Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Program Associate, Human Rights Clinic

TITLE:                                               Program Associate, Human Rights Clinic

BASED IN:                                        New York, NY

CLASSIFICATION:                         Full Time Employee

START DATE:                                  November 18, 2013



HealthRight International is a global health and human rights organization working to build lasting access to health for excluded communities. Working closely with communities and establishing local partnerships to deliver health services, HealthRight provides training and equipment and improves systems to enable local partners to deliver services on their own. HealthRight’s goal is to create lasting change that supports access to health while strengthening human rights.



The Human Right Clinic (HRC) is a project of HealthRight International whose primary objective is to provide survivors of torture seeking asylum in the United States with access to trained physicians and mental health professionals who conduct forensic evaluations for survivors’ asylum and other immigration proceedings. Survivors in need of follow-up medical and psychosocial care can access services in their communities through the Access to Support and Services for Survivors of Torture (ASSIST) program. The HRC provides services to survivors of torture in over 11 states across the country.


The Program Associate will coordinate HRC’s western region operations including volunteer recruitment, training and support, and coordination of client evaluations. The Program Associate will also coordinate the ASSIST program.



1)  Coordination of  Western Region Recruitment, Training and Support of Volunteers

  • In consultation with Program Director, identify training locations based on need, scope and feasibility of adequate caseload, conduct trainings, and induct trained professionals into the HRC network. Coordinate periodic working group meetings for volunteers; develop HRC-related communication materials.

2)  Western Region Project Coordination

  • Maintain the smooth operation of the Western Region volunteer network referral system including: client screening, managing evaluation logistics (ensuring availability of client, volunteer clinician, space and interpreter and scheduling evaluations both in detention and in the community), affidavit review/delivery and ensuring volunteer availability for testimony. Track outcome of asylum hearings.

3)  Coordination of ASSIST Social Services Referral Program

  • Oversee HRC’s ASSIST national social services referral program: client referral for follow-up care and services based on need, availability of referral services and grant requirements; research on availability of free or low-cost medical and psychosocial  support services in all HRC sites; maintain and develop ASSIST network partnerships; supervise Case Manager interns.

4)  Monitoring and Reporting, Supervision and Representation

  • Ensure timely submission of project and situation reports as required on all western region trainings, caseload details, and national referral reports.
  • Act as a liaison between HealthRight headquarters and local and regional partner organizations in all western sites.
  • Act as a liaison between HealthRight and post-evaluation referral partners in all HRC sites.
  • Respond to reporting requirements as needed.

NOTE: The above listed duties constitute an outline of the core tasks and responsibilities associated with this position.  These may be adjusted, modified, expanded or otherwise revised at any time as deemed necessary by the organization. 



  • Masters Degree with a human rights and/or social services background; MSW preferred.
  • Highly organized, detail oriented, reliable, independent personality and able to work effectively with a variety of personalities.
  • Proven experience in volunteer recruitment and training; demonstrated ability to organize and execute projects, record keeping.
  • Knowledge of US immigration laws, US and UN definitions of torture, and service providers available to torture survivors in the tri-state area highly desired.
  • Ability to work with people with low English proficiency, limited time-flexibility, and challenges (e.g., in communication, mobility) related to psychological and other trauma.
  • Cultural sensitivity and excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; ability to work in a team.
  • Proficiency in Word, Access and related MS Office applications. 


To apply:

Send CV, Cover Letter and salary history by mail: HealthRight International, c/o Human Resources, 65 Broadway 19th Fl. New York, New York, 10006; or by email to ; Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.   Please include job title in the subject line. No phone calls.