Director - Women for Refugee Women

Women for Refugee Women
London (East), London (Greater)
£60,000 - £70,000
Closing date
26 Oct 2020
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Women for Refugee Women

Full-time, permanent (flexible, part time and job share considered)

Women for Refugee Women is an organisation committed to challenging the injustices experienced by women and children who have sought asylum in the UK. Our overarching vision is that women who seek asylum should be able to live in safety, dignity and liberty.

We currently work in three main ways: to empower refugee women to tell their own stories; to communicate the experiences of refugee women to wide audiences, and to advocate for policy change and a fairer asylum process.

In what has been an extremely challenging year, we have continued to support asylum-seeking and refugee women, in London and in partnership with groups across England and Wales, and campaign against unlawful detention, the impact of destitution, and for a fairer asylum system. In part because of a generous legacy left to us by a committed volunteer, and the support from our funders, we have been able to keep going through the COVID crisis and support other grassroots organisations to continue their vital work.

To be successful in this role you are likely to bring experience in some or all of the following:

  • working with women who have sought asylum or survived gender based violence
  • lived experience of being a refugee or seeking asylum
  • advocacy and campaigning for change or supporting others to do so
  • leadership and management
  • being an influential media spokesperson and communicating with a diverse range of audiences
  • strategy development and working with a board of trustees
  • fundraising
  • financial and operational administration
  • working collaboratively with partners, funders, donors or stakeholders
  • working at grassroots levels
  • anti-racism, feminism, women and/or human rights work

The Director we are looking for will share our values of human rights, anti-racism and intersectional feminism and bring a commitment to empowering women to communicate their own experiences.  Your remit will be to lead an organisation in a controversial policy area with confidence and calmness while holding a vision of radical change. You will lead and support a team of experienced and passionate professionals, all of whom bring unquestionable commitment to this cause.

Who you are, your values, your experience and your commitment to our mission is what we are interested in first and foremost. We believe passionately in women telling their own stories to achieve social change. If you do too then we would be delighted to hear from you.

How to apply

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact our recruitment partner, Carroll Lloyd, Director, NFP Consulting on 07765 001 033 or email 

Applications can be made online at 

We are happy to accept written applications in whatever format works best for you. Please contact us and tell us how you would prefer to apply for the role.

Closing date: 10.00 a.m. Monday 26th October 

Selection process and timescales    

Stage 1 - week beginning 2nd November

First round of screening interviews conducted by NFP Consulting.

Stage 2 - week beginning 16th November 

Formal panel interviews with trustees.

During the course of the selection process there will be the opportunity for candidates to meet with staff and other stakeholders. The format and the conduct of the selection process will need to take account of, and comply with, legal requirements and Government guidance for the containment of the spread of COVID-19.

Women for Refugee Women is committed to diversity and inclusion in its workforce. We seek to attract applications from the widest possible talent pool and to appoint on ability irrespective of race, religion, age, disability (including hidden disabilities), marital/civil partnership status, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation. We particularly welcome applications from women with a refugee background with lived experience of the issues we are tackling who can lead and influence change for the women we serve. 

Through English lessons, drama and other activities we support women to build their confidence and skills. Our network helps to combat the isolation faced by women seeking asylum and creates pathways for women to rebuild their lives with dignity.

When women tell their own stories, they can change minds and build understanding about what it means to seek safety in the UK. We work to ensure that refugee women can speak to the media and at public events, and we partner with arts organisations and influential women who help to amplify refugee women’s voices.

We publish robust research on the experiences of refugee women and work with policy makers to make the case for a fairer asylum process. Our Set Her Free campaign against the detention of refugee women has achieved widespread recognition and real policy change. We believe that all women have the right to safety, dignity and liberty.

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