Job Title: Refugee Advocacy Lead
Location: Office-based; open to flexible working arrangements from anywhere in England, with a preference for Manchester, London, Birmingham or Leeds, with some travel including to partner meetings.
Hours: Full time (37.5 hours/ week Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm)
Salary: £22,000 per annum (subject to annual cost of living review)
Leave: 23 days annual leave including Bank Holidays rising after 24 months by 1 day after each year of service to maximum of 28 days per year
Contract: 1 year fixed term contract with possibility of extension depending on funding availability
Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer
Closing date: 5pm, Monday, 13 June 2022
Interview date: Weeks commencing 27 June & 4 July 2022. Interviews will be held in person, in 2 stages.
African Rainbow Family is looking for a dynamic Refugee Advocacy Lead passionately committed to upholding the rights of LGBTIQ refugees and people seeking asylum at a critical time for the future of the asylum system and the rights of refugees.
We are a small but friendly and specialist team that campaigns for the rights of LGBTIQ refugees and people seeking asylum from African heritage and wider BAME. We work with an extensive network of frontline partners to advocate for progressive change in the asylum and immigration system. We are based in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, London and Cardiff.
- Lead and manage the advocacy service and manage cases of LGBTIQ people seeking asylum especially those of a complex nature.
- Ensure service users have access to quality, pro bono or legal aid legal representation
- Work with the CEO, Move-On and Integration Officer, Campaign and Communication Officer and Advocacy Assistants and consult with service users to develop African Rainbow Family’s advocacy support services in line with the changing needs and demands of LGBTIQ refugees and people seeking asylum.
- Oversee empowerment events and support delivery of other teams’ events, ensuring all events achieve a professional standard and high quality.
- Conduct vulnerability assessments and prioritise people to receive ARF’s services.
- Work with legal partners, other ARF’s centres’ staff and volunteers to organise monthly asylum meetings.
- Provide one-to-one advocacy, emotional or practical support in person or over the phone
People management and supervision
- Recruit, train and manage a team of volunteer advocates to assist with delivery of social events and other services and respond to queries to the office.
- Oversee and organise training for staff and volunteers within the advocacy team
- Manage a team of part time Advocacy Assistants across our other centres– Advocacy Assistants, working one day a week in each centre.
- Provide supervision to volunteers and Advocacy Assistants.
- 23 days annual leave including Bank Holidays
- Equipment to support remote working.
- Flexible working policy.
- Pension scheme.
- Development and growth opportunities.
- Free parking at our office.
- Paid staff day off on their birthday
- Paid 2 duvet days a year
- Salary review
- Employee reward scheme
- Employee wellbeing support
- Paid Sick leave after 6 months
- Job description and person specifications
- Application and equal opportunity forms
- Safer Recruitment Policy
HOW TO APPLY: Download the job description and person specification from here, application form here and our Safer Recruitment Policy here. Email your completed application form and optional monitoring form to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on this role or for an informal discussion please contact Aderonke Apata, Founder and CEO: 07711285567. If you know of someone who might be interested in this vacancy, please ask them to get in touch.
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We welcome applications from people of all abilities/disabilities and backgrounds as we believe that each person brings their own valuable experiences to what we do. We encourage people with lived experience of the UK asylum system to apply. The successful candidate must have the right to work in the UK, will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check and to disclose all non-protected criminal records at the point of conditional job offer.