The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and in 29 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
SCOPE OF WORK:
The Community Health Promoter (CHP) Cultural Liaison is a volunteer position to support the IRC in NY’s community health promotion project. As part of this project, all newly arrived refugees and asylees will be matched with a Health Coach who will work with the client for four months to ensure they attend all required medical appointments, learn how to navigate the US medical system, and maintain/develop preventative health strategies. The CHP liaison will serve as an interpreter and a cultural broker, facilitating communication and providing insights about cultural perspectives related to the health topics addressed in the project.
The project runs from September 1st through March 30th and ideal candidates will be available for the entire project period. Due to the nature of the program, the CHP Cultural Liaison may not need to volunteer every week but should be available for a minimum of five hours per week and up to fifteen if possible. There are multiple positions available.
ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:
Participate in an interpreter training prior to beginning of volunteer position
Provide interpretation and occasional translation services for clients and IRC staff as needed for meetings in the office and/or home visits. Topics for discussion include, but are not limited to intakes, medical appointments, physical and mental health concerns
Engage clients in health-related lesson plans during regularly scheduled home visits
Communicate effectively in person and by telephone
Provide clerical support and assist participants to complete basic forms
Participate in ongoing trainings; as scheduled
Report regularly to the assigned Health Coach on program activities and issues of concern
Collaborate with other IRC in NY programs as necessary
Adhere to IRC policies, particularly those related to confidentiality and client privacy.
Experience working with immigrants or refugees or in social service preferred
Interest and experience in health care or health services preferred
Must have good written and verbal English language skills
Ability to fluently speak at least one of the following languages (Farsi/Dari, Arabic, Spanish, French, Burmese, Mandarin, Russian, Urdu)
Must be willing to work varied hours
Must be over 18
Basic computer skills (Microsoft Access and Word, E-mail)
Be able to pass a background check
Adhere to professional standards of confidentiality and boundary-setting
Interpretation Certification preferred (POWER, Culture Connect, US military, College/university)
Applicant must be located within the NYC metro area (in person interpretation is required)
This position reports to their assigned Health Coach.