JRS is an international Catholic organisation, at work in 50 countries with a mission to accompany, serve and defend 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 as well as coordination of our work in detention. We place a high value on hospitality and relationship. Our Wapping team includes a small number of paid staff of different nationalities and many volunteers of different ages, including members of religious orders and refugees.
The Policy and Advocacy Officer is a new full-time post (initially on an 18-month contract, potentially renewable, subject to funding). JRS UK wishes to increase its advocacy work and profile, and draw on its expertise as a faith-based organisation, serving and accompanying refugees both in the UK and connected to a wider international organisation serving refugees in some of the most troubled areas of the world. This mix of domestic expertise in serving and accompanying destitute and detained asylum seekers in the UK and the wider international experience of serving refugees in major crisis zones gives JRS a very particular perspective on a high profile issue. The role of the Policy and Advocacy Officer is a varied one, requiring significant skills in networking and building relationships across a range of sectors, from politics, policy making, refugee groups, international aid organisations, church groups, Jesuit works, Church structures and academia. The post-holder will need outstanding document drafting skills and the ability to communicate orally and in writing with a range of audiences, from technical experts to lay people, including refugees served by JRS. They will need to develop and maintain a thorough knowledge of UK policy and legislation affecting asylum seekers in the UK, UK policy in relation to wider international refugee law and policy, and overseas aid priorities affecting areas where JRS International works. They will also need a working knowledge of Catholic Social Teaching and an enthusiasm for working within a faith context and reflecting on the experience of asylum-seekers and volunteers working alongside them in a Christian setting.
Salary £28k-32kpa, full time; fixed term contract of 18months, potentially renewable.
For more information, including to request a job description, please email Sou Huoy Lam on firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply for the job, please send a cover letter and CV by email, addressed to the Director of JRS UK, Sarah Teather, at email@example.com. The cover letter should detail your relevant experience and demonstrate clearly how you meet the person specification listed in the job description.
Deadline for applications is midnight Thursday 2 June 2016. Shortlisted candidates (only) will be notified by Monday 6 June and invited to interview. Interviews are likely to be held on the afternoon of Wednesday 8 June 2016 at the Hurtado Jesuit Centre.