Regional Outreach Coordinator

Job Description

Number of vacancies: 15, including:

4 x 25% time: London

11 x 50% time, one in each following region:

  • Southeast England

  • Southwest England

  • East Midlands

  • West Midlands

  • Northeast England

  • Northwest England

  • East of England

  • Yorkshire & Humber

  • Scotland

  • Wales

  • Northern Ireland

No deadline for applying the role as Regional Outreach Coordinator for Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, until further notice. 

 

Reports to: SMP & UK-Wide Outreach Coordinator

Position & Project Duration: 5.5 months fixed-term (mid-Oct 2021 to end Mar 2022) – position only confirmed in mid-Oct 2021 pending funding results

 

Working location: local area/region

Working hours: 20h/week (50% time), or 10h/week (25% time), flexible working times

Expected salary: £1000/month (50% time), or £500/month (25% time), 5.5 months (mid-Oct 2021 to end Mar 2022).  

  1. Reach out to BN(O)s and dependents (target: 100 people in 5.5 months), handle basic enquiries, look after their mental wellbeing, collecting/resolving issues, challenges, sentiments of the BN(O) community.  More complex cases can be escalated to the casework and mental health support teams, who will also provide some basic training and info-sharing
     

  2. Reach out to locals to encourage inclusive community participation and foster constructive interaction between locals and BN(O)s
     

  3. Organise community activities every month, participate and lead engagement:  

    • 1 regional BN(O) community forum (bringing SMP's representative*, MPs, councillors, and Hongkongers together); and

    • 1 thematic seminar/workshop for 50-80 participants; and

    • 1 roundtable/small-group discussion/experience-sharing session for 15-20 participants
      (Sample ideas for seminars/workshops/roundtables: UK government structures, housing, education, employment, entrepreneurship, language learning/support, healthcare & mental wellbeing, taxation, insurance, driving etc.)

      Organisation of the activities above will be supported by volunteers where there are volunteers, mental health support team, employment team, and the UK-wide outreach coordinator will help coordinate where necessary
       

  4.  Reach out to City Council representatives, local Councillors and MPs, establish and maintain relations/regular contact, invite them to join events above
     

  5. Be the main contact point with your region’s SMP representative responsible for BN(O)s, establish and maintain close communication, liaison, mutually and proactively share information, best practices, issues/needs/challenges of BN(O)s, help fill in SMPs’ knowledge gaps

 

*SMP = Strategic Migration Partnerships, which host the welcoming hubs for BN(O)s in 12 regions across the UK

 

  • There will be an additional, reimbursable: £100/month for travelling expenses/car mileage claims, and £300/month per region for venue hire.

  • Since this is a short-term project (further funding will need to be negotiated with the UK gov), there will be no pension, NI contributions or other benefits from either employers or employees.

 

 

Person Specifications

 

Essential qualifications:

  • Educated to GCE A level or equivalent or above

 

Essential skills and qualities:

  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Cantonese

  • Very strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Ability to organise events including local forums, seminars and small-group discussions

  • Ability to lead and summarise group discussions, encourage inclusive participation and foster constructive interaction

  • Ability to effectively engage with the Hongkonger and UK communities, volunteers, colleagues and partners/stakeholders internally and externally

  • Ability to work independently, flexibly, calmly, and take on challenges with a positive attitude

  • Ability to initiate/self-start and solve problems

  • Ability to organise, develop work plans and schedules, meet deadlines and prioritise, work well under pressure

  • Ability to take and explain accurate information

  • Ability to manage resources and keep track of costs

  • Ability to provide regular project updates on progress and make timely adjustments where necessary

  • Ability to provide end-of-project reports on goals met, outcomes achieved

  • Good IT literacy

  • Experience in using various social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Telegram, Signal)

  • Understanding of and adherence to the principles of confidentiality at all times

  • Understanding and sensitivity of UK’s policies towards Hongkongers since July 2020

  • Understanding and sensitivity of the needs, issues and challenges of Hong Kong arrivals in UK

 

Desirable experience and knowledge in:

  • Working in community support/outreach work including casework/signposting, mental health/well-being

  • Managing or working in community projects/events

  • Organising forums, seminars, small group discussions

  • Engaging and liaising with local governments (e.g. councils, councillors), MPs and civil society actors

  • Working in multi-cultural projects and environments

     

Application Process

Please submit a Cover Letter in English in no more than 1 page and a CV to

hkb-recruitment@protonmail.com 

before Sunday 17th October 23:59 UK Time, stating the applied vacancy in the title of the email (e.g. “Regional Outreach Coordinator: Southwest England”).

No deadline for applying the role as Regional Outreach Coordinator for Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, until further notice. 

If applying for more than one post, please send one email per each post.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified for the follow-up with online interview(s).

Please note: successful candidates must be able to take up their roles before the end of October.

 

Equal opportunities:

HKB is working towards equality and has policies relating to the equality of opportunity in employment and service delivery. All staff are expected to comply with these policies.

 

No job applicant or employee receives less than favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or other legally protected characteristics and is not placed at a disadvantage by conditions or requirements that cannot be shown to be justifiable.

 

Health and Safety:

All staff have responsibility to maintain the health and safety of themselves and others within the performance of their duties in accordance with HKB health and safety policies and to undertake specific health and safety responsibilities as necessary.

 

Note: This job description will be reviewed from time to time or as necessary and may be amended to meet the changing needs and priorities of the project or organisation. The content is subject to periodic review.