Refugee Action is recruiting - Early Action Charter Programme Researcher
Refugee Action’s Good Practice & Partnerships Team is looking to appoint a researcher to carry out a piece of research and evaluation of its new partnership programme: the Early Action Charter Programme for People Seeking Asylum.
This is the an exciting new programme funded by the Big Lottery Foundation for three years (2018-2021) as a partnership between Refugee Action and several other supporting organisations.
Further details can be found in the tender document.
Proposals should be submitted by 9:00 on the 23rd July 2018.
Interviews will be held in London on Monday the 30th July 2018.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to meet with the evaluation steering group to present their approach to the evaluation.
Brief summary about the programme:
The Early Action Charter for People Seeking Asylum Programme (The Early Action Programme) is a three-year capacity building programme that will embed preventative approaches within organisations supporting people seeking asylum across England, enable their beneficiaries to understand the crisis points within the asylum system and how to avoid or de-escalate them. It is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Refugee Action.
People seeking asylum in the UK have told us that they need help to avoid crisis by understanding a) the system and how to engage with it effectively at key decision making points b) how to escape crisis after key statutory decisions on their claim. Frontline services supporting refugees tend to help people in crisis, addressing their presenting needs (food, shelter, clothing, and advice); with few offering preventative services. Some have told us that while they recognise the importance of preventative approaches, they do not have the capacity to develop them within their organisations or with their partners, and there is no forum for frontline organisations to share and learn about early action approaches.
The Early Action Programme will shift the dominant crisis culture within asylum services towards crisis prevention and de-escalation, thereby it will:
• Improve the lives of people seeking asylum by preventing them from falling into or remaining in crisis. 3,000 people seeking asylum will get the help they need to avoid or escape crisis by empowering UK-wide frontline refugee support organisations to embed early action approaches.
• Strengthen early action practice across the UK. Eight frontline refugee support organisations will be able to prevent crisis for people seeking asylum, and 50 organisations will endorse the Early Action Charter principles and join the practitioner network which will inform the ongoing development of early action approaches.
• Create an early action evidence base to support influencing. The Early Action Programme will provide a unique evidence base for influencing the Home Office and Local Authorities on the need for systems change to prevent crisis.