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Research into Governance Needs of Social Enterprises

Working in an advisory partnership with the Social Enterprise Coalition, the Governance Hub wishes to commission research into the governance support needs and perceptions of social enterprises, in order to inform its own work and future planning and explore the distinctive governance needs and perspectives of this strongly growing part of the third sector.

The Budget for this project is £20,000 inclusive of VAT and expenses for focus groups, survey etc.

The closing date is Monday 15 January at 10am.

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Development of Resource Finder on Governance Hub Website

The Governance Hub website has a signposting system named Resource Finder, which contains around 350 entries. The Hub is seeking a partner who will review, extend and improve the Resource Finder content to make it more accessible, flexible and comprehensive, within the overall vision for the Hub website.

This project aims to review, develop and expand the Resource Finder function and contents in order to make it a more accessible, flexible and comprehensive tool for a wide range of audiences. This work will need to be done in close liaison with the agency working on technical development of the Hub website, to ensure preparation of appropriate data entry forms and to arrange access to the current CMS.

The work should begin as soon as the commission is awarded, and be completed by 29th January. There is a maximum budget of £8,000 inclusive of VAT but not including data entry costs (for which a further £2000 is available) or costs of technical changes, which will be carried out by website development agency.

Contact - Pat Jones, Implementation Manager

Tender need to be in by Wednesday 13 December 2006 at 9am.
Interviews will take place on 18 December.

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Three Performance Hub Projects

1) Peer review: a model for performance improvement?

Practical, piloted guidance that will help support peer review.  This guidance should be written with an awareness of existing schemes available. 

2) Guidelines on setting indicators

To create a publication that will help third sector organisations improve their skills in setting output, outcome and process indicators.

3) Common indicators: assessing the value of indicator banks

Research into the value, feasibility and policy implications of indicator banks.


The deadline for tender proposals is 12 noon 29 Nov 2006 and interviews will take place in early December.

To discuss the projects further, contact Tim Wilson, Joint Hub Manager, Email, Tel 020 7078 9379.

See Performance Hub website for downloads of invitations to tender.

Finance Hub Website

The Finance Hub invites tenders for the development of a major new website providing a range of resources and services relating to funding and financing of the voluntary and community sector. The website will be a one-stop portal aggregating all the available resources of financial information relevant to the Third Sector.

Applications are invited from organisations or partnerships including voluntary and community sector organisations who have substantial experience in developing large scale, accessible content-managed websites. Additionally experience in researching, structuring and writing of finance-related content is required.

A tender document outlining the scope, requirements and budget is available from Catherine Moloney at or 020 7832 3016.

The deadline for tenders is Wednesday 29 November 2006.

Interviews will be held during the week of 11 December 2006.

Governance Hub Website Development

The Governance Hub is seeking an external body to develop the final phase of its website

The project brief, which includes the budget available, can be obtained from or downloaded.


Expression of interest: Wednesday 15 November 2006 by 12 noon

Briefing meeting for interested partners: Monday 20 November 2006

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 29 November 2006 by 12 noon

Interview date: Wednesday 6 December 2006

Selection: Wednesday 6 December 2006

First briefing meeting: Thursday 7 December 2006

Project completion: 28 February 2007

Review and Action Plan for Volunteering Hub

The Volunteering Hub invites suitably experienced organisations or individuals to tender for a 'Review of the Volunteering Hub and the creation of a SMART Action Plan'. This is not an evaluation of Hub funded activities; it is primarily an internal review of how the Hub itself has been working and what key stakeholders feel about that based upon their experiences.

An outline of the requirements and an indicative budget are available in the tender document, along with contact details for further information.

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Closing date: 24 November 2006.

Commissioning Panel: 11 December 2006, London.

Research and Mapping of Funding Advisers Workers’ Networks

This Finance Hub tender is to carry out an extensive research project, mapping out Funding Advisers Networks at local, sub regional, regional and national levels in England. This will include establishing key data on who is involved, how their funding advice work is funded, issues faced and whether links promote sharing of resources and learning.

It will also examine the scope for establishing a Funding Advice National Network, to provide a sustainable method of networking. To apply, download the tender specification and tender application form.

