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Search for Project Leader to help bring harmony to inner city communities

By: stagdedoorscribbler - May 6, 2019

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

In times of social unrest and upheaval bringing harmony to sometimes volatile inner city areas of London is no easy task. But the successes achieved by the Tutu Foundation UK working in partnership with other like-minded groups has been remarkable.

Central to their achievements in providing a platform for constructive dialogue between disparate and sometimes openly warring groups has been the introduction of the he concept of Ubuntu, a South African philosophy of shared humanity often championed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Now the the Tutu Foundation UK is launching a joint initiative with  Youth Futures to help promote Round Table discussions and bring improved understanding between people living in three communities in West London.

They have formed a partnership board to run the project and and are now looking for a suitable project leader and apprentice project leaders to help develop and evolve a team capable of focusing on positive results from often sensitive discussions which can provoke markedly different reactions from hose involved.

For full details read the following role description and application details.

West London Ubuntu Round Tables Project: Role Descriptions 




As can be seen from the description of the West London Ubuntu Round Tables Project (“the Project”), this project is a [high impact initiative, using the concept of Ubuntu to be a significant contributor to the improvement of understanding between people living in each of three communities in West London. The specific focus of the roundtables will be tailored according to the local needs of the individual communities but is likely to include sensitive issues which may provoke different reactions from the people taking part in the roundtables.] 


Based on their previous experience running other roundtables, the Project is a joint initiative by The Tutu Foundation (UK) and Youth Futures who have formed a partnership board to run this Project (the “Partnership Board”). The Project is a core focus of both organisations who are committed to its success, using experience from the previous roundtables and the skills of the Project Leader, the Apprentice Project Leaders and the wider team to develop an evolving best practice for leading future roundtables. 

The Project Leader will report to the Partnership Board. The Partnership Board will have overall management responsibility for the Project on behalf of Youth Futures and the Tutu Foundation UK. 

The role of Project Leader is pivotal to the success of this project. The Project Leader must lead, manage and ultimately deliver the project. Details of the role are set out below. 

As well as having the support and commitment of the Partnership Board, the Project Leader will be supported by two Apprentice Project Leaders who will report to the Project Leader. These Apprentice Project Leaders are likely to have an intimate knowledge of the project and be heavily invested in it. They do not have the experience necessary to run it. The Project Leader can draw on their experience, use their energy and many skills, and support them as they learn about Project Leadership. Thus the role of Project Leader on this project highlights the part of leadership that is teaching and mentoring. The Apprentice Project Leaders are there to support and learn from the Project Leader. These roles highlight the apprentice as student, someone who is learning through doing. 

The two role descriptions of Project Leader and Apprentice Project Leaders refer to each other and should be read in conjunction with each other in order to fully understand both roles. 

The Tutu Foundation UK – Youth Futures Partnership Ubuntu round Tables Project Contact: or 

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Time commitment guide: 

The Project Leader will need to be able to provide their services flexibly, including in the evening and possibly at weekends. The overall time commitment is likely to be 3 – 4 days per week although this may vary. We will discuss this in more detail during the interview process. 

Application process 

If you would like to apply for this role then please email Ben Slee or Joseph Duncan with 

  1. Your CV of no more than 4 A4 pages
  2. A short explanation of why you would be suitable for this role in no more than 500 words (1 side of A4)

Submissions will be considered and shortlisted before shortlisted candidates are invited for an interview. 

Closing dates for submissions is 27th May.

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