Logistics Officer

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Location: London, West Midlands and the North West

Length of role: Fourteen weeks (70 days including training)

Dates: June to October 2012

Logistics Officer – The Challenge Network

Job Description


We are looking for Logistics Officers to work for fourteen weeks supporting teams of young people, working in the local community in London, West Midlands or the North West.

The Logistics Officer is responsible for the set-up and oversight of the Real Challenge programme. This includes all the purchasing for the community projects designed by teams of young people including proofing and printing promotional material as well as compiling details on the projects throughout the summer to brief other supporting staff. The Logistics Officer reports to the Assistant Programme Manager.

This role is suitable for an organised and efficient person with experience of multitasking, relationship management and experience of working in a demanding environment.

About the Organisation 

The Challenge Network is a fast-growing social enterprise that connects and inspires people across Britain to strengthen their communities. The Challenge is a programme that brings together young people from different backgrounds, builds their confidence, and challenges them to make a difference in their local community. In 2012, 10,000 young people across London, the West Midlands and the North West will take part in The Challenge, for an intensive three-week summer programme followed by four weekends in the autumn.

The Challenge Programme

We bring together sixteen year olds from across the country and challenge them to connect with people from different backgrounds, learn key skills for the workplace, and make a difference in their community.  They achieve this by completing three challenges:

  • The Personal Challenge: Socially mixed teams of young people bond through a week of challenging outdoor activities.
  • The Team Challenge: Teams return home and use their skills to experience serving the local community.
  • The Real Challenge: Teams work to design and organise activities that will bring the local community together. The Real Challenge Design takes part during the last part of the summer programme and the Real Challenge Action takes place over four weekends in September.

All young people who complete The Challenge graduate from our programme and are directed into year-round volunteering and social action opportunities through The Challenge Society.

About You

Candidates must demonstrate the following skills and characteristics:


  • Belief in young people and in helping them take more active roles in their communities
  • Natural rapport and empathy with young people
  • Passion/interest in building stronger communities and seeing change in society
  • Experience of working in a fast paced and demanding environment
  • Very well-organised


  • Experience of organising or managing events
  • Experience working directly with young people either in voluntary or paid capacity
  • Experience working with community groups (e.g., schools, charities, community groups, places of worship)

We also look for all employees to show The Challenge characteristics.  These are:

  • Trust-building: Works hard to build trust with people. Brings people together in the community
  • Responsibility-taking: Takes responsibility for actions and attitudes. Claims and solves problems in the community
  • Understanding and Empathy: Works to understand others – their strengths, fears and needs. Ready to stand up for someone who is different

Training and work dates

All Logistics Officers receive three days of training from 18th to 20st June 2012.

The role then lasts from 8th July to 5th October. In July and August, there is about one day off for every four days worked. There are 25 days’ holiday during this thirteen week period.

Days off: 12th, 16th, 21st, 26th, 27th, 31st July

Days off: 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 16th, 20th, 25th, 26th, 30th August

Days off: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th September, 2nd and 3rd October

In September the Logistics Officer works from Thursday to Monday each week, and has Tuesdays and Wednesdays off.

Further Details

This is an excellent opportunity to be involved with an exciting programme which has tangible results for the young people involved.  The role is demanding and fast-paced but highly rewarding.  The compensation for this contract role is £4,000 for fourteen weeks. This payment includes pay in lieu of annual leave and is subject to tax and National Insurance deductions. Staff will be paid through The Challenge payroll on a weekly basis.

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