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 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.|
|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.
|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.|
|Jesuit Refugee Service Kenya Country Director|
|The Country Director is responsible for the direction of JRS works and the overall management of the staff and projects in Kenya. He/she coordinates and maintains relationship with the relevant local church, the Society of Jesus, government, UNHCR and other agencies in the country.|
|JRS Middle East and North Africa – Project Director (Dahouk)|
|The Project Director is responsible for the direction of a local JRS project and its staff. The responsibilities of this position include developing new initiatives and project proposals; implementation and evaluation of the approved proposal; administration of the project finances; and care for the JRS team; relations with the local refugee population and with local authorities. The Project Director reports directly to the Country Director.|
|There are currently no volunteer positions available in the organisation|