Vacancies (International Office)

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.

Employees
Jesuit Refugee Service Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Programmes Officer
The Jesuit Refugee Service MENA 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.
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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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Jordan Project Director (JC:HEM)

The Project Director is responsible for supporting and engaging the missions of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM). As a member of the team, the project director should be philosophically aligned with Jesuit tertiary education offered via virtual immersive learning environments. S/he is accountable for leadership and supervision of JRS-JC:HEM staff, for professional relationships with other members of the JRS team and for project management of all aspects of JRS-JC:HEM.

Jesuit Refugee Services is an international humanitarian organization, with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people. JRS has a priority to work wherever the needs of displaced people are urgent and unattended by others, and offers a human service to refugees and the communities through a wide range of rehabilitation and relief activities most of which centre around formal and informal education needs.

Due to the unique nature of relief activities, the exact duties of the employee and the working schedule may have temporary variations.
All staff members are requested to demonstrate flexibility.
Jesuit Refugee Services is committed to constant review and evaluation of project activities. This job description may be subject to permanent modifications based on this review and evaluation of activities. These modifications will be defined and discussed between the employee and JRS.

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