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Community Migration Officer – Iraqi Kurds (deadline: 02 Apr 2017)

Seefar is urgently seeking a person able to engage with and assist Iraqi Kurds in migrant camps in Europe. You must be an influential and empathic person who has the right to work in Europe and be able to speak Kurdish and read, write and speak English fluently as a minimum.

Job Description

We are a social enterprise with a mission to work with vulnerable people to build a better future. We specialise in justice, migration and social inclusion. Our expertise is in strategic communications, counselling, consulting, monitoring and evaluation, and research. We work in East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, East Africa, North Africa, the Sahel and Europe.

This role will join a small team of Community Migration Officers based in Europe who help migrants in desperate situations assess their options. The role demands team members who can confidently and accurately assist migrants from a range of nationalities living in migrant camps in Europe, including Iraqi and Iranian Kurds, to understand their migration options and to help them make more informed decisions.

Working with Seefar

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as positive features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • The Enterprise combines entrepreneurialism with a focus on social impact.
  • You work with highly diverse people and across a diversity of contexts.
  • There is a high level of trust that supports you to work autonomously.
  • The people in the Enterprise encourage innovation and experimentation.
  • Achieving results is prioritized over rigid structures and workflows.
  • You are never bored and always challenged.

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as negative features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • Collaborating with geographically dispersed teams requires flexibility and patience.
  • Working remotely can make you feel isolated and so requires you to invest time in communication.
  • Travel schedules can sometimes be heavy.
  • A high-growth phase means problem-solving as the Enterprise’s systems evolve quickly.

An Excellent Candidate

To be successful in this role, the ideal candidate would have

  • excellent linguistic skills in English and Kurdish, as well as Arabic (although Arabic is not essential),
  • at least five years professional work experience,
  • computer literacy and a personal Wi-Fi enabled laptop or tablet,
  • a university education (highly desirable but not essential).

The right to live and work in the EU legally is a prerequisite.

The following is a list of questions for you to consider in relation to your suitability:

  • Empathy. Are you able to connect with, understand and develop trusted relationships?
  • Information Source. Are you comfortable acting as a trusted information source on migration information?
  • Linguistics. Are you able to communicate both verbally and in writing fluently in English? Are you able to communicate in Kurdish as your native language?
  • Resilience. Are you able to work in camps that are in poor condition?

To apply for this Role

  1. As soon as possible send a CV and introductory cover letter to Lea.
  2. Your email introduction or cover letter should include only the following:
    1. Your key professional or community achievements.
    2. The languages you are fluent in.
    3. Your visa or residency status in the EU (evidence of right to work in the EU will be required if successful).
    4. Your availability to start.
If you do not follow the instructions above, you will not be considered for short-listing. We will screen your application within one week.