Refugee Transitions (RT; is a nonprofit agency that provides education, family engagement, and community leadership programs to low-income newcomers who have sought refuge in the U.S. Refugee Transitions is currently seeking a Health and Wellness Promoter to facilitate group and individual support models to newly arrived Afghan women.

Position: Health and Wellness Promoter

Time Commitment: 30-40 hours/week. Schedule TBD.

Compensation: $19-$20 per hour (depending on education and experience) for this hourly non-exempt position. Full-time benefits, including health, dental, vacation, sick time, and some paid holidays.

Overtime Eligible: Yes (non-exempt)

Reports to: Refugee Transitions Afghan Community Advisor

Indirect Reporting: Community Health and Wellness Program Director at the International Rescue Committee

Program/Employment Dates: Start date is July 2018; following the Oakland Unified School District calendar.

Location: Oakland, CA (including the Refugee Transitions Women’s Initiative classroom site at 1811 11th Ave, Oakland, CA 94606 (RT @ Harbor House), and OUSD school sites (for summer school program as well as workshops and meetings).


Job Overview/Summary: Refugee Transitions is partnering with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) for a Behavioral Health Program serving Afghan women. The program ensures that newly arrived immigrants from Afghanistan have access to ongoing psycho-social support to serve their adjustment needs, as well as access to culturally and linguistically sensitive behavioral health support services. The Health and Wellness Promoter will be responsible for the implementation of psycho-social programming serving the newcomer Afghan population in Oakland. With an ability to form trusted peer relationships with newly arrived Afghan women, the Health and Wellness Promoter will work with existing communities to create avenues for wellbeing activities and the fostering of organic emotional and social support networks within newcomer communities. The Health and Wellness Promoter will facilitate the Pathways to Wellness program with an emphasis on ensuring newcomer populations have access to safe and supportive healing spaces within their communities.

Major Responsibilities:

Wellness Activities:

  • Facilitate community-based group support activities through the Pathways to Wellness curriculum to promote emotional wellbeing and healthy adjustment, and provide opportunities for Afghan women to develop connection and support;

  • Coordinate and conduct educational activities including home visits to Afghan women to promote community integration and self-care among refugees and other populations in the Bay Area;

  • Conducting mental health RH-15 screenings for IRC clients, and report to Community Health and Wellness Manager on clients’ needs for referrals to community mental health and/or other service providers; and

  • Provide Social Adjustment Support in partnership with Refugee Transitions’ and Burma Refugee Family Network’s Social Adjustment Counselors.

Community Partnerships:

  • Conduct outreach to existing refugee and asylee community to encourage participation and increase referrals to health and wellness programming;

  • Maintain partnerships with community members. Refer and coordinate care for clients with high probability of emotional distress including a history of trauma/torture and gender-based violence; and

  • Work with Oakland Unified School District Refugee & Asylee Student Assistance Program (Nathaniel Dunstan) to identify schools with high numbers of Afghan students.

Program Administration and Reporting:

  • Ensure accurate tracking of wellness activities and RH-15 screening data, and compiling reports for senior program staff (at Refugee Transitions and the International Rescue Committee);

  • Work closely with staff to enhance and implement Health and Wellness Program goals; and

  • Administer tools used in program monitoring and evaluation.

Internal Contacts:

Health and Wellness Promoter will develop working relationships with staff, teachers, interns, and childcare providers leading Refugee Transitions’ Women’s Initiative and Early Childhood Education Program.

External Contacts:  

Health and Wellness Promoter will work with the Oakland Unified School District Refugee & Asylee Student Assistance Program to identify schools with high numbers of Afghan students.

Job Requirements:

Education: A two-year degree with an emphasis in Social Work, Psychology, or an equivalent field of study preferred.

Work Experience: 1 to 2+ years of relevant work experience. A significant portion of this experience would include responsibilities in public health, social services, education, capacity building, and/or humanitarian relief.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

  • Understanding of community integration, resettlement, and migration trauma;

  • Cross-cultural awareness and communication skills;

  • Ability to form trusted peer relationships and connect with newly arrived Afghan women;

  • Experience with psycho-social programming;

  • Demonstrated success working and communicating effectively in a multicultural environment;

  • Experience working directly with underserved populations;

  • Proven ability to contribute both independently and as a key team member;

  • Very well-organized and with excellent reporting skills;

  • Self-starter with excellent problem solving skills combined with a proven ability to multitask, prioritize duties, and manage time effectively.

Language Skills:  

Fluency in written and spoken English and Dari REQUIRED (Dari and Pashto preferred)

Physical Abilities: Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person and on the telephone; seeing to read, prepare, and proofread documents; sitting or standing for extended periods of time; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment; kneeling, bending of the waist, and reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally to retrieve and store files and supplies.

Special Requirements: Must be able to accept assignments between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The shift assignments may also include some evenings and weekends.

Application Instructions: 
Please submit a Cover letter and Resume to (with Health & Wellness Outreach Promoter in subject line) by June 30, 2018. Both attachments must be received; incomplete applications will not be considered. Only principal, qualified candidates will receive a response.

AuthorAndrew Bogrand