The Diocese in Europe, Diocese of Canterbury and USPG seek to appoint a Refugee Projects Officer for Northern France. If you are looking to work in a highly dynamic context at the forefront of social justice, then we would welcome an application from you. The postholder will foster and embed existing partnerships and facilitate new ones, engaging a diverse range of partners: local churches, local and central government, community groups and organizations, local agencies, and charities. In collaboration with local agencies, be responsive to emerging initiatives that benefit exiled persons in Northern France.
As Refugee Projects Officer, the postholder will work collaboratively in partnership with key agencies with whom there are existing relationships, to help refugees in Northern France. They will communicate regularly to their line manager on the context in Northern France, sharing the experiences that exiled persons are facing to inform national and international advocacy.
The postholder will be deeply embedded in local ecumenical networks and have a strong understanding of local context, working with a realistic and grounded approach to opportunities for collaborative working. The officer will also work collaboratively with the Kent Refugee Projects Officer (Diocese of Canterbury) to develop cross-channel partner projects, and work with French and British NGO partners and others to develop further the partnerships and projects associated with the migrant situation in northern France. It is essential, therefore, that the postholder is fluent in both spoken French and English. To help facilitate the networking and key relationships, the postholder will need to be able to hold a Commission as the Refugee Projects Officer from the Bishop in Europe.
The position exists in a highly dynamic context and is likely to be demanding spiritually and mentally. The postholder will be expected to attend monthly supervision for pastoral support.
The post is suitable for a lay or ordained person and is field-based in the Pas-de-Calais region. If postholder is an ordained Anglican priest, they will hold the Bishop in Europe's license and have Permission to Officiate (PTO) in the Diocese of Canterbury. The postholder will need to have the relevant authorisations to live and work in France.
As joint partners in the refugee project in the northern France coastal region, we are seeking to respond to the growing needs of numbers of migrants/refugees in the area. Since 2018 the Diocese in Europe, the Diocese of Canterbury and USPG have shared their resources and experience to facilitate an innovative approach to ministry in this challenging context. Funding for this post has so far been secured for three years with the hope that it will be continued further.