Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organisation, at work in more than 50 countries, which has a mission to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and displaced people. Established by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1980, JRS is a worldwide network of associates and institutions of this Catholic religious order. It serves refugees, offering them practical and spiritual support, according to their humanitarian needs, regardless of their beliefs.

Who can join JRS?

JRS seeks volunteers and staff who share its vision of accompanying refugees and who are prepared for its complex tasks. JRS volunteers and staff may be lay persons, Jesuits or members of a religious congregation. JRS seeks specialists in education, counselling, rehabilitation, management and related fields, and especially with experience in training others. There are also needs for people with technical skills, especially in communication, law, agriculture and small-scale development work.

What qualities does JRS require?

In addition to the obvious desire to serve refugees and asylum seekers, human maturity, considerable flexibility of temperament and a capacity to understand refugees and their circumstances without losing objectivity, these five qualities are essential:

  • commitment to training others,
  • capacity for teamwork and community living,
  • acceptance of a simple lifestyle,
  • openness to share in a faith journey,
  • precise professional expertise to offer.

Jesuit Refugee Service Iraq Country Director

The Country Director is responsible for the direction of JRS works at the country level within the JRS Middle East and North Africa region. This responsibilities of this position include exploring new needs of refugees in the country; developing and implementing project proposals; administering finances; evaluating and possibly withdrawing from projects; managing staff recruitment and care; and maintaining relations with the local Church, the Society of Jesus, government and international organizations.

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JRS Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Programmes Officer (Syria)
The Jesuit Refugee Service MENA Regional Programmes Officer is responsible for coordinating and supporting all aspects of programming in the region. As a member of the regional team, s/he plays a pivotal role in establishing programme priorities after careful assessments of needs, regularly visiting projects in the region and working closely with country and project directors, as well with partner agencies. Special focus in Syria.
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Psychosocial Coordinator, South Sudan
The Psychosocial Coordinator is responsible for overall leadership, management and administration of the psychosocial programme in the JRS Maban project, which includes identification of vulnerable population, support groups, awareness campaigns, individual peer support by refugee peer counsellors, and sports/recreational activities for youth, among others.
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International volunteers
There are currently no volunteer positions available in the organisation