Are you the seasoned, multitasking ‘skipper’ we are looking for?
ROLE: Programme leader (contract of services)
LOCATION: Lesvos (with option of working remotely)
REIMBURSEMENT: £1300/month, £15600/year
Refugee Rescue is a humanitarian charity whose aims are the relief of human suffering and the saving of lives of refugees and displaced people who are affected by war, conflict or other crisis by providing, or assisting in the provision of sea rescue, shelter and humanitarian support.
Refugee Rescue is a young and evolving organisation which was established out of necessity to respond to the humanitarian needs of people crossing the Aegean Sea during the refugee crisis.
How to apply
To apply for this contract of services please indicate, in no more than 1400 words, how you meet the personal specification. The deadline for application is the 27th of June, 2019. Following shortlisting, successful candidates will be invited for an interview on the 19th of July.
Applications are to be sent to: email@example.com
The information you provide will be treated as strictly confidential and will be considered only in relation to the contract you are applying.
Personal specification for the contract of services
Ability to travel to Lesvos regularly
Fluency in English
Understanding of the operational, social and political environment affecting search and rescue NGOs
Understanding of human rights, safe passages and the importance for search and rescue for people seeking refuge
Understanding of the volatility of the humanitarian space
Experience of fundraising and ability to promote a strategy to support the financial stability of the organisation, including drawing on a wide network within the sector for these purposes
Recent experience of working in a humanitarian environment
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to affirm strong leadership
Ability to respond and manage crisis situations
Ability to manage as well as work collegiately within a team
Ability to draft reports, press releases and communications
Ability to set priorities, and help the board in the development of overall strategies
Ability to work independently
Ability to manage deadlines
Ability to implement new systems and demonstrate openness to change
Ability to liaise and work with a range of stakeholders
Ability to promote training opportunities and actively work towards personal development planning for volunteers
Contract of services description
Oversee the mission on behalf of the trustees
Have a clear overview of operations to strategize, fundraise and represent the organization and mission
Maintain coordination and management of project
Liaise with the Treasurer to maintain oversight of all finances, accounting, payments and financial reports
Maintain or improve collaboration with partners and funders
Ensure timelines and schedules implemented
Steer the organization on behalf of the trustees
Manage a centralized and accessible data filing system
Oversee the coordination of the land operations
Be a point of contact for any enquiries and disseminate to appropriate department if necessary
Representation of RR at meetings and for press etc (in negotiation with Chair)
Regular meetings (can be via Skype) with RR staff on the ground
Regularly go to Lesvos to assess and to ‘touch base’ with crew
Ensure recruitment is adhered to: E.g. digital central applications with volunteer info. Signed and filed (digitally) code of conducts, contracts and access to policies and handbook
Promote policy adherence and compliance
Assist the team when equipment is required and with administrative tasks of maintaining operations
Liaise with relevant authorities when restrictions put in place on operations
Draw up press releases, dissemination to contacts in coordination with Media Coordinator
Remain aware and sensitive to a changing political and economic environment and to the range of professional perspectives of the supervised staff
Implement new systems and affect staff behavioural/attitudinal change where necessary
Approach work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
Demonstrate openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
Initiate and maintain partnerships
Support the Board with materials for fundraising
Initiate and promote fundraising initiatives in collaboration with trustees and Media Coordinator
Draft proposals for fundraising
Host donor meetings where appropriate and talk regularly with funders
Work with Media Coordinator to develop content for media campaigns aimed at private donors
Promote and initiate fundraising events where possible
Devise media campaigns to assist in fundraising in collaboration with the Media Coordinator
Assist the board in the development of charity
Bring a creative vision to seek opportunities for the organization and how best to help refugees.
Monitor and evaluate to assess the impact of the project
Realistically see where RR can develop to sustain and / or expand or/ exit operations to meet the needs of refugees
Work to make the project sustainable and a drive to increase Refugee Rescue’s reach
Manage all correspondence and disseminate where appropriate
Administrative vigilance, centralising and accessible information (spread sheets, filing, taking minutes etc)
Update and implement policies
Media: In conjunction with Refugee Rescue Media Coordinator
Lead on media strategy to be delivered by Media Coordinator
Develop and promote the “VOICE OF RR’
Oversee updating and maintenance of the website
Ensure media content is relevant, organized and accessible
Encourage crew to contribute to regular updates
Recruitment and staff management:
Recruitment of land crew leaders and team leaders.
Assist Boat Crew Operations Manager with administrative tasks and digital filing of contracts
Liaise with Treasurer to oversee cash-flow on the ground
Support the ground team in negotiating with car/apartment/equipment suppliers where appropriate
Maintain an overview of income/ expenditure in coordination with Treasurer
Liaise with wider team and Treasurer to provide M&E reports to board and funders
Meeting minutes and reporting to board
Operation reporting to funders
Minuting all meetings with staff to action
Promote knowledge sharing in RR through leadership and personal example.
Actively work towards continuing personal learning and development and acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.
From the outgoing Program Director, Hannah Wallace Bowman:
To apply please send your cover letter and CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to receiving your application!
The Refugee Rescue team