The environment in which GMCVO operates has changed. A crisis accelerates change and the events we’ve all lived through in the last 12 months have removed old certainties, creating new necessities and increasing inequalities. Further instability in the environment is expected. This will see different priorities and possibilities emerge over time. Funding is scarce and we cannot assume that we will continue to receive core funding from GMCA, which has enabled us to leverage all our other work in the past. In addition, wider shifts in the operating environment will create significant changes in what we should prioritise in order to fulfil our charitable aims, as well as what can be practically delivered.
A more fundamental change to our work is needed than just to identify new means of funding. We have undertaken reviews of our work before but our board and senior leadership recognise a need to review the organisation and its direction much more radically in the current situation.
We are resourced to be able to continue to play a role in Greater Manchester for at least the next financial year, and have a number of ongoing programmes of work running, so we wish to take the time to think and consult actively about our future. We have to look at which practical functions are now viable and needed at a Greater Manchester level. We recognise this will need new partnerships, a new vision and new leadership. We are open to a wide range of future partnerships, including merger, if this is in the best interest of the communities of Greater Manchester.
We’re keen to work with our own staff, and our many members and wider stakeholders to understand what kind of organisation GMCVO should become. Should we find that there is no longer a viable role for the organisation, it’s important we manage a good transition for services and staff.
In order to help us with this we seek a consultant to support us to plan this process, help structure activities and provide us with independent advice as we proceed. We are looking for someone who can support and organise us as a team, provide us with new ideas to pursue, and challenge our assumptions.
Project planning and management
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Closing date for expressions of interest: Thursday 28th January 2021 at 12:00 noon.