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.

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

Social Worker

The Organizational Context
Jesuit Refugee Service is an international Catholic organization, with a mission to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people. JRS has a priority to work wherever the needs of displaced people are urgent and unattended by others, and offers a human service to refugees and the communities through a wide range of rehabilitation and relief activities, many of which center around formal and informal education needs.

Job Purpose
This is a position based in Kakuma Refugee Camp. The holder will be under the direct supervision of the JRS Counselling Coordinator and takes responsibility for conducting recruitment, interviews, referrals and follow-up of persons with specific needs including the vulnerable within the community.

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Appel d'offres
Disability Training Manuals Specialist


Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic Organization, under the Society of Jesus Trustee. The Mission of JRS is to accompany, serve and plead the cause of refugees and forcibly displaced people whose needs are more urgent and forgotten. 

The JRS Kakuma Special Needs Department is looking for a consultant to review and develop TOT Disability Training manuals. The updated manual will be used to train JRS staff as well as community members.  This is in line with the objective of improving the psychosocial well-being of intellectually and developmentally challenged persons and their families/community through increasing insight, creating awareness and improving effectiveness of the care givers who provide psychosocial services, special needs education, rehabilitation and services, training and outreach programs.


The consultant will be involved in updating  the training manuals treating the following areas: Special Needs Care training; outreach activities to raise awareness on disabilities, parent training on care and management of children living with disabilities, community rehabilitation, inclusive education, etc. The manuals will empower the trainers to equip JRS day care assistants with skills they need to confidently provide support to parents of children living with disability, conduct outreach to those unable to access the daycare centers, conduct community awareness campaigns and disseminate information on identification and assessment of mental health disorders and available interventions. The manuals will also improve the quality of training offered to community members as well as be used as an evaluation tool for the determination of impact.




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