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Regional Researcher

Freelance

  • Babylon Migrants Project is looking for a researcher to work in a freelance capacity, exploring different locations where Babylon might open a hub outside of London

  • 20 days at £150 per day, for a period spanning up to 4 months

About Us

Babylon Project is a Community Interest Company which runs creative activities by and for young people from refugee, asylum seeking and migrant backgrounds. We provide a safe and welcoming environment in which young people can take part in creative activities such as drama, storytelling, film-making and art. Our activities aim to address the disadvantage and exclusion experienced by refugees and asylum seekers living in the UK, boosting young people’s confidence and providing them with the necessary tools to express themselves. We aim to help young refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to find community through creativity.

Established in October 2022, Babylon Project has already made a significant impact in empowering young people through creative and community building activities. With partners and collaborators such as Safe Passage, Red Cross, Little Amal, Fences and Frontiers, Dost, and Compass Collective, we have collectively run over 70 workshops, reaching over 700 participants. We been invited to represent Babylon Project at conferences such as Human Rights Watch, Locality and London Youth. We recently won the London Youth Award for Creating a Better London.

In addition, we have run 24 independent workshops in photography, art, storytelling, poetry and theatre, reaching 70 participants. These workshops have helped young people develop their skills and interests in a supportive and inclusive environment, boosting their confidence and sense of accomplishment.

The Role

Babylon Migrants Project is seeking a Regional Researcher. The role will be for 20 days at £150 per day, and will run for up to 4 months on a remote basis.

The basis of the role is to research creative and/or social provision for young refugees, asylum seekers and migrants outside of London, and identify an area in the UK where there is particular need and where Babylon Migrants Project would be well-placed to step in to create this provision.

You will carry out prospect research, reporting back to the Director and Co-Director, making recommendations for priorities and project alignment, and playing a key role in building a new hub for Babylon Migrants Project outside of London. As part of the role, we hope that you will carry out visits to particular areas to meet with different communities, and you will be allocated a travel budget for this purpose.

Main Areas of Focus

Researching

  • Areas around the UK where asylum seekers are being sent to live in Home Office accommodation

  • Provision for young refugees, migrants and asylum seekers in locations around the UK, exploring cities, towns and rural areas

  • Artistic or creative hubs outside of London

  • Existing community groups or provision outside of London


Identifying

  • Key locations where there are a significant number of young asylum seekers, refugees and migrants, low creative and social provision for them, and significant artistic or creative local networks that we could tap into for facilitators

  • Potential delivery partners (e.g. existing community groups or creatives that we could partner with, referral partners)


Relationship-building

  • With the existing Babylon team, to gain an understanding of what Babylon can offer and what we envisage a regional hub to be

  • With potential community partners, referrers and creative practitioners, including through in-person visits to different target areas


Reporting

  • Producing regular updates for the Director and leadership team of Babylon Migrants Project

  • Maintaining accurate records for personal invoicing and expenses

  • Maintaining a budget for travel for in-person research and relationship-building

Essential Criteria

  • Experience in a research role and of data collection

  • Experience of recording and storing research data, in line with best practice and GDPR

  • Experience working within the refugee sector

  • Strong research skills

  • Strong written and spoken communication skills

  • Experience of setting and achieving targets and producing work to agreed deadlines

  • Strong organisational & planning skills

  • Knowledge of the UK asylum system & Home Office accommodation

  • Local knowledge for at least one region outside of London


Personal Qualities

  • A self-starter with good interpersonal skills

  • A commitment to equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion

  • Active interest in supporting young refugees, asylum seekers and migrants

  • Demonstrate an understanding and commitment to our values

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of working within a small charity or community group

  • Experience of producing prospect profiles

How to Apply: 

Email: info@babylonproject.co.uk with your CV and a cover letter. Please also supply contact details of two referees.

Deadline: 5pm, Monday 19th February. Interviews w/c 26th February.

For more information about the role, feel free to email info@babylonproject.co.uk with any questions.

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