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Policy and Advocacy Coordinator

Jesuit Refugee Service Australia

This exciting position requires an outstanding policy/advocacy professional who is passionate about advocating for the rights of 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 Policy and Advocacy Coordinator will provide policy, advocacy and research support to JRS Australia with an emphasis on asylum seekers in the community and in detention, and will contribute to developing, with JRS Director and other staff at JRS Australia, the strategic planning for new fields of advocacy. She/he will also strengthen policy, advocacy, research, events planning and delivery, support organisational strategic planning, reflection and learning; and support with the development of JRS policy positions on key issues affecting people seeking asylum and refugees.

Essential criteria:

  • Tertiary qualification or equivalent professional experience in relevant disciplines.
  • At least two years’ experience in a policy, advocacy, campaigning or research role.
  • Experience of external representation to politicians, government officials and other decision-makers.
  • Experience of working with informal networks, coalitions or peak organisations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the issues faced by asylum seekers and refugees living in Australia.
  • Good experience developing and coordinating projects/programs and establishing coordinated ways of working.
  • Fundraising experience and evidence of successful small/medium-size grants applications
  • Capacity to manage competing deadlines, prioritise workload appropriately and work in a professional and flexible manner, and good organization and administrative skills.
  • Outstanding networking skills and experience building and maintaining partnerships with key organisations and stakeholders.
  • Advocacy skills, diplomacy, ability to persuade and influence and ability to be an analytical thinker with excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent oral, interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Outstanding written skills in English.
  • Capacity and enthusiasm to work collaboratively and effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team comprising staff and volunteers.
  • Adherence to the mission and values of Jesuit Refugee Services and the Australian Jesuit Province.
  • Commitment to human rights and social change
  • Competent in using MS Office and online database/reporting systems.
  • Commitment to working within current Equal Employment opportunities (EEO), Work Health and Safety (WH&S), and child protection legislation.
  • Willingness to undertake occasional travel within NSW or interstate to represent JRS as relevant.


  • Direct experience working with people seeking asylum or refugees or in the asylum sector.
  • Experience coordinating and supervising volunteers.
  • Driver’s Licence and access to a reliable & comprehensively insured vehicle


$73,059 FTE (including superannuation) per annum.

This is a full time position.

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.

The position is for three years with possibilities of extension.

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