Project Lead for reducing demand for illicit substances
Children’s Social Care
Initial 6-month interim contract
Outside IR35
£550 per day (negotiable dependent upon experience)
South of England, Local Authority

Reporting to the Head of Children’s Commissioning, you will be joining an already established team to support following the successful bid to the Innovation Fund to Reduce Demand for Illicit Substances funded by National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). This project will be for 6 months, and you will be expected to engage with colleagues across the local partnership and university partners.

This role is being offered on a hybrid working basis, but it will be important to visit and be onsite to work alongside the team dependent on the project needs. CV submission is by 12pm Friday 17th March 2023 and interviews will take place on Tuesday 21st March 2023.
About your role as the Project Lead for reducing demand for illicit substances:

  • As the project lead, you will provide leadership and expertise to project delivery.
  • Develop the milestone plan into a detailed plan – outline the activity that will deliver the project over the 6-month period.
  • You will be part of the bid writing team and working with the public health researcher.
  • Engage with colleagues across the local partnership, university partners.
  • You will be the point of contact and liaison with funder (NIHR)
  • You will be the person to take the proposal in this bid and make it happen.
  • You will be part of the bid writing team, to get funding for the next stage of the project
  • Working with young people in co-production activity.

Your required experience as the Project Lead for reducing demand for illicit substances:

  • Ability to hit the ground running, get in and deliver and build relationships quickly.
  • Experience within a Project Lead role.
  • Experience with delivering and project management, youth worker background would be an advantage.
  • Subject matter expertise in substance misuse would be a bonus, might have experience in delivering or developing prevention interventions working with young people.
  • Available references for most recent 2 year’s roles and Enhanced DBS will be required.

If you’re interested in discussing the project and this opportunity in more detail or know someone who this may be of interest to, please contact me on 0117 3137110 or email your CV to
(We offer a senior referral scheme upon successful placement of your recommendation so please do get in contact)

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Managing this role

Lucy Connick

Senior Consultant - Children's Social Care