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.

Training Facilitator: Couple and Family Therapy Level 2

The counselling department of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Kakuma, Kenya is seeking a qualified facilitator to conduct a six-day capacity building training for family therapy facilitation to be delivered to 60 refugee community counsellors. The aim of the training is to empower community counsellors to be able to deliver effective family therapy sessions appropriate to refugees in Kakuma suffering from emotional distress. The training will focus on practical application rather than theoretical knowledge. The training is to be delivered in a training facility within Kakuma refugee camp.
The Kakuma refugee camp was established in northwestern Kenya in 1992 to serve refugees arriving to Kenya from conflict zones in the region (primarily Sudan and Ethiopia). Today, the population of the camp is about 181,821 refugees from 11 different countries with large tribal and language diversity within the national communities. Currently South Sudanese are the majority group within the camp. Other refugees come from Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, and Somalia.

Jesuit Refugee Service Kakuma operates a community counselling programme in which 113 refugee staff and two Kenyan staff provide counselling services to refugees based in Kakuma refugee camp. The refugee community counsellors undergo 60-hour basic training in counselling and are offered regular in-service trainings to build their capacity. Most of these community counsellors have gone through other intensive trainings including: group counselling, child counselling, loss and grief, debriefing trauma, substance abuse, self-awareness, group supervision and family therapy level 1. Each of the mentioned trainings had a minimum of 40 hours each.

The community counsellors serve in their own communities within the camp offering counselling services to persons with emotional problems. The JRS Kakuma counselling programme uses psychosocial well-being and client-centred counselling approach.

In light of the above, the counselling department would like to empower further its community counsellors to be able to work effectively with individual clients and groups experiencing a wide variety of issues and problems.

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