Refugee AmeriCorps Women’s Health Navigator

April 6, 2018

Position Title: Refugee AmeriCorps Women’s Health Navigator
Member Supervisor: Estevan Sanchez & CWS-HQ
Team: Refugee AmeriCorps Initiative
Placement Site: Opening Doors, Sacramento CA
Program Benefits:

  • Living Allowance of $20,000 (distributed over 12 months)
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,815, upon successful completion of service
  • Childcare assistance, if applicable
  • Professional Development Opportunities

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:30pm

Church World Service (CWS) is a not-for-profit organization working to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world. CWS is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

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Position Description

CWS, in collaboration with Opening Doors, seeks an AmeriCorps member to be placed at Sacramento, CA to support and build capacity for intensive community orientation (ICO).

Founded in 1946, CWS is a non-profit and faith-based global humanitarian organization. CWS works in more than 30 countries worldwide to eradicate hunger and poverty, to secure a sustainable future for the displaced and to promote peace and justice. Over the course of its near 70-year history, CWS has assisted 800,000 refugees and parolees to start new lives and integrate into communities across the United States. Through its Immigration and Refugee Program (IRP), CWS assists refugees, asylees, asylum seekers, immigrants throughout the U.S.

CWS provides each adult refugee with cultural orientation (CO) within 90 days of arrival to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes refugees need to adjust and achieve successful integration. AmeriCorps members will focus on at least one of three key topics—housing and/or health—which are pillars of successful resettlement because of their link to refugees’ immediate self-sufficiency and long-term integration.

CWS will engage 11 AmeriCorps members for one year of full-time service (1,700 hours) at 9 local resettlement agencies in Sacramento, CA, Delray Beach, FL, Grand Rapids, MI, Durham, NC, Greensboro, NC, Columbus, OH, Lancaster, PA, Harrisonburg, VA and Richmond, VA. The program supports a resettlement environment that promotes refugee integration by enhancing mutual understanding between refugees and their new U.S. communities through ICO, an education program focused on the areas of housing and health to better support refugees in reaching long term integration and self-sufficiency. AmeriCorps members will design, coordinate and deliver intensive community orientation (ICO) for 1,107 refugees, develop 130 new community partnerships and train 100 community individuals on working with refugee populations.

Local Operating Site Overview: The member will be placed at Opening Doors in Sacramento, CA. Opening Doors is a nonprofit 501c3 refugee resettlement agency and Community Development Financial Institution in Sacramento, California. Our mission is to empower refugees, immigrants, survivors of human trafficking, and underserved Sacramento area residents to achieve self-sufficiency by accessing opportunities to mainstream economic and social systems. In addition to refugee resettlement, our organization provides immigration legal services, intensive case management beyond the 90-day resettlement period, microenterprise loans and business technical assistance, and licensing assistance for refugee childcare providers. Last fiscal year we resettled 1,027 refugees, primarily Special Immigrant Visa holders from Afghanistan.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leverage and expand upon existing efforts to address gaps and increase quality and quantity of education in health, specifically women’s reproductive health. Coordinate with case managers and the local community to identify clients who need health ICO and enroll clients into the necessary ICO education activities.
  • Administer ICO pre- and post-assessments to all clients enrolled, collect and analyze data on client outcomes, and update education activities accordingly. Submit mandatory reports on client outcomes and participation in the program.
  • Facilitate the enrollment and monitoring of clients in community support programs offered through First Five and Birth and Beyond that focus on child safety, nutrition, health, and exercise.
  • Develop and lead health-focused educational activities in individual and group settings to help clients increase knowledge and gain self-sufficiency in navigating services, including: introduction to local health care systems; scheduling appointments, medical interpreters, and medical transportation; contraception; family planning; pre- and post-natal care; and pharmaceuticals. Provide culturally, linguistically and faith-competent women’s health information and resources to newly arrived refugee.
  • Work closely with Opening Doors’ Cultural Orientation Coordinator to develop and provide practical and client-focused teaching materials and resources on women’s health.
  • Strengthen our collaboration with local service providers to increase culturally and linguistically competent community options to support refugee women.

Program Requirements:

  • Complete 1700 hours in a period of no less than 351 days and no more than 365 days.
  • Consult with your supervisor if you have ideas, issues or concerns, offering analysis and solutions whenever possible
  • Participate in a thorough on-boarding provided at the local level by the direct supervisor and the national level provided by CHWS-HQ.
  • Participate in quarterly one-on-one check-ins with CWS-HQ and at least bi-weekly check-ins with your direct supervisor.
  • Participate in monthly Community of Practice (CoP) webinars to share resources, challenges and best practices with other CWS Refugee AmeriCorps members. Facilitate at least one CoP call and present on a Learn n Share topic.
  • Complete a Member Service Plan (MSP), and participate in professional development activities.
  • Participate and/or coordinate a Day of Service event on/or around World Refugee Day on June 20th.
  • Participate, if offered, in a Refugee AmeriCorps member conference.
  • Submit monthly service logs and reporting documents to CWS-HQ.
  • Respect confidentiality of clients, staff and AmeriCorps members.
  • Adhere to and follow CNCS and CWS regulations of service.
  • Practice sound health habits, including getting sufficient rest, to effectively perform the position requirements.



Skill Requirements:

  • Ability to speak publicly with defined constituencies regarding specific assigned topics.
  • Utilize MS Office (Excel, Word and Access) and Internet applications.
  • Utilize excellent communication skills both in writing and orally. Communicate detailed and/or technical information clearly.
  • Ability to work well with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to provide culturally sensitive counseling and instruction is required.
  • Strong initiative; self-starter. Ability to creatively problem solve.
  • Actively aims to work with and learn from peers.
  • Previous work/volunteer experience in teaching, refugee resettlement or other direct social services preferred. Curriculum and training development experience preferred.
  • Have reliable transpiration and willingness to use public transportation with clients.
  • Preferred: bilingual, verbal and/or written proficiency in Farsi, Dari, Pashto, and/or Arabic

Eligibility Requirements.

  • Members must be at least 18 years of age or 17 years of age with written parental consent.
  • Members must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident or U.S. national.
  • Members must have a High School Diploma, earned an equivalency certificate or obtain a waiver. Members may not have dropped out of elementary or high school.
  • Provide proof of enrollment in a health insurance plan within 30 days of service.
  • Selection into the program will be contingent upon a criminal history check, including the national sex offender public registry, state criminal history registries for locations where the member has lived as well as the service location and an FBI fingerprint check.

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