As a child protection officer for UNICEF in Mindanao, the Philippines, Jirah promoted adolescent and youth participation in governance and peacebuilding. She has also worked as a project officer for the Civil Peace Service, collaborating with local indigenious people on conflict transformation. Jirah is passionate about empowering young people and believes that youth are active contributors to peace and nation-building. Jirah holds a BA in community development from the University of the Philippines. As a student, she was the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.