Job Title: Technical Training Officer (TTO)
Location: Remote desk. Essex/Greater London preferred, with frequent travel to
Africa (up to 60% overseas travel)
Salary: £20-22,000 pa. depending on experience
Reports to: African Programmes Manager (APM)
Re~Cycle sources, tests and sends used bicycles to communities in Africa and work with partners to provide training and support to ensure they are used sustainably.
This work helps tens of thousands of people every year to obtain a means of
transport - ultimately improving their education, health access and livelihoods. Sinc1998 we have sent over 90,000 unwanted bikes to Africa. Our bikes, plus spare par
and tools currently go to project partners in six countries: Ghana, Sierra Leone, The
Gambia, Kenya, South Africa, and Zambia. The next few years will be an exciting
phase in the organisation’s development as it looks to further develop the
program support it offers to its partners in Africa.
Re~Cycle’s Technical Training Officer, a newly created post within the African
Programmes team, will be responsible for identifying the specific technical
assistance needed at current and future program sites before introducing those spaces, resources and training. This is to ensure partner organisations are aptly
equipped to receive and distribute bicycles, and transfer necessary skills and tools practicing bicycle mechanics, aspiring new learners and first time bicycle owners.
You will have an excellent working knowledge of bicycle repair and maintenance, as well as experience in leading, facilitating or being a part of a community or retail based team through mechanic training and qualification.
We are also looking for someone with a strong understanding and appreciation of
how spatial design affords learning, as well as an educator able to impart knowledge and adapt their teaching strategy in each unique context presented.
Working for a small charity in international development, you will be able to work
remotely and independently, and have the cultural understanding and flexibility to adapt your style and approach to engage people from an extremely diverse range backgrounds. Your strong communication skills, collaborative orientation and
confident working practices will facilitate all of the above.
This role offers a unique career progression. We are interested to hear from people
who are committed to the craft of bicycle repair and maintenance, and have the
curiosity and imagination to help develop this sector in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Minimum Cytech level 2 certification (UK) or a similar qualification that includes
wheel building and internal gear hub maintenance.
Demonstrable experience in training and mentoring new learners through structured
An informed opinion and preference regarding bicycle-specific tools and equipment,
and knowledge of where to source them.
Highly organised and able to meet the demands of fast-paced and challenging
Strong self-motivation and the ability to work remotely and independently.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability to form and maintain
Respect for, and willingness to learn about, the cultures in which projects take place,
and the ability to secure support and buy-in from people from those cultures.
A high level of personal resilience and the ability to adapt your working style and
quickly orientate yourself in different cultural contexts.
Willingness and ability to travel to often rural and remote parts of Africa for stays of
up to 8 weeks.
Proficient working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
Experience designing work spaces that emphasize training and learning.
History of writing and delivering vocational training curricula.
Previous travel/work experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, or a similar context.
Experience or knowledge of the charity sector or international development.
A bachelor’s degree in an area relevant to international development or the social
Proficiency in a second language.
Main tasks and responsibilities
Design, develop and lead structured training programmes, workshops and seminars
at partner-side locations in Africa, which impart technical and complimenting
administrative skills to local technicians and their supporting staff.
Advise on the design and staging of both permanent and temporary training spaces,
and oversee these installations as required.
Conduct market research and technical skills assessments in Africa, which include
reviewing our current partners’ capacity and advising on necessary changes needed
to deliver projects within strict quality controls.
Assist with new project identification, design and planning, with details of technical
implications, budgets, timelines and risk assessments.
Support the African programmes Manager in sourcing tools and equipment, and
report on their suitability from the field.
Design and introduce data-collection tools that monitor and evaluate current
technical capacity and post-training skills-transfer.
Undertake such other tasks as may be required by and agreed with your line
Be responsible for your own health and safety and that of your colleagues in
accordance with Health and Safety legislation and Re~Cycle policies and procedures.
Adhere to the Re~Cycle Equal Opportunities policy in all activities and actively
promote equality of opportunity wherever possible.
Positively represent Re~Cycle to external organisations and members of the public
that you come into contact with and encourage them to develop their engagement
with the charity.
Keep abreast of changes and trends in related markets relevant to your field.
Participate in management and trustee meetings as required.
Travel & Unsocial Hours
The post will require extensive overseas travel. All time spent overseas will be
considered to be part of a normal working week, for which there is no time off in lieu
The post will also require some travel within the UK and occasional evening or
weekend work. Time off in lieu will be given for this, in agreement with your linemanager.
To apply, please send your CV, together with a covering letter of no more than two
pages outlining why you want the job and how your experience, skills and personal
attributes match the person specification, via the apply button below.
Closing date for applications: midnight 17th
Interviews will be held 26-27th
July 2017 at Re~Cycle’s Colchester office.