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 Europe Advocacy Officer

Position Summary

The Advocacy Officer works to make sure that JRS Europe has an effective advocacy strategy for all issues of regional importance, strategy that puts forward the voices and concerns of refugees and the forcibly displaced. S/he comes with sound analytical skills and a creative mindset, and is in tune with JRS mission and way of working. The officer is able to engage with fellow team members in the European office as well as JRS national office teams in working towards a common vision. S/he comes with good networking skills and engages with all relevant stakeholders in the fields of civil society, politics and media. S/he is a compelling public speaker and succinct writer who can draw the attention to the plight of refugees.

Together with the Senior Advocacy Officer, with the Project Development Coordinator and the Regional Director, s/he ensures that the mission of JRS Europe to accompany, serve and defend persons seeking protection is implemented at regional level in the best possible way. S/he would regularly have to visit JRS national offices to assist them with the design of advocacy strategies as well as strategic planning.

About JRS Europe


The Jesuit Refugee Service is an international Catholic organisation. Its mission is to accompany, to serve and to advocate for refugees and forcibly displaced people. The JRS Europe team in Brussels shares this mission by engaging in policy and advocacy work, project management, fundraising, communications and coordination. The policy work focuses on forcibly displaced people who suffer from immigration detention, destitution and the externalisation of European border management and asylum. Communications work is today closely linked to the advocacy activities and includes the publication of materials for various audiences, media relations and the coordination of central messages with other JRS offices in Europe. The JRS Europe Regional Office has on-going working relationships with relevant EU institutions, UNHCR, and NGOs from a variety of backgrounds. The JRS Europe Regional Office coordinates activities of 13 JRS country offices. The Brussels-based team includes seven permanent staff and a few volunteers.

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Jesuit Refugee Service – South Africa Director

The country director provides overall management and direction of JRS works in South Africa. The person reports directly to the JRS Southern Africa Director and is based in Johannesburg with travel to Pretoria and Makhado (Limpopo Province). The JRS South Africa Director communicates the vision and mission of the organisation, key strategies to the country team and ensures their implementation.

The Jesuit Refugee Service is an international Catholic humanitarian organisation, with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. 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 center 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. 

The JRS South Africa Director is a senior position of responsibility within the organisation involving public representation of JRS interests at a national level.

The Jesuit Refugee Service is committed to constant review and evaluation of project activities. This job description may be subject to permanent modifications based on the review and evaluation of activities. These modifications will be defined and discussed between the employee and JRS.

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Regional Advocacy and Communications Officer (Asia Pacific)

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. He of she works closely with the respective JRS 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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Regional Communications Assistant (Asia Pacific)
The Communications Assistant will be responsible for implementing the communications strategy of JRSAP as well as producing JRS external publications, such as articles for the website, the quarterly Diakonia e-magazine, brochures and other resources to support public advocacy and fundraising in JRSAP regional and country offices.  Through the JRSAP Country Offices, the Communications Assistant will solicit, edit and report back on the use of material from the field, in response to requests of Regional Office staff.
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International volunteers
There are currently no volunteer positions available in the organisation