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.

JRS Chad Director
The Country Director is responsible for the management of JRS activities in Chad. The successful applicant will be responsible for the identification of new needs of refugees, the development and implementation of project proposals, the administration of finances, the evaluation of projects, staff recruitment and care, and the maintenance of relations with the local Church, the Society of Jesus, government, and international organisations. The Country Director reports directly to the JRS West Africa Director.
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JRS Great Lakes Regional Programmes Officer
The Jesuit Refugee Service Great Lakes 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.
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Country Director - Malawi

The Country Director provides direction of JRS works in Malawi. This position encompasses responsibilities such as the exploration of new needs of refugees in the country, the development and implementation of global project proposals, administration of JRS country finances, staff recruitment, management and care, and the maintenance of relations with the local Church, the Society of Jesus, government, and international organizations.  

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Site Coordinator - Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM)

To understand, support and engage in the twin missions of JRS and Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM). The JC:HEM Site Coordinator is philosophically aligned with Jesuit tertiary education offered via virtual immersive learning environments. She/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 JC:HEM at Dzaleka Refugee Camp, Malawi.

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