The Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK is recruiting for a new post of Legal Caseworker.
JRS is an international Catholic organisation, at work in 50 countries with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. Our work is founded on principles of Catholic Social Teaching and imbued with an Ignatian charism. In the UK, JRS’ work is focused on supporting destitute asylum seekers and those who are held in immigration detention. Our East London office is home to a variety of activities welcoming asylum seekers during the week as well as coordination of our work in detention, and we also run a hosting scheme with religious communities. We place a high value on hospitality and relationship. Our tightly knit team includes paid staff and volunteers of different ages, nationalities and backgrounds, including members of religious orders and refugees.
The Legal Project is an exciting new venture for JRS UK and the Legal Caseworker will play a key part in shaping the work. The Legal Caseworker is a part-time post (4 days per week) on an 18month contract, potentially renewable subject to funding. We are looking for an OISC accredited advisor (accredited at OISC level 2), dedicated to refugee protection and human rights, who is attracted to our mission, values and spirit. The Legal Caseworker will be supervised by the Legal Officer, and supported by volunteers where appropriate.
The JRS UK Legal Project will predominantly focus on providing research and intensive caseworking to support preparation of fresh asylum claims for destitute asylum seekers, for onward referral to legal aid advisors in other projects. It will also provide support for applications for exceptional case funding for legal aid in for eg Article 8 claims, and undertake other caseworking support and liaison where appropriate.
As the project is new, the Legal Caseworker will need to be willing to work with the Legal Officer collaboratively with others in the team to set up the project, including necessary policies and standards. Once established, the Legal Project will also support and inform our advocacy and policy work on decision-making processes and refugee protection.
This role would suit an OISC advisor, who is passionate about supporting destitute asylum seekers, who wants to work as part of a small organisation with a commitment to provide personally tailored care through the mission of accompaniment. Ability to establish trust with those we serve and build strong relationships with colleagues and volunteers across the organisation is essential.
Salary: £28Kpa full time equivalent (ie, £22,400 for 4 days a week), plus 10% contributory pension
Contract: fixed term contract, 18 months, potentially renewable.
To apply for the job, please send a cover letter and CV by email, addressed to the Director of JRS UK, Sarah Teather, to firstname.lastname@example.org, detailing your relevant experience and demonstrating clearly how you meet the person specification listed in the job description. CVs without cover letters will not be considered.
Deadline for applications is 5 pm on Thursday 21 June 2018.
Interviews are likely to be held on Wednesday 11 July 2018.