Job Type: Full Time
Salary : £28,226 – £30,984
Pathways to Work – Employment Support Adviser (Full-time)
Responsible to: Pathways to Work Project Manager
Location: Home based (this post will require some travel)
About Refugee Action
This is an exciting time for Refugee Action. We are a national charity with more than 40 years’ experience of empowering people who’ve survived some of the world’s worst regimes to secure the protection and support that they need to live with dignity and respect and build a new life in the UK. We do this by providing expert advice and casework, building the capacity of partner organisations and campaigning on the policies that affect them.
Our vision for a welcoming UK has never been more important. It’s a crucial time to be part of Refugee Action as we come to the end of our current strategy (2019-22) and embark on our next strategic period. We will do this through securing systemic change through our campaigns to change government policies, our direct services, and our work to strengthen and connect other service delivery organisations. You can read more about what we do here.
We will also continue with our commitment in our strategy to do far more to learn from and shift power to refugees and people seeking asylum. We are also striving to be an actively anti-racist organisation. Bothof these commitments are a top priority for our new CEO as set out in his first public statement on Twitter here.
Purpose of post
The pathways to work project
After successfully launching our national Pathways to Work Project in January (an 8-week online group programme) Refugee Action has secured new funding to develop and deliver a one to one national employment support service.
This role will work with the Pathways to Work team to co-ordinate and deliver an online employment support service to support refugees and other eligible migrants to develop their individual career and employment pathways. This could be goal setting, supporting clients to develop their CV, job searching, working with them on a job or volunteering application, or setting up a work placement with a new employer.
This role will work with a caseload of refugees and people seeking asylum to support them towards training, education, volunteering and employment.
This role will help create new partnership opportunities with employers, volunteering organisations and other employability services.
Main duties and responsibilities
For service delivery – working directly and with volunteers:
For the charity
The post-holder may be asked to re-organise their work in order to help the organisation to respond to changes in type or extent of needs of refugees, which can arise from time to time. This would be done in a way consistent with the purposes of the post and in consultation with the post-holder
All experience may be paid or voluntary, full or part-time, in the UK or overseas. Candidates will be short-listed on the following specifications:
Terms and conditions of employment
This position is offered on a full-time permanent basis with funding secured for 3 years. The following conditions of service will apply
£28,226 to £30,984 (Salary band 3. NJC 29-32) per annum, pro rata. plus, Inner London Weighting (£3,782) if based in London. All new employees will normally start at the bottom of the band.
This role is a Homebased role; however, Refugee Action has offices located in London, Birmingham, Bradford and Manchester which employees can to access.
Increments of one point per annum to the maximum of the band are paid on the 1 April. To qualify the post holder must be confirmed in post and employed since the first of the previous October.
Refugee Action will contribute 8% of gross basic salary, plus £50 per month into a pension plan (pro rata for part-time posts).
24 days per year plus public holidays (pro rata for part-time posts). Holiday entitlement increases to a maximum of 31 days per year, reached within five years of employment (pro rata for part-time posts).
Hours of work
35 hours per week (excluding lunch breaks). Some evening work may be required for which time off in lieu should be claimed.
We are committed to considering all requests to work flexibly.
The post will have a probationary period of six months.
One month’s notice of termination of employment on either side.
We are committed to making every reasonable adjustment to the workplace or working arrangements so as to accommodate people with disabilities.
Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
All Refugee Action staff are subscribed to use a 24 hour confidential support line. Face to face counselling can also be arranged with the EAPs trained counsellors if appropriate.
Employment in this post may be subject to a satisfactory police clearance being obtained.