Do you have the vision, drive and networking skills to take the Order of Malta’s global youth platform to the next level? We need someone who can bring people together, develop effective systems and organise inspirational training for the next generation of Order of Malta leaders. To apply please send your CV with a one page covering letter describing why you would be interested in the role to Emily van Lier ([email protected]).


Reporting to:                Chief Philanthropy Officer

Direct reports:             None

Contract:                       Initial two year fixed-term contract

Salary:                            From £40,000, commensurate with experience

Benefits:                        Health insurance, pension contribution, flexible working considered

Closing Date:                30 April 2021


About the role

The Global Fund for Forgotten People houses the Order of Malta’s Vision 2050 programme, a global initiative to build and develop the strength, skills and cohesion of the Order’s young volunteers.  We are seeking an experienced, driven Global Youth Coordinator to be the first dedicated resource for this initiative and to:

  • Refresh Vision 2050’s online interaction model
  • Relaunch and manage the Vision 2050 programme, building the community and sourcing international youth volunteer, intern and employment opportunities within the Order
  • Develop and establish a high-level talent management module
  • Make a recommendation for the future model for managing this area

The role is managed from the Fund’s office in London, and will require periodic presence there as well as international travel.  Applicants based in other locations will be considered.

Person specification

The role requires the ability to liaise effectively with the many different entities that make up the Order of Malta internationally, identifying where opportunities for the Global Youth platform lie, as well as understanding the advantages for partner organisations.  The successful candidate will be capable of interacting with the Fund’s senior supporters whose skills and experience will be vital contributory factors to success.

This role will require an entrepreneurial self-starter with an excellent track record of effective project management.  You will have the ability to successfully shape this next stage and effectively design the following phase.  The candidate will have experience of online communication and membership platforms, excellent interpersonal skills and be highly organised with good attention to detail.

The candidate must have the ability to understand the complexities of a global organisation as well as being comfortable picking up general tasks as part of a small team.  They will be a self-starter, flexible and comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, learning through doing.

Sympathy with the teachings of the Catholic faith is essential, as is the ability to work with people from many different backgrounds and cultures.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Assess the existing Vision 2050 platform, making recommendations to improve the online interaction model and oversee and implement those changes, managing external suppliers where necessary
  • Manage the youth platform to communicate with members, source new members and establish simple membership and verification procedures cohesive with the international structure of the Order
  • Work with entities of the Order to source volunteering, internship, networking and employment opportunities to communicate to the youth platform
  • Create a high-level annual global talent development opportunity to enhance key relevant volunteer skills
  • Liaise with related Order initiatives to maximise efficiency and opportunity
  • Benchmark against other global talent development programmes, such as WEF Young Global Leaders
  • Assess and evaluate the programme, and make recommendation for next phase programme management

Skills and experience

  • Excellent written English; fluency in at least one other language is desirable
  • Several years’ project management experience, demonstrating the ability to lead and develop a programme at a senior level
  • Experience with online membership and discussion forums
  • Experience of volunteering and/or managing volunteer programmes
  • Experience of talent development or training programmes
  • Experience volunteering with the Order of Malta on a national programme and/or international initiative such as the IHC, Caravan project or Chabrouh camp desirable
  • Ability to implement effective organisational systems and change initiatives
  • Proactive approach with excellent attention to detail
  • Political diplomacy and sensitivity to effectively navigate a complex organisation
  • Knowledge of and interest in the Order of Malta and furthering its mission
  • Willingness to travel


About the Global Fund for Forgotten People and The Order of Malta

The Global Fund for Forgotten People is a global fundraising and grant-making vehicle, specialising in major donor giving.  It raises funds for and awareness of the works of the Order of Malta’s entities around the world.  The Fund is based in the UK, but operates as a global entity with a UK and US structure, and overall responsibility to the Order in Rome.

The Sovereign Order of Malta is one of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilisation.  A lay religious order of the Catholic church since 1113 and a subject of international law, the Sovereign Order of Malta has diplomatic relations with over 100 states and the EU and permanent observer status at the UN.  It is neutral, impartial and apolitical.  The Order of Malta is active in 120 countries, caring for people in need through its medical and humanitarian works.  Day to day its broad spectrum of social projects provides a constant source of support for those who would otherwise be forgotten or excluded by society.