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Advocacy Officer

Wirtschaft & Fundraising
Dienstort London
Dienstverhältnis Vollzeit
Veröffentlicht am 12.12.2023

Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London

About us:

The Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London (RAMFEL) is one of the largest immigration and asylum advice charities in the UK, supporting refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants to access justice. An OISC level 3 accredited organisation, we represent clients at all stages of the immigration and asylum process, up to and including the Upper Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber. We also support clients to access destitution support, housing and relevant services they are entitled to.

In addition to our casework, we actively campaign for a fairer and more humane immigration system. Our campaigning and advocacy work focuses on 3 distinct areas: asylum/family reunion; the “hostile environment”; and foreign national rough sleepers. As part of our organisational strategy, we are already working towards achieving systemic changes in each area that will improve the way migrants in the UK are treated and reduce the legal and bureaucratic hurdles towards securing regular and ultimately secure immigration status.

Our approach focuses on both identifying and bringing strategic legal challenges but also engaging our political networks and ensuring we are able to influence those in power.

We particularly welcome and encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals, and those who are migrants or refugees, and who have lived experience of the impact of UK immigration policy and/or of rough sleeping.

The purpose of the role

We are looking for an Advocacy Officer to develop and expand our campaigning work.

Working as part of our Advocacy and Campaigning Team, the successful candidate will have a good understanding of political practices and procedures. They will also think strategically and see the bigger picture.

As our campaigning work is informed by our casework, the Advocacy Officer will need to maintain close relationships with our casework managers. This will enable the Advocacy Officer to identify and understand the issues our clients face.

Whilst existing legal knowledge of the UK’s immigration system is desirable, RAMFEL will support the successful candidate with developing their knowledge and, if they wish, support them with accrediting with the OISC.

Relationships: The Advocacy Officer is accountable to the RAMFEL Board through the RAMFEL management structure. The Advocacy Officer will usually be directed by the Head of Campaigns who will also act as a line manager.

Hours of work: The role is a full-time/ permanent position, requiring 37.5 hours per week. However, for the right candidate, we may consider accommodating part-time working hours. Given the nature of RAMFEL’s work, there may be instances where the Manager will need to exceed the standard hours. In such cases, compensatory time off can be arranged your line manager.

Terms: £34,000 – 38,000 per annum depending on experience. 28 days annual leave plus statutory holidays and 6% pension contribution.

Other benefits: Cycle to work scheme, tech scheme, and employee assistance program.

Place of work: The normal place of work will be at the People’s Place, 80-92 High Street, Stratford, E15 2NE and occasionally our Ilford office. As part of our hybrid work arrangement, we are presently requesting employees to be physically present in the office for 40% of their weekly working hours.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

Developing the organisation’s political and other networks and influence

Build and develop networks with MPs, their staffers and other governmental officials.
Work closely with the Head of Campaigns to utilise political procedures and successfully influence those in power.
Utilising political tools and procedures to raise issues faced by our clients.

Increasing the organisation’s profile

Work with partner organisations to amplify our messaging.
Assist with increasing our social media presence.
Networking to develop relationships and support with organisations and individuals outside of the immigration sector.
Increasing our media presence.

Developing and supporting legal and other challenges to oppressive practices

Drafting briefing papers for political, media and other use.
Leading the organisation’s responses to calls for evidence.
Identifying and supporting strategic challenges being brought by the organisation.
Developing relationships with those directly and indirectly impacted by oppressive immigration measures.
Data collection and analysis.


Undergraduate degree with a minimum 2:1 grade.


Knowledge of and empathy with the backgrounds and experiences of asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants.
Experience of using databases.
Proven record of producing written materials for a variety of audiences.
Strong understanding of UK parliamentary processes.
Experience engaging directly with political officials and/or their staffers.
Ability to develop and maintain relationships with external stakeholders.
Experience of working across teams to achieve organisational goals.
Understanding of how the media can be utilised to advance your aims.
Background in managing or supporting an organisation’s social media activity.

Please download the full job description for more details including general responsibilities and skills.

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