Closing date Friday 10 November.

Support for Chairs of VCOs and for Governance Advisers

The Governance Hub is seeking partners to develop services and resources for chairs of VCOs and for advisers to VCOs. The projects must be delivered by April 07.

Development of Services and Resources to Support Chairing of VCOs

To develop and deliver a range of projects aimed at putting in place specific services and resources to support chairs of VCOs, working in close partnership with the Governance Hub and collaborating with its continuing work to develop and ensure the implementation of a longer term strategy for work with chairs.

Tender deadline - 9th November 2006.

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Development of Support for Governance Advisers

The overall goal of the four projects is to improve the skills, knowledge, understanding and confidence of advisers at all levels by providing access to a wider range of support and learning services and resources.

  1. Advisers’ community of practice: pilot of a new community OR review of an existing community
  2. Development of an advisers’ induction pack / digest
  3. Development of governance case studies and bite-sized concepts for the advisers’ tool box
  4. Pilot of a governance expert online Q&A service

Tender deadline - Midday October 30th.

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Research in to Skills in the Voluntary and Community Sector

The UK Workforce Hub is currently inviting tenders for phase 2 of a research study into skills shortages and skills gaps in the Voluntary and Community Sector.

The first phase of this research concentrated on conducting an evidence assessment, establishing a sampling frame, drafting and piloting a questionnaire and establishing an appropriate survey methodology.

This second phase will consist of a UK-wide survey of skills in the voluntary and community sector workforce. Applications are invited from academic departments, research organisations, voluntary and community organisations and other bodies, either independently or working in partnership.

The budget currently available for phase two of this study, including VAT, is in the region of £70,000. A specification with full details of this project including a background to the study, its aims and objectives and the commissioning process is available on the Workforce Hub website. The deadline for project proposals is Monday 2nd October 2006 at 9am.

Capacitybuilders Grants Officers

Grants Officers - based in Birmingham, salary range £23,000 to £28,000 depending on experience and current remuneration.

These roles offer a significant opportunity to be involved in the success of a new and distinctive organisation. Operating across both the public and third sector these roles are available as fixed term contracts or secondments for at least 1 year to cover for Maternity leave, with potential for a longer contract.

Reporting to the National Co-coordinator/Grants you will be responsible for:

  • Monitoring and managing quarterly grant payments
  • Reviewing progress reports and spends against work plans
  • Analysis and recommendations on proposals for commissioned and competitive grants
  • Helping to ensure that Capacitybuilders supports the best projects across the programme with the best impacts and outcomes.

You will have had experience in at least one of these main topics and ideally be familiar with The Voluntary & Community Sector or Grants.

Please send your current CV to:
or by post to: R. Bailey, Recruitment Officer, Capacitybuilders, 77 Paradise Circus, Birmingham, B1 2DT.

A full job and person spec is available on request.
Closing date was 22 September 2006.

Good Management Guide to ICT

This is a commissioned piece of work to write an 'easy to use' publication on ICT management for the Voluntary and Community Sector.

The guide will cover information such as: the importance of managing your ICT, why you need an ICT strategy, ICT policies - what are they how can they work for your organisation, ICT security, buying ICT, software issues, training, data protection, decision making, possible options and seeking etc.

The guide will be aimed at an audience of small, small-medium and medium organisations.

A total budget of £10,000 including VAT is available for the development of this guide.  The guide will be produced for both the website and as printed copies.

The deadline for proposals is 5.00pm on the 31st August 2006.

If you have any queries about this piece of work please contact Esther Gillespie

Download the Invitation to Tender for the Good Management Guide to ICT (.doc 70k)

Finance Hub

All tender applications in by Friday 16 June. See Finance Hub website for more details.

FH3 Developing support for small/new VCOs on financial management: community accountancy - aims to develop a national infrastructure and common standards for the community accountancy service, building on expertise and addressing gaps.

FH4 A study examining how the Finance Hub might play a role in providing better access to research findings and information on trends - aims to produce a study examining how to provide better access to research findings/trends information.

