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.

Mental Health Training Facilitator

The Jesuit Refugee Service Mental Health Department is looking for an experienced facilitator to provide training on special needs education skills and behavior management for mental health assistants that support students who are currently not able to participate in regular school curriculum. The aim of the training is to empower special needs teachers to further develop skills on management and overall interaction with children who have developmental disabilities. The training should specifically cover concrete intervention and teaching skills for children with a variety of impairments, including mild to severe mental retardation, cerebral palsy, Autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and others. All mental health assistants have undergone theoretical trainings before working for JRS and therefore, this training should be more practical than theoretical.

The objective is to train day care mental health assistants in educational techniques, specifically for children with developmental disabilities, and in behavioral change techniques.

By the end of the course, the participants should be able to:

  • Identify common disabilities of the children who often attend the JRS mental health centres
  • Develop and implement teaching techniques targeted to individual children with respect to his or her condition
  • Identify learning challenges often faced by children with developmental disabilities
  • Understand and use techniques and methodology to increase learning capacity of the students 
  • Identify behavioural goals for children and implement plan using behavioural change/management techniques to reach set goals
  • Develop individual work plan tailored for specific students
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International volunteers
There are currently no volunteer positions available in the organisation

Psychosocial Coordinator
Jesuit Refuge Service is seeking to recruit a suitable candidate for the position Psychosocial Coordinator. Primary responsible is for overall leadership, management and administration of the psychosocial programme in JRS Maban, which includes identification of vulnerable persons, support groups, awareness campaigns, individual peer support by refugee peer counsellors and sports/recreational activities for youth, among others.
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