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.

Jesuit Refugee Service Asia Pacific Advocacy and Communications Officer

The Regional Advocacy and Communication Officer will be responsible for all effective communication and advocacy work concerning refugees and displaced people in the Asia Pacific region. The incumbent works closely with the respective Jesuit Refugee Service staff assigned to the countries covered by the Regional Office in Bangkok.

The Regional Advocacy and Communications Officer reports to the Regional Director and forms part of the regional team, collaborating closely with Country Directors and Project Directors across the Asia Pacific region.  As a member of the JRS international advocacy and communications network, the Regional Advocacy and Communications Officer also receives support and guidance from the International Communications Coordinator and the International Advocacy Coordinator at JRS International Office in Rome and liaises and with JRS Advocacy and Communications Officers around the world as well as with the JRS Geneva Representative.

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Jesuit Refugee Service International Fundraising Coordinator

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced persons. JRS works at the local, national and regional level with the support of an international office in Rome. Founded in 1980 as a work of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), JRS runs projects in 45 countries, providing assistance to refugees in camps and cities, internally displaced persons, asylum seekers in cities and those held in detention centres. JRS works in situations of great need, seeking the long-term wellbeing of refugees and displaced people, while not neglecting their immediate or urgent needs. The main services provided are in the field of education, emergency assistance, psychosocial support and livelihood activities. Currently, more than 949,000 individuals are direct beneficiaries of JRS projects.

The JRS International Office in Rome is the head office of the Jesuit Refugee Service. It leads the organisational strategy and provides support and guidance in the areas of programmes, finance, advocacy, communications, fundraising and human resources to nine regional offices in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. In addition, the JRS International Office coordinates and works closely with the JRS USA Office, which also engages in fundraising and donor relations.

There are two positions entrusted with private sector fundraising. The international fundraising coordinator will report to the JRS international director and work directly with an international major gifts coordinator, who focuses on individual major donors, based outside of Rome. The role of the international fundraising coordinator is instrumental in developing, implementing and driving strategies to cultivate and manage relationships with existing and prospective private trusts, foundations, corporations, religious congregations and individual donors, with the aim of sustaining and increasing their financial support to JRS. This position comprises a range of responsibilities and requires working closely with the international director, the major gifts coordinator and key staff in the international and regional offices, and occasionally project staff.

Key internal contacts

  • International and regional directors, key departments at international and regional offices (particularly major gifts, programmes, finance, communications)

Key external contacts

  • private trusts and foundations, corporations, religious congregations, individual donors and other funding partners, i.e. in the Jesuit network
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