The Beacon UK Representative is a contractual post suited to a professional with experience of working in either Higher Education, Careers Advisory Services, Business, Psychosocial Counselling, or Student and Youth engagement. The role involves taking holistic responsibility for Beacon Scholars from Africa studying in the UK, and has two aims:
- Helping Scholars with employability: providing mentoring, guidance and networking contacts to help them find projects, internships, and graduate employment;
- Providing pastoral care: ensuring their wellbeing and functional needs are met.
The Beacon UK Representative will work in a team with other Beacon Staff to manage UK Beacon Scholars. Duties to include, but not limited to:
- Connecting regularly with all UK Scholars to support their continued wellbeing;
- Actively building networks and a database of contacts with a view to matching Scholars with projects, internships, jobs, or other career development opportunities;
- Prompting Scholars on opportunities to build career paths, especially those offered by their universities;
- Liaising with Alumni and programme Leavers to keep them connected to the Beacon programme, and to build employability and mentorship for future Beacon Scholars;
- Availability to participate in Beacon UK Workshops, Seminars and ‘Barazas’ (Scholar-led meetings).
Type of Candidate
We are looking for a dynamic individual, with African origin or deep exposure, based in the Southeast of England (within an hour’s commute of our virtual HQ in Reigate, Surrey). You are at minimum a graduate, ideally with a postgraduate qualification. You are a confident networker who has experience in multiple working environments which could include business, voluntary organisations, and local authority or government. You are able to work part-time, from home, and flexibly, i.e., on occasional weekends and during non-office hours. You have empathy and experience in dealing with the types of issues encountered by young people coming from abroad to the UK. Contact is mainly by Zoom, email (MS Outlook) and WhatsApp. You are able to develop trusting relationships through questioning and listening and are skilled in assessing strengths and improvement areas. You motivate others through positivity and look outward internationally to build career outcomes for young Africans. You wish for Africans to do well, rise, and have representation in reputable organisations globally. It’s possible that you yourself have walked this path and have had to adapt to academic and professional life in the UK.
The Beacon Equity Trust (BET) is a charity whose donated funds are earmarked principally to support Scholar education, i.e., paying its 1/3 share of school/university fees. As such, compensation for this post is modest; the charity cannot afford to pay elevated market rates. Notably, Trustees and other staff are not compensated. We envision the role will be fulfilled by an independent contractor working on a day-rate of £180/day plus any reasonable out-of-pocket expenses. We have a budget of ±30 working days a year (about 20 hours a month).
About the Beacon
The Beacon Scholarship for Schools and University is available to exceptionally talented young people aged 13-21 who show leadership potential and whose parents cannot afford to pay the full cost of their education in world-class schools and universities. The Beacon Equity Trust (BET), an educational charity which operates the Scholarship, has partnership agreements with secondary schools in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia and 6 universities in the UK.
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