The Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK is recruiting for a Destitution Caseworker to offer advice and support to Appeals Rights Exhausted Asylum Seekers.
JRS UK is seeking a Destitution Caseworker on a full-time basis to offer advice and support to Appeals Rights Exhausted Asylum Seekers.. The postholder will work as part of the JRS Destitution Team.
This busy and varied role focuses on providing information, advice and casework, and practical and emotional support to ARE asylum seekers, who often struggle to self-advocate. The postholder will provide advice and support on a broad range of issues including destitution and homelessness; access to legal advice; asylum support and health-related matters. In addition to internal referrals to the JRS Legal and Accommodation teams, the postholder will utilise relationships with other NGOs and specialist agencies to ensure that individuals access timely and appropriate support. The postholder will be responsible for managing their own caseload and will support JRS’ advocacy and policy work.
The postholder should have a good working knowledge of the issues and challenges faced by destitute asylum-seekers and refugees, with particular focus on homelessness and destitution and legal advice. They will need highly developed listening skills, personal resilience, and emotional maturity to respond to the emotional and practical needs of asylum seekers, accompany them and support them to progress with their lives. They need to have and maintain an up-to-date knowledge about the changing immigration and asylum context as it relates to our work and be able to apply that to situations affecting individuals in practice.
The Destitution Caseworker will need to integrate JRS UK’s ethos of accompaniment in their approach and will be supported to develop this through team workshops and reflection mornings. Willingness to work collaboratively– building relationships and networks, within and outside of JRS – is essential.
Duration: 18-month fixed-term contract, which may be extendable, subject to funding.
Hours: Full-time (37.5 hours); job share, or part-time options would be considered
Location: JRS UK Office, Hurtado Jesuit Centre, Wapping, London, E1W 2QT. Opportunity for some hybrid/home working
Salary: £26k to £32k per annum depending on experience
Pension: Additional 10% of salary of employer’s contribution
We encourage applications from people who have first-hand experience of the UK asylum or immigration system.
To apply: Please send your CV and covering letter to the Casework and Support Manager, Ria Katche, firstname.lastname@example.org. Your covering letter should outline why you are applying for the role and how your experience and skills meet the job description and person specification. CVs without cover letters will not be considered.
Deadline for applications: 5pm Tuesday 31st January 2023
Interviews will likley be held week commencing 6th February in London.