Refugee Survival Trust
Refugee Survival Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC024328

The Refugee Survival Trust was set up in 1996 by a number of concerned individuals as a reaction to the problem of refugees and asylum seekers being made destitute in Scotland. RST has a small team of dedicated staff and relies on continued support and expertise of its Board of Directors and a committed team of more than 50 active volunteers. The vision of RST is that all refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland receive just and respectful treatment and support appropriate to their needs and our mission is to do everything within our available resources and powers to achieve that vision by enabling and supporting asylum seekers and refugees in need. Our work focuses on four key areas: destitution, integration, awareness raising and research and policy work.

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Top job! Trustees

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh and Glasgow
  • Closing 28th December 2018

Experienced professionals sought as Trustees of the Refugee Survival Trust (Leadership, HR, Treasurer and other roles)

The vision of the Refugee Survival Trust is that all refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland receive just and respectful treatment and support appropriate to their needs. We've been working for more than 20 years to assist some of the most vulnerable members of our society, particularly those who are facing destitution.

RST is based in Glasgow, with an income of around £350k pa and fewer than than five full-time employees, providing grants and integrated support services to asylum seekers and refugees living in Scotland. These alleviate poverty and destitution, or help with access to education and employment, and thus to integration.

Our Treasurer and the head of the HR subgroup are standing down from our volunteer Board of Trustees, so we are now looking particularly for suitably experienced enthusiastic professionals with HR or Finance / Accountancy expertise to fill these incredibly important positions on our board.

Our Chair is also looking to pass on the role to someone with the skills to lead and guide the trustees to work most effectively and efficiently in our responsibilities to guide and oversee staff and ensure that RST is being well managed and operating within agreed policies, the law and its budget.

Those with suitable skills and experience in these and other areas (such as senior management, organisational development / strategy, fundraising and others) would be of interest. We are keen to recruit people with previous experience of charity or corporate governance. The board is made up of people with a variety of backgrounds and experiences who share our vision and who bring a range of skills essential to the successful governance of the charity, offering leadership, strategic direction, financial management and general oversight, along with a willingness to help as needed to promote the success of the Refugee Survival Trust.

Board meetings take place every 6-8 weeks, alternating between Edinburgh and Glasgow and board members should have the motivation and time to commit around 6-10 hours per month to help with the management and smooth running of the organisation. Travel and other expenses will be reimbursed.

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Fundraising Development Coordinator

  • Part time
  • £28,064 pro-rata
  • Glasgow (with some travel to Edinburgh)
  • Closing 5th December 2018

The Refugee Survival Trust is seeking an experienced, talented and enthusiastic Fundraising Development Coordinator to oversee our fundraising activities and to help to achieve sustainability of the organisation's programmes and activities, with a particular focus on the Destitution Grants fund.

The Fundraising Development Coordinator's main responsibilities will be:

• Identifying, generating and growing charitable income for the Destitution Grants fund.

• Developing the Fundraising Strategy in conjunction with the Coordinator, DASS Manager and Board of Trustees.

• Developing the Case for Support in conjunction with the Coordinator and DASS Manager.

• Taking a leading role in defining and implementing new initiatives to achieve sufficient funding and financial sustainability for RST’s programmes and activities.

• Driving the fundraising aspect of achieving financial sustainability for RST’s programmes and core funding, with a specific focus on the Destitution Grants programme and a secondary focus on capacity building opportunities.

• Identifying larger scale, multi-year funding opportunities and leading on the development of these applications.

• Broadening the base of funding sources generating income for RST.

• Managing donor stewardship, including building the number of repeat donors.

• Managing individual donor development, including building the number of regular individual donors.

• Overseeing the management of the funding database of charitable trusts and foundations and grant funders.

• Reviewing and developing funding application process and procedures.

• Supervising and providing guidance to fundraising volunteers.

• Using online giving campaigns and utilising RST’s website and social media channels to promote.

• Managing the organisation of fundraising events and maximising the profile-raising benefits.

• Continuously monitoring and evaluating the results of fundraising activities and identifying any risks to the organisation.

• Representing RST at community and professional events.

• Providing updates on progress and developments to the Coordinator and the Board of Trustees.

• Other reasonable duties as requested by the Coordinator or Trustees.

This post is initially funded for one year, with a likelihood of extension for a further two years subject to success.

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Policy and Research Officer

  • Part time
  • £28,064 pro-rata
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 5th December 2018

The Refugee Survival Trust is seeking an experienced, talented and enthusiastic Policy and Research Officer to manage and develop RST’s policy work to enable the organisation to become an effective influencer and strengthen our local, national and UK wide voice in relation to issues affecting asylum seekers and refugees.

The Policy and Research Officer's main responsibilities will be to:

• Develop an overall research and policy plan for Refugee Survival Trust and co-ordinate implementation of this plan

• Analyse data collected by Refugee Survival Trust Destitution Services, forming a strong evidence base for the organisation

• Contribute towards improving the quality of data held by the Refugee Survival Trust and work collaboratively with partners to share best practice in data recording, collection and analysis

• Respond to consultations, prepare written briefings for politicians, give oral evidence at parliamentary committees, and prepare submissions to Scottish and UK Parliaments and to represent Refugee Survival Trust externally, and in the media to promote the work of the organisation.

• Prepare research and policy briefings, write letters and manage correspondence, organise and manage meetings and respond to consultations to support RST’s strategy and policy objectives

• Represent RST at external meetings, communicate policy and manage our engagement with external individuals and groups at a local, national and UK wide level

• Build and maintain constructive relationships with policy makers, politicians, regulators and other relevant public, private and third sector organisations in order to effectively represent RST’s interests and influence change for the benefit of asylum seekers and refugees.

• Represent RST's policy positions and research conclusions in external forums, including internal and external meetings and large and small scale events, including meetings with senior Government officials, partners and stakeholders;

• Identify opportunities for partnership approaches and build and maintain stong, effective working relationships with partners and key decision makers.