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Job Description: African Communities Liaison

Location: Berkeley, California 

Schedule: Full-time (possibility of .5 for two people) 

Start Date: July 2019 


Partnerships for Trauma Recovery (PTR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to healing the psychosocial impacts of trauma among international survivors of human rights abuses and forced displacement resulting from war, torture, gender-based violence and persecution due to identity and beliefs. At our Mosaic Healing Center in Berkeley, California, we: (a) Provide culturally and contextually reflective, trauma-informed and linguistically accessible psychological and psychosocial care for refugees, asylees and asylum seekers, (b) Expand multidisciplinary clinical capacity to serve these diverse international populations through an 11-month, 24-hour per week in-depth clinical training program for advanced doctoral students and post-graduate interns in psychology and social work, and (c) Advocate for policies to prevent trauma and re-traumatization among international survivors of human rights abuses. 


Partnerships for Trauma Recovery is seeking an African Communities Liaison for serving African refugees and asylum seekers. It may be possible for two part-time people to share this role. This position is funded by Alameda County Behavioral Health Services through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). This grant cycle begins on July 1, 2019 and extends through June 30, 2020 and will likely be renewed for an additional year. 

Under this grant PTR will provide psychological and psychosocial care for refugees and asylum seekers with a specific focus on African populations, and conduct targeted outreach to expand awareness of and increase access to PTR’s services among African communities and organizations in the Bay Area.


This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic nonprofit organization working at the juncture of global mental health and human rights. The primary responsibility of the African Communities Liaison will be to support the clinical team in providing trauma-informed, culturally reflective and linguistically accessible psychosocial care and community support for international survivors of human rights abuses from African countries. Working closely with the clinical and program teams, the African Communities Liaison will conduct community outreach; help organize events to raise awareness and increase understanding of mental health needs among African refugees and asylum seekers; help foster cross-cultural dialogue and reduce stigma related to mental health needs; and implement psychoeducational and capacity-building activities with African organizations, partners and communities in the Bay Area. 

In addition to an understanding of the diverse African populations resettled in the Bay Area, this position requires flexibility, resourcefulness and independence, and a commitment to advancing human rights & global social justice with a focus on the needs of African survivors seeking greater safety in the United States.


The roles and responsibilities of the African Communities Liaison will include the following. 

Community Outreach, Communication & Collaboration 

  • Identify African community leaders and community organizations serving African populations. 
  • Build professional relationships and engage in ongoing outreach, communication and collaboration with African community leaders, community partners and staff serving African populations. 
  • Help develop and sustain cross-cultural understanding and mutually beneficial relationships with community partners and organizations serving African populations. 
  • Represent PTR and the African Communities Program to community partners and organizations through events, presentations and capacity-building activities, sharing and disseminating information about the PTR’s mission, beneficiaries and programming. 
  • Identify and engage in new community outreach initiatives and partnerships relative to the needs of African populations.

Community Sensitization & Training 

  • With support from PTR clinical staff, design and implement community events to share PTR’s work and mission, raising awareness about our programs within African communities. 
  • Help develop and deliver psychoeducational trainings for African refugees and asylum seekers related to the impacts of trauma, forced displacement and resettlement in the United States. 
  • Help identify African community leaders and partner organizations who wish to receive consultation and capacity-building from PTR about the psychological and psychosocial needs of African refugees and asylum seekers. 
  • Help design and implement culturally reflective and trauma-informed training for partners and providers regarding the mental health and wellness needs of African populations. 
  • With support from the African Communities Clinical Psychologist, establish and co-facilitate support groups with African immigrants with a focus on mental health and wellness, and conduct regular psychosocial support conversation and dialogue. 
  • With support from the African Communities Clinical Psychologist, co-facilitate workshops, group discussions, listening sessions, and community dialogues on mental health and related  stigmas with community-based organizations, community leaders, religious leaders, and partner organizations.
  • Help develop and sustain cross-cultural understanding and collaborative relationships with community partners with attention to the needs of resettled African communities residing throughout the Bay Area.
  • Conduct support groups with African youth at local high schools, churches, and/or community centers that incorporate recreational, creative, and innovative activities that build social-emotional skills and encourage the development of psychosocial support systems.

Other Responsibilities 

  • Inform PTR clinical and program team about outreach programming and outcomes. 
  • Provide some case management support, accompaniment & advocacy for African clients. 
  • Participate as a member of the clinical and program teams, and help achieve goals of the African Communities Program. 
  • Attend PTR staff activities and events. 
  • Complete data reporting, billing, and administrative tasks and perform other duties as assigned.

Required Experience & Interests 

  • Interest in the psychological and psychosocial wellbeing of African refugee and asylum seeking populations.
  • Ability to comfortably address and discuss the community mental health and wellbeing needs of international survivors of human rights abuses without judgement or stigma.
  • Knowledge of and connections with African communities in the Bay Area, and in particular with agencies and locations where African community members gather for activities, socializing, services and programming.
  • Experience working collaboratively as a member of a team.
  • Ability to work independently in the community. 
  • Oral fluency in one or more African languages. Preferred languages are French, Kiswahili, or Tigrinya. 
  • Spoken and written proficiency in English.

Preferred Education & Experience 

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Social Work, Public Health or related field preferred. 
  • Experience working with forcibly displaced refugee and/or asylum seeking populations. 
  • Experience planning & implementing community outreach activities & psychoeducational trainings.

Competencies & Interests

  • Commitment to global social justice and human rights.
  • Comfortable expressing cultural humility
  • Interest in developing and implementing community outreach and training activities.
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt to developing program needs and requirements.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Regular access to a car and ability to travel to different locations in the Bay Area.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite and Google Drive.

How to apply for open positions:

Application process: If interested, please submit the following to with the subject Application for African Communities Liaison: 1) A cover letter; 2) Your most recent curriculum vitae or resume. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are interested in the full-time or part-time position. 

Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis until the position is filled. To learn more about Partnerships for Trauma Recovery, please visit our website at 

Partnerships for Trauma Recovery is an equal employment opportunities (EEO) and does not discriminate on the basis of ancestry, age, color, disability (physical and mental, includes HIV and AIDs), genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion (includes religious dress and grooming), sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and/or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, or request for FMLA in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.