Job Opportunity: Asylum Matters Wales Campaigns Manager

Job Title: Campaigns Manager

Location: Currently home-based; otherwise open to flexible working arrangements from anywhere in Wales, with a preference for Cardiff, Newport, Swansea or Wrexham

Hours: Full time (35 hours per week)

Salary: £32,465 per annum (subject to annual cost of living review in March)

Leave: 28 days per annum

Contract: Permanent

Reporting to: Deputy Director

Closing date: 12pm, Wednesday 1 March 2023

Interview date: 10 or 14 March (TBC)

Job description and person specification: Asylum Matters Wales Campaigns Manager 2023

Asylum Matters is looking for a dynamic campaigner committed to upholding the rights of people seeking asylum in Wales and across the UK at a critical time. Asylum Matters plays a significant role in working towards positive change for refugees and people seeking asylum. We are a small team based around the UK, working locally and nationally with an extensive network of partners to advocate for progressive change in the asylum system. We work with frontline organisations and people with lived experience across the UK on a range of issues that affect people in the asylum system, such as the impact of the new Nationality and Borders Act, unsuitable accommodation and poverty. We co-lead the award-winning Lift the Ban coalition campaign, that brings together almost 300 organisations calling for the right to work for people seeking asylum.

We are a facilitator of collaboration and joint action. Our work helps strengthen collective advocacy on asylum reform and ensures it is informed by the reality on the ground. We became an independent charity in 2021 and have ambitious plans for the future as we seek to maximise the potential of our collaborative campaigning model and identify opportunities for change at local, regional and national levels, in a challenging external environment.

The successful candidate will work in partnership with local organisations and networks in Wales to develop and implement strategies for achieving change locally and nationally. They will have experience of developing and delivering impactful campaigns that have achieved change. They will be an effective communicator, able to build strong partnerships and work collaboratively with partners. They will be proactive, able to spot influencing opportunities and quickly mobilise support to respond to them. They will have a commitment to the vision of a fairer and more effective asylum system, and to empowering and working with those with direct experience of it.

We are particularly keen to hear from people with lived experience of the UK asylum system and anyone with lived experience who meets the essential criteria will be guaranteed an interview. The successful candidate must have the right to work in the UK. People with lived experience can also access support from the Experts by Experience Employment Network to apply for this role (see details below).

Full details of the job description and person specification: Asylum Matters Wales Campaigns Manager 2023

Application process

Please email a CV and supporting statement (no more than two pages) outlining how you meet the person specification criteria above to joanna@asylummatters.org.

If you would like an informal conversation about the role and application process, please contact mabli@asylummatters.org 

If you are an expert by experience (a refugee or a migrant with direct, first-hand experience of issues and challenges of the UK asylum or immigration system), you can ask for an independent and confidential support for your job application from the Experts by Experience Employment Network (www.ebeemployment.org.uk). Please complete this form to request support and they will confirm if they can match you with a mentor to support your application.

The closing date for applications is 12pm, Wednesday 1 March 2023.

Interviews will be held via Zoom, likely on 10 or 14 March (TBC).

Shortlisted candidates will be given interview questions and tasks in advance to ensure a fair and open recruitment process.

We are sorry that we are unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates.

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