Jesuit Refugee Service
Position: Caseworker (Thai citizen only)
Project: Urban Refugee Programme (URP)
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Reports to: Project Director
Contract: 1 year
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international non-governmental organization with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate for the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people. The organization was founded in November 1980 and has a presence in over 50 countries. JRS undertakes services at national and regional levels with the support and guidance of an international office in Rome. The style of JRS service is human and spiritual, working in situations of greatest need, seeking the long-term wellbeing of refugees and displaced persons, while not neglecting their immediate or urgent needs. JRS offers opportunities to a wide variety of staff, local and international, while maintaining a realistic and localized scheme of salary/stipend, insurance, etc.
In Thailand, JRS manage programs spread throughout urban and rural areas, serving refugees, asylum seekers and forcibly displaced persons. JRS Thailand has field offices in Bangkok and Mae Hong Son. The main areas of work include education, psycho-social services, livelihoods, emergency assistance and advocacy. For more information about JRS in Asia Pacific and Thailand, visit: www.jrsap.org
• To conduct intake interviews and needs assessments. Based on specific criteria, identify and screen individual and family cases for the provision of intensive casework, financial assistance and referral services.
• To conduct intensive casework.
• To conduct home visits and accompany clients in negotiations with landlords to access accommodation.
• To provide information and counseling to asylum seekers on living in Thailand.
• To prepare individual case and home visit reports using the JRS – URP intake/assessment forms and maintain updated case files and progress notes.
• To refer emergency crisis situations to the JRS Psychosocial Counselor and/or Project Director for appropriate intervention.
• In consultation with the Project Director, develop strategies, formulate action plans, and identify interventions to address individual or family case needs and problems.
• To work together with the Project Director in terms of case management and related aspects.
• To share information, knowledge and experience in case management with other caseworkers.
Managing the work of JRS at the field level
• To safeguard the vision, identity, and unity of JRS at the project level.
• To know and understand well JRS policies and to implement them at the project level.
• To implement relevant aspects of the project according to the approved proposal.
• To analyze the needs of the refugees and to suggest new initiatives to the Project Director.
Strengthening Partnerships and Networking
• To build relationships with asylum seekers, refugee and local host communities to increase trust and understanding.
• To maintain strong working relationships with UNHCR, Thai authorities, INGO, CBOs and church groups working on urban refugee issues.
• To communicate regularly with the Project Director, reporting on all major issues and developments in the field.
• To submit monthly activity reports to the Project Director.
• To develop/complete project proposals and reports (6-month and annual) according to JRS format, as well as write other project/situation reports as required, together with the project team members.
• To participate in regular team meetings.
• To maintain a supportive and professional relationship with clients, avoiding emotional involvement and focusing on approach of empowerment.
• To carry out casework in accordance with the priorities set out in the project proposal and organizational policies.
• To abide by JRS Personnel Policy and Standards for staff.
• To maintain positive communication with team members.
• To assist the Project Director as requested.
Qualifications & Experience:
• Fluent in English.
• Minimum Bachelor degree in social work, social science, or related professional.
• Experience with NGOs at least 1 year. and if any experiences in refugee-related issues a plus.
• Experience in social work is desirable.
• Decision making skill, service-minded, patient, and self-motivated.
• Understanding of and empathy with refugee problems.
• Ability to work successfully in a multi-cultural with limited resources and challenging environments.
• Familiar with Microsoft Office program e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. and related program for social work.
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team.
This position offers a salary package with Medical and Accident group insurance, Life insurance, and other benefits. Interested candidates must apply by sending cover letter and CV (including 3 references) with front picture, and address how you satisfy the criteria described above.
Only shortlist candidates will be contacted.