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 Europe Communications Officer|
|The Communications Officer is a new position within JRS Europe. Your main task is to develop, support and implement a regional communications strategy with the advocacy and communications team. You will have experience in drafting strategic messages for various audiences, and for developing and maintaining internal and external communications tools and products, such as newsletters, publications and our social media.|
|Jesuit Refugee Service South Africa Director|
|The country director provides direction of JRS work in South Africa, which currently has two major projects in Johannesburg and Pretoria, in Gauteng Province and in Makhado in Limpopo province. S/he communicates the vision and mission of JRS and key strategies to the country team and ensures their implementation. S/he works closely with the regional team and with their own team drawing on the resources of JRS International where applicable.|
|Jesuit Refugee Service Thailand Director|
In Thailand, JRS manages six programmes spread throughout urban and rural areas serving refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, and people in detention. JRS Thailand has field offices in Bangkok, Mae Hong Son, Mae Sot, Ranong, and Wiang Haeng (Chiang Mai). The main areas of work include education, psycho-social services, livelihoods, legal assistance, emergency assistance, medical services, and advocacy. The Country Director provides leadership for all staff, resources and projects in Thailand. Six Project Directors, the Director of Legal Services, the Assistant Country Director and the Programme Officer report directly to Country Director. For more information about JRS in Asia Pacific and Thailand, visit the regional website.
|JRS-JC:HEM Site Coordinator|
|To understand, support and engage in the mission of the Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM). The Coordinator is philosophically aligned with Jesuit tertiary education offered via virtual immersive learning environments. The JC:HEM Coordinator is accountable for leadership and supervision of JRS-JC:HEM staff, for professional relationships with the JRS team and for project management of all aspects of JC:HEM at the Coordinators home location.|
|There are currently no volunteer positions available in the organisation|