Do you have any experience in volunteering and would like to help refugees rebuild a new life? The Refugee Council is looking for an employer adviser to help refugees find a job, and so much more! Apply now!
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Organization/Company: The Refugee Council is one of the leading charities in the UK working directly with refugees, and supporting them to rebuild their lives. They also speak up for refugees using their direct work as an evidence base, and ensure refugees have a stronger and more influential voice in decisions that will affect them. They work with a range of partners and in collaboration to ensure they can best support their clients.
The charity was founded in 1951 in response to the UN Convention for Refugees, which was created after World War II to ensure refugees were able to find safety in other countries. Since then, the Refugee Council has provided practical and emotional support to refugees from across the world to help them rebuild their lives and play a full part in society.
The Refugee Council is governed by a Board of Trustees , which includes refugee representation, and is run on a day to day basis by a Chief Executive and a Senior Management Team.
The Refugee Council also runs an Advocacy Network to provide a direct link between other organisations working with refugees and asylum seekers in the UK with the Refugee Council's Advocacy Team.
The Refugee Council receives funding from local, central and European Government to deliver some services, however it is reliant upon voluntary income – including grants from trusts and foundations, corporate support and donations from individuals – to deliver a range of specialist projects that support refugees. This includes: employment and move on advice; therapeutic support; destitution services; support for separated children whose special needs are not covered by mainstream services; and our work to achieve a fairer and more humane asylum system.
Duty Station: Hertfordshire, UK
Open To: Everyone who has experience in volunteering and meets the requirements
Timeframe: Not mentioned
Deadline: 21 March 2018
Job description: The Employment adviser is responsible for working directly with a caseload of refugee clients who are on the Syria Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (SVPRS). The Employment adviser will prepare refugees for appropriate employment and achieve their chosen employment objective. The Employment adviser will work to a variety of performance targets based on the progression outcomes of clients such as successful completion of training courses, voluntary and work placements and paid employment. This post will report to the Hertfordshire Resettlement Project Manager. The main responsibilities will be as follow:
- To carry out an initial employment needs assessment with all new refugees in order to identify previous skills, experiences, capabilities and aspirations in relation to future
- mployment goals
- Delivering a range of ‘employability workshops’ including but not limited to: UK employment law; Interview skills and technique; Confidence building; CV writing and development; Conduct in the workplace – what employers look for; Job search
- Carrying out a holistic and employment focussed assessment and individual placement and support plan with each client
- To carry out ongoing monitoring with individual clients, assessing progress against action/development plans
- Quarterly reporting on client activity against action plans
- Conducting regular one to one and group meetings with clients in order to provide practical support with further learning and employment and support individuals to identify their own skills, and to inspire and motivate individuals to take a positive mental attitude to training/education and joining the workplace
- Assisting individuals to translate qualifications and identify and access ‘top-up’ or additional training
- Engaging with potential local employers, industry bodies and other agencies in identifying routes into work and entry points depending on qualification and experience
- To work closely with and under the guidance of the Employment Engagement Manager in the identification and engagement of supportive employers willing to offer employment support initiatives to refugees and paid work opportunities locally and nationally
- Ensuring that professional boundaries are maintained at all times
- Experience in careers advice and guidance
- Experience of undertaking in-depth needs assessments and the subsequent creation of individual action plans
- Experience of providing information, advice and guidance to disadvantaged groups (particularly to refugees would be a distinct advantage)
- Ability to deliver impartial advice clearly, and in an easily understood manner to those not necessarily familiar with the UK job market and who may not have English as their first language
- Local knowledge of the range of training, support initiatives generally available to those seeking to progress towards employment
- A good understanding of the barriers that refugees and asylum seekers face when seeking employment
- Ability to work effectively with interpreters, colleagues in the team and to establish good working relationships with other teams in the Refugee Council, other refugee agencies and community groups
- Strong verbal and written communication skills combined with excellent IT literacy skills
- A high level of interpersonal skills with the ability to work under pressure
- Commitment to and understanding of equal opportunities and its practical applications for own working practice
- Willingness and availability to travel outside the region, including some overnight stays
Wage: £24,174 per year
Application process: To apply, go to this link, fill in with all your information and attach a current CV.
Useful information: In order to deliver services effectively, a degree of flexibility is needed and the post-holder may be required to perform work not specifically referred to above. Such duties will, however, fall within the scope of the job, at the appropriate grade. The job description will be subject to periodic review with the post-holder to ensure it accurately reflects the duties of the job.
As part of its recruitment policy, the Refugee Council intends to ensure that no prospective or actual employee is discriminated against on the basis of race, sex, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation, employment status, class, disability, age, religious belief or political persuasion, or is disadvantaged by any condition or requirement which is not demonstrably justifiable.
The Refugee Council
PO Box 68614
Head Office general enquiries: 020 7346 6700
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