Part-time – 21 hours per week
Permanent contract
£35,000 – £40,000 per year, pro rata

Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL) is seeking a Director to lead our small, dynamic charity.

AFRIL works with vulnerable migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees in south east London. We aim to support our service users to overcome crisis issues and resolve longer term problems, supporting them to meaningfully integrate into the local community.

The Director will have overall responsibility for the day to day management of the charity, including fundraising, as well as supporting the development and delivery of projects. The Director will also work with project leads to develop strategy for the organisation, including communications and advocacy, building on our service users’ needs and aspirations.

The Director will be working with three experienced project leads to deliver our core services:

The AFRIL Foodbank programme comprising the Helping Hands foodbank together with a range of wellbeing activities such as art@home and the Allotment of Refuge;

Rainbow Club Supplementary School, offering weekly additional education and arts and sports activities to children from refugee, migrant and asylum seeking backgrounds from early years to 11 years old;

The Advice and Advocacy Service, which offers welfare benefits, housing and generalist advice, accredited by AQS. The Service also includes an immigration advice service in partnership with Southwark Law Centre

Each service is managed by an experienced lead: the AFRIL Director will support these staff to maintain, develop and deliver services that meet the emerging needs of our service user group.

In addition, the Director will take the lead on fundraising and developing the public facing aspects of the charity, supported by service leads. They will also be responsible for finance, HR and other administrative functions.

AFRIL is currently in an excellent position, with the several longer-term core costs grants secured, and great relationships with community and individual donors.

We are proud of the way that we developed and delivered our services over lockdown and excited to be working towards reopening face to face services. Over the past year alone, we have developed a number of new services, including an immmigration service in partnership with Southwark Law Centre, enhanced wellbeing support to service users across all projects, and our allotment.

As a small, proactive charity, we are able to work with service users and the community to develop and deliver relevant, effective services where and when they are most needed. The Director position represents a great chance to work with an excellent team and the wider community to bring about real, positive change for vulnerable migrants, asylum, seekers, and refugees.

Responsible to: The Board of Trustees, directly line-managed by the Chair of the Board.
Responsible for:
Rainbow Club Education Coordinator, Foodbank Manager, Advice and Advocacy Officer/co-manages Immigration Project Solicitor

Role purpose:
To manage AFRIL on a day to day basis, including finance, fundraising, HR, monitoring and evaluation, fundraising and governance

To work with service leads to continue to develop and deliver relevant services to vulnerable migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers

To act as the key point of contact for external stakeholders.

Please submit your CV along with a letter – no more than two sides of A4 – detailing how you meet the person specification for the role to Katie Commons on by 5pm on June 11th 2021

For queries or to discuss the role, please contact the Director, Katie Commons on

This job description is intended as a guide to the scope of the job only and is not an exhaustive list of duties. Post holders will be required to undertake other tasks commensurate with the nature and grading of the post. This job description will be reviewed as/when required.


Operational and People Management
To ensure that the organisation is run efficiently, with robust financial controls, charity sector best practice, legal requirements, AFRIL’s constitution and requirements set by statutory and funding bodies.

To account to the Board on a regular basis and service the Board, subcommittees and working groups’ oversight and assistance with delivery, where needed.

To have lead responsibility for safeguarding in the organisation – including through robust information management, and in terms of commitment to the health and safety of staff, volunteers and service-users.

To develop and support AFRIL staff and volunteers to deliver the smooth running of the organisation, developing the skills and effectiveness of each member of the team through individual support and supervision, appraisal and development planning.

To ensure effective communications within the organisation, involving staff, volunteers and service users in developing, delivering and improving services.

To ensure and administer strong, fair and transparent policies and procedures for all aspects of AFRIL’s work, including HR, risk, data management,complaints, and equality and diversity.

Fundraising & sustainability
To lead and oversee fundraising to ensure the medium-long term sustainability of AFRIL.

To support staff and volunteers in pursuing community fundraising opportunities

To ensure that funding requirements are met by the service leads and their teams

Actively to build and develop the relationship between AFRIL and existing funders, and to seek out and build relationships with new and potential funders.

Communications and advocacy
To ensure external communication of the organisation’s purpose, services and delivery via the website and annual report, as well as ensuring the organisation complies with Charity Commission and Companies House requirements for reporting and accounting for its activity.

To build and maintain relationships with key partners and delivery agencies

To deal with media enquiries.

You will have experience of managing and leading teams to deliver services, developing and supporting multi-disciplinary teams to innovate to deliver services to vulnerable clients, preferably in a voluntary or public sector organisation.

You will be an experienced and entrepreneurial fundraiser, capable of thinking imaginatively to identify new and sustainable sources of funding to deliver AFRIL’s core services, fostering and supporting relationships with funding bodies and donors, able to engage staff, volunteers and supporters in raising money and the organisation’s profile.

You will understand and be experienced in running an organisation, or a significant part of an organisation, including knowledge and experience in budget and financial management, robust planning, reporting and controls to protect the charity’s finances, its duties and all legal and regulatory requirements.

You will have good knowledge and understanding of immigration and the issues affecting migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers.

You will have a deep commitment and passion for the aims of the organisation, willing to work hard to deliver for service-users and the local community.

You will have strong communication skills, able to adjust your message for different audiences so as to support your staff and volunteers, communicate with and support vulnerable service-users, and build and develop effective relationships with decision-makers, funders and media.

You will have a strong commitment to equality and diversity, both within the organisation, and in terms of the organisation’s service-users and supporters.