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ESF Compliance Officer

Whiteley, Hampshire
Salary Details:
10 Aug 2020
About the role
Job title: ESF Compliance Officer
Location: Whiteley
Salary: £28,678
We are recruiting an ESF Compliance Officer for a brand new programme at Education Development Trust called Making a Difference.
What is Making a Difference?  
Making a Difference is a brand-new programme to be delivered by Education Development Trust in the Coast to Capital region of England. The programme is a European Social Fund (ESF) match funded programme which is designed to support both unemployed and economically inactive participants, the aim being to progress them to job search readiness or into paid employment. Youcan find out more about Making a Difference on our dedicated recruitment page here.
The ESF Compliance Officer will be responsible for ensuring that the programme is delivered in full compliance of the requirements of the European Structural and Investment Funds Regulations and the European Social Fund (ESF) Funding Agreement by use of detailed knowledge of the applicable rules. 
The key objectives of this role include:
  • Carry out evidence checks to ensure funding claims are fully compliant in line with contract requirements.
  • Support Business Improvement team colleagues in internal audits and quality checks and ensuring the successful implementation of identified areas for improvement. Maintain robust, secure filing systems to ensure efficient retrieval of paperwork, data and evidence to support internal and external audits.   
  • Work closely with the Project Manager, Assistant Director and Finance Officer, advising on ESF specific requirements for all project activities including but not limited to Eligibility Rules, recording of interventions, project record keeping, preparation and submission of  ESF claims, ESF publicity requirements, ESF Cross Cutting Themes and ESF Outputs and Results.
  • Interrogate data and MI to produce comprehensive statistical data and reports for staff and managers to assist them in effective performance management and the production of reports and presentations.
  • Contribute to the induction of Project staff with ESF contract compliance, and coach and support Office Assistant/Apprentice where applicable, delegating and managing their workload. 
  • To provide expert advice and assurance to EdDevTrust management colleagues in relation to ESF compliance risks and issues, including likely impacts and mitigation options.
  • To provide quality assurance for all ESF related outputs and results, ensuring all outcomes are evidenced and recorded in line with ESF audit requirements. 
  • To ensure that all staff working on the Project wherever they are based within EdDevTrust understand the ESF related aspects of their roles, and their responsibilities in relation to the submission of timesheets where applicable, and to take responsibility for the timely submission and quality of the timesheets.
  • Organise and attend internal and external events, to stay abreast of developments and guidance from the ESF Managing Authority and to ensure relevant information is cascaded to key project staff. Attend team, area and other business meetings and events when required: producing and disseminating accurate and concise meeting minutes, with clear notes and actions.
  • Provide support to colleagues to record, track and validate the progress and outcomes of project participants (customers).   
  • Be responsible for adhering to both local and the Corporate Safeguarding policy and procedures aimed at promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and at-risk adults and attend mandatory child protection and/or adult protection safeguarding and prevent training  

The ESF Compliance Officer must have demonstrable knowledge of the current European Structural and Investment Funds/European Social Fund regulations.

Benefits: We offer a generous holiday allowance (30 days), a 6% matched pension scheme, a range of voluntary benefits, excellent training, and family friendly policies to support flexible working. 

Closing date: Monday 10th August

Interview dates: Interviews will begin to take place week commencing 10th August.

How to apply: Towards the bottom of this page you can download the job description and apply. Once you click apply you will be required to complete a short online application form and upload your CV.
This post, as part of the Making a Difference project, is part funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds 2014 – 2020 and all activity must comply with contractual regulations.  
Education Development Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and applicants must be willing to undergo screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service. 
About the organisation
Education Development Trust has first-rate credentials in providing services that bridge the gap between education, training and employment. We have been a leading careers service provider in the UK for over 20 years and have a successful track record of managing programmes delivering careers, employment and skills support. Here is a video of our Director of Careers and Employability, Laura Bell, taking about the benefits of working at Education Development Trust.