FH7: Working with funders and policy makers to influence positively policy and practice: BME voluntary and community organisations policy and advocacy work - aims to establish mechanisms for ensuring that BME VCOs can influence positively the funding environment and that the capacity of BME groups to participate in policy and advocacy on relevant issues is developed.

FH11: Networking Funding Advisers - aims to develop a national discussion forum resource to network funding advisers horizontally and vertically, building on expertise and addressing gaps.

Research Assistant

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and the Performance Hub are recruiting a Research Assistant to work on an innovative programme of work to develop strategic thinking skills in the voluntary and community sector. 

Working closely with the Third Sector Foresight Project Research Officer, you will help to develop practical information and tools to help voluntary and community organisations to understand their external environment.  You will undertake desk research, draft briefings and reports and help to organise events. 

£23,519 p.a. rising to £24,829 p.a. - 35 hours per week
Fixed term contract until 30 March 2007.

Closing date: 5pm, 9 June 2006
Interview date: Wednesday 21 June 2006

Full details on Performance Hub website.

Performance Consultant (May 2006)

In this exciting role, you will help finalise the Performance Hub's training programme for development workers, capacity builders and advisers in infrastructure who work to help frontline voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations with performance improvement.

You will then run courses across England and provide ongoing mentoring support to people who attend this training.

The post is based at the offices of Charities Evaluation Services (CES) in London EC1 and involves working with people committed to helping the sector perform to the highest standards.

The post runs until the end of March 2007 with possible extension dependent on funding. 

Salary: £31,708

Closing date: 11am, 25th May 2006

Interviews will be held on 1 June 2006

Full details and application forms on the Perfomance Hub website.

Capacitybuilders Vacancies

Regional Grants Co-ordinator (part-time)

Location: South East / South West

Salary: £32 to £38k pro-rata

Responsible for co-ordinating, planning and supporting Capacitybuilders regional relationships with the Voluntary and Community Sector, covering an area with a full time RC of south of Oxford excluding London & East Anglia.

Capacitybuilders are managing the ChangeUp programme of  £70m in the next 2 years and your purpose will be to support the acheivement of the objectives of this organisation, you will use local knowledge and networks to identify regional needs, support Grant Officers in making recommendations and helping us to support the best projects in the region.

You will be able to demonstrate experience and success in developing and managing muliple and diverse relationships in the Voluntary and / or Community sector or Government Grants and will be capable of working independantly within a corporate context.

Laptop, mobile phone and travel / subsistence expenses will be provided.

For more information please send your CV to

The closing date for applications is 5 May.

All the following positions are on a fixed-term contract basis.

For more information please contact Rob Bailey, Recruitment Officer, Capacitybuilders, 77 Paradise Circus, Birmingham, B1 2DT. Tel 0121 237 5115. Email . Web:

New Grants Manager

Your key responsibility will be to define the purpose of the grant, ensure that the VCO / VCS qualifies, process, timetable and advise on the method of applying for grants, phase new programmes in on an ongoing basis and other relevant duties.

You will have had experience in a similar field and be motivated to be involved at the beginning of a new organisation with major grants operating across public sectors in the UK.

Salary @ £28 to £32K plus benefits.

Office Manager

We seek an experienced Office Manager to lead and manage a small admin and support team, liaise with relevant stakeholders including the Home Office, compliance with H&S and relevant legislation, ensure that the office is properly equipped and serviced to support the needs of the business, set up an electronic filing system, purchase of relevant goods and services, provide general admin support to the Directors, manage contracts with key suppliers and other ad-hoc duties.

You will have had relevant experience in a similar role and be adaptable to change, the ability to work to deadlines, have a good ICT background, have a friendly and professional manner and excellent people skills.

Salary is negotiable @ £ 20K to £25K.

Receptionist / Administrator

The role will consist of dealing with incoming calls and directing them to the relevant members of staff, arranging appointments and diary, meet visitors to the business, general office duties including word processing, support the Office Manager and staff.

You will have had experience of working in a busy office and have the personality to work under pressure.

Salary negotiable

Performance Hub External Evaluator (Mar 2006)

The Performance Hub invites interested parties to submit proposals to evaluate its work, outputs and outcomes.

