British Red Cross

Director (Asylum Reform Initiative)

British Red Cross

Job Description

Director – Asylum Reform Initiative

Location: Moorfields, London

Contract type: 2 years’ fixed term contract

Hours per week: 35

Salary: £50,000 – 55,000 per annum DoE (including London weighting)

This is a truly unique opportunity for a charismatic and driven individual to lead the new Asylum Reform Initiative, working with a coalition of significant charities in the UK refugee sector, and influencing reform of the asylum system for the benefit of people at all stages of the asylum process.

What you will be doing

The Asylum Reform Initiative (ARI) brings together some of the largest and most influential civil society organisations supporting people seeking asylum and refugees. It will take a new approach to generate more joint impact in relation to meaningful and wide-scale reform of the UK asylum system, for the benefit of people who use it. The ARI will develop and implement a long-term influencing strategy.

As Director, you will provide strategic leadership to the Asylum Reform Initiative and play a significant role, working with member organisations and many others in the sector and beyond to secure policy and practice change for people who use the UK asylum system.

What we are looking for

An advocacy professional with a several years’ track record of successful influencing in any sector; you will have:

  • Proven ability to mobilise, facilitate and enable members of a coalition of significant organisations to deliver advocacy collectively

  • An understanding of ‘servant leadership’ and experience in its practice leading or enabling collective action

  • Substantial experience of operating within the corridors of power in Whitehall and Westminster on behalf of civil society

Closing date for applications is 23.59 on the 14th of June 2020 with first stage interviews to take place week commencing the 22nd of June.


We offer a wide range of staff benefits, these include:

  • 36 days holiday (including Bank Holidays)

  • Option to buy an extra 5 days annual leave

  • Up to 6% contributory pension

  • Flexible working policy

A little bit more about us
The British Red Cross help anyone, anywhere in the UK; get the support they need if crisis strikes. From hiring a wheelchair or dealing with loneliness, to adjusting to life in a new country - we're there when you need us.
Our organisation was born out of a desire to bring help without discrimination. Impartiality and neutrality have been central values for the Red Cross since we started.
At the British Red Cross, we are looking for the best people to help us provide support to millions of people affected by crisis in the UK. We want our team to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, offering equal opportunities to everyone, regardless of; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.
Diversity is something we celebrate and we want you to be able to bring your authentic-self to the Red Cross. We want you to feel that you are in an inclusive environment, and a great position to help us spread the power of kindness.
In the British Red Cross we will not tolerate any form of misconduct, including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse. We have a code of conduct in place, and are committed to creating a culture of integrity in the organisation where misconduct is not tolerated, situations of abuse are quickly investigated and perpetrators are dealt with effectively.
If you are appointed to a role within BRC you will be subject to the organisation's Code of Conduct, a copy of which you can find on our website.

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