NSUN is recruiting: Rights and Migration Officer

Please note: the deadline for applications has now passed

Contract: funded for 2 years
Salary: £24,000 per year (FTE £30,000)
Hours: 4 days (28 hours per week). Enquires about flexible working are welcome. We welcome applications for job shares. If you are interested in applying for the role as a job share, we recommend that you do so together with the person you would share the role with. This is because we very rarely have two single applications for job shares
Location: work from home (NSUN does not have a physical office). Regular travel for team meetings will be required (travel costs are reimbursed). Based on the current location of the existing team, London is usually the most suitable location for face-to-face meetings, and candidates would need to be able to make the return journey in one day
Deadline: 9am, Monday 10th October
Interviews: Wednesday 26th October

About NSUN

NSUN is a network of people and grassroots groups with lived experience of mental ill-health, distress and trauma. We work towards the distribution of power and resource in mental health. NSUN is a user-led organisation, and all staff and trustees have lived experience of mental ill-health, distress or trauma.

Over the past couple of years, NSUN has scaled and changed. This is an exciting time to join an organisation which is growing and embarking upon a new strategic direction, focussed on doing things differently in mental health and beyond.

About the role

As part of our commitment to working towards the redistribution of power and resource in the mental health sector, we want to work in partnership with our members – user-led, grassroots groups – whose experiences and practices lie at the intersection of mental health, racial justice, and migrant justice. We are looking for someone with relevant skills to deliver a rights and migration function within NSUN’s policy team.

This work will have a specific focus on building relationships and working with campaigning groups led by and for people who have ongoing precarious immigration status. It will re-imagine, alongside our members, what equitable policy work might look like in this space.

The work will:

  1. interrogate the practices in evidence, policy and funding that may keep these grassroots groups precarious
  2. support the emergence of horizontal structures of partnership and solidarity, strengthening the connectivity of our members whose work is by and for racialised groups with lived experience of the migration system.

People with precarious immigration status are widely reported to experience increased levels of mental ill-health/distress, due to many factors including separation from family, high levels of uncertainty due to immigration status, destitution/poverty and unsafe/abusive living and working conditions, including in detention centres and accommodation that is a detention centre in all but name. Despite clear evidence of need, mental health campaigns rarely reference the mental health of people with precarious immigration status, including in conversations around racial justice. Policy work in the refugee/migration sector rarely covers mental health.

As a charity which is user led, with a specific focus on centering marginalised voices, we see this work as bridging the gap between mental health and migration policy work, which are often siloed, which leads to the mental health needs of people from racialised communities who have precarious immigration status being side-lined from mainstream mental health policy spaces.

Alongside the Policy Manager, the Migration and Rights Officer will build relationships with grassroots groups working at the intersection of mental health and migrant rights. The work will amplify and connect the grassroots work of user-led and community-based campaigning groups, and will collect, support and publicise system-changing ideas and voices.

We would particularly welcome applications from individuals from marginalised or racialised communities, those with personal experience of precarious immigration status or the asylum system, and from individuals who do not have a traditional policy or research background.

If you would like to discuss this role in more detail please contact Mary Sadid, Policy Manager, at mary.sadid@nsun.org.uk.

Job description and person specification


The application form and equality and diversity monitoring form must be completed and returned to info@nsun.org.uk by 9am on Monday 10th October 2022.

Please note that we do not accept CVs/cover letters. Please make sure that all the information about your skills and experience is included in the application form. We recommend you use the full two pages allowed in the “supporting information” section in the application form to explain how you meet each of the points in the person specification.

Please contact us at info@nsun.org.uk if you need these materials in a different format or any other support in making an application.