Community Health Promoter

International Rescue Committee
  • Location
    Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Oct 18

Position description

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. The IRC is on the ground in more than 40 countries, providing emergency relief, relocating refugees and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster. Through 28 regional offices in cities across the United States, the IRC helps refugees resettle and become self-sufficient. Our programs are designed to ensure refugees thrive in America--whether ensuring children are enrolled in school, adults become self-reliant through employment or starting businesses, or families receive acute medical care they need to recover from trauma or illness. The IRC helps those in need to rebuild their lives and regain control of their future in their new home community.

Job Overview: The community health promoter (CHP) will provide in-home health and mental health literacy education to refugees who have arrived in the United States in the past five years. The CHP will work in partnership with the resettlement agency and the Refugee Wellness Coordinator at the New Jersey Office of Refugees (NJOR). The CHP will receive on-going training on the topics that she/he will be presenting to the refugee families and will receive direct supervision from the Refugee Wellness Coordinator. The time required for the position will be varied but will not exceed 10 hours per week and could sometimes require no hours at all or as little as 1-2 hours in a week. The time requirement is based on the number of families being served at a given time. The schedule for the in-home visits is flexible based on the refugee participant and CHP's schedules.

Major Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

CHP Trainings:

  • Participate in initial training and on-going professional development provided by the New Jersey Office for Refugees

Client Services:

  • Provide on-going health and mental-health education addressing available resources, cultural norms and expectations, stigma and other issues related to refugee health and wellness upon resettlement
  • Travel independently to refugee homes to provide in-home education
  • Refer refugees for services at the refugee resettlement agencies, as needed
  • Assist NJOR in completing pre-post assessments among program participants

Compliance Documentation:

  • Complete written assessments, surveys, and case notes on services provided and topics covered as required by the program.

Team/Office Participation:

  • Satisfactorily complete Health Promoter training and all additional program specific trainings as assigned.
  • Comply with all policies, procedures and protocols of the agency, placing importance on client confidentiality.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: NJOR's Refugee Wellness Coordinator
Position directly supervises: None

Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: NJOR Employees, interns

External: None

Job Requirements:

  • Knowledge of the refugee resettlement experience preferred.
  • Experience in community organizing, social work, and/or public health preferred.
  • Demonstrated success working and communicating effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Proven ability to contribute both independently and as a key team member.
  • Some university or higher education preferred.
  • Strong spoken English and comfort reading English-language materials; English fluency preferred
  • Ability to speak in one of the refugee population's languages and familiarity with refugee's culture
  • Self- starter with excellent problem solving skills combined with the proven ability to multi-task, prioritize duties, and manage time effectively

Working Environment:

  • Most work will be conducted in the homes of refugee families.
  • Trainings will take place at the NJOR office or in other standard office environments.
  • Flexible work hours; weekend and evening work required.

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