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Treasurer | Refugee Employment Network

Join the board of a charity that is united in the fact that every refugee deserves the opportunity to contribute to UK society. REN ensures refugees in the UK can access appropriate, fulfilling, paid employment or self-employment whether that be a qualified doctor who has sought refuge in the UK and is looking to bolster our NHS, or a parent with a family who have fled their home and needs a flexible entry-level job.

  • Location: London (currently virtual meetings)
  • Salary: Unremunerated (with reasonable expenses)

About Refugee Employment Network (REN)

Refugee Employment Network (REN) is a charity with a strong and growing membership of 180+ people, representing 80+ refugee integration and supporting organisations from across the UK. Across our membership, we are working with a minimum of 10,000 refugees each year (around 15% of the total UK refugee workforce).

In January 2018, a small group of 15 delivery charities met in London to discuss some of the common challenges they were facing and how collaboration could support them. From this, REN was born and in January 2019 the network formally launched with a summit attended by over 80 organisations and a renewed mandate to drive collaboration between organisations offering livelihood assistance for refugees in the UK. We have been incubated by World Jewish Relief over the last 18 months and have grown from a seed of an idea and now we are currently spinning out to be an independent charity.

We recognise that whilst the UK has welcomed over 300,000 refugees, only half of them have gained access to employment. This is despite experience and skills levels that are comparable to the UK labour market. Our network brings together candidates, support organisations, public sector bodies and private sector employers to turbo-charge how we provide opportunities to refugees.

Together with NGOs, local authorities, private businesses, the Home Office and UNHCR we are brokering opportunities, developing best practice, providing advice and guidance and leverages resources and support. By doing this, our aim in the next five years is to reduce the numbers of refugees who are not in employment by removing the financial, cultural, and social barriers that stop people’s lives moving forward in the UK.

We have secured “start-up” funding from the Home Office, hosted several Business Roundtables with organisations such as Business in the Community and Movement Into Work. We have partnered with the DWP to signpost support for refugees and we have collated a range of national data, best practice and case studies that will help others expand opportunities.

Who we are looking for

We are looking to appoint a treasurer. We are keen to ensure our board is diverse and represents our whole society therefore we are particularly interested in receiving applications from people from a range of backgrounds, people with lived experience and first-time trustees.

We are looking for someone with experience in strategic finance who can support us as we become an independent charity. All of our trustees will have a passion for the work REN does and for supporting refugees. As we grow our charity and create our strategy, we are looking for a treasurer who can support us with setting our overall vision and strategy, can think creatively, bring shrewd, independent judgement, and help us build cooperative strong relationships.

The board meets remotely four times a year, and we expect the time commitment for trustees to be circa one day per month. This will include ad hoc phone calls and meetings for consultation, reading board papers and visiting projects when this is safe to do. Times and dates of meetings will be agreed on once trustees have been appointed.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential chat, please contact:

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070 497

Closing date: 9am, Monday 10th May 2021

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About Refugee Employment Network (REN)

The Refugee Employment Network was established in 2018 to develop a community of organisations all offering employment programmes or assistance to refugees in the UK. Much of the support available to refugees has so far been offered in isolation and REN will enable them to share good practice, move the sector forward and develop relationships with more employers. The vision is to enable every refugee in the UK the ability to gain appropriate, fulfilling, paid employment or self-employment. At our heart, REN is a membership network.

REN has been incubated by international humanitarian agency World Jewish Relief, who bring over 80 years of established expertise in helping people who are fleeing war and persecution to rebuild their lives, particularly through employment programmes. REN is currently working on establishing itself as a separate legal entity by March 2021.

We have grown from a seed of an idea into its own independent organisation with an 80+ strong membership spanning local, regional, and national agencies, organisations, and businesses. Across our membership, we are working with a minimum of 10,000 refugees each year.

REN are a strong and growing membership of 180+ people, representing 80+ refugee integration support organisations from across the UK. Working as a united force of NGOs, local authorities, private businesses, together we:

  • Broker opportunities: connecting employers with appropriate local, regional, and national service providers, and vice versa.
  • Develop best practice: collating research and data to evidence best practice in service areas and businesses sectors.
  • Provide advice and guidance: proactively offering support to member organisations to create and attain standards for meaningful and long-lasting refugee employment.
  • Leveraging resources and support: finding funding and opportunities that could support meaningful job creation and employment support programmes for refugees.

Our next three-five-year strategic period, REN’s focus is to:

  • Develop and refine an operational plan to make the transition to a fully independent network.
  • Build our arsenal of evidence and impact: through research, data collection and impact measurement, we will gather all the information we need to evidence our approach to businesses, local authorities, NGOs, and the UK Government.
  • Developing and delivering a number of specific co-designed projects and programmes in identified regions and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: by creating a number of projects we can test the method, prove the collaboration works, and facilitate a more in depth understanding for everyone.
  • Further develop the network itself: by connecting members, gathering intelligence, and keeping refugee employment as an important priority amongst stakeholders we can build the momentum of the last 18 months into a long term, sustainable network, and movement.
  • Identify and enable the Government support, activating these opportunities amongst our engaged and committed network.

We won’t stop working together until:

  • Every refugee who is actively looking for work is supported and ultimately accepted into the workforce.
  • Every business owner or local authority who wants to meaningfully integrate refugees into their communities and workforces is inspired and supported to do so.
  • Refugees will be recognised as valuable and important contributors to their local communities and the UK economy.

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    To arrange a confidential chat, please contact our executive search adviser at Peridot Partners:

    Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070 497

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    Timetable

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    Closing date: 9am, Monday 10th May 2021
    Shortlisting: TBC
    Interviews: TBC

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