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

Safe Haven Coordinator


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 Safe Haven coordinator is the overall responsible person for the JRS protection centre (Safe Haven) in Kakuma. Under the direction and supervision of the Kakuma Project Director, takes responsibility for the administration and management of the protection centre called Safe Haven for the Survivors of Gender Based Violence in Kakuma refugee camp.

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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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Basic Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Trainer


JRS is an organization of the Catholic Church, in particular of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and is a collaborative venture between the laity and the religious. Jesuit Refugee Service is involved in a service to refugees, IDPs and other forcibly displaced persons, through personal presence. The service that JRS offers is direct and human, and often exposed to the sufferings and limitations of refugee life.
JRS Project located in Maban County in Upper Nile, North of South Sudan started in 2013. The project focuses on education and psychosocial support, to the most vulnerable groups who face greatest challenges and whose situation has been aggravated by displacement and war conditions.


Psychosocial needs of the general population and particularly of Persons with Specific Needs (PSNs) remain largely unaddressed both in the refugee camps and among the host community members. Up to date agencies present in Maban struggle to develop a strong, comprehensive, solid and effective psychosocial support program in the refugee camps, even more so in the host community. Psychosocial care is somehow a place both/neither fully under health, and/or community services, and/or protection. Consequently, there is still a weak follow up of individual cases and referral process, and most extreme cases receive no consistent support. Women Headed households are often at great risk of SGBV.

Psychosocial support for refugees and host community:

  •     Support to PSNs
  •     Community counselling, support groups
  •     Awareness raising campaigns
  •     Day care center for children with disabilities
  •     Skills training for women
  •     Youth empowerment program
  •     Formation
  •     Peace clubs
  •     Recreation and sports

JRS has identified and is visiting regularly at home more than 1,000 PSN in Doro camp and nearby host community , noting a large number of mental health cases remain unattended to due to cultural beliefs, poor knowledge among community members on mental health and fear to seek services in the health facilities.
JRS intends to empower its home visitors, other agencies’ staff and community members with basic knowledge on mental health and psychosocial support to allow them offer better focused peer psychosocial support to their own community members.

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