Inquiries and Outreach Officer (National Position)
The IRC has a rich history of assisting refugees to apply for United States resettlement, from its founding in 1933 to help vulnerable individuals escape Nazi-occupied Europe, to pioneering the Joint Voluntary Agency which assisted Indochinese refugees for 22 years, to operations in Croatia, Sierra Leone and Sudan. Since 2005, RSC Asia has resettled over 180,000 refugees to the United States.
Based in Bangkok with field offices in Thailand and Malaysia, the IRC Resettlement Support Center (RSC Asia) is funded by the US State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) to assist persons throughout Asia seeking permanent resettlement to the United States. Responsible for a portfolio of 37 countries, the RSC: prepares refugee applications for the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) using START (a State Department–managed data system that supports the arrival and resettlement of refugees through technology); provides information to resettlement agencies about arriving refugees; and offers cultural orientation training to refugees bound for the United States.
The Inquiries Officer is responsible for monitoring and responding to routine refugee case status inquiries submitted via e-mail, phone, letter and the RSC’s online Case Status Inquiry website (CaSI). Inquiries may be submitted directly by refugees or third parties. The Inquiries Officer also provides general information about the USRAP to refugees. S/he will ensure that case related updates provided by refugees or USRAP partner agencies are accurately recorded in into START, a State Department – managed system that supports the arrival and resettlement of refugees through technology, and flagged for follow-up as appropriate. S/he projects the professional image of the IRC-RSC through telephone, email and in-person interaction with refugees.
- Respond to refugee or third-party inquiries submitted online, by phone, email, letter and/or in-person encounters within established time frames
- Provide refugee applicants with accurate, general information about the USRAP, or with their case specific information.
- Provide counseling on case status and in some cases, final case decision by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
- Ensure accurate data entry into START and dissemination of information received to relevant staff
- Seek guidance and communicate with appropriate staff about more complex cases
- Keep immediate supervisor informed of developments in daily inquiries, including any urgent inquiries
- Assist in recognizing, documenting and alerting supervisors of trends
- Recommend process improvements and changes
- Ensure automated response systems (voicemail, e-mail, CaSI) are regularly updated with current information
- Complete call logs and relevant/required reports, including weekly progress reports.
- Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Position Reports to: Inquiries and Outreach Manager
Position Directly Supervises: N/A
Indirect Reporting: Program Support Coordinator
Other Internal/External contacts:
Internal: All Bangkok and Malaysia RSC staff