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Migrant Mentoring Scheme

Migrants’ Rights Network are looking for individuals to join our pool of Mentors (Volunteer) to help us to build our new mentoring scheme. We welcome applications from across the UK, as all mentoring will be via online platforms.


About this project

Migrants’ Rights Network is a charity that builds alliances with individuals and organisations so that migrants are properly represented at all levels of society. It works with and for migrant communities to influence stakeholders and effect structural change to achieve justice and equality for migrants. Migrants’ Rights Network recognises that achieving justice for all migrants strengthens society as a whole.

Throughout the year, we occasionally host training programmes for migrant communities focused on topics like leadership, rights, and advocacy. We are looking to build these programmes by introducing a new mentoring scheme so that participants and graduates of our programmes are able to further build the skills needed for their leadership and personal development. 

Our upcoming Migrant Aspiration Programme (MAP) will be your first opportunity to mentor. MAP is a 3-month online training programme that will support participants from migrant communities across the UK to create real change. Participants will be given opportunities to gain the skills needed to become leaders, advocates, and activists for themselves and others in their community. This could include becoming a community organiser, a board member, or taking on another leadership position in their community.

About the role

Mentoring is a phenomenal way to share your knowledge and give guidance to those looking to build their leadership and personal skills through learning from the experiences of others. As many of the participants on our programmes are interested in advocacy and local leadership, we are particularly looking for individuals that have experience working or volunteering in migration, advocacy, and related sectors. 

Mentors will have flexibility in regards to the date/timing of the mentoring sessions, but you must be able to commit to a minimum of 6 months. We expect mentors to connect with their mentees a maximum of 3 hours/month. Mentors are required to attend 1-2 training sessions prior to being paired with a mentee. Please note that this role is voluntary.

Responsibilities

  • To provide a safe space in which mentees can talk about a particular issue around leadership 
  • To build an effective short term relationship with a mentee
  • To liaise with your key point of contact within Migrants’ Rights Network to provide feedback on your mentorship 
  • To plan mentoring sessions with mentee in advance where the mentee brings their agenda to be discussed 
  • To listen to and help mentees to identify and address barriers to their leadership or advocacy 
  • To offer perspective, drawing on own experience of leadership 
  • To work with the mentee and to set and monitor agreed goals
  • To keep effective written records of meetings using the forms provided and undertake relevant evaluations
  • To work with the mentee for the agreed time commitment

If this sounds like something you would excel in, we would love to hear from you. We particularly welcome applications from people with a lived experience of migration and the hostile environment, people from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds, people with disabilities, and people from the LGBTQI+ community.

Essential

  • Sympathetic to the mission and values of Migrants’ Rights Network 
  • Compassionate communicator with strong active listening skills
  • Experience of holding a position of leadership 
  • Ability to commit for a minimum of 6 months, 3hr max/month
  • Ability to offer encouragement and support where appropriate 
  • Knowledge of one’s boundaries and able to set limits with others 
  • Ability to identify others’ strengths and identify ways for others’ to be encouraged to use their strengths 
  • Ability to provide constructive feedback 
  • Ability to identify and set goals 
  • Knowledge and experience of how to network and build contacts 
  • Ability to build supportive relationships 
  • Ability to respect different cultural or religious values and work in a non-discriminatory manner 

Desirable

  • Lived experience of migration and the hostile environment 
  • Experience working in migration and related sectors
  • Experience of working in advocacy and campaigning 

To apply

Please submit your CV and cover letter to: [email protected]. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis