PATHWAYS TO INDEPENDENCE MANAGER

Hours: 3 days per week, flexible hours

Employment status: Self-employed initially but will become an employed position in 2023. Support with self-employment paperwork is available.

Pay: £150 a day self-employed

Location: Flexible hybrid – time in our office in central Chichester; work from home; regular visits to those we support (travel expenses paid for visits).

Essential: You will need a driving licence and a car; availability for evening meetings on Mondays once a month.

Pathways to Independence (PTI) is our new overarching programme that aims to help everyone we support to become independent – ‘independent’ describes no longer in need of our or local authority support. 

PTI encompasses work with individuals to design and realise their pathways and collaboration with other organisations, whilst tying in with our other programmes that support PTI – English language learning, university access course, sports for young refugees and more. The programme has also been designed with its own Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) programme built in; regular in-depth structured interviews for every individual we support, so that we can holistically meet their specific needs (these could be English tuition, trade certification, trauma counselling, accessing benefits, education, driving lessons, tech hardware etc) and track their progress towards independence from our and State support. Data from monitoring will allow us to evaluate our programming and will support fundraising and communications.

The role

We are looking for someone brilliant to run the PTI programme and demonstrate its impact. You’ll have a steep learning curve to begin with, getting to know the mechanics of the programme, our systems, all the individuals we support and our fantastic volunteers, and building relationships with partner organisations. 

Training and initial support will be provided by the outgoing Communications & Development Manager who designed the PTI programme. Further supported by the Board on an ongoing basis.

Work will include:

  • Regular interviews (using an app) with those we support and maintaining regular, sustained contact with everyone.
  • Supporting people to identify their own pathways and goals, and work towards them.
  • Identifying what people will need to achieve short-, medium- and long-term goals.
  • Supporting people to access the learning and resources they need.
  • Preparing people for job interviews and workplace expectations.
  • Communicating with institutions and employers and building relationships with them.
  • Gaining an understanding of the benefits system and asylum system and how to navigate them.
  • Communicating regularly and effectively, and working closely with other Sanctuary in Chichester staff (volunteer coordination and communications), volunteers and trustees.
  • Analysing data and writing evaluation reports; identifying areas for improvement and making recommendations to the board; implementing changes approved by the Board.
  • Reporting to the Board.

Who we’re looking for

You’re a great communicator, you can write well in English and you understand what employers and educational institutions are looking for. You’re empathetic and keen to empower people to create and succeed in their own pathways towards independence. You’re able to take initiative and work independently but are also highly collaborative. 

You’re resilient as well – it is sometimes challenging supporting people who, for example, have no experience of working in the UK and therefore have no idea what is expected from them in interviews and the workplace. Overcoming these challenges and seeing the people you’re supporting progress and grow in confidence is what makes this role so rewarding. Your resilience will also be helpful if people tell you their stories, because it can be upsetting to hear how they have suffered.

We’re guessing you have a background in HR and/ or employment support, but as this is quite a varied role requiring diverse skills, if you fit the person description perfectly you won’t need to show any specific experience to be considered. Experience or qualifications in MEL and/ or social sciences would be an advantage, as would experience of programme design and/ or implementation for charities or international development organisations.

If you have lived experience as a refugee or migrant, or speak Arabic, Pashto or Dari, we would especially love to hear from you!

How to apply

Please send a concise cover letter and CV to gemmadriver@sanctuaryinchichester.org by 14/11/22.