Project Coordinator (Finding Safety)

Jesuit Refugee Service

Applications Closing: Monday, July 29, 2019 - 17:00

JRS Australia requires an experienced Project Coordinator for its Finding Safety program with a passion for and a commitment to ensuring the rights of people seeking asylum, particularly the rights of women who have experienced or who are at-risk of experiencing domestic and family violence and other forms of sexual and gender based violence.

Category: Care & Support Work, Project Management & Strategy, Social Work, Leadership and Management
Field: Health, Multiculturalism & Diversity, Women, Community
Employment basis: Full-time
Job Location: East Sydney
About us

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


The JRS Finding Safety project, aims to support asylum seeking and refugee women to increase their understanding of domestic and family violence, its drivers and their rights. The project also provides information, advice and referrals to assist refugee women experiencing violence or at risk of violence to access appropriate support. 

Finding Safety aims to support the empowerment of refugee and asylum seeking women and girls to self-advocate and develop leadership skills. 

Finding Safety also includes capacity building for workers in the asylum and migration sector to build understanding of domestic and family violence, and for workers in the domestic and family violence and the women’s sector to build understanding of issues facing women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

Position details
Essential Selection Criteria:
  • Demonstrated experience in project coordination within the human services/community Tertiary qualifications in social work, psychology, welfare or another relevant discipline, or equivalent experience in community development work and other relevant areas.
  • Minimum three years’ experience in a project management role with a focus on community development, international development, human rights, gender equality or community/social services.
  • Experience in team leadership and staff supervision.
  • Experience in developing, coordinating and delivering training. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of the issues faced by people seeking asylum and refugees living in Australia, particularly women seeking asylum.
  • Demonstrated understanding and experience in primary prevention work, including the intersectional issues related to domestic and family violence and other types of sexual and gender based violence
  • Outstanding networking skills and experience building and maintaining partnerships with key partners and stakeholders
  • Capacity to manage competing deadlines, prioritise workload appropriately and work in flexible manner.
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills. 
  • Competent in using MS Office and online database/reporting systems.
  • Commitment to gender equality and women’s rights.
  • Commitment to working within current EEO, WH&S, and child protection legislation.
Desirable Selection Criteria:
  • Direct experience working with people seeking asylum or refugees.
  • Direct experience of working with women affected by sexual and gender based violence 
  • Proficiency in a relevant community language.
  • People with lived refugee experience are highly encouraged to apply.
Other Information:
  • SCHCADS Level 5.1
  • This is a five day per week position (1.0 FTE) for 1 year with the possibility of extension depending on funding.
  • Applicants will be subject to a Working with Children Check and the National Criminal Record Check.

For further information about the position contact: Maeve Brown, Manager – The Arrupe Project: or 9098 9336

Please note that interviews for this position will likely take place on the 31st July or 1st Aug. The exact date/time will be confirmed if a candidate progresses to the interview stage.

Position Description: Download position description
Contact details
Contact Name: Maeve Brown
Contact Email:
How to apply

Applications close Monday, 29th July at 5pm. Please submit your cover letter, resume and responses to the selection criteria to: 

Date posted: 11 July 2019

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