Project Worker (Direct Provision)
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international non-governmental organisation, founded in 1980. Our mission is to accompany, to serve and to advocate the cause of refugees and forcibly displaced persons worldwide. To find out more about our work, please visit www.jrs.ie.
JRS Ireland is now seeking to recruit for the role of Project Worker. This is a full time role (35 hours per week) principally based in the Dublin area but with travel throughout Ireland required. Initial contract is for 24 months with renewal subject to funding and performance.
The primary responsibility of the Project Worker position is to support, develop and deliver projects and services in Direct Provision centres in accordance with the needs of residents and the strategic priorities for JRS Ireland. Duties will include, but are not limited to the following:
- To assess the needs of asylum seekers and to identify gaps in existing services for individuals, families and children residing in Direct Provision centres.
- To develop projects responding to the priority needs of residents in Direct Provision.
- To deliver projects for asylum seekers that seek to enhance life skills, build capacities, promote integration and assist with transition to life outside Direct Provision.
- To support other JRS Ireland staff, volunteers and interns in the delivery of specific agreed projects.
- To coordinate information workshops to support asylum seekers in the protection process.
- To facilitate training opportunities that enhance wellbeing through the development of new skills and capacities.
- To plan and implement a weekly calendar of projects and activities in Direct Provision centres.
- To liaise with and provide ongoing support to residents in Direct Provision centres.
- To link with local community organisations and other service providers to exchange information and coordinate service provision.
- To deliver the JRS Ireland Summer Programme, Christmas Toy Appeal and other JRS Ireland activities as required.
Skills & Qualifications
The successful candidate will ideally possess:
- A relevant third-level qualification in community development, social work, social science or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- A full clean driving licence.
- An understanding and knowledge of the asylum process in Ireland, the operation of the Direct Provision system and the integration of migrants.
- Experience of working with vulnerable groups, social exclusion and disadvantaged communities.
- Commitment to social justice and the JRS mission ‘to accompany, to serve and to advocate the cause of refugees and forcibly displaced persons’.
Application forms are available by request at firstname.lastname@example.org. No CVs or Cover Letters will be accepted. All applications for this position must be received by 1pm on Monday 28th January 2019.
JRS Ireland is an Equal Opportunities Employer