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.

JRS Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Country Director – Jordan

The country Director is responsible for the direction of JRS works at the country level within a JRS region. This position encompasses responsibilities such as the exploration of new needs of refugees in the country, the development and implementation of project proposals, administration of JRS country finances, the evaluation of and withdrawal from projects, staff recruitment and care, and the maintenance of relations with the local Church, the Society of Jesus, government, and international organizations.

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International Communications Coordinator

The International Communications Coordinator is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the Jesuit Refugee Service communications strategy, including the development of policies and procedures designed to facilitate coherent institutional branding. The role of coordinator is to promote JRS target audiences to take action, give a voice to refugees, support JRS advocacy activities and promote awareness of key migration-related issues. Reporting directly to the Assistant International Director, the International Communications Coordinator works closely with the International Advocacy, Fundraising and Publications Coordinators, as well as the regional communications officers. 

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International volunteers
There are currently no volunteer positions available in the organisation