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Ukrainian Peer Support Specialist


  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Seattle
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
  • Closing Date:

IRC Background:  The mission of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933, the IRC has a presence in over 40 countries and 27 offices in the United States; the IRC leads the way from harm to home. IRC opened an office in Seattle in 1976 and provides a continuum of services including intensive case management, employment and economic empowerment services, immigration assistance, health and wellness programming, and education support to refugee and immigrant families in Washington State. IRC Washington is committed to providing trauma-informed, equitable, and accessible services and maintaining and evolving a diverse, inclusive, and supportive workplace.

Job Overview:

The Ukrainian Peer Support Specialist is responsible for building resilience of people forcibly displaced from Ukraine. This position will be engaging with individuals and families from the Ukrainian community who are experiencing adjustment difficulties to offer encouragement, practical assistance, guidance, and emotional support. The role will include conducting client-centered needs assessments and skill-building workshops to enhance problem solving and promote positive interactions. Depending on community need, the Ukrainian Peer Support Specialist may also run psychosocial support groups, provide educational workshops, and develop community activities that foster healthy connections.

Major Responsibilities:

·         Promote mental health and psychosocial support within affected communities

·         Meet with individuals and families in the community to conduct needs assessments

·         Prepare an appropriate plan of action with clearly identified goals and activities

·         Under supervision, engage in evidenced based psychoeducation and skill building activities

·         Document activities through case notes and data entry

·         Collaborate with supervisor to provide crisis assessment

·         Assist with evaluation of current program services and explore ways to introduce new service opportunities

·         Attend IRC trainings and conference calls addressing mental health program development and other refugee mental health and psychosocial support related topics

·         Attend and engage in all team meetings, staff meetings, and other relevant meetings and participate fully as a member of the IRC team

·         Other duties, as required


Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:  Mental Health Program Coordinator

Indirect Reporting:  Health and Wellness Program Manager

Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: other IRC Seattle program teams, IRC Seattle Finance and Operations teams, IRC Seattle Development, External Communications, and Volunteer support teams, Mental Health Technical Adviser, Evidence-based intervention trainers

External: mental health providers and systems

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