Summary:

Consultants will work closely with services on a time limited basis and liaise with Services Development Officers at Welsh Women’s Aid, and will work within the terms of Welsh Women’s Aid consultancy agreement.

About Us:

Welsh Women’s Aid is the national umbrella organisation in Wales, working to end violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.  We work with survivors, specialist services and partner agencies to prevent all forms of violence against women, and ensure high-quality services that are needs-led, gender-responsive and holistic.  Our work includes influencing legislation, policy and practice; capacity building and strengthening specialist services; delivering direct services and projects, and promoting collaborative working to achieve real change that lasts for survivors.

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Job Role:

Our membership includes 23 violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence specialist services in the third sector in Wales that together deliver a national network of lifesaving support for survivors of abuse. As a feminist organisation, the values and principles that inform our work continue to be founded on gender and intersectional equality, human rights and non-discrimination, with a focus on empowerment, collaboration, integrity and excellence.

Our capacity building project is funded by the Lloyds Bank Foundation to work with eligible services to build their capacity and increase their sustainability. Support offered is one-to-one bespoke support for specialist services that face commissioning challenges. This can include, but is not limited to:-

  • Supporting services to gain the Wales National Quality Service Standards Quality Mark;
  • Helping services develop and facilitate partnerships, peer support and consortia that will support the sustainability of smaller local services;
  • Running workshops to help local services understand and engage in commissioning processes, on becoming commissioning-ready in local areas, subject to local need;
  • Support for specialist services with exploring additional fundraising opportunities;
  • Support with strategic planning or restructure;
  • Supporting services to submit tender applications;
  • Support to improve practice in light of legislative change in Wales.

We invite expressions of interest from consultants to work with our member services and other organisations funded through Lloyds Bank Foundation in Wales.

We are looking for consultants:

  • With experience of working in the UK with infrastructure membership organisations, and who has a good understanding of the challenges and opportunities this brings
  • With expertise and experience in service development, preferably in the violence against women sector
  • Who shares Welsh Women’s Aid ethos and values, preferably with experience or knowledge of feminist led practice and governance
  • Who is independent of specialist services, partnerships and funders in Wales but who has good knowledge of devolved matters including relevant legislative and policy priorities in Wales

 Consultants will work closely with services on a time limited basis and liaise with Services Development Officers at Welsh Women’s Aid, and will work within the terms of Welsh Women’s Aid consultancy agreement.

Additional Information:

This is open to women only under the Equality Act 2010 pursuant to Schedule 9, Part 1. We value diversity and are committed to promoting equality. We encourage applications from women from all backgrounds and communities and particularly welcome applications from Black and minority communities and other under-represented groups.

To Apply:

Expression of interest and CV should be submitted to our Capacity Building Services Development Officer – HelenTwidle@welshwomensaid.org.uk

Your expression of interest should include examples of similar work you have previously undertaken. Please provide details of two referees.

Following receipt of the above and if you are shortlisted, the Services Development Officer will contact you regarding an interview.