Non-job of the week

February 15, 2012 4:06 PM

Camden Council is looking for four (3 full time, 1 part time) Outcomes and Development Officers. Here's part of the job description:
We are seeking dynamic and motivated individuals to take up the roles of Outcomes and Development Officers within our Communities and Third Sector team. These roles will be integral to the implementation and development of Camden Council’s new Investment and Support Programme for the local voluntary and community sector (VCS).



Camden Council is moving towards a more collaborative approach with local VCS organisations based on investing in social outcomes for Camden residents. This new approach brings with it new challenges for both the council and supported organisations;

  • how do we better understand the value of our work?

  • What can we learn from each other’s experiences?

  • How do we create robust sustainable solutions in a difficult financial climate.


Your role as an Outcomes and Development Officer will be to help VCS organisations find practical solutions to these questions and more.

Involving charities and the voluntary sector more is great, but do they need the council to help them to assist in finding practical solutions to those three questions? If anything, the voluntary sector, which works on much tighter purse strings, could teach the council how to do it.

Enfield Council is searching for a Senior Travel Awareness Officer. After reading the hyperbole, you will see the purpose of this job is to reduce CO2 emissions. If you live in Enfield the travel awareness team will attempt to lecture you in how you travel. You will be told to walk and cycle more. You should leave your car at home and use public transport.

No doubt the council will say it is failing residents if it does not inform them of the choices available. I'm sure the able bodied people of Enfield know how to walk. If they have a bicycle, I'm sure they know how to ride it, and if they want to purchase a bicycle, I'm sure they can find someone who will sell them one. As for public transport, is there anyone living in London who is not aware of the options available to them?

When you hear people say they want the council to stop interfering in their lives, this is one example of what they mean. By all means have a transport policy. If new housing is built in one area it may mean additional bus routes will have to be created, but we are supposed to be living in a free society. How we travel is our business, not the business of councils.Camden Council is looking for four (3 full time, 1 part time) Outcomes and Development Officers. Here's part of the job description:
We are seeking dynamic and motivated individuals to take up the roles of Outcomes and Development Officers within our Communities and Third Sector team. These roles will be integral to the implementation and development of Camden Council’s new Investment and Support Programme for the local voluntary and community sector (VCS).



Camden Council is moving towards a more collaborative approach with local VCS organisations based on investing in social outcomes for Camden residents. This new approach brings with it new challenges for both the council and supported organisations;

  • how do we better understand the value of our work?

  • What can we learn from each other’s experiences?

  • How do we create robust sustainable solutions in a difficult financial climate.


Your role as an Outcomes and Development Officer will be to help VCS organisations find practical solutions to these questions and more.

Involving charities and the voluntary sector more is great, but do they need the council to help them to assist in finding practical solutions to those three questions? If anything, the voluntary sector, which works on much tighter purse strings, could teach the council how to do it.

Enfield Council is searching for a Senior Travel Awareness Officer. After reading the hyperbole, you will see the purpose of this job is to reduce CO2 emissions. If you live in Enfield the travel awareness team will attempt to lecture you in how you travel. You will be told to walk and cycle more. You should leave your car at home and use public transport.

No doubt the council will say it is failing residents if it does not inform them of the choices available. I'm sure the able bodied people of Enfield know how to walk. If they have a bicycle, I'm sure they know how to ride it, and if they want to purchase a bicycle, I'm sure they can find someone who will sell them one. As for public transport, is there anyone living in London who is not aware of the options available to them?

When you hear people say they want the council to stop interfering in their lives, this is one example of what they mean. By all means have a transport policy. If new housing is built in one area it may mean additional bus routes will have to be created, but we are supposed to be living in a free society. How we travel is our business, not the business of councils.

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