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Project Officer - Refugees and People Seeking Asylum

Jesuit Refugee Service Australia

This exciting position requires an excellent networker, able to work with others, 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 Project Officer will be responsible for:

  • The mapping of the activities, initiatives and projects concerning refugees and people seeking asylum across the Australian Jesuit Province.
  • The delivery and development of the JRS Schools Engagement Program that engages with young people around the topics of forced displacement, human rights and social justice

Essential Criteria:

  • Tertiary qualifications in education, community development, human rights, welfare or another relevant discipline, or equivalent experience.
  • At least two years’ experience in a similar role
  • Demonstrated understanding of the issues faced by asylum seekers and refugees living in Australia. Significant experience developing and coordinating projects/programs, particularly in relation to education and establishing coordinated ways of working.
  • Capacity to manage competing deadlines, prioritise workload appropriately and work in a flexible manner.
  • Experience delivering workshops, training or running group sessions.
  • Outstanding networking skills and experience building and maintaining partnerships with key partners and stakeholders
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and flexibility to work with two projects and with different stakeholders.
  • Ability to be an analytical thinker with excellent problem-solving skills
  • Adherence to the mission and values of Jesuit Refugee Services and the Australian Jesuit Province and a commitment to gender equality.
  • 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.


  • Direct experience working with people seeking asylum or refugees.
  • Understanding of Catholic Church structure, systems and procedures and experience working in a Church based organisation.
  • Understanding of Catholic Social Teaching.
  • Direct experience working with schools.
  • Experience coordinating and supervising volunteers.


SCHCADS Level 5.1

This is a three days per week position (0.6 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.

This is a one year contract with possibilities for extension

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