Monday, October 10, 2016

Deputy Director SMG

The Santa Marta Group (SMG) works to creates effective partnerships and integration between the Church, Law Enforcement and Civil Society to tackle and help eradicate human trafficking and modern slavery. The SMG, endorsed by Pope Francis, has been established by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW), with the direction set by a Strategy Board. The SMG has a close and collaborative relationship with the Office of the UK Independent Anti–Slavery Commissioner (IASC) on national and international anti-slavery initiatives.
This is a senior leadership position in the Church’s response to modern slavery and the Deputy Director will recruit and direct a small team that will develop, coordinate and deliver the SMG Programme nationally and internationally. The Deputy Director is expected to liaise with partners at home and abroad to deliver the SMG’s Programme effectively and the post holder will line-manage three positions.
As Deputy Director you will:
  • Improve the effectiveness of the Church’s response to Pope Francis’ endorsement of the SMG, the Madrid and Rome Commitments and UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, especially 8.7. This will involve developing and delivering, as directed and in line with agreed budgets, the SMG Programme so that the Church is an effective contributor to the eradication of modern slavery.
  • Ensure that initiatives, taken in response to the Pope’s call for action, make an effective and coordinated contribution to the SMG programme. These include, but are not limited to: (a) the anti-slavery development Project inEdo State, Nigeria, involving IASC, CBCEW and the Nigerian Catholic Bishops; (b) the North Atlantic maritime project;  (c) the Research Institute being established at St Mary’s University and (d) Caritas Westminster Bakhita House;  (e) act as liaison between other projects and the SMG. 
  • Ensure that international partners in law enforcement agencies and the Church are suitably engaged to support the SMG Programme.
The right candidate will:
  • The person appointed will need to have experience of leading teams effectively, and the ability to manage and communicate effectively at a senior level in a statutory or non-statutory organisation;
  • Proven ability in budgeting and financial planning;
  • Have experience in a senior role in law enforcement, government, international organisations, NGOs or the private sector;
  • Have experience of the issues involved in trafficking and modern slavery, and the ability to communicate with vulnerable communities and survivors, or the proven capacity to learn;
  • Have a familiarity with the Catholic Church.
The role will be based in our Eccleston Square office in Victoria, London SW1 but will require travel within England and Wales and internationally.
For further information on this position, including the job description and person specification, please visit
Your Curriculum Vitae should be emailed to Michaela Kelly, Head of HR via the Apply button, with a covering letter detailing why you are interested in this role, by 9am on Monday 17th October 2016.

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