Employment Assessor Advisor - Christchurch

We have an exciting opportunity for an Employment Assessor/Advisor in our Refugee Pathways to Employment programme.

Refugee Settlement

Permanent Part time 0.6 FTE (22.5 hours per week)

As part of the largest humanitarian aid organisation in the world, New Zealand Red Cross plays a vital role in providing assistance to vulnerable people in New Zealand and overseas. New Zealand Red Cross is an organisation with 10,000 volunteers and 400 staff.

We have an exciting opportunity for an Employment Assessor/Advisor in our Refugee Pathways to Employment programme.

The purpose of the Employment Assessor/Advisor role is to carry out in depth, client-centred career, employment and English language assessments for individuals in order to create an employment plan with recommendations and timeframes.

The assessor/advisor works closely with other team members: Employer Liaison, Cross Cultural Workers, and Administrator to achieve the best outcome for the client. They make referrals to other agencies where appropriate, build networks with key stakeholders in the employment and training/education sector, and advocate on behalf of individual clients related to the progression of their plan.

In this role you will mainly:

  • Carry out individual assessments of transferable work skills and personal attributes and collect information on educational and employment backgrounds. Support with developing CVs.
  • Carry out English language skills assessments to feed into the employment plan
  • Develop a plan with the client including clear training/education pathways leading to employment
  • Network with training/education and service providers and employers in the region
  • Work with relevant employers to grow employment opportunities for low skill, skilled and professional individuals from refugee backgrounds
  • Make referrals to appropriate agencies and ensure effective linkages are made, including advocacy for access to services
  • Demonstrate cross cultural understanding both internally and externally
  • Enter data into our Pathways to Employment database

We encourage you to apply for this role if you are able to demonstrate:

  • Skill in second language teaching to adults and experience of assessing language competencies (required)
  • Understanding of the English language requirements and skills required to study at a NZ tertiary institution (desirable)
  • The ability to guide career planning
  • Excellent IT skills in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Awareness of NZ employers’ priorities and familiarity with employment sectors in the region
  • Confidence in assessing work readiness and preparing individuals for job search activities
  • Competence in intercultural communication and experience working with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Understanding of the refugee journey and common issues faced during the resettlement process

Qualifications required:

  • Tertiary education in relevant field (required)
  • An English language teaching or applied linguistics qualification (Required)
  • Membership of a professional organisation in a relevant field, such as Career Development Association of NZ (CDANZ) or TESOLANZ (desirable)

If you wish to discuss this opportunity or for further information, please contact Melanie Douglas at New Zealand Red Cross 027 403 6058

Applications close at 5pm on Sunday 15 December 2019

We welcome and encourage diversity in our workforce and adhere to best practice equal employment opportunity principles in all aspects of our recruitment and our ways of working.

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