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Policy Officer - Strategic Migration Partnership

East of England Local Government Association
Place of work:
Bury St Edmunds
Salary details:
Job term:
Full Time
Fixed Term
Closing date:
17 May 2021 09:00 AM
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  • £28,672- £32,234 pa
  • Fixed term until 31 March 2022 with possible 1 year extension subject to funding availability.

We are seeking a professional and committed individual to join our dynamic team in the role of Policy Officer. This person will provide high-quality, flexible support to the Strategic Migration Partnership at the East of England LGA, based at West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury St Edmunds.

The East of England LGA is a politically-led organisation which works on behalf of the 50 local councils in the East of England with an over-riding purpose “to support our member councils to be the best that they can be for their communities”. The Strategic Migration Partnership is a tiered regional network, which works with partners to develop and support local migrant workers’, asylum seekers’ and refugees’ networks.

The Policy Officer is expected to assist the Senior Policy Officer and, from time to time, the regional ESOL coordinator with a variety of migration related tasks, including the regional coordination of refugee resettlement and asylum dispersal, and to take responsibility for developing and maintaining the regional welcome hub for Hong Kong nationals arriving into the East of England.

The key responsibilities will include:

  • supporting local authorities in the delivery of refugee resettlement and asylum dispersal
  • providing advice, information and guidance on various aspects of migration to public and voluntary sector organisations in the region
  • continued engagement with all local authorities in the region with a view to increasing participation in refugee resettlement and asylum dispersal
  • developing and maintaining the regional welcome hub for Hong Kong migrants in the region
  • capturing key learning, good practice, issues and new developments and sharing with regional and national stakeholders
  • organising events to facilitate flow of information between partners in the region, other SMPs and the Home Office
  • maintaining and updating the SMP website.

You will have:

  • at least 2 years' recent experience of work within a local authority, partner, regional or local organisation, including responsibility for advocacy and partnership working
  • relevant recent experience of supporting migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, either directly or indirectly
  • a successful track record of partnership working across all sectors – public, voluntary and private
  • an understanding of the legislative framework governing migration in the UK

The role requires very good standards of literacy and numeracy and good IT skills, a commitment to high-quality work with good attention to detail. On some occasions, this standard of work will need to be undertaken at speed. You should be polite, tenacious and be able to be flexible and creative to achieve the key SMP objectives. You must be able to contribute to a team approach, but also be able to confidently work under your own initiative and independently to resolve a range of issues.   

The role is full time, but part time and secondment applications are welcomed.

For further information or an informal discussion please contact Gosia Strona, Senior Manager:  malgorzata.strona@eelga.gov.uk  Tel:  07920 257947

For an application pack please download from our website or alternatively contact Hilary Jarrett-Firat on 07870 546284 or email:  hilary.jarrett-firat@eelga.gov.uk   

Interview date: 19 May 2021.

Please note: we do not accept CVs, only fully completed application forms as per the application pack will be accepted for this role.





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