with senior leaders within client organisations. As a small and agile team, you may be asked to occasionally undertake tasks outside your role description to support the wider work of CFEY.

You can be located anywhere in the United Kingdom, around half of your week can be spent working remotely. Our office is in Hackney, London, and the team gathers there every other Monday. Everyone works from the office for at least one other day every fortnight, and frequently travels to carry out fieldwork across the country. We offer an employer contribution pension (following a three-month probation period) and 33 days’ holiday per year (including bank holidays).

We will want to speak to at least two references and you will need to undergo an enhanced DBS check. Although we must ensure the safety of the children and young people we work with, we understand that people have different life experiences and come to the sector from different pathways. Please talk to us if you have concerns about a DBS check; we may still consider your application.

Ideally, we would like someone who can start in October 2023, but please talk to us about when you might be able to start if it’s sooner or later. We welcome job-share applicants, but you will need to apply as a pair, with a single motivation letter and two CVs.

The Process

To support equal opportunities and minimise the risk of bias, we ask candidates NOT to include their names in their CVs, cover letters and file names. 

Please send your application to our Operations Officer, Lee-Ann Jacobson, at: [email protected] 

  • CV and letter 

Please send a two-page CV tailored to this role (including two referees we can contact by phone) and a one-page letter explaining why you think you are suited to this job and would like to work with us by Sunday, October 1st at 10pm.

  • Accessibility

Please note that we are happy to make reasonable adjustments to support disabled or neurodivergent applicants. We will share suggestions of adjustments we can make throughout the process, should you be selected for interview, but if at any time you would like to make a request or share any details of your needs, please email [email protected]. Alix will treat your request with confidentiality (if needed) and will work with you to identify the best way to ensure our processes work for everyone.

  • Interview 

We will inform you if you have been shortlisted as soon as possible. Interviews will take place in person on either 9th, 10th or 11th October (tbc), at our office in Hackney, London. Please ensure that you have flexibility around these dates so you are able to accept an invitation when extended.

We will ask shortlisted applicants to participate in an individual interview with a small panel of CfEY team members, between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm. This will involve you giving a short presentation on a piece of relevant work you have carried out and then answering our interview questions.

We will provide more information on the presentation before the interview and can share some of the questions with you in advance if useful, but we do not expect you to bring scripted answers. Please talk to us about any access needs or support you find helpful.

  • References and DBS check 

We will inform candidates who have been successful at interview as soon as possible before contacting referees. Appointments will be confirmed once we have received satisfactory references and DBS checks. 

Please find the full CfEY Policy and Programmes Associate job advert pdf here.

Please find the full CfEY Policy and Programmes Associate job advert word doc here.

Thank you for your interest!