Refugee Activity Co-ordinator
Posted on Dec 14, 2018 by Jesuit Refugee Service UK
The Refugee Activity Co-ordinator is a new part-time post (1.5 days a week) on a 12-month contract, reporting to the Destitution Services Manager, joining a small tightly knit and diverse team at the JRS UK offices in Wapping.
JRS UK has been working with destitute asylum seekers for many years and would now like to expand the services and activities we provide to those we serve. The Refugee Activity Co-ordinator will be responsible for the development and coordination of a new pilot project aimed at offering one or two participatory refugee-led activities for those made destitute by the asylum process. This project will build on our existing activities of drama, Gospel Choir and Photography workshops; centring on a refugee-led approach aimed at improving the skills, confidence and community participation of those involved. With a strong focus on participatory co-facilitation, we envisage these new activities to provide opportunities for refugees to set direction for this project and foster peer-to-peer support and leadership development. The Refugee Activity Co-ordinator will be expected to create connections with specialist tutors for the activities (where needed), build links within the community, as well as oversee volunteers with specific skills interested in developing particular activities with refugees.
The Refugee Activity Co-ordinator will be responsible for monitoring and evaluating the progress of activities, in conjunction with the Destitution Services Manager, and help ensure the sustainability of the project going forward as appropriate, with the aim of refugees leading the activities themselves in the future. This busy and varied role requires an ability to develop relationships with a variety of people in order to successfully co-ordinate activities. The Refugee Activity Co-ordinator will work closely with our Day Centre Officer to support and coordinate volunteers attached to the refugee-led activities. There will be an opportunity to explore project ideas and design activities creatively in collaboration with refugees.
The post holder will need to have outstanding people skills, including personal resilience, empathy and confidence to build and sustain relationships. They will have a willingness to work collaboratively and flexibly, be comfortable in facilitating peer sessions and be able to inspire confidence and leadership in others. This role would suit someone with experience of working in a highly relational way with those who have complex needs; experience of working with volunteers; experience of developing facilitating projects and activities; experience of carrying out a range of project administration tasks, and enthusiasm for working in a small faith-based organisation.