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4WARD Programme Manager

We’re seeking someone engaging and inspiring who can provide outstanding leadership in operational matters to ensure the 4WARD programme is not only effective, but exceptional.

Reference:  4FP115
Location: London, Essex and Bedfordshire
Hours: Full Time
Contract: 6 Months (with possible extension)
Salary: £25,000 - £27,000 (pro rata - dependent on experience)

More about the 4WARD Programme

4WARD is a specialist intergenerational membership programme that will explore identity in order to empower men who identify as Black British, African, Caribbean or Mixed Heritage. The programme will support members who are currently on probation in Essex and Bedfordshire through group workshops, peer facilitation training and one-to-one support. The programme will enable members to develop strategies to overcome adversity and increase their self- awareness to improve their emotional well-being.

We only have to look at statistics to understand why this programme is so important. According to research by the Institute of Race Relations, people from Black, and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities are over-represented at almost all stages of the criminal justice process, disproportionately targeted by the police, more likely to be imprisoned and more likely to be imprisoned for longer than white British people. Research by the Equality and Human Rights Commission shows there is greater disproportionality in the number of Black people in prisons in the UK, than in the United States. Statistics f rom 2017/2018 showed that the Met Police’s use of force increased by 79%, with Black men most likely to be on the receiving end. Taken together, this indicates the wider context of inequality within the criminal justice system and the racialised experience of this system, that many men face.

4WARD will incorporate a thorough understanding of the ‘Black’ experience, acknowledging the impacts of institutional racism and prejudice within the framework of delivery. 4WARD will assist members to build their sense of ownership, agency and identity - empowering them to make positive changes in their lives.


We would like this position to start as soon as possible. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis, so we encourage early applications.

To apply for this position, either:

  • Send a comprehensive and relevant CV, with a supporting statement answering the questions below (no longer than 500 words for each question).

  • Send a comprehensive and relevant CV, with a video of you answering the questions below (no longer than 5 minutes)​

  1. In what ways has your identity shaped your life experience?

  2. If you could change one thing about the criminal justice system, what would it be and why?

  3. What does empowerment mean to you and how do you feel it can be incorporated as a principle in your work?

We are an equal opportunities employer and do not discriminate against candidates who may have previous convictions. We will also make reasonable adjustments for employees that may have access requirements.

Applications should be emailed to info@4frontproject.org.