MESH Job Description/Person Specification

JOB TITLE: MESH Rubic Coordinator

PLACE OF WORK: Scotia Works, Leadmill Road, Sheffield, S1 4SE

SALARY SCALE: NJC Pt 6/28-SO1/30 = £24,964 to £26,822 per annum pro rata

HOURS OF WORK: 21 hours per week

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 5pm, Wednesday 18 April 2018

INTERVIEWS TO BE HELD: Tuesday 1 May, 2018


The Project is funded for two years through The Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund.

Mediation Sheffield (MESH) is a registered charity that has worked within mediation and conflict resolution  for over 25 years. MESH, in partnership with three other charities and a secondary school in Sheffield, have been awarded funding for a new project to improve community cohesion. The RUBIC project, which stands for Respect and Understanding - Building Inclusive Communities, will work with asylum seekers, refugees and other new arrivals as well as more settled communities in their own neighbourhoods. By engaging with people who have been in Sheffield all their lives as well as more recent arrivals, MESH and partners hope to increase understanding and create more resilient communities.

We are looking for a skilled and experienced RUBIC CO-ORDINATOR to support MESH’s  delivery of the innovative RUBIC Project. The post holder is responsible for developing relationships with local people through Parkwood Academy and the surrounding community in North Sheffield. The RUBIC Co-ordinator will support those people to engage in a wider discussion which helps them identify both their individual and community needs in relation to cohesion and how these needs can be met through conflict resolution and mediation training (both formal and informal).

She/he will also work closely with the partnership delivery team to ensure that the RUBIC Project's objectives and outcomes are met.

MESH is looking for a dynamic, committed community worker with experience of delivering programmes in communities and an understanding how conflict resolution and mediation can increase the communication, the understanding and the confidence of the community as a whole and individuals within that community.


The RUBIC (Respect, Understanding and Building Inclusive Communities) project, is running in North Sheffield, from April 2018 to March 2020. The MESH RUBIC Coordinator will take lead responsibility for supporting the involvement of those within the school and local community in the project. The key tasks include:

Working with the Rubic Coordinator and project delivery team to:

  1. Recruit and support local young people and adults through Parkwood Academy and the surrounding community to engage in the project.

  2. Support those people to engage in a wider discussion which helps them identify both their individual and community needs in relation to cohesion. 

  3. Set up and help run workshops and accredited courses which meet the RUBIC outcomes by using conflict resolution and community mediation as a means of increasing the capacity of those local people.   

  4. Engage and support relevant freelance providers to run workshops and training in conflict resolution and community mediation skills.

  5. Identify and support individuals who undertake workshops and courses to move onto the Community Guardians element of the project.

  6. Facilitate opportunities for people from established and newly arrived communities to develop understanding and positive relationships with each other and the wider community.

  7. Support local people to engage in influencing local activity, priorities, and decision making.

  8. Carry out project monitoring and evaluation and produce reports.

  9. As required, attend project meetings, including Project Advisory group, and liaise with project partners.

  10. Recruit, support and manage project volunteers.

  11. Build effective networks with relevant community groups, voluntary and statutory agencies.

  12. Manage activity budgets.

  13. Work with the evaluation lead to develop and co-deliver the evaluation plan.

In addition, the post-holder will be expected to:

  1. Promote and share the Project’s learning with others locally, city wide, regionally and nationally through presentations at workshops, seminars, conferences.

  2. Carry out the responsibilities of the post with great regard to the MESH’s Equal Opportunities Policy and Procedures.

  3. Undertake work with high regard to MESH’s Safeguarding, child protection and vulnerable adult policy and procedures.

  4. Keep records of all work undertaken in order to calculate outputs and to meet monitoring and reporting requirements of external funders.

  5. Contribute to the MESH’s annual reports and other publications.

  6. Support volunteers who are participating in this work.

  7. Monitor, evaluate and plan all work in accordance with MESH policies and procedures.

  8. Be personally responsible for work time and work management and to record appropriately.

  9. Be responsible for own personal development and growth by researching and attending appropriate training as required.

  10. Be responsible for handling and recording individuals’ petty cash float.

  11. Contribute to work on other activities as may be required to achieve the overall objectives of the Project, by agreement with the post holder, RUBIC

  12. Coordinator, MESH Development Manager and RUBIC Management and Advisory Group.

Working Relations

  • Internal: Worker will be based at Scotia Works, S1 but will be required to spend time at both the Chilypep office in North Sheffield, at Parkwood Academy and other community venues.

  • The Coordinator will be line managed by the MESH Development Manager. 

  • Supervision and project management: Regular supervision with MESH Development Manager. Regular reports to the RUBIC Coordinator, RUBIC Management Group and RUBIC Advisory Group

  • External: Children and young people and their families, local residents and professionals, project partners, local authority, voluntary & statutory agencies, community groups and projects, students and volunteers on placements.

Working conditions

Travel will be required across Sheffield as well as to regional and occasionally national meetings and training events.

The post is based on 21-hour week.  Flexible working hours will be required with regular evening and occasional weekend/residential work.

Holidays – 25 days per annum inclusive of bank holidays pro rata to hours worked.

Pension contribution: up to 4% employer contribution.

The post is subject to the successful completion of a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and references.

Person specification



  1. Experience of working in communities, schools and neighbourhoods with a community development/youth work participatory approach to improve cohesion.

  2. Experience of planning and organising workshops and other events with a focus on conflict resolution and community mediation.

  3. Experience of delivering accredited training to young people and adults with a focus conflict resolution and community mediation. (formal or informal) 

  4. Experience of working in multi-agency teams and partnerships.

  5. Experience of budget and project management including working to project plans, delivering on and monitoring agreed objectives, targets, milestones and outcomes.

  6. Experience of line managing staff and volunteers.


  1. Experience of community development/ youth work approaches to engaging newly arrived, refugee or asylum seekers.

  2. Experience of evaluation tools and techniques and how to implement them

Skills and knowledge


  1. A demonstrable understanding of the needs and issues that affect the lives of people in disadvantaged communities and for newly arrived, refugee and asylum seekers.  And how these connect to cohesion issues.

  2. A demonstrable ability to capture and analyse data and information to produce reports, evidencing project activity, outputs and outcomes.

  3. Understanding of, and demonstrable commitment to, Equal Opportunities and Anti-Discriminatory Practice.

  4. Understanding of the issues and barriers facing disadvantaged people in relation to their participation in decision making processes linked to understanding of participation and/or community development techniques and theories. 

  5. Competent in the use of computers and IT.

Personal qualities


  1. Able to work unsupervised using own initiative to organise work programmes and to meet deadlines.

  2. Able to work as part of a team.

  3. Innovative and creative, working to high standards and paying attention to detail.

  4. Commitment to own personal and professional development.

  5. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills at a variety of levels and situations
    - Able to form positive relationships with children and young people, parents and communities.
    - Able to motivate others, delegate and supervise where appropriate.

  6. Flexibility due to significant amount of evening and weekend work.

Qualifications and training


  1. A recognised qualification to degree level in Youth work, Community Development work, Social work, Training or Education, or other relevant qualification.

  2. First aid certificate.

  3. Full driving licence.


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MESH is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Salary: NJC Pt 6/28-SO1/30 = £24,964 to £26,822 per annum pro rata
Hours: 21 hours per week
Start Date: May 2018
End Date: March 2020

Closing date for applications: 5:00pm, Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Interviews to be held: Tuesday, 1 May 2018