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.
|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.
|Safe Haven Matron|
In close collaboration with the Safe Haven Project Director, the Matron will be actively involved in planning, monitoring, implementation and evaluation of the Safe Haven shelter activities and takes responsibility and attention to individual client’s concerns in JRS safe spaces/facilities in Kakuma camp, Kenya.
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international non-governmental organisation with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate for the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people. The organisation was founded in November 1980 and has a presence in over 50 countries. JRS undertakes services at national and regional levels with the support and guidance of an international office in Rome. The style of JRS service is human and spiritual, working in situations of greatest need, seeking the long-term wellbeing of refugees and displaced persons, while not neglecting their immediate or urgent needs. JRS offers opportunities to a wide variety of staff, local and international, while maintaining a realistic and localised scheme of salary/stipend, insurance, etc.
The Education Coordinator’s primary responsibility is to Support the implementation of JRS education activities in Maban – Upper Nile State – South Sudan in order to guarantee the quality of formal and informal education services provided to forcibly displaced people. In this region, JRS carries out pre-primary education, temporary learning, teacher trainings and language and IT courses.