Opportunities

Current vacancies

FLEX is currently recruiting for 3 roles. See below for details.

Director of Fundraising and Operations

Job Description

Location: FLEX office, Vauxhall, London

Salary: £42,000 per annum subject to deductions for tax and national insurance contributions as required by law

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Deadline for applications: 14 January 2019

Interviews: W/C 21 January 2019

Reporting to: FLEX Chief Executive

Management: Up to four FLEX staff members

Benefits: 25 days holiday per year plus bank holidays. A wide-range of opportunities for skills development. Sociable office environment with many social justice charities sharing the building which includes cycle storage, showers and ongoing social activities.

About FLEX

Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX) works to end human trafficking for labour exploitation in the UK and worldwide. FLEX’s unique approach to the problem of human trafficking is focussed on the prevention of labour rights abuses, the protection of the human rights of trafficked persons and the promotion of best practice responses to trafficking for labour exploitation. FLEX is a small organisation that packs a big punch in terms of policy change and influencing, we want you to help support us as we grow.

Purpose of role

Five years since the organisation's founding, this role has been created in response to recent changes in the Senior Management structure. Specifically, it has been designed to bolster FLEX's fundraising and staff management while allowing the Chief Executive to concentrate on strategy and network development. Reporting to and in close partnership with the Chief Executive, the Director of Fundraising and Operations will lead FLEX’s fundraising and learning, finance and leadership functions, and as part of our Senior Management Team, have an overview of our programmes and communications. Alongside a solid understanding of successful fundraising, this role will require strong teambuilding, line management and mentoring skills as the post-holder will oversee a team of three-four staff, working to ensure high-quality work is delivered to time. At a time where FLEX is looking to its next five year Strategic Plan, this role will join FLEX’s Senior Management Team in driving forward our future growth. Above all this role requires someone with a real passion and commitment to FLEX’s work to end human trafficking for labour exploitation and an excitement for working in a small team that wants to make change happen in this area.

Key responsibilities

Fundraising and learning

  • Develop and implement a clear and defined fundraising strategy, meeting and exceeding income targets and building financial reserves of the organisation.
  • Maintain oversight over all fundraising activities including a focus on institutional giving and developing FLEX’s strategies for reaching new donors.
  • Work with the Board to keep them updated regarding work and engage with the Donor Policy Committee on the Board;
  • Ensure that fundraising reflects the donor policy and ethical approach of FLEX;
  • Ensure stewardship of fundraising prospects;
  • Develop a strong monitoring, evaluation and learning system for FLEX and processes to support its delivery;
  • Ensure all donors are regularly updated on key aspects of FLEX work, including through the development of an annual report;
  • Prepare and deliver reports to donors as required in line with grant terms.

Finance

  • Oversee project budgets and reports for donors on the delivery against projected budgets;
  • Maintain a strong relationship with the Finance Officer to ensure aligned reporting and income projections.

Leadership

  • Form part of the organisation’s Senior Management Team and contribute to overall organisational growth;
  • Lead and motivate the staff team to deliver results and to be proactive in promoting the building of skills confidence and capability within the team in order to meet high standards of performance;
  • Assist with the development of staff work plans and key performance indicators in line with the delivery of the long-term strategy and annual plan;
  • Supervise staff and conduct six monthly performance appraisals;
  • Liaise closely with the Senior Policy and Communications Advisor to ensure coherent and consistent messages are delivered across all areas of external engagement;
  • Ensure strong relationships between FLEX and direct support providers and worker representative organisations;
  • Any other duties equal to the skills and responsibilities required for this role as directed by the Chief Executive.

Key experience

  • Significant experience in fundraising;
  • Significant experience of staff management, appraisals and coaching and mentoring for results;
  • Demonstrable fundraising track record including cultivating foundation and government relationships to achieve funding success;
  • Track record of working with solid monitoring and evaluation systems to embed learning into organisational development
  • Track record of building long-term productive relationships with a diverse variety of funders in a range of global contexts;
  • Compelling writer and communicator;
  • Demonstrated strong business planning, budget and financial management skills;
  • Strong believe in FLEX’s core mission and values and desire to further the organisational objectives.

