Recruitment

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
Administrative and Executive Assistant

Organisational Context

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international non-governmental organisation (INGO) with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate for the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people. The organisation was founded in November 1980 by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuit Order in the Catholic Church), and currently has ten regional offices and a presence in over 45 countries. JRS undertakes services at local, national and regional levels with the support and guidance of an International Office (IO) in Rome. The style of JRS service is human and spiritual, working in situations of greatest need, seeking the long-term well-being of refugees and displaced people, while not neglecting their immediate or urgent needs. 

Operational Context/Role

The Administrative and Executive Assistant will assist the smooth running of the International Director and the Chief Operations and Finance Officer offices. He/She will perform administrative activities in order to ensure optimal functioning of the International Office (IO). He/She will coordinate high-level and operational meetings. He/She will be the focal point for relations with the Jesuit Order headquarters where the IO is based (the "Curia") concerning logistic and operational arrangements of the IO. He/She will be the first point of contact with visitors and special guests. This position reports to the Chief Operations and Finance Officer and requires close collaboration with the Finance and Administrative Associate.


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Chief Operating and Finance Officer

Organisational Context

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international non-governmental organisation (INGO) with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate for the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people. The organisation was founded in November 1980, and currently has ten regional offices and a presence in over 45 countries. JRS undertakes services at local, national and regional levels with the support and guidance of an international office (IO) in Rome. The style of JRS service is human and spiritual, working in situations of greatest need, seeking the long-term well-being of refugees and displaced people, while not neglecting their immediate or urgent needs. 

Operational Context

The Chief Operating and Finance Officer (COFO) is a newly created position reporting to the International Director. The COFO will have overall responsibility for setting the direction and priorities for the functions of finance, IT and HR. The immediate priority will be leading work which aims to improve Finance, IT and HR policies, procedures, processes, infrastructure (including systems) and team capabilities, enabling JRS to grow and fulfil its mission. A particular priority is the Finance work stream, with the goal to improve financial capability and systems, especially donor reporting. 

The COFO plays a key role in creating and implementing JRS's vision of a global organization, promoting an environment of shared resources, decision-making and responsibility. The COFO will play a key role in supporting cross-functional and cross-cultural teams to coalesce around initiatives and projects.

The COFO will be a member of the International Office Management Team, and will provide direction, support and expertise to the Regional Directors in ensuring that the Finance, IT and HR functions are delivered to meet the needs of the organisation. 

The COFO will contribute in the designing of strategy and implementation of change initiatives to effectively respond to unprecedented global forced displacement and will play a leadership role in guiding the organization through significant growth and transformation.

The COFO will work closely with the Assistant International Director, and the Directors of each Department in the International Office: Finance, Programmes, Human Resources, Development, Advocacy and Communications. S/he will also collaborate closely with Regional Directors in their multiple responsibilities. 

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Director of Fundraising and Development

ORGANISATIONAL CONTEXT

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international non-governmental organisation (INGO) with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate for the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people. The organisation was founded in November 1980, and currently has ten regional offices and a presence in over 45 countries. JRS undertakes services at local, national and regional levels with the support and guidance of an international office (IO) in Rome. The style of JRS service is human and spiritual, working in situations of greatest need, seeking the long-term well-being 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, and psychosocial support and livelihood activities. Currently, more than 724,000 individuals are direct beneficiaries of JRS projects. 

OPERATIONAL CONTEXT/ROLE

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 10 regional offices in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. In addition, JRS International Office coordinates and works closely with JRS USA Office, which also engages in fundraising and donor relations.

Revenues: US $51.49 million of which US $12.46 million was from private sources in 2015.

The Director of Fundraising and Development will report to the JRS International Director and oversee the implementation of JRS' strategy to grow income from private sources. S/he is instrumental in developing, implementing and driving strategies to cultivate and manage relationships with existing and prospective major donors, private trusts, donor-advised funds, 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, senior volunteers, and other key staff in international and regional offices.

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Human Resources Associate

ORGANISATIONAL CONTEXT

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international non-governmental organisation (INGO) with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate for the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people. The organisation was founded in November 1980, and currently has ten regional offices and a presence in over 45 countries. JRS undertakes services at local, national and regional levels with the support and guidance of an international office (IO) in Rome. The style of JRS service is human and spiritual, working in situations of greatest need, seeking the long-term well-being 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, and psychosocial support and livelihood activities. Currently, more than 724,000 individuals are direct beneficiaries of JRS projects. 


OPERATIONAL CONTEXT

The International Human Resources Associate collaborates with the Human Resources Director, by ensuring consistency and uniformity in the implementation of human resources policies and guidelines, by sharing best practices and ultimately by promoting the welfare of JRS staff in the International Office as well as in the 10 regions where JRS has operations. The HR Associate will also play an active role in the recruitment for JRS worldwide in collaboration with the regional HR Officers. With this aim, the Human Resources Associate will assist in the development and implementation of Human Resources policies, will reinforce HR processes, and will offer guidance and HR services to employees in both the International Office and the regions.

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International volunteers
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