National Development Manager - Refugee Council

National Development Manager

Purpose of the Job

The Refugee Council is one of the leading organisations in the UK working with asylum seekers and refugees. Our operational teams based in various locations in England provide advice and assistance across a wide range of issues, including helping asylum seekers through the complexities of the asylum system, addressing issues of destitution and assisting refugees and asylum seekers to access key services including housing, welfare benefits, health, education and employment.

We operate four main teams, Resettlement, Therapeutic, Integration and Unaccompanied Children’s teams.

The post will work closely with Income Generation, finance and service managers to ensure effective and efficient service development. The post holder will be able to work at a high level with central and local government, corporate world, and funders.

The post holder will also manage the external training team and develop a strategy for growth and income streams for this service.

 Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Supporting the Executive Director of Services on the identification and assessment of new development opportunities that align with the Refugee Council’s strategic directions and operational plans
  2. Making recommendations to the ED of Services and the SMT on potential developments having made a risk assessment of the potential project against all risk.
  3. Lead on the strategic direction of developments with Heads of Services and ED of Services in the service directorate and support the development of strategic plans.
  4. Lead on new and complex initiatives and internal proposals ensuring the Refugee Council prioritises high quality, impact and sustainability at all times. Making sound decisions on impact, risk and influencing potential of each project.

Additional Information

Health & Safety

The post holder is responsible for:

Cooperating with the Refugee Council in delivering all legal responsibilities in respect of your own and your colleagues, volunteers, clients and others health and safety whilst at work.

Becoming familiar with the Refugee Council’s Health & Safety Policy and procedures including evacuation procedures at your workplace.

Carrying out risk assessments of your own work and especially of your own workstation to ensure that you do not expose yourself or others to unnecessary risk.


In order to deliver services effectively, a degree of flexibility is needed and the post-holder may be required to perform work not specifically referred to above. Such duties will, however, fall within the scope of the job, at the appropriate grade. The job description will be subject to periodic review with the post-holder to ensure it accurately reflects the duties of the job.

Equal Opportunities Statement

As part of its recruitment policy, the Refugee Council intends to ensure that no prospective or actual employee is discriminated against on the basis of race, sex, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation, employment status, class, disability, age, religious belief or political persuasion, or is disadvantaged by any condition or requirement which is not demonstrably justifiable.

This post is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check. Repeat checks are initiated every two years.

For more information please see Job Description

To apply please complete the online Application Form

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