The evaluation will assess, improve and coordinate the Hub’s monitoring systems and evaluate work to date against the Hub’s stated aims and objectives.  The evaluator will also carry out baseline research into existing performance improvement activity within the third sector.

There is a budget: of £100,000. Short proposals must be received by noon 11 Apr. Full details are available on the Performance Hub website

Performance Hub Tenders (Feb 2006)

Tender proposals for several research and development projects that will  help increase the relevance and effectiveness of the sector's knowledge of performance improvement:

  •  Strategy and strategic planning
  •  Supporting performance improvement in BME organisations
  •  Benchmarking in the VCS

Applications are invited from voluntary and community organisations and other bodies, either independently or working in partnership. Full details for each project are available on the Performance Hub website.

Deadline for project proposals - 23/24 March. More information from Jake at the Performance Hub, Email:, Tel 020 7520 2508.

Governance Hub Tenders (Mar 2006)

1) Unambiguous Advice on Liabilities of Trusteeship
2) Recruiting Trustees - developing best practice workshops ** tender withdrawn**
3) Development and Delivery of Trustees' E-Learning Service
4) Research project: measuring governance performance
5) Research project: funding for governance and workforce development
6) Research project: how to cost governance and workforce development

Volunteering Hub Tenders (Mar 2006)

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Volunteering England want to develop a sustainable funding framework for Volunteer Centres (the funded model) that is both feasible and replicable across England. The work for this tender will involve:

1. Identifying the components, outcomes and formula of a sustainable funding framework for Volunteer Centres.

2. Coordinating a Compact compliant consultation on the identified model funding framework with appropriate agencies including funding bodies and Volunteer Centres.

3. Produce a sustainable funded model for Volunteer Centres that is both feasible and replicable across England.

(Closed 7 Apr)

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Consultant/s to undertake desk research within Volunteering England and externally. Then to outline the possible contents of a programme of Management Development for Volunteer Centre Managers, and how to deliver and pilot this.

The consultant should have a sound knowledge of Volunteer Centres; knowledge and experience in local and regional volunteering infrastructure; expertise in needs analysis and the design and delivery of management development.

(Closed 13 Mar)

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Creation of an action plan to position Volunteering England as the entry point for Employer Supported Volunteering.

The appointed consultant will collate the knowledge and activity that already exists, and run consultations with key stakeholder groups. From this, recommendations will be made on how Volunteering England can most effectively reach and influence SME employers in all sectors.

(Closed 13 Mar)

Governance Hub Tenders (Feb 2006)

  • Promotion and Implementation Strategy for Good Governance: the Code for the Voluntary and Community Sector (closed 13 Mar)
  • Media, Marketing and Communications Strategy (closed 27 Feb)
  • Project brief - Research into Chairs' learning and support needs

ICT Hub Tenders (Feb 2006)

  • ICT and Collaborative Working (closed 27 Feb)
  • Facilitating ICT Volunteering Seminars (closed 23 Feb)
  • Sources of Funders Research (closes 1 Mar)
  • Development of How to Cost and Fund ICT Guide (closed 6 Mar)
  • Good ICT Guide

Finance Hub Tenders (Jan 2006)

The Finance Hub invites tender proposals for the following pieces of work:

FH1 - Resources to support advice workers

FH2 - Training and development opportunities for advisers

FH3 - Community accountancy

FH4 - Monitoring and highlighting trends and developments

FH5 - Encouraging better funding practice

FH6 - Encouraging local authority asset transfer

FH7 - BME voluntary and community organisations policy and advocacy work

FH8 - Publicising the Finance Hub through voluntary and community sector channels

FH9 - Developing an income generating strategy for the Finance Hub

FH11 - Networking funding advisers


Applications were invited from Voluntary and Community Sector organisations at any level, either independently or working in partnership, as well as from other providers. Deadline was 24 Feb 2006.

Capacity Builders Posts (Jan 2006)

Applications are now being received for the posts of grant officer (until 2 Feb) and the regional co-ordinator (until 17 Feb) . If you are interested in any of these posts please visit:

Information about the posts of Programmes Director, Resources & Planning Director and Communication Manager can be found at . Applications were due by 20th Jan 2006.

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