VACANCY: Member Development Co-ordinator (Part-time)

Join a dynamic team to support developing visitor groups in the AVID network.  

As the political context has become increasingly punitive for people from a migrant background, we have seen the increase in the use of detention both in scale and scope. This has included a sharp increase in the use of detention in prisons and the opening of a new detention centre for women in County Durham at the end of 2021.

The role of the Member Development Co-ordinator will be to support the development of visitor groups in these new contexts. The priority will be to work closely with the visitor group in County Durham and our existing members who are establishing support for people detained in prisons. Drawing on the expertise of our existing visitor groups, the post-holder will work with these groups to establish best practise and activities that promote solidarity with people who are detained.

Working alongside the Training & Membership Co-ordinator, the post-holder will contribute to other activities – including training and networking events - with the wider network to strengthen the collective impact of visitors with an emphasis on bringing the voice of people who are detained to the fore. This role is ring-fenced for someone with lived experience of immigration detention or the hostile environment.


Job Title: Member Development Co-ordinator

Salary: £28,000 pro-rata

Working hours: Part-time, 2 days (15 hours) per week

Contract: Fixed-term for 12 months

Location: Home based with regular travel within the North East of England and some travel to London. Open to applications from across the UK

Closing date: The end of day Wednesday 22nd June. Interviews the week of the 4th July

Online insight session: We invite you to join an informal session to hear more about the role on Monday 6th June from 3-4pm. Please register here on eventbrite. Alternatively if you would like to have an informal conversation about the role please contact Fiona, Training & Membership Co-ordinator at AVID, on

To apply:  please send a CV with a supporting statement and a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to

The supporting statement should include:

  • Why you want to work for AVID, and in this particular role;
  • How your experience (paid or unpaid), skills and values meet those set out in the person specification described in the Candidate Brief. We welcome examples that demonstrate transferable skills and suggest you address each point of the person specification in turn.
  • Please confirm that you have experience of the hostile environment or immigration detention in your application. There is no need to disclose further information unless relevant to your application.
  • As a general guide, your supporting statement should be around two sides of A4.

Download the Candidate Brief

Extra application support for people with lived experience of the ayslum and immigration system: 

We are proud to be a member of the Experts by Experience Employment Network (EBEemployment network) to create a charitable sector that is led by people with lived experience of the asylum and immigration system. As part of this network, we challenge the one-size-fits-all approach in our employment practices, and respect the personal circumstances and needs of people with lived experience. We believe that every individual should have the right support when applying for our roles.

This network can provide independent and confidential support for applicants with lived experience of the UK asylum and immigration system. Please directly share your draft application through this form to get feedback and support for your application, or get in touch with the network on or via their website (

Publication date: 
Tuesday, May 17, 2022