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Community Development Officer

Jesuit Refugee Service Australia

This exciting position requires a community development professional who is passionate about supporting people seeking asylum.

About the organisation:

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people.

About the position:

The Community Development Officer will work with local communities to bring about social change and improve the quality of life of people seeking asylum. In partnership with others, she/he will ensure those who are marginalised and excluded from society are included and supported to gain self-confidence to increase their engagement with the local community.

Essential Criteria:

  • Minimum three years’ work experience in community development, international development, human rights, community/social services or similar.
  • Relevant tertiary qualification in community development, social work, human rights, international development, or similar.
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating workshops and forums, including delivering capacity building training.
  • Demonstrated ability to consult, identify, implement, and monitor and evaluate community development initiatives.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with people who are in the process of seeking asylum and/or with people from refugee backgrounds, as well as a high level of cross-cultural awareness.
  • Outstanding networking skills and experience building and maintaining partnerships with key partners and stakeholders
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Capacity to manage competing deadlines, prioritise workload appropriately and work in a flexible manner.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and flexibility to work with two projects and with different stakeholders
  • Adherence to the mission and values of Jesuit Refugee Services and the Australian Jesuit Province.
  • Commitment to human rights and social change and a passion for the rights of people seeking asylum and refugees.
  • Commitment to working within current Equal Employment opportunities (EEO), Work Health and Safety (WH&S), and child protection legislation.


  • Experience in advocacy.
  • Fluent in a relevant community language.
  • People from refugee backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Valid NSW Driver’s License and willingness to travel between JRS sites and to travel to meet stakeholders and partners, as required.


SCHCADS Level 5.1

This is a four days per week position (0.8 FTE).

Applicants will be subject to a Working with Children Check and the National Criminal Record Check.

Evidence of rights to work in Australia will be required.

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