The JRS UK is seeking to recruit a Communities of Hospitality Project Assistant on a part-time basis (22.5 hours weekly), to assist with the development and implementation of the At Home hosting scheme.
JRS is an international Catholic organisation, at work in 50 countries with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. In the UK, JRS works with destitute asylum seekers and those who are held in immigration detention, by offering a mix of practical and emotional support. Our office is also home to the weekly day centre and a variety of activities welcoming asylum seekers during the week. We place a high value on hospitality and relationship.
JRS UK runs the At Home hosting scheme, through which destitute asylum seekers attending the weekly Day Centre are matched with religious communities, parishes and lay people who are able and willing to provide short-term accommodation. The hosting scheme is part of a larger JRS Europe project promoting hospitality in ten different European countries. In the UK, JRS hopes to continue expanding the scheme, such that more destitute asylum seekers can access accommodation throughout the time that they are unable to work or access public funding.
The Project Assistant will provide the link between hosts and guest, coordinating placements, facilitating the encounter between host and guest while monitoring the progress of placements and overseeing the moving on process once a placement has come to an end. They will be responsible for the administration work necessary to keep accurate and updated records of the hosting scheme. This is a varied role, and from time to time the Project Assistant will be required to promote and publicise the hosting scheme among parishes and religious communities. Additionally, the Project Assistant will be asked to assist with organising meetings designed to facilitate the sharing of experience between hosts as well as meeting training needs. The Project Assistant will report to the Communities of Hospitality Project Coordinator.
The role involves travelling within London to visit hosts, with some evening work required. The post holder will need outstanding people skills, including empathy and confidence to deal with people of all backgrounds, ages and faiths to manage the process of placing guests with hosts and providing ongoing support; an understanding of the challenges faced by destitute asylum seekers; familiarity with the structures of the Church and religious orders and sympathy for the motivation of those whose life is grounded in faith; a willingness to work independently but also enthusiasm for sharing relevant experience with others; and a willingness to work flexibly including outside of normal office hours.
Duration: 18 month fixed-term contract; potentially renewable
Salary: £13,800-£15000pa for 3 days a week (22.5 hours), equivalent to £23-25k full time
Pension: Additional 10% of salary of employer’s contribution
Location: Wapping, London
To apply for the job, please send a cover letter and CV, to email@example.com. The cover letter should detail your relevant experience and demonstrate how you meet the person specification listed in the job description.
Deadline for applications is 12 noon 24 November 2017.
Interviews will be held on 5 December 2017. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.