North West Migrants Forum

Community Integration and Welfare Officer

Job Advertisement: Community Integration and Welfare Officer

The North West Migrants Forum is recruiting a Community Integration and Welfare Officer for 5 years on a fixed term contract. This is an immediate start with a possible further extension for 5 years.

PLEASE NOTE: shortlisting of candidates will take place on the 23rd of December with Interviews expected to be conducted on FRIDAY  30th  DECEMBER 2022.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE EXPECTED TO START IMMIDIATELY IN THE NEW YEAR (January 2023).

Responsibilities:

To provide a high-quality support service to Back and racialised minoritised clients to help them integrate and participate fully and meaningfully in the community and wider society, developing successful pathways into training, education and employment as align with the individual’s preferences, assets, and personal development goals.

The post will require the holder to:

To provide advice and support for clients who may need help with any aspect of welfare support, including access to essential services such as, immigration information and integration support, such as filling of benefit application forms, universal credit, registration with local/ public services such as GP, Dentist, Schools/college, social housing, EU settlement application forms, writing CVs, etc.

Establish and maintain positive, trusting relationships with those being supported, based on respect, equality and that promotes independence.

Provide and facilitate effective and meaningful outcomes for those accessing the programme in line with NWMF ethos and values.

Develop a service model that supports and facilitates clients to access a range of opportunities that respond to their training, education, and employment needs.

Develop individualised plans with clients around personal development, accessing training, employment and enjoyable/productive meaningful use of time based on the unique attributes, preferences and aspirations of the individual.

Work with colleagues, providing advice and training, collect and manage information to ensure effective delivery of services and to share information and ideas to improve service delivery and liaise with staff on a day-to-day basis to ensure service users are fully supported to integrate into the local community.

Enhance and implement NWMF’s ‘Uniting Communities-Shared Future’ strategic plan, strengthening and creating new partnerships; sign-posting Black and racialised minoritized people into participating in various existing and future community initiatives.

Interview clients using sensitive listening skills to allow them to explain their circumstances, ensuring that they receive appropriate support.

Assist/support clients with issues arising regarding their journey to integration and ensure effective and appropriate referral mechanisms are in place and signpost clients to other services as required. e.g. Social Services, access to mental health support etc.

Follow up on welfare issues as they arise, such as housing, registration with schools, family support and liaise with director of programmes on appropriate action.

Work closely with Black and racialised minoritized groups and long-standing communities, providing a link between identified needs of Black and racialised minoritized communities and help to encourage a more understanding, welcoming and inclusive community

Accompany and act as an advocate for and with the person in dealing with relevant stakeholders.

Assertively collaborate in development of a robust support plan and ensure that support plan outcomes are focused on the development of a socially valued role.

Ensure all person specific entitlements and opportunities are utilised to their maximum benefit.

Essential Criteria.

Education:

A Social Work /Community Development Degree (min. Level 7) or equivalent relevant qualification as it pertains to this role specifically (human resources, life coaching, person centred approach, training, education, etc).

Level 1 qualification in Immigration Advice

Level 3 qualification in Generalist Welfare Advice

Experience:

A minimum of 3 years’ experience working in a similar role e.g. Personal development, life coaching, recruitment, mentoring, education and training.

3 years’ experience of helping people with a range of integration related services including immigration support and can evidence same

Have working knowledge of using a trauma informed approach or have worked in personal development role and can evidence same

Excellent organisation skills, advocacy skills, interpersonal and communication skills and can evidence the same.

Be self-motivated, positive, and able to motivate and inspire others.

Demonstrate a high level of administrative skills, record keeping and use of modern technology.

Be patient, non-judgemental and resourceful.

Being flexible with working hours including evenings and weekends.

3 years’ experience (paid or unpaid) of providing advice – face to face or telephone – gained in the last 5 years

Salary  £34,728 Gross per Annum.

Remuneration.

An excellent opportunity to join a well-established Community Organisation in the North West region of N. Ireland

For further information on this vacancy, please apply via the downloads below.

 

About The North West Migrants Forum

North West Migrants Forum (NWMF) is a registered charity (NIC107318) founded in 2012 `to contribute to the development of a peaceful, diverse, prosperous & participative society based on principles of Human Rights, Equality and Justice.

NWMF vision reflects that of both the Racial Equality Strategy (RES) and Together Building a United Community (TBUC). We work openly and accountably and in collaboration with others to achieve our vision. All NWMF work is evidence-based and planned to achieve identified outcomes linked to achieving the organisational aims.

The range of services provided under the Forum’s umbrella is wide and includes all of the following: advice and orientation services; capacity, self-confidence and skills development; the promotion of integration and participation of black and racialised minoritized  communities, while challenging racism, prejudice and hate crimes; youth engagement programmes; specific services for people seeking safety  and those granted international protection, emergency cash support, the promotion and celebration of cultural diversity.

We recognise that making a career change can be a huge step. We will support you through every step of the recruitment process, from an initial discussion of your goals and aspirations, to the security of your new position.

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All applications and enquiries to info@nwmf.org.uk