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Talent Acquisition and Development Officer

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: JRS - Jesuit Refugee Service
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
  • Closing Date: 2020-03-15

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Organizational Context 

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is a ministry of the Society of Jesus, incorporated as an international non-governmental organisation with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate for the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people. The organisation was founded in November 1980 and now has a presence in over 50 countries. JRS undertakes services at national and regional levels with the support and guidance of an international office (IO) in Rome. The style of JRS service is human and spiritual, working in situations of greatest need, seeking the long-term well-being of refugees and displaced people while not neglecting their immediate or urgent needs.
The main services provided are in the field of education, reconciliation, livelihood activities and psychosocial support. Currently, more than 724,000 individuals are direct beneficiaries of JRS projects.

Operational Context

The Talent Acquisition and Development Officer collaborates with the Human Resources Department, supporting the talent management activities and coordinating activities across the full range of HR Development processes.  

Key Responsibilities

The Talent Acquisition and Development Officer, under the supervision of the International Director of Human Resources, will provide HR services both for the international Office, as well as for the Country and Regional offices. More specifically, s/he will:


Recruitment, selection and Talent Management

  • Advise hiring managers and staff on the development of terms of reference in accordance with the relative staffing needs
  • Prepare vacancy announcements, identify advertisement channels and circulation of announcements
  • Coordinate the overall selection process and logistics and candidate interactions
  • Identify tools and strategies for targeted recruitment activities
  • Coordinate probationary review process for all new staff members and monitor their progress
  • Contribute to the construction of talent pools of prequalified and interested candidates for future positions


Performance Management

  • Design assessment tools and tests for skills and performance assessment defining SMART criteria, also defining performance indicators to monitor career progress and / or training needs
  • Support managers in carrying out personnel performance assessment activities
  • Design an equal and rewarding incentive system


Staff Development

  • Conduct needs’ assessment to identify gaps and opportunities for development activities
  • Develop and coordinate a portfolio of development activities (trainings, workshops, e-learning, mentoring and coaching programs, etc)
  • Develop and maintain tracking tools to analyse relevant aspects of the process including participation, effectiveness of trainings, costs and return on investment


Qualification, Skills, and Competencies

  • University degree in Human Resource Administration, Business Administration or related field.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience working for an international/multilateral organisation, or development institutions in providing HR business services
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point
  • Proficiency in written and verbal English
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a multi-cultural, international, professional environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work proactively and independently, as well as in a team-environment
  • Sharing knowledge across the organisation and building a culture of knowledge
  • High sense of discretion in dealing with confidential matters at all times


  • Working knowledge of a second language (French, Spanish)
  • Previous work experience with faith-based organizations and/or NGOs


Core values and ethics

  • Good understanding of and compatibility with the values of JRS
  • Commitment to JRS’s mission, vision and values; ability to convey with enthusiasm JRS’s role in accompanying and serving forcibly displaced people and to advocate for their right to protection and a life in dignity
  • High integrity, honesty and confidentiality; ability to deal tactfully and discreetly with people, situations and information
  • Acceptance of diversity and inclusion as a core value


Terms and Conditions

Please note that this position is only open to candidates who possess EU citizenships or other legal authorizations to work in the European Union.

Contract is for one year, renewable with an initial probationary period of 3 months. The salary range starts from 40.000 Euro to 55.000 Euro.

How to apply

All applicants are requested to submit the following documents through JRS Careers web page (, no later than 15 March 2020:

1.      A cover letter describing the candidate’s desire and motivation to work for JRS and how her/his qualifications and experience are a good fit for this position

2.      Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English, including three (3) professional references with contact information, phone and email address.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest in joining JRS

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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