London, Greater London
Contract, 12-month contract, Part-time
Job description

Job description

Job Description: Fellowship Programme Assistant

Line Manager: Senior Programme Officer/Team Lead

Objective: Assisting in the processing of enquiries and applications for support 

Experience:  Bachelors degree (2:1 or above)

Start Date: November 2021

Duration: 12-month contract

Hours: 3 days per week. Hybrid working - in London office (initially 2 set days per week) and 1 day working from home

Salary: £15,000

Number of positions available: Two

Application Deadline: 7 November



Organisational Background

The Council for At-Risk Academics is a UK-registered charity founded in 1933 under the leadership of William Beveridge, to rescue academics suffering persecution under the rise of Nazism and facilitate their continued work in safety. Sixteen Cara Fellows from the 1930s and 1940s became Nobel Laureates, and many more innovators in their fields, including, Nikolaus Pevsner, Lise Meitner and Karl Popper. A number of Cara’s founders and Council members also personally provided places and/or funds to help individual academics; and Cara, known in the 1930s as the AAC, later the SPSL, was closely involved in the successful effort in 1933 to bring to London the Warburg Institute art library, which had been prohibited by the Nazis, and six of its staff.

Cara has been a lifeline to academics at risk for just under 90 years, as and when world events have placed them in the line of fire: Hungarian Uprising, Cold War, Apartheid South Africa, Iran, Latin American Juntas, Vietnam, Kosovo, DRC, Rwanda, Sudan, Zimbabwe etc. and, more recently Iraq, Turkey, Yemen, Palestine, Syria, Myanmar and Afghanistan. Cara support is typically framed as temporary sanctuary offered at times of heightened risk.

Cara Objectives ‘To assist academics who have been, or are, or are at risk of being, subject to discrimination, persecution, suffering or violence on account of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, to relieve needs among them and their dependants and ensure that their specialist knowledge and abilities can continue to be used for the benefit of the public.’

‘To advance education by supporting academics and their educational institutions in countries where their continuing work is at risk or compromised, to ensure that such academics and institutions can continue to fulfil their critical role as educators for the public benefit.’


This is a critical time to join our team. As a Fellowship Programme (FLP) Assistant you will be working directly with academics facing immediate risk in Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Yemen, Myanmar and Afghanistan and many other countries to undertake background checks, secure placements and identify funding opportunities. In addition, you will provide general administrative support.


Fellowship Programme Assistant Role & Responsibilities


  • Process enquiries and applications for support.
  • Research potential hosts for academic placements.
  • Prepare cases for eligibility review – this will include arranging calls to speak with applicants, booking English language tests etc.
  • Analyse data for reporting to stakeholders and donors.
  • Compile media reviews.
  • Provide logistics support
  • Provide general office administration, including answering telephones.


Responsibilities also include related activities that might arise in relation to the Fellowship Programme as required by the Executive Director or Deputy Director/Fellowship Programme Manager.



Person specification


  • Bachelor's degree (2:1 or above)
  • Fluent English (spoken and written).
  • Confident and empathetic with strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail. 
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Good time management with ability to prioritise and independently work to deadlines.
  • Understanding of issues of confidentiality.
  • Interest in and commitment to the work of Cara
  • Confident use of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Good knowledge of current global issues.




  • Fluency in Dari or Turkish


Application Please send your CV and a brief covering email outlining your suitability for the post. Interviews will be held the week beginning 8 November at the Cara office in London. We will not accept applications without cover letters.

Please include contact details for 2 suitable referees, ideally individuals for whom you have previously worked. These will only be taken up with your prior permission. Please include ‘Fellowship Programme Assistant’ in the subject line of your electronic submission.

Application Deadline: 7 November

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Posted on: 10 October 2021
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