Key skills

  • Good management skills, including the ability to effectively manage and monitor staff and resources.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate with a wide range of people from varied operating contexts.
  • Strong problem solving skills, direct and proactive in resolving challenges or performance problems;
  • Highly organised, productive and proactive with excellent attention to detail;
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively.

Desirable experience

  • Knowledge of government fundraising;
  • Direct experience of working in the anti-trafficking sector.

To apply please share a CV and cover letter with FLEX at [email protected]. Please ensure to include in your application details of your achievements relevant to the job description and person specification above.

Your ability and skills will be assessed at an in-depth interview and task if you are invited to the next stage of the recruitment process. An initial triage of applications is made against the above criteria and failure to address how you meet these explicitly will affect your application.

If you are disabled or become disabled, we encourage you to tell us about your condition so that we can consider what reasonable adjustments or support may be appropriate at the interview and task stage.

Migrant Peer Researcher

Job Description

Location: FLEX office, Vauxhall, London (for training and workshops)

Deadline for applications: 14 January 2019 (midday)

Interviews: W/C 21 January 2019

Reporting to: FLEX Research Manager

About FLEX

Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX) works to end human trafficking for labour exploitation in the UK and worldwide. FLEX’s unique approach to the problem of human trafficking is focussed on the prevention of labour rights abuses, the protection of the human rights of trafficked persons and the promotion of best practice responses to trafficking for labour exploitation. FLEX works to ensure that the experiences of those most affected by labour abuse and exploitation informs the policy debate on ‘modern slavery’. To this end, the Migrant Peer Researcher role will serve to help FLEX better understand the experiences of migrant workers in the UK.

The project the Peer Researcher will be part of aims to learn more about and improve the working conditions for young migrant workers from EU countries working in the hospitality sector, and to improve the capacity of young migrant workers to advocate for better working conditions for themselves. It is part of a larger participatory action research project that also looks at young EU migrant workers in the cleaning and logistics sectors.

Job purpose

We are looking to recruit a Migrant Peer Researcher to be part of an exciting project looking at the experiences of young (16 to 24-year-old) EU migrant workers in the UK hospitality sector. The post holder will be an important part of the FLEX research team, helping us design and carry out meaningful research; acting as a bridge between FLEX and migrant workers in the hospitality sector; and working together to advocate for better workplace policies and practices.

We will provide the post holder with training on research methods, ethics and safety, research analysis, and advocacy skills. We will also provide a research handbook and closely support the post holder as they gather data in the form of interviews and surveys. We will work collaboratively to design the research questions and determine research objectives, developing a detailed briefing on the project aims and purpose of interviews.

Following the completion of interviews and surveys, we will conduct workshops with the researcher and migrant workers to develop solutions and advocacy asks. In this way the migrant community researcher will be integral to the design, delivery, and analysis of the research.

Key responsibilities

  • Conducting qualitative and quantitative research in the forms of interviews and surveys;
  • Transcribing and translating interviews into English;
  • Attending training on research design, research ethics and safeguarding of research participants;
  • Attending workshops to support research design, analysis of research findings and develop recommendations;
  • Participating in advocacy work, such as speaking to the media, policy-makers and others, with support from FLEX.

Essential experience and skills

  • Ability to access young – aged 16-24 – EU migrant workers in the UK hospitality sector, such as housekeeping, waitering/waitressing, kitchen staff, etc.;
  • Good/working knowledge of English;
  • Fluency in one the following European languages: Polish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Portuguese, or Spanish. Speakers of other languages commonly spoken among migrant workers in the housekeeping sector are also encouraged to apply;
  • Research experience, including familiarity with research methods and interviewing, or experience working with migrant communities in the hospitality sector, such as outreach/casework;
  • An interest in labour rights, human trafficking and ‘modern slavery’;
  • Ability to manage time and meet deadlines;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team.

Desirable experience and skills

  • Experience of working in the UK hospitality sector (housekeeping, waitering/waitressing, kitchen staff, etc.), or demonstrable community ties to workers in the sector;
  • Experience of labour rights activism, for example as part of a trade union, community group, or civil society organisation;
  • Experience of working with vulnerable individuals.

Remuneration

1. Data collection: Researchers will be paid £280 per translated and transcribed interview for between 10-15 interviews;
2. Training and workshops: Researchers will be paid £9.75 per hour for training and workshops where the researcher and FLEX staff will work together to develop interview questions and analyse research findings. We anticipate approximately two full days of training (12h total) and two days of workshops (approx. 15h total).

