Vacancies at JCORE

Current opportunities

JUMP  Project Coordinators (x2)

We are currently recruiting for two project coordinators to run an expansion of our successful befriending scheme for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people (JUMP).  

We are looking for self-starters, who can run this valuable project independently. You will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the project, including working with our partner organisations, supporting volunteer befrienders, setting-up and sustaining pairs, helping with their training, helping to write reports to funders and ensuring compliance with protection procedures.

You will receive regular supervision from a registered social work manager. 

  • Hours: 35 hours per week, flexible working hours including some weekends. 

  • Salary: £ 30,000 p/a 

  • Location: Home-based but may become hybrid/based at office in North London.   

  • Closing date: 22.08.2022 

Main duties:  

  • To run the project by overseeing 25 – 35 pairs 

  • To publicise the project to existing and potential referral agencies working with young asylum seekers and refugees who have been separated from their families

  • To establish excellent relationships and work closely with referral organisations  

  • To explain the JUMP project to the young people at befriending introductory meetings

  • To respond to approaches from new volunteers and actively recruit volunteers as required

  • To ensure accurate records are kept and to work with JCORE Office staff to update the JUMP database

  • Organise and deliver with other experts in the field JUMP core training to new and to existing befrienders

  • To pair befrienders with young people and support volunteers through regular supervisions, group meetings, emails and phone calls

  • To ensure that volunteers uphold JUMP’s policies and boundaries for befriending

  • Plan and organise group trips and events 

  • To work with experts and JCORE trustees on supporting the project and its evaluation.

  • To provide regular reports for trustees and funders

  • To represent JCORE / JUMP in the refugee sector as required e.g. at the RMCC

  • To undertake any other related task as required.


Person Specification



  • Knowledge of issues facing asylum seeking and refugee children and young people,

  • Knowledge of public and voluntary sector agencies working with asylum seeking and refugee children and young people,

  • Understanding of the current context in regards to immigration, asylum and welfare issues facing children and young people in the UK today,

  • Understanding/awareness of the benefits and challenges of befriending as a method of youth work,

  • Knowledge of volunteer best practice,

  • Understanding of youth work principles and methods, including participatory methods, 

  • Understanding of Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding and ability to communicate this to volunteers, 

  • Understanding of Equal Opportunities and Diversity and ability to communicate this to volunteers,

  • Working knowledge of Local authorities’ responsibilities for Looked After Children and Care Leavers.

Qualifications/skills/personal requirements

  • Educated to at least degree level. 

  • Ability to support both volunteers and young people in challenging circumstances

  • Ability to develop rapport with and motivate volunteers from a range of 

       backgrounds and ages,

  • Ability to network in the refugee sector and develop strong working relationships,

  • Ability to work independently and to self-motivate,

  • Commitment to JCORE values, social justice and anti-racism,

  • Commitment to flexible working to meet the needs and work load of the project including      some evening and weekends.


  • Experience of project management including administration, monitoring, evaluation and report writing,

  • Experience of juggling commitments, responding to relevant stressful situations,

  • Experience of working directly with asylum seeking and refugee children and young people, 

  • Experience of coordinating and supporting volunteers,

  • Experience of social work, youth work, or other relevant methods of supporting people in challenging circumstances.

How to apply

Please send a CV together with a supporting statement which fully address the job description and person specification (no more than 1000 words) by email to:

Closing date: 11.30pm, Monday 22nd August