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Participation Officer The VOICES Network
Participation Officer The VOICES Network
Contract: Fixed term until 30th September 2021
Hours: 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday
Salary: Between £21,831 to £25,106 (dependent on experience)
We have a new and exciting opportunity within our Refugee Support Restoring Family Links Directorate!
In this busy and varied role, you will be responsible for the co-ordination of refugees and asylum seekers (RAS) as part of the VOICES network. Working alongside 2 existing Participation Officers, you'll support our VOICES network ambassadors, a nationwide association of refugees and people seeking asylum who are sharing their experiences and challenges to change public opinion, policy, and practice in the sector. You'll equip our ambassadors with the confidence and skills to advocate for themselves and raise their voices about a range of issues. You'll also help ensure that the network continues to be an influential and effective force of change; this could involve supporting ambassadors with media and advocacy opportunities, as well as community and awareness raising events.
As part of the Refugee Support and Restoring Family Links (RSRFL) team, you will also work with other staff in the wider directorate to share peer to peer learning and support with local voices networks in other areas of the UK , as well as with national opportunities.
Meet the team
The VOICES Network was built as part of the AVAIL Project throughout 2018 and 2019, supporting and empowering refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to raise their voices about the challenges they face. This is to change minds (through media work), policy (through advocacy work) and practice (through Red Cross and sector service improvement). The network is 150 VOICES Ambassadors strong, made up of 10 local networks across the UK. The largest of these networks are in Glasgow (Scotland) and South Wales, having dedicated VOICES Staff.
You can find out more about the network by clicking here.
Working in collaboration with the VOICES Project Manager, other Participation Officers and VOICES Network local leads, Red Cross policy and Communications, RSRFL Management and external stakeholders, you'll work together to ensure that refugees and asylum seeker's voices and participation are always prioritised and heard.
The role might be for you if ...
You have experience working with refugees or asylum seekers and have knowledge of the current issues relating to refugees and asylum seekers, particularly in relation to a local context in Glasgow, Scotland, and the UK.
You're passionate about co-production and collaborating with people with lived experience; you have an understanding of how this approach can help influence policy processes at both local and national level.
You have the ability to plan and deliver training sessions, workshops and social activities - and to adapt them to the diverse needs of a group of people from varying cultures and backgrounds.
You're a great communicator and you can adapt your communication style to different audiences- we're looking for someone who's able to communicate effectively with people from a range of cultures, including those whose first language isn't English
You're great at building relationships with a range of stakeholders.
The nature of this role is around involvement and participation and recognising that people are experts by experience. We would particularly encourage candidates who have lived experience to apply for this position, or get in touch should they have any queries.
The closing date for applications is 23:59 on Monday 2nd November 2020 with interviews to follow.
We offer multiple staff benefits, these include:
A little bit more about us...
The British Red Cross help anyone, anywhere in the UK; get the support they need if crisis strikes. From hiring a wheelchair or dealing with loneliness, to adjusting to life in a new country - we're there when you need us.
Our organisation was born out of a desire to bring help without discrimination.
Impartiality and neutrality have been central values for the Red Cross since we started.
At the British Red Cross, we are looking for the best people to help us provide support to millions of people affected by crisis in the UK. We want our team to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, offering equal opportunities to everyone, regardless of; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.
Diversity is something we celebrate and we want you to be able to bring your authentic-self to the Red Cross. We want you to feel that you are in an inclusive environment, and a great position to help us spread the power of kindness.
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