Cash First Network Co-ordinator
Contract: Fixed term to March 2026
Hours of work: Full time 35 hours per week, hybrid working.
Salary: £35,000 per annum
This post is available as a secondment from Network partner organisations.
The Cash-First Co-ordinator will be responsible for the delivery of the Aberdeen City Cash First Network project. This is a new fixed-term role funded by the Scottish Government, hosted by ACVO and supported by a project steering group of third sector partners. This is a test of change to understand how financial support can replace emergency food provision. The post-holder will be responsible for ensuring that a select group of people facing financial hardship are able to access appropriate support services, including direct cash payments. The project also seeks to improve pathways for people within the current support provision in the City. The project will focus on single men in Aberdeen up to the age of 45 in receipt of Universal Credit. The post holder will have experience in working with partners across the third and public sectors. A large part of the project focusses on listening to those with lived experience and so strong interpersonal skills are vital for this role.
The following key tasks form the basis of the role.
- Establish a lived experience panel to determine parameters of a flexible emergency cash fund.
- Strengthen support pathways between existing cash first services in the city.
- Create financial processes to enable fast cash payments to individuals.
- Map key pathways for access to cash first support in Aberdeen and identify barriers and gaps.
- Utilise lived experience to identify solutions to existing barriers within current support systems.
- Work directly with project partners to identify barriers when providing services to those most in need and seek solutions.
- Promote Cash First as the preferred approach to assisting people in financial hardship.
- Encourage collaboration within the project network to find mutually beneficial new ways of working which benefit those who need help and also contribute to the sustainability of service provision.
- Work with the Project Steering Group to establish a set of measures which will be used to track the progress of the project.
- Record data relating in accordance with the Scottish Government’s project reporting structure and ACVO’s internal monitoring requirements.
- Actively contribute to meetings with the Scottish Government’s learning partners.
We are looking for a highly motivated, ‘self-starter’ who can demonstrate substantial knowledge and experience in the following areas.
- Ensuring a person-centred approach.
- Confidence in working with people who are facing financial hardship.
- Sound knowledge of Cash First principles and the Scottish Government’s ambition to ending the need for food banks in Scotland.
- Familiarity with the Social Security system and the provision of emergency support in Scotland.
- Understanding of the importance of lived experience in designing solutions to issues faced by people facing financial hardship.
- Solution focused approach when faced with problems.
- Understanding the benefits of digital tools in connecting with people and the importance of addressing the digital divide.
- Uniting a wide range of organisations together under a common purpose.
- Reporting on outcomes within an agreed structure.
Skills and qualifications
The following are essential requirements of the post.
- Competent in the use of IT software, in particular Office365.
- Current driving license.
- Access to a car.
- Project management experience.
- Commitment to ACVO’s values.
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Informal enquiries can be made to Maggie Hepburn on the telephone number above or to email@example.com
Deadline for applications 5pm on Monday 4th March