Freedom from Torture
Finsbury Park, Greater London
£35,381 per annum (FTE £44,227 per annum pro rata) plus generous holiday entitlement, pension scheme and group life assurance
Permanent, Part-time
Job description

Senior Policy Advisor

Contract: Permanent
Hours: 28 hours per week 
Location: Finsbury Park, London
Salary: £35,381 per annum (FTE £44,227 per annum pro rata) plus generous holiday entitlement, pension scheme and group life assurance

The Senior Policy Advisor role will co-lead Freedom from Torture’s strategic programme of domestic advocacy to improve legal and policy protections for torture survivors in the UK as asylum applicants and refugees, drawing on evidence from Freedom from Torture’s clinical service provision, research, MLR and legal and welfare advice services.

This role is responsible for the development of policy positions and prepare policy submissions on issues within remit of this post. You will:

• Provide expert policy analysis and capacity building to the organisation.

• Manage key relationships and co-lead Freedom from Torture’s advocacy with: the Home Office and other government departments responsible for public policy and service provision relating to Freedom from Torture's domestic policy programmes; parliamentarians; other bodies and domestic advocacy targets.

• Represent Freedom from Torture in policy forums, partnerships and coalitions and act as a spokesperson for the organisation.

• Promote and support survivor-led activism.

• Engage in strategic litigation as required.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification, please see the link attached and on our website.

Candidates must have the right to work in the UK to be considered for this position.

Please note a CV and a cover letter addressing the Job Description and Person Specification of the role are mandatory to be considered for the position.

Freedom from Torture is dedicated to healing and protecting people who have survived torture. We provide therapies to improve physical and mental health, we medically document torture, and we provide legal and welfare help. We expose torture globally, we fight to hold torturing states to account and we campaign for fairer treatment of torture survivors in the UK.

Our team of dedicated professionals provide direct support to survivors including psychological therapy, physical health services, legal and welfare support, and expert medical reports for use in survivors' asylum claims. We also support other providers to deliver high quality rehabilitation services to survivors. 

We campaign for national and global change, using evidence from our services and survivor voices to protect and promote survivors' rights and hold torturing states to account. We are proud to play a significant role in the global anti-torture movement. Survivors, active and empowered, are at the centre of all of our work. 

None of this can happen without our vibrant community of supporters who help to create this change.

Thanks to the dedication of our staff and volunteers – as well as thousands of passionate supporters and funders – thousands of torture survivors have been able to rebuild their lives in incredibly difficult circumstances.

We reserve the right to close the vacancy early if we receive a high volume of applications.

Closing date: 1 December 2019

Expected date of interviews: 9 December 2019

As an organisation working with a vulnerable client group, Freedom From Torture has a legal duty to ensure that those under its care are protected from abuse, and that where abuse is suspected or has occurred, has a clear framework of response. Therefore the successful candidate will be required to complete a DBS application and the result will need to be reviewed before the candidate is confirmed in post. 

Freedom from Torture is an Equal Opportunities Employer

No agencies please

Posted on: 13 November 2019
Closed date: 01 December 2019
Job ref: VA329
Tags: Policy/Research, Advocacy