Work Type/s: Part Time
Location: Western Sydney
Applications close: 01 May, 2019.
Jesuit Refugee Service is seeking an experienced professional Caseworker to support the casework, information and referral, emergency relief and accompaniment needs of people seeking asylum. A passion for and a commitment to ensuring the rights of people seeking asylum and other forcibly displaced people is essential. The position SCHADS 4.1 and part-time (0.8 FTE)
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. JRS works in situations of greatest need, where people are most vulnerable, where there are gaps in services and where partnerships can be formed to better serve people seeking safety.
In Australia, JRS works to uphold the rights of people who are in the process of seeking asylum and aims to support people to empower themselves, to live meaningful and dignified lives while feeling welcomed and connected to a more fair and just community.
As an independent, not-for-profit, non-government organisation JRS Australia undertakes the following activities:
- Supports and accompanies community-based people seeking asylum and refugees through a holistic programme of casework, financial assistance, community activities, food bank, English classes, an employment program, a women’s program, workshops and drop-in programs based in Westmead.
- Supports and accompanies people seeking asylum and refugees through the Arrupe Project, which includes temporary accommodation provided through the Blaiket Shelter.
- Supports and accompanies people seeking asylum who are held at detention facilities across Australia or who have been in detention in the past.
- Raises awareness with young people and others in the community through schools, community centres and other stakeholders about forced displacement, social justice, human rights, the situation of people seeking asylum in Australia, the barriers that they face, and ways to get involved.
- Undertakes research and advocacy with and on behalf of people seeking asylum and refugees in Australia in order to advise government and non-government organisations (NGOs) on policy and program responses.
- Supports JRS projects and activities overseas, for example, through international advocacy and campaigns.
Essential Selection Criteria:
- Tertiary qualifications in social work, psychology, welfare or another relevant discipline, or equivalent experience.
- Extensive casework experience, including conducting assessments, providing information and referrals, and managing complex cases.
- Demonstrated understanding of the issues faced by people seeking asylum and refugees living in Australia.
- Capacity to manage competing deadlines, prioritise workload appropriately and work in flexible manner.
- Sound oral, written, interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills.
- Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
- Competent in using MS Office and online database/reporting systems.
- Commitment to working within current EEO, WH&S, and child protection legislation.
Desirable Selection Criteria:
- Direct experience working with people seeking asylum or refugees.
- Proficiency in a relevant community language.
- People with lived refugee experience are highly encouraged to apply.
How to Apply:
Please address the selection criteria and send your response, along with your resume and a cover letter to: email@example.com, using the subject line: ‘Caseworker application’. If you would like further information about the Caseworker position, please contact: Katie Spiroski, Casework Manager, 9098 9336.
Contact: Katie Spiroski
Ph: 9098 9336