Afghan Refugee Housing & Welcoming Navigators
We Are All America/ National Partnership for New Americans
Nov 29, 2021
Afghan Refugee Housing and Welcoming Navigator
Florida, Arizona, California
1-year contract, Opportunity to Extend beyond the pilot project period
$18/hour for up to 40 hours/week
A phone stipend and mileage reimbursement at .56 cents/mile will be provided
About We Are All America
We Are All America works to uphold and strengthen our nation’s commitment to welcome and protect those seeking freedom, safety, and refuge in the United States. We organize people across religious and cultural differences to build inclusive communities where we all belong.
Through We Are All America, a powerful alliance of national and state-based organizations has combined strengths to respond to the willful destruction of the U.S. refugee resettlement program and the heightened anti-refugee, anti-asylum, and anti-Muslim narratives that are influencing political decision making and public opinion.
Current national Steering Committee member organizations include Alianza Americas, Church World Service, Human Rights First, International Rescue Committee, National Partnership for New Americans, the Refugee Advocacy Lab, Refugee Congress, Refugee Council USA, and Welcoming America. In 2020, We Are All America added four state field organizations to the campaign’s leadership, ensuring a connection between national and state leaders. These include Campaign for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), Florida Immigrant Coalition, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC), and Unite Oregon.
The WAAA Afghan Refugee Housing & Welcoming Navigators will be Afghan community leaders who will join the WAAA team and lead the following response and welcoming work after receiving proper training in the areas outlined below:
1. Connecting newly arrived Afghan families to key services: In an effort to support as many families as possible in this critical time, the WAAA Afghan Refugee Housing & Welcoming Navigators will support with:
- Helping families navigate and access resources for housing and other basic needs
- Educating families on how to access housing, legal services, and other resources in their communities through local “know your rights and resources” presentations
- Connecting newcomers with former refugees in order to help support their integration process.
- Collectively, the Afghan navigator leads and volunteer navigators will aim to reach approximately 3,000-5,000 newly arrived Afghan refugees across the country
2. Support advocacy and policy efforts: In order to ensure Afghan families are receiving essential needs upon their arrival. WAAA Afghan Refugee Housing & Welcoming Navigators will:
- Engage local city, county, and state officials in order to advocate for resources around access to immediate needs, such as; affordable housing, workforce development programs, transportation, internet access, and other immediate needs.
- Support local resettlement efforts of agencies tasked with initial resettlement by helping to advocate for the needs of newly arrived refugees.
- Identify challenges around access for housing and other basic needs work with stakeholders in order to address barriers and build alliances with housing partners.
3. Community Leadership Development: Afghan Housing & Welcoming Navigator train a Local Team
- The lead Afghan Refugee Housing and Welcoming Navigator will work to build a small team (3-5 leaders) of local navigators in an effort to expand outreach and assistance to the Afghan community.
- This lead Navigator will provide training to their local team and support them in outreach and community education
- Each local Navigator local team will aim to reach 1,500 families, who will disseminate housing and welcoming information to the community
4. Develop partnerships: With local institutions to increase support and services for refugees.
Essential Qualifications and Skills:
- Experience in working with Afghan communities, and community advocacy and organizing
- Bilingual in English and Pashto/Dari is required
- Self-starter- able to take on tasks with minimal supervision
- Demonstrated ability to build relationships and work effectively with people of diverse social, faith, economic and racial/ethnic backgrounds
- Excellent verbal, analytical, writing, and organization skills
- Demonstrated public speaking skills
- Proficient knowledge of Gmail features- Internet required
- Bachelor's Degree is preferred
Special Working Conditions and Demands:
- Willingness to work flexible hours; evenings and weekends required
- A commitment to social justice, and experience working with and in diverse low-income communities and communities of color
- Ability to work as part of a team and on multiple projects
- Access to a car, valid driver’s license and insurance, and ability to travel within the metropolitan area and sometimes out of state
- This is a one-year contract position, considered limited-term employment.
Statement of Equal Opportunity:
National Partnership for New Americans is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, or disability.
Send resume and cover letter describing your skills and interest to [email protected]