The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. Domestically, our 22 program offices ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, while working with refugees to gain self-sufficiency.
The IRC’s New Roots program in New York was established in 2011 to help newly-arrived refugees, asylees and other immigrant populations in the south Bronx access fresh, affordable and healthy produce, better integrate into their communities, and become more financially self-sufficient. The New Roots Program in New York currently aims to build food security of newly arrived families through home visits, resource development and training.
Scope of Work:
Under the direct supervision of the New Roots Program Manager, and in collaboration with the Casework staff, the Food Secure Resettlement Intern will develop and implement various healthy food access activities and training materials related to the Food Secure Resettlement Program. A minimum commitment of four months and 10-15 hours a week is required.
- Determine community based resources available to clients with diet related diseases,
- Maintain an updated a list of neighborhood based restaurants that meet pre-determined criteria for first meal and support staff in use,
- Design and implement home visit trainings related to supermarkets, farmer’s markets, food labels, and food preparation,
- Implement food and nutrition questionnaire at 30 day visit,
- Implement supermarket orientations and cultural orientations related to food and nutrition,
- Develop lists/maps of grocery stores and farmers market in neighborhoods where clients reside,
- Work closely with casework staff to identify clients with diet related diseases and to coordinate activities for home visits,
- Assist clients to access Farmers Market Nutrition Program benefits,
- Create an electronic data collection tool to track clients and food secure resettlement services received.
- Collect, record and analyze data related to New Roots programs
- 1. Intern will gain experience in the overall refugee resettlement process.
- 2. The position allows the intern to support clients with diet related health issues, support improved food access and encourage healthy eating.
- 3. Intern will be helping to implement a new, innovative program that bridges New Roots and Casework activities.
- A strong passion for and knowledge of food and nutrition issues
- Bachelor’s degree or course work in related field preferred
- Demonstrated experience with community organizing and engagement, particularly with disadvantaged communities and related to food justice or health, preferred
- Prior experience working with refugees and/or immigrant and/or pre-literate populations in non-traditional setting preferred
- Strong leadership, communication, writing, presentation, facilitation and organizational skills required
- A flexible schedule and ability to travel to all boroughs required
- Second language (Spanish, French, Arabic or Karen) and interpretation skills a plus.
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IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.
Kathleen McTigue | New Roots Program Manager
International Rescue Committee
263 W. 38th Street, New York, NY 10018
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