Vacancies (Eastern Africa)

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic non-governmental organisation whose mission is to serve, accompany and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced people. JRS works in over 50 countries worldwide to meet the educational, health, social and other needs of more than 500,000 refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. In Eastern Africa JRS works in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda, reaching out to 105,000 refugees, returnees and forcibly displaced persons. JRS services are made available to refugees and displaced persons regardless of their race, ethnic origin, or religious 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. 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 life in a community
  • acceptance of a simple lifestyle
  • openness to share in a faith journey
  • precise professional expertise 

If Jesuit Refugee Service Eastern Africa has positions available you will find them advertised below. To check whether there are positions available in other JRS regions click here.

Physiotherapy trainer

JRS Maban in Upper Nile, North of South Sudan started in 2013. The project focuses on education and psychosocial support, to the most vulnerable groups who face greatest challenges and whose situation has been aggravated by displacement and war conditions.


JRS partnered successfully with a flying mission of Handicap International in 2014 and since then has been expanding its home-based psychosocial support program. JRS has identified and is visiting regularly at home more than 200 persons living with disabilities in Doro camp alone, noting a large number of children living with disabilities (Celebral Palsy). However, the organization realizes that it needs to build the capacity its staff in order to offer better services to PWD.

The organization intends to start a day care /rehab centre in Doro camp and thus wishes to offer in-depth, hands-on, culturally appropriate physiotherapy training to its staff, parents and caretakers as well as interested community members in order to lay a strong foundation of community based physiotherapy services for refugees and host community members.
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International volunteers
There are currently no volunteer positions available in the organisation

Special Needs Education Facilitator

This is a position based in Kakuma Refugee Camp.  In close collaboration with the Program Coordinator, the Special Needs Education Facilitator will be actively involved in planning, monitoring, implementation and evaluation of the JRS Mental Health Programme.

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Mikono Shop Assistant

This is a position based in Nairobi.  The holder will be actively involved in marketing, monitoring, supplier management and the general management of the shop.

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