Cultural Orientation Assistant - Afghan Placement and Assistance (APA) Program
Salt Lake City (United States of America)
Founded in 1933, the IRC is a leading nonsectarian, voluntary organization providing relief, protection and resettlement services for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. In the U.S.; IRC provides assistance to refugees resettling here through 27 offices operating in 16 states. IRC resettles approximately 11,000 refugees per year and provides numerous program services to assist the refugee from their arrival through citizenship. The IRC in Salt Lake City opened it office in 1994, and provides resettlement services through extended case management to newly arrived refugees for up to 24-months as well as over twenty different programs to educate and empower refugees.
The Afghan Placement and Assistance (APA) Program is a new program being implemented at the International Rescue Committee to assist individuals from Afghanistan who are arriving in the United States. The Cultural Orientation (CO) Assistant will work with the CO Coordinator and the Education Program Supervisor to provide initial CO and training to newly-arrived Afghani clients to support their successful navigation of available services, their local community, and broader US society and to promote cross-cultural understanding while encouraging clients’ positive psychosocial adjustment. The CO Assistant will coordinate the delivery of weekly CO modules and ongoing supplemental topic-specific training courses that assists new arrivals with their understanding diverse topic areas including employment, U.S. laws, Immigration, and safety. This includes tracking client’s CO attendance, participation, and assessments in accordance with Cooperative Agreement and IRC guidelines. The CO Assistant will support other Education program services as needed.
•Deliver CO program trainings and supplemental topic-specific sessions including coordination with IRC staff to schedule trainings, disseminate weekly training schedule to clients, staff, and external partners, secure in-person interpretation, and prepare training materials and classroom logistics.
•Update existing CO curricula as needed, including classroom materials, student handbooks, and teaching aids based on best-practices provided by Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE).
•Conduct CO Assessments as well as track clients’ attendance and Assessment scores in ETO database.
•Use personal, insured vehicle and/or public transportation (where available) to travel and transport clients and materials as needed throughout the service delivery area.
•Utilize outstanding presentation and facilitation skills in traditional and non-traditional training situations.
•May train and lead the activities of volunteers and interns.
•Other duties as assigned.