British Red Cross

Family Reunion Project Officer (Advice)

British Red Cross

Job Description

Family Reunion Project Officer - Advice Location: London Contract type: Fixed Term - 1 year 35 hours per week Salary: circa GBP 26,344 per annum (Including inner London weighting allowance) We have a fantastic opportunity for a Family Reunion Project Officer - Advice to join our team in London, and oversee the provision of family reunion information and advice to refugee families. Working flexibly with internal colleagues and external stakeholders, the post holder will ensure the continued delivery of a high quality, responsive and accessible service to demonstrate maximum impact for the people we support. You will work collaboratively as part of a remote team to enable refugees to exercise their family reunion rights through conducting complex casework at OISC level 2; managing key relationships with external partners and establishing new relationships with suitable partners to help achieve service objectives; taking a lead role in service development in line with service user needs; leading on local advocacy efforts and contributing towards national advocacy efforts in order to achieve positive change for our service users. As part of the Restoring Family Links team, the Family Reunion Project Officer will play a key role in facilitating family reunion in the UK. Working closely with a legal partner. Reporting to the Family Reunion Operations Manager, this role will manage overall service delivery and contribute ongoing service development, as part of the wider national refugee support and restoring family links team. Say hello to the team The BRC's Family Reunion service is a unique and important offer to vulnerable refugees in the UK.  Comprising several distinct strands, the Family Reunion Project Officer is part of a team responsible for the central Administration of the Travel Assistance programme which assists with the cost of travel for families coming to the UK on refugee family reunion visas. This is a National Programme which last year reunited over 2,000 individuals, chiefly from Syria and Sudan. Our family reunion programme feeds into the BRC's work on advocating for safe and legal routes for refugees to seek refuge. The role might be for you if Our team come from many different backgrounds, but the common link we all share is we love working with people. To be successful in this role you must have following skills and experience:
  • OISC exempted to level 2 for Family Reunion work, or  working towards this

  • Organisational skills - planning, managing and monitoring own and others workload

  • Time management skills - responding to and prioritising a range of competing demands

  • Excellent team working skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills in partnership working

  • Working knowledge of relevant legislation

  • Knowledge and understanding of the roles, functions and purpose of statutory and non-statutory agencies in the field of refugees

  • An understanding and empathy with the needs of refugees and asylum-seekers

  • IT literate. Experience of using email, word processing and spread sheet packages

  • Ability to communicate with people from other cultures and those whose first language is not English

  • Demonstrates flexibility and open-mindedness

Closing date for applications is 23:59 on Sunday 19th January 2020.  Interview will be held, week commencing Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th January 2020. 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. 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. As part of its recruitment and selection process the British Red Cross undertakes DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checking of all individuals who regularly work with or have access to children and vulnerable adults. If driving is an essential requirement of the role, appropriate driver checks will be completed in line with current policy.
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