Salary: £24,000 - 28,000 pro rata per annum
Contract type: Fixed Term Contract until August 2021
What are the causes of destitution among asylum seekers and how it can be prevented?
In recent years the refugee sector has changed significantly at both the global and national level, as well as politically and economically. This has led to an increasingly strained social support sector in the UK. Growing service gaps, heightened barriers to services and an increasingly restrictive legislative asylum framework have led to a rise in in requests for assistance to the Red Cross.
What you will be doing
As Research Officer, you will lead and deliver a significant piece of research exploring the causes of destitution among asylum seekers and how it can be prevented. Gathering existing evidence as well as new data through primary research, the post holder will develop a robust evidence base that will enable us to advocate for changes that will deliver better destitution prevention in the asylum system in Scotland and the whole of the UK
The Refugee Survival Trust (RST) leads the project entitled the Destitute Asylum Seeker Service (DASS). DASS works with refused asylum seekers who are Appeal Rights Exhausted and destitute. DASS is a partnership providing casework support, accommodation and legal advice to help destitute asylum seekers resolve their situation. This research project will be delivered by the BRC in partnership with the RST, with input from other DASS partners
What we are looking for
For this key role it is imperative that you have experience working with refugees and asylum seekers and knowledge of issues surrounding asylum and refugee matters in the UK, including asylum systems and legislation, refugee integration and family reunion processes.
You will have experience of managing social research programmes in a diverse setting and have had training in research techniques and methods, statistical and qualitative data analysis, research ethics and social science research design.
Due to the nature of the role you must have a sound understanding of research ethics, especially in relation to vulnerable populations, and competency in applying these with sensitivity at every stage of the research process.
You will have strong analytical skills and understanding of research in an applied professional context and be proficient in collating, analysing, interpreting and presenting complex information.
You will also have advanced computer skills including the use of spreadsheets and databases for research analysis.
Meet the team
The role of Research Officer sits within the policy, research and advocacy department, within the communications and advocacy directorate which tells the stories about who we are, what we do, what we believe, and the difference we make to people's lives - so that both externally and internally people act, behave, or make decisions in a way that results in a positive change for people in crisis.
Closing date for applications is 23:59 on the 12th of November 2020 with interviews to follow.
We offer a wide range of staff benefits, these include:
- 36 days holiday (including Bank Holidays)
- Option to buy an extra 5 days annual leave
- Up to 6% contributory pension
- Flexible working policy
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 race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability.
Diversity is something we celebrate and we want you to be able to be yourself at work, and feel you're in a great position to help us spread the power of kindness.
In the British Red Cross we will not tolerate any form of misconduct, including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse. We have a code of conduct in place, and are committed to creating a culture of integrity in the organisation where misconduct is not tolerated, situations of abuse are quickly investigated and perpetrators are dealt with effectively.
If you are appointed to a role within BRC you will be subject to the organisation's Code of Conduct, a copy of which you can find on our website.
As part of its recruitment and selection process the British Red Cross undertakes DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checking of all individuals who regularly work with or have access to children and vulnerable adults.
The British Red Cross, incorporated by Royal Charter 1908, is a charity registered in England and Wales (220949) and Scotland (SC037738).
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