If you are committed to protecting and empowering the world’s most vulnerable children, join us.  Our aim is to end the institutionalisation of children globally by 2050. We influence global policy in order to cease the use of large-scale institutions as an acceptable form of care for children. Our activities are expanding and we are growing our team. 
You can find details of our current vacancies and how to apply on this page. 

Programme Manager, Unaccompanied Migrant and Refugee Children

Location: Stratford, London
Salary: circa £40,000 per annum
Full/Part time: Full time
Temporary/Permanent: Permanent
Closing date: 20th January 2017
Interview date: 6th February 2017

Job Description

2 year fixed-term contract.

Children arriving in Europe as unaccompanied migrants and refugees are some of the world’s most vulnerable. Have you got the skills and experience to manage a ground-breaking project aimed at ensuring those children are listened to, protected and able to live in loving families, and not placed in orphanages and institutions? If you do, you may be the ideal candidate for an exciting new job with award-winning international children’s NGO Lumos, founded by J.K. Rowling.

As Programme Manager, Unaccompanied Migrant and Refugee Children, you will coordinate and drive forward Lumos’ work in this area. This includes helping to establish a project in Bulgaria which will demonstrate ways of supporting unaccompanied migrant and refugee children through family reunification and family-based alternatives to institutional care.

Institutionalisation can never be a solution to the needs of unaccompanied children, who will already have suffered significant trauma. Ensuring they return to families, or can live in family-based care in the community, gives them the best chance to reach their potential.  This work fits into Lumos’ approach to ‘deinstitutionalisation’, which supports countries to reform child care and protection systems based on institutions and orphanages and replace them with health, education and social care services which keep families together in the community.

Based in London, but working closely with the project team in Bulgaria, it will be your responsibility as Programme Manager to:

  • Assess the institutional response to unaccompanied children arriving in Europe
  • Support the establishment of response teams at the Bulgarian border and in a reception centre to help prevent the institutionalisation of unaccompanied children
  • Organise training and provide support to Bulgarian authorities in child protection and supporting children with complex needs
  • Support family reunification and help establish family-based care that meets the needs of children during the process, or where reunification is not an option
  • Develop and implement an advocacy plan to identify and influence the policy and practice of key stakeholders across Europe.

We are looking for a strategic thinker with extensive experience working on projects with migrant populations.  To be successful you will have proven project and budget management skills and be an excellent planner. Additionally, you will have well developed interpersonal and cross cultural skills and be able to work internationally particularly in the context of the policy and political environment across Europe.

Candidates should have previous experience in the areas of social affairs, human rights or international development.  

You will also share the core conviction of Lumos – the 2015 UK Charity of the Year – that children belong in families, not institutions and orphanages. Across the globe, an estimated eight million children live in institutions and orphanages but at least 80% have at least one living parent. They are not orphans but are separated from families – through poverty, disability, discrimination, and conflict and adversity. Deprived of the close, loving adult engagement a family provides, their physical, intellectual and emotional development is harmed, and they are exposed to significant risk of abuse and neglect.

Download a recruitment pack here.

How to apply

To apply please submit the following documents:

  • A supporting statement highlighting how your skills and experience meet the person specification (two pages maximum)
  • Your CV, stating your current salary details. (two pages maximum)
  • Details of two referees, including a recent employer (to be consulted at the later stage of recruitment)

Please email to Nav Johal at jobs@wearelumos.org.  If you have any further enquiries, please contact Nav Johal, HR Officer on +44 (0) 20 7253 6464

Lumos is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the DBS.   

Lumos is an equal opportunities employer.

Lumos requests no agencies please.

All applicants must have an existing right to work in the UK.

With a view to minimising our administration costs, unfortunately we are only able to contact those candidates that have been shortlisted for interview.