Non-job of the week

Guardian non-jobs 2009 22.4.09 This morning the unemployment figures have sadly gone up yet again, now at 2.1 million.  As the government continues to squeeze the productive sector of the economy, it spends your money on subsidising expensive non-jobbers. 


Our pick of the non-job of the week from the 460+ jobs on offer this week comes from the North West Development Agency:


RDA Co-ordinator – ENGLAND’S 2018 WORLD CUP BID


£33,855 - £39,144, Based Warrington


Big things are happening in England’s Northwest and The Northwest Regional Development Agency is the driving force behind these changes. Working with business and government, it is the vital link that works in partnership with the public sector to anticipate and then meet the fast growing needs of the Northwest’s economy.


Big things happen here


The FIFA World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world and the FA has decided to bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022.


Taking on a vital support role, you’ll work with the nine Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) in England and a range of local government organisations to communicate bid needs, co-ordinate bid activities and compile vital information. Acting as the key link between the RDAs and the FA’s Bid Team, England 2018 Ltd, you’ll help to ensure that the potential impact of hosting the FIFA World Cup is felt right across the country and that the RDA network is aware of their potential role in supporting their cities to be part of the England bid. As much at home analysing information and putting together reports as you are building high level relationships, you must have experience of dealing with diverse stakeholders, a good knowledge of major sports events and a good understanding of the role of RDAs and local government.


In addition, you must be an excellent communicator with good presentation skills and the ability to manage and deliver complex projects.


Closing date: 29 April 2009.


Interview date: 20 May 2009.


The NWDA is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all backgrounds.


This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so download a jobpack at or email [email protected]


I wouldn’t call this job a long-term position - with any luck the Regional Development Agencies will be abolished in the near future.  We’ve already shown how unproductive RDAs are and – more to the point – shouldn’t this be the reserve of the FA itself?  There’s enough money in football nowadays to see this doesn’t, or shouldn’t, get a penny of government money.


On the practical side, the job description shows what a bureaucratic mess this will become, with inter-agency confusion leading to soaring budgets and incompetent management.  Sounds a bit like the Olympics doesn’t it?

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