Vacancy: Outreach and Project Support Worker

JRS Ireland is now seeking to recruit for the role of Outreach and Project Support 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.

Job Description

The primary responsibility of the Outreach and Project Support Worker position is to provide outreach to asylum seekers in Direct Provision centres, including emergency locations and to support the delivery of JRS Ireland key projects and services 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 provide outreach and accompaniment to individuals, families and children residing in Direct Provision centres, including emergency locations.
  • To respond to queries and needs of asylum seekers raised in the course of outreach and to liaise with other service providers and statutory organisations to resolve concerns.
  • To support the delivery of key JRS Ireland flagship projects, including Fáilte and #Change.
  • To deliver intercultural and orientation supports to individuals and families living in Direct Provision and persons arriving under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP).
  • To link with strategic partners in the delivery of a programme of intercultural supports that enhance mental health and wellbeing.
  • To maintain and continue to develop a calendar of services in Seomra Fáilte.
  • To coordinate education and information workshops and to facilitate training opportunities that enhance wellbeing and promote positive mental health of Balseskin Reception Centre.
  • To connect individuals and families to local community and voluntary organisations, sports clubs, Church groups and other links with the community.
  • To assist in delivering 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’.

Salary circa €28,000 commensurate with experience.

Application forms are available by request at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. No CVs or Cover Letters will be accepted. All applications for this position must be received by 1pm on Wednesday 23 October 2019.


JRS Ireland is an Equal Opportunities Employer