Job profile – Refugee Resettlement Support Worker (Syrian Arabic speaking)

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under About us - find a job.

Grade F

  • Location: Gateshead Civic Centre
  • Service: Housing Services
  • Line manager: Senior Refugee Resettlement
  • Car user status: Casual

Job purpose

To provide effective support to refugees who may have complex needs and who are resettling within the borough of Gateshead. Complex needs may include housing support related needs, domestic abuse, financial problems, physical/mental health, and legal/family reunification issues.

The key roles of this post will include:

  1. To provide practical and emotional support to refugees assisting with issues around finances, health, housing, life skills, personal safety, legal/family reunification issues, parenting, ESOL and employment.
  1. To undertake practical support with clients to promote sustainable independent living.
  1. To use effective risk assessment tools to identify risks and undertake appropriate actions.
  1. To develop effective individual support packages by completing needs assessments, support plans and support reviews.
  1. To work within a multi agency framework, communicating effectively with colleagues, other professionals and clients ensuring that there is a co-ordinated response to support. This may include attending TAFs, Core Groups, Conferences and Strategy Meetings and writing any required reports.
  1. To adhere to performance and monitoring requirements, complying with systems in place to monitor data and outcomes. This will include completing support paperwork to a high standard.
  1. Adhere to The Gateshead Housing Company and Council policies and procedures regarding working practices and service delivery. This will include; Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults, Health and Safety, Data Protection/Confidentiality and our Code of Conduct.
  1. Any such other responsibilities allocated which are appropriate to the grade of the post.



Experience of:

  • Working with refugees/vulnerable people
  • Assessing need and documenting support
  • Working within a multi-agency framework
  • Time management skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Microsoft Office packages


  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above or relevant experience.

Knowledge of:

  • Have an awareness of the Syrian Refugee Resettlement programme.
  • Have knowledge of Data Protection/Confidentiality, safeguarding policies and procedures such as Child Protection, Safeguarding Adults and MARAC.
  • Be able to speak, read and write Syrian Arabic.
  • Understanding of equality and diversity legislation.



  • Relevant professional qualification e.g Housing or Support
  • Full driving licence

Knowledge of:

  • Current welfare benefits
  • Working with a diverse range of customers

Competency definitions

Interacting and Communicating

Relating and Networking
Easily establishes good relationships with customers and staff; relates well to people at all levels; builds wide and effective networks of contacts; uses humour appropriately to bring warmth to relationships with others.

Presenting and communicating information
Speaks fluently; expresses opinions, information and key points of an argument clearly; makes presentations and undertakes public speaking with skill and confidence; responds quickly to the needs of an audience and to their reactions and feedback; projects credibility.

Supporting and Co-operating     

Working with People
Shows respect for the views and contributions of other team members; shows empathy; listens, supports and cares for others; consults others and shares information and expertise with them; builds team spirit and reconciles conflict; adapts to the team and fits in well.

Adhering to Principles and Values
Upholds ethics and values; demonstrates integrity; promotes and defends equal opportunities, builds diverse teams; encourages organisational and individual responsibility towards the community and the environment.

Adapting and Coping                      

Coping with Pressures and Setbacks
Maintains a positive outlook at work; works productively in a pressurised environment; keeps emotions under control during difficult situations; handles criticism well and learns from it; balances the demands of a work life and a personal life.

Organising and Executing            

Planning and Organising
Identifies and organises resources needed to accomplish tasks; manages time effectively; monitors performance against deadlines and milestones.

Delivering results and meeting Customer Expectations
Focuses on customer needs and satisfaction; works in a systematic, methodical and orderly way; consistently achieves project goals.

Following Instructions and Procedures
Not challenging authority; follows procedures and policies; keeps to schedules; arrives punctually for work and meetings; demonstrates commitment to the organisation; complies with legal obligations and safety requirements of the role.