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.

Loss and Grief Training Facilitator

Jesuit Refugee Service Kakuma Counselling Department is seeking a qualified facilitator to conduct a six-day capacity building training for 42 refugee community counsellors on techniques to dealing with loss and grief.  The aim of the training is to provide community counsellors with appropriate knowledge and skills on conducting professional counselling sessions for individuals undergoing any form of loss or grief. Trainees will also learn how to practically deliver effective therapeutic sessions to  refugees in Kakuma suffering from emotional distress . The training is to be delivered in a training facility within Kakuma refugee camp.

Kakuma refugee camp was founded in 1992 in northwestern Kenya to serve refugees arriving to Kenya from conflict zones in the region (primarily Sudan and Ethiopia). Today, the population of the camp is nearly 170,000 refugees from 11 different countries with large tribal and language diversity within the national communities. Currently South Sudanese refugees are the majority group within the camp, but refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda, Burundi, and Rwanda are also present.

Jesuit Refugee Service Kakuma operates a community counselling programme and has 113 refugee staff and one national staff to provide counselling services to refugees based in the camp. The refugee community counsellors undergo sixty-hour basic training in counselling and are offered regular weekly inservice training to build their capacity. Most of these community counsellors have gone through other intensive trainings in topics such as group counselling, child counselling, trauma, debriefing, substance abuse, self-awareness, group supervision and family therapy. Each of the mentioned trainings had a minimum of 40 hours each.

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

In the 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, which is currently overwhelming.

The training will be conducted from 16 to 22 November, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 5 PM in Kakuma refugee camp.

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International volunteers
There are currently no volunteer positions available in the organisation

Regional finance officer
With an in-depth knowledge of JRS in the appropriate region, the regional finance officer reports to the regional director, assisting him or her in proposing and implementing overall JRS strategies. This position embraces a range of responsibilities from initiating needs assessments to ensuring adequate and ongoing funding, periodic project evaluations and final closure of projects.
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