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Maslaha job description – Senior project manager

Position: Senior Project Manager

Location: London, UK

Salary: £30,000—£35,000, dependent on experience and skills

Full-time role

One-year contract

Please download the full job description here.

From our first health resource in Tower Hamlets to an exhibition in the UN Palais Des Nations in Geneva, our projects cover a breadth of sectors and disciplines. Maslaha projects involve anything from working with ex-offenders in Leicester, criminal justice professionals, artists and policy makers for our work tackling discrimination against Muslim men in the criminal justice system, to spending time with Year 8 girls, film-makers and teachers in East London for a project aiming to tackle misconceptions of Muslim girls through fencing.

Our work is rooted in the local whether it is in a London borough or in a Marseille suburb, but also aimed at a national and international audience in terms of practice and policy. For example, our exhibitions have toured 35 cities across eleven countries and received over 70,000 online visitors from 122 countries.

The role: main tasks and responsibilities 

We are looking for a creative, experienced and resourceful individual who can lead in the development and implementation of our Muslim Girls Fence project which we will be expanding across five UK cities over the next two years.

Muslim Girls Fence is a collaborative project between Maslaha and British Fencing, aiming to challenge misperceptions of and raise aspirations among young Muslim women, in the light of the complex discrimination experienced by this group on the basis of both faith and gender. The initiative also seeks to make fencing more inclusive of and accessible to young people of all backgrounds. Muslim Girls Fence was launched with a school in east London in December 2015 and is at an exciting stage in its development.

The senior project manager will build on existing insight to develop a national engagement programme that harnesses the power of creativity and sports to create change, and creates a powerful space for young Muslim women in the UK to create their own self-image, challenge stereotypes and build resilience.

As well as working with schools, the project will involve developing new networks of collaboration and building partnerships across communities, disciplines and sectors.

Muslim Girls Fence has already received wide media coverage including Buzzfeed, NBC, ITV Central, AP and Al Jazeera, generating interest both in the UK and internationally.

We are looking for someone who will enjoy the challenge of building relationships, solving problems, and producing creative content that does not fit the mould. You will need to be able to work at a high pace without losing sight of quality and have the ambition to grow a project and create significant change. The senior project manager will work closely with, and line manage a Maslaha project manager who will also be working on the project.

We believe that social issues do not sit in isolation but within an ecology of interconnected factors. These factors can be stakeholders or social needs for instance, but also culture, religion and local context. The awareness and ability to navigate across these multiple layers and intersections that make up the community’s daily life of inequality and opportunity, has been an intrinsic part of our work from the very beginning. We are looking for an individual who is comfortable with this approach and can work across different sectors and areas.

There will be the potential to contribute to other Maslaha projects depending on the requirements of Muslim Girls Fence, and the skills and experience of the successful candidate.

Current ongoing projects include

  • Addressing the discrimination young Muslim men face in the criminal justice system
  • Tackling educational inequality through a whole school change programme with the award winning Colombian model, Escuela Nueva
  • Building cultural competency in health institutions
  • Collaborating with British Fencing and Sport England to tackle misconceptions of Muslim girls and make fencing a more inclusive sport
  • Working with Poet in the City to bring the poetry of Afghan women to the UK

Our mission

Maslaha tackles the most pressing social issues affecting Muslim communities, creating long-term solutions that are rooted locally as well as influencing policy and practice at a national and international level. We also work to create a greater understanding of Islam from a cultural and historical perspective, challenging stereotypes and misconceptions amongst and between Muslims and non-Muslims. 

We work across:

  • Practice — creating resources that can be used by local statutory services, for example by a GP or community organisation
  • Policy — influencing at a strategic level but based on our work at a local level 
  • Public Imagination — influencing, and where possible shaping, public debates and media narratives

To apply

Applicants should submit their CVs (no longer than two pages) along with a covering letter (no longer than two pages) detailing how they meet the Person Specification. Please email both documents to [email protected].

Closing date: Thursday 28th September 2017

Interviews to be held: The first and second week of October

Start date: As soon as possible, subject to notice period

We apologise, but in order to minimise administrative costs, we will only contact short-listed applicants. 

Maslaha is committed to equality of opportunity and to non-discrimination of all job applicants and employees. We seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our team regardless of age, disability, gender, marital status, race, religion, nationality or sexual orientation.

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