Organisational Development Officer

Fight for Peace International
£38,000 - £42,000
Closing date: 25 November 2019
Job Type: Paid
Location: London
The Organisational Development Officer will play a key part in strengthening the organisational capacity of new and existing FFP Alliance members to foster a dynamic community of practice in the UK and across the wider international network.


Fight for Peace (FFP) is a global youth development NGO that delivers primary, secondary and tertiary level interventions to reduce youth violence. FFP was established in 2000 in the Complexo da Mare favela in Rio de Janeiro as a community-based boxing club targeting young people who were employed by drug trafficking gangs. Today, there are FFP Academies in Rio and London delivering a combat sport-based holistic methodology directly to over 3,000 young people annually.

Fight for Peace began working internationally in 2010 to extend our impact beyond Rio and London. The strategic focus of our international work is to share FFP’s methodology and build partnerships in order to scale responses to youth crime and violence. This has been done to date through a series of projects:

  • The first international project was the Global Alumni Programme (GAP). Working with organisations that are based in communities affected by crime and violence, FFP provides intensive training in the FFP methodology with 12 months of support to adapt it to their contexts. To date over 140 organisations across 26 countries have taken part in GAP, collectively reaching over 240,000 young people.
  • The FFP Alliance was launched in 2016 to establish an on-going community of practice for organisations that have been through GAP. This international network provides a platform from which youth violence prevention activities are strengthened and scaled. Members are supported through collaborative learning and fundraising opportunities. New approaches to reducing youth violence that are tested at FFP Academies in Rio and London, are codified into principle-based content and scaled globally through Alliance members.
  • The Safer Communities Programme (SCP) was launched in 2015 to establish a place-based, multi-agency and multi-sector approach to delivering the FFP methodology. The SCP uses collective impact to integrate multiple services in urban violence hotspots to ensure young people can access the holistic support they need, in contexts where capacity and resources are scarce. The SCP is being piloted in Kingston and Cape Town and is a £2.2 million project funded by the IKEA Foundation and FFP.
  • Life Champions was launched in 2017 to equip a global movement of combat sports coaches to use their sports as a tool for youth development - to create champions in life and champions in the ring.

The FFP Alliance in the UK has recently been bolstered by a £2.3 million grant from the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) to strengthen, grow and scale the Alliance in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The project will:

  • Grow the FFP Alliance in the UK by selecting new organisations to benefit from a 12-month package of training and consultancy support based on the FFP methodology;
  • Strengthen the existing community of Alliance Members to more effectively and sustainably work with young people most at risk of exclusion and involvement in crime and violence;
  • Scale FFP’s accelerated alternative provision education programme Pathways, through the training and resourcing of selected FFP Alliance Members.

Description of the role

The post holder will play a key part in strengthening the organisational capacity of new and existing Alliance members in the UK within the framework of the National Lottery Community Fund grant. Areas of capacity strengthening will include, but are not limited to: governance; strategic planning; developing income streams and fundraising; communications planning and monitoring and evaluation support.

The post holder will have a case load of Alliance members and will provide support through face-to-face and distance consultancy support in one-to-one and group settings. Activities will include i) carrying out organisational health checks; ii) development and roll out of individual organisation strengthening plans; iii) providing remote consultancy to global Alliance members; iv) sharing best practise across Alliance members by participating in online learning platforms; v) developing training content and tools relevant to the identified organisational development areas of the Alliance members as well as other relevant content needs across Fight for Peace.

The post holder will be a member of the Content and Training Unit and will be managed by the FFP Head of Training and Content. They will work closely on a daily basis with the global Alliance Team and the Alliance Programme Manager to foster a dynamic community of practice in the UK and across the wider international network. The post-holder will be responsible for:

Providing intensive organisational strengthening support to Alliance members:

  • With the support of Alliance Consultant/ Trainer(s) carry out organisational health-checks and design organisation strengthening plans with UK Alliance members.
  • Provide ongoing support to UK Alliance members in the roll out of their organisation strengthening plans based on detailed diagnostic processes.
  • Contribute to the delivery of Alliance activities including but not limited to: one-to-one consultancy sessions; design and delivery of training, workshops and webinars; contributing to social media presence.
  • Participate in regular group learning and exchange opportunities with Alliance members.
  • Deliver organisational strengthening support to Global Alliance members through distance support.
  • Provide input and insight to quarterly learning workshops reflecting on delivery, emergent Alliance needs and inputs delivered in the previous quarter.

Developing training and consultancy support tools and content

  • Review FFPs existing organisation strengthening tools and update as necessary.
  • In coordination with staff from operational units, consolidate and develop new organisational strengthening toolkits to inform training and consultancy inputs in line with identified development needs.
  • Support the widespread adoption of toolkits and content pieces by FFP trainer/consultants.
  • Support the development of new training content to inform training products in line with identified development needs. 
  • In coordination with the Alliance team, support and co-facilitate face-to-face training of Alliance partners.
  • Oversee and update the Alliance content management system as necessary.

Fostering the Alliance community of practice 

  • Develop new ways to stimulate exchange between the Alliance members to share learning and good practice.
  • Support the implementation of the long-term Alliance strategy, including leveraging partnerships and contributing to fundraising to help make it happen as required.


  • Deliver training and consultancy inputs to other Members of the Alliance (beyond those with bespoke organisation strengthening plans) when there is a need for additional support in the Alliance team.
  • Fulfil all relevant monitoring and evaluation activities, as directed by the MEL team and the Alliance Programme Manager.
  • Fulfil all relevant logistics, finance and administrative tasks to contribute to the efficient and effective running of the Alliance programme.
  • Fully comply with FFP policies and procedures at all times.
  • Support the aims, objectives and values of the charity and reflect it in all aspects of work.
  • Proactively contribute and support work across FFPI as new projects and approaches develop, which may include going beyond the core responsibilities listed above.
  • Deliver any other tasks within the competence of the candidate which may be required.

The candidate must have the following experience / knowledge:

  • Knowledge of key technical organisational functions required to deliver programming and run an organisation effectively and sustainability (i.e. governance, fundraising, strategic planning, project management, financial management, development of policies and procedures).
  • Delivered consultancy style interventions for a variety of organisations.
  • Delivered capacity strengthening work, including one-to-one coaching of individuals responsible for driving organisation development.
  • Developed engaging and user-friendly organisational strengthening tools and resources.
  • Understanding and experience of small, local organisations working on the ground in communities.
  • The ability to adapt and be flexible when plans need to change
  • Excellent electronic communication skills to a level that allows co-working with members around the world and colleagues based in other countries.
  • Excellent team skills with the ability to work with a range of colleagues across a diverse team.
  • Understanding of and commitment to monitoring, evaluation and learning.
  • Confident self-starter with ability to perform to a high standard on their own initiative.


  • Experience of contributing to fundraising and partnership development.
  • Delivered training workshops to diverse groups of people.
  • Contributed to communities of practice or similar networks.
  • Understanding and experience of social development work.
  • Working knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese.
  • Familiarity with online content management systems.
  • Familiarity with design programmes.


  • Reporting to the Head of Training and Content and closely coordinating with the Alliance Programme Manager.
  • Role is based in the FFP Academy in North Woolwich. There is also an office space available in Bermondsey.
  • Role involves significant travel around the UK.


    Region: London and the southeast
    Location: London

    Application notes

    Application process

    Please send a cover letter and CV to Valeria Tavares at [email protected] by midnight on the 25/11/19.

    • First round interviews will be held week beginning 02/12/2019
    • Second round interviews will be held week beginning 09/12/19

    Please mention Bond when you apply for this position.