Resource Officer

Job Category:
Reference HQ00022413
Directorate People and Communities
Service Commissioning
Contract Type Temporary
Duration 3 Months
Location Cambridgeshire
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week 37 hours per week
Rate From £14.38 to £15.33 per hour

About the job:

Principal Accountabilities: Resource and Partnership Building

As a Resource Officer, you will be responsible for identifying and monitoring effective resources for vulnerable children/ young people (and their families where appropriate), to negotiate contracts and develop relationships with a variety of providers. Undertake a workload which will involve forming collaborative working relationships with colleagues in Children and Young People’s Services and our partner agencies.

  • Negotiate, liaise, professionally challenge and develop relationships with internal and external providers and partnership agencies to develop high quality, value for money provision that is as close to the child/young person’s home, where possible. This includes negotiating expectations and issuing contract documents for each resource.
  • Implement resourcing outcomes from the relevant panels; commissioning requirements and/or seeking creative solutions, and identify appropriate provision for children and young people.
  • Receive referrals and identify appropriate resources as part of a duty system.
    Monitor resources against the contract and individual outcomes. This will include visiting providers (including not limited to residential homes, supported living projects,  fostering agencies, family support agencies).
  • Identify gaps in provision and any trends in services. Use management information effectively and write reports to present findings.
  • Work with the independent sector to professionally challenge poor practise, manage change, share good practise and changes in guidance and legislation.
  • Ensure the accuracy of data and of any information shared internally and externally. Develop systems and tools to manage and monitor contract compliance with internal and external providers.
  • Identity issues and resolve problems on your own or in collaboration with the team.

Service Support and Development:

  • Support the Manager in ensuring statutory duties and targets are met.
  • Contribute to developing practises within Commissioning Enhanced Services.
  • Contribute to the staff development in Commissioning Enhanced Services.
  • Contribute to delivery and planning of services for vulnerable children and young people.
  • Carry out additional reasonable duties as required by the line manager.
  • To ensure the demands of the service are met, a requirement of this role is to provide emergency support during weekend and bank holiday periods.
  • To ensure the demands of the service are met, a requirement of this role is to provide emergency support during weekend and bank holiday periods.
  • Minimum levels of qualifications and/or equivalent experience required for this job
  • Educated to ‘A’ Level standard or NVQ Level 3
  • Degree in relevant field or NVQ Level 4
  • Up to date Continuous Professional
  • Development Record
  • Experience of direct work practice in children and young people’s
    services
  • Experience of working in partnership with colleagues, other statutory
    and voluntary agencies
  • Experience of working to a deadline
  • Experience of Contract Management
  • Experience of negotiating, influencing and challenging
  • Working knowledge of policy, legislation and guidance relating to children and young people’s services
  • Good understanding of confidentiality
  • EU Procurement Law
  • Ability to analyse and evaluate information critically
  • Competent computer skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally in different
    settings with different people
  • Ability to work with children and young people on a face to face basis
  • Ability to challenge in a constructive way
  • Ability to facilitate change with external providers
  • Ability to work to a deadline, to organise time and prioritise effectively
  • Ability to contribute to work within a Team
  • Ability to travel throughout the United Kingdom

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