Apply Now: The Strategic Migration Partnership are Hiring

The SMP are looking for a Project Administrator and a Project Finance Officer for the Well-being and Work for Refugee Integration Project.


The Strategic Migration Partnership has secured a substantial project worth in excess of £2 million to overcome the barriers to employment to facilitate more refugees moving from benefits into employment. The project is based on the principle that being economically active is the most significant step towards becoming integrated in UK society.

There are three strands which are being delivered by partners across the region under the project:

  • A mental health and wellbeing programme to overcome the effects of past trauma and allow refugees to move forward into good mental health and improve their confidence, recognising that a good job can help restore a sense of purpose and self-worth.
  • A network of employment advisers to assess refugees’ past skills and experience, identify gaps, look at the opportunities in the local job market and produce action plans to move refugees into training and work; this strand also includes employer liaison officers to build relationships with employers of all kinds in the region and facilitate connections with employers willing to give refugees work experience leading to employment.
  • A series of “English and Skills” courses for various industries. The aim of these courses is to ensure refugees have the specific skills they need to enter a particular industry. The first course has already been produced and facilitates work in the hospitality sector, including obtaining a food hygiene certificate. The other industries have yet to be decided but may include health and social care, childcare with a focus on nurseries, construction industry with CSCS cards and logistics/warehousing/factory work.

Project manager Louise Gooch said: “We are sure that this exciting project, thanks to the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), will enable a wide range of people to overcome the various practical, emotional and systemic barriers they face to move from benefits into work over the course of the project. We look forward to working with partners large and small to achieve these goals.”

To ensure this project runs smoothly and successfully two new positions have become available within the team:

Project Administrator: This person will provide high-quality, flexible administrative support to the project team. The Project Administrator is expected to take personal responsibility for a variety of project related tasks, including collecting and collating documentation from nine project partners in the region, working to the project funder’s deadlines, developing and preparing documentation and disseminating information. Closing date 9am Monday 18th May.

Project Finance Officer: This person will provide high-quality, accurate finance support to the project team. The Project Finance Officer is expected to take personal responsibility for a variety of finance related tasks for the project, including collecting and accurately collating spreadsheets from nine project partners in the region, working to the project funder’s deadlines, issuing invoices associated with the project and processing associated payments in a timely way. Closing date 9am Tuesday 26th May.

If you are a professional and committed individual interested in either of these roles, please click here to find out more and apply