Coventry has a proud record as an International City of Peace and Reconciliation and a City of Sanctuary.
The Council was one of the first to respond to the crisis in the Middle East by supporting the resettlement of the most vulnerable refugees fleeing the violent conflict in Syria. Coventry currently resettles around 100 refugees per year with the support of a partnership of dynamic and innovative voluntary sector agencies working alongside the Council and other statutory partners.
Following an internal promotion, the Council’s Migration Team is keen to recruit a Project Manager with significant experience of project management, partnership working and an understanding of both the challenges and opportunities created by the resettlement of refugees.
The Project Manager will co-ordinate the City’s local partnership which aims to provide a warm welcome to the City along with range of support to refugees arriving in the city under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme and the Resettlement of Vulnerable Children.
This post will sit within the Council’s Migration Team which includes project management of the EU funded ‘MiFriendly Cities’ initiative and the CMF funded ‘Building Bridges’ project. Both of these projects are intended to deliver services and test interventions that enable a more holistic model to integration for newly arrived communities to be created. Importantly both projects stress the importance of work with established communities also.
The team supports regional work around the dispersal of asylum seekers to the West Midlands, and liaise with local providers and partners. The team are also part of and support the Coventry Migration Network which represents voluntary sector partners with an interest in refugees and newly arrived communities.
The Project Manager will be key to managing, reviewing and shaping the package of support available to resettled refugees, ensuring that the provision meets clients’ needs and supports their integration. The successful candidate will be proactive in managing and engaging with stakeholders, ensuring the voices of clients are heard as well as managing the resettlement team which provides project support to the provision of ESOL tuition, support with employment as well as links to both local and national partners.
If you have experience of managing people focused projects, have empathy and an understanding of the needs of this varied and complex client group then this may be an exciting opportunity for you. The post will be focused on resettlement work, but will be expected to cover wider responsibilities as part of the team including support to the Programme Manager on a daily basis.
This is an exciting time to live and work in Coventry. Coventry is the European City of Sport for 2019, UK City of Culture for 2021, will be a host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and the Council has been shortlisted for the prestigious Council of the Year Award.The City is fortunate to also be an area of learning with two top-class universities: Warwick and Coventry who are ranked 8th and 12th in the Guardian University Guide 2019, both universities have shared their expertise and research in supporting refugee resettlement in the City.
This post is funded by external grant and is therefore offered as a fixed term contract until 31st March 2021.
Working Hours: 37.0 Hours per Week
Interview Date: 16th and 17th April 2019
In return, we can offer you an excellent pension scheme, 'MyCar' scheme, flexible working, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at a number of city centre restaurants, shops and other establishments.
Coventry City Council is committed to delivering the best possible services and improving the quality of life for Coventry people. In order to do this effectively we aim to have a workforce that represents the diverse communities we serve, embracing and utilising the broad range of skills, experiences and perspectives this brings.
We are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for all. This includes making adjustments or changes for people who have a disability or long-term health condition.
This Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
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