How to apply

If you are interested in this position, please send a CV and a statement detailing your experience, your reasons for applying and what makes you suitable for the role (maximum one page) to Meri Ahlberg, FLEX Research Officer, at [email protected]. If you have any questions about the role, or would like more information, please contact Meri by email or by phone at +44 (0)2037 525 515.

Women Workers Peer Researcher, FLEX

Job description

Location: FLEX office, Vauxhall, London (for training and workshops)

Deadline for applications: 14 January 2019 (midday)

Interviews: W/C 21 January 2019

Reporting to: FLEX Research Manager

About FLEX

Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX) works to end human trafficking for labour exploitation in the UK and worldwide. FLEX’s unique approach to the problem of human trafficking is focussed on the prevention of labour rights abuses, the protection of the human rights of trafficked persons and the promotion of best practice responses to trafficking for labour exploitation. FLEX works to ensure that the experiences of those most affected by labour abuse and exploitation informs the policy debate on ‘modern slavery’. To this end, the Women Workers Peer Researcher role will help FLEX better understand the experiences of women workers in the UK.

The project the post holder will be part of aims to learn about and improve the working conditions for women workers in the hotel housekeeping sector, and to improve the capacity of women workers to advocate for better working conditions for themselves. It is part of a larger feminist participatory action research project that will also engage women workers in the cleaning and garment sectors.

Job purpose

We are looking to recruit a Women Workers Peer Researcher to be part of an exciting project looking at the experiences of women workers in the hotel housekeeping sector. The post holder will be an important part of the FLEX research team, helping to design and carry out meaningful research; acting as a bridge between FLEX and women working in hotel housekeeping; and working together with FLEX and women workers to advocate for better workplace policies and practices. The project will be using an approach called feminist participatory action research (FPAR).

We will provide the post holder with training on research methods, ethics and safety, research analysis, and advocacy skills. We will also provide a research handbook and closely support the post holder as they gather data in the form of interviews, focus groups and surveys. We will work collaboratively to design the research questions and determine research objectives, developing a detailed briefing on the project aims and purpose of interviews.

Following the completion of interviews and surveys, we will conduct workshops with the post holder and other women workers on developing solutions and advocacy asks. In this way the post holder will be integral to the design, delivery, and analysis of the research.

Key responsibilities

  • Conducting qualitative and quantitative research using interviews, focus groups, surveys and other methods;
  • Transcribing and translating interviews;
  • Attending training on research design, research ethics and safeguarding of research participants;
  • Attending workshops to support research design, analysis of research findings and develop recommendations;
  • Participating in advocacy work, such as speaking to the media, policy-makers and others, with support from FLEX;

Essential experience and skills

  • Ability to access women workers in hotel housekeeping for interviews and surveys;
  • Good/working knowledge of English;
  • Research experience, including familiarity with research methods and interviewing, or experience working with migrant communities in the hospitality sector, such as outreach/casework;
  • An interest in workers’ rights and women’s rights;
  • Ability to manage time and meet deadlines;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team.

Desirable experience and skills

  • Experience working in hotel housekeeping or the broader hospitality sector, as well as demonstrable ties to worker or community groups in the sector;
  • Experience of labour rights activism, for example as part of a trade union, community group, or civil society organisation;
  • Fluency in a language/languages commonly spoken among migrant workers in the housekeeping sector;
  • Experience of working with vulnerable individuals.

Remuneration

1. Data collection: Researchers will be paid £280 per translated and transcribed interview for between 10-15 interviews;
2. Training and workshops: Researchers will be paid £9.75 per hour for training and workshops where the researcher and FLEX staff will work together to develop interview questions and analyse research findings. We anticipate at a minimum two full days of training (12h total) and two days of workshops (approx. 15h total).

How to apply

If you are interested in this position, please send a CV and a statement detailing your experience, your reasons for applying and what makes you suitable for the role (maximum one page) to Meri Ahlberg, FLEX Research Officer, at [email protected]. If you have any questions about the role, or would like more information, please contact Meri by email or by phone at +44 (0)2037 525 515.

Volunteering Opportunities

There are currently no volunteering opportunities at FLEX.