Researcher - Refugee Outreach Worker at Northern Synod

Two days (15 hours) per week
9 month Research Project
£15 per hour plus expenses 

An exciting new research opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and dedicated individual to carry out research into how best to engage with Refugees and Asylum Seekers in our churches across the Synod.


The aims of the research are:

  • To see which churches in Synod are already working with the refugee and asylum communities, find out what they are doing, and what opportunities exist to do more
  • To identify agencies in our churches' local areas who are working with the refugee and asylum communities, and find out how our churches could help
  • To look at how our churches could work together with our ecumenical partners
  • To create a framework for the next phase of this work, expected to be the appointment of a Synod Refugee and Asylum Support Worker 

Management and supervision

You would be working with a diverse group of colleagues and volunteers and assisted by members of Northern Synod Mission Committee with relevant expertise and specialist knowledge.  

You would be co-opted onto Mission Committee, and report to each meeting during the course of the research. The Committee normally meets four times a year.

You would have monthly meetings with a designated member of the Committee, to present a summary of work done, to support your invoices for time spent and expenses incurred.


It is anticipated that the research will be completed over a nine-month period, beginning in March 2019.


The anticipated deliverables from the project are:

  • A report detailing the work with refugees and asylum seekers currently going on within churches in URC Northern Synod, with recommendations as to how this work might be developed
  • A job description and person specification for a Synod Refugee and Asylum Support Worker, to be appointed in the near future, to help churches take this work forward.

The appointment will be made on a self-employed basis. 

The appointee will require DBS clearance, and will be expected to have appropriate liability insurance, for example through membership of a relevant professional body.

To apply please send your application form with a covering letter to telling us what attracts you to this research project. It may assist your application if you can provide an example of your work from a previous project: for example, a report or presentation.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 23 February 2020 and interviews will be held in the week beginning Monday 2 March 2020.