Peer and Community Educator- Minnesota Afghan Program

  • Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
  • WFH Flexible
  • Full-time
  • US-Based Positions
  • cvt-33688

Peer and Community Educator- Minnesota Afghan Program

The Center for Victims of Torture is hiring a Peer and Community Education for CVT’s new Afghan Program in Minnesota in partnership with the Afghan Cultural Society (ACS). The responsibilities for this position include: working with The Afghan Cultural Society and the CVT team to develop workshop curriculum and new programming opportunities; co-facilitating psychoeducation workshops and community events to build mental health awareness and reduce stigma within the Afghan community; collaborating with team to deliver individual, group and family-based psychoeducation.

Position Details:                                         

  • Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Reports to: Program Manager
  • Remote status: 40% remote, 60% In-person
  • Full/part-time status: Full-time
  • Hiring salary: $50,607-63,259
  • Position is open to candidates who reside in and are eligible to work in the US


The Center for Victims of Torture works toward a future in which torture ceases to exist and its victims have hope for a new life. We are an international nonprofit dedicated to healing survivors of torture. We offer rehabilitation services to those who have been tortured, train partners around the world who can prevent and treat torture, and advocate for human rights and an end to torture. We are headquartered in Minnesota, and we have US offices in Georgia and DC, as well as offices in Africa and the Middle East.



  • Community and Peer Education:  Collaborate with CVT multidisciplinary team and ACS staff to deliver trauma-informed psychoeducation sessions and groups for Afghan individuals, parents, caregivers, community leaders and other stakeholders.  Plan and implement community events that build awareness of behavioral health and wellness for the Afghan community.  Topics may include general psychoeducation, impact of trauma, stress management, building resiliency, accessing resources, and navigating systems such as schools, health care. Meet with individuals and families to provide education, increase awareness, and encourage help-seeking behavior.


  • Curriculum Development: Develop training and workshop materials, including presentations, handouts, and flyers. Work with interpreters to translate documents to various languages and coordinate distribution of informational materials through education events, health fairs.


  • Partnership Building and Training: Engage with and build partnerships with strategic community partners in order to create pathways for reaching Afghan survivors impacted by combat and their family members.  Assess the needs of partners and align services to represent community needs. In partnership with the multidisciplinary team and IRC Atlanta staff, create systems for community activity engagement/enrollment and outcomes assessment. Train external providers to build capacity for serving Afghan community members. Participate in outreach activities such as health fairs, town halls, etc.


  • Other Duties: Participate in other department and organization-wide activities, meetings and trainings. Complete administrative responsibilities. Perform other duties as assigned.


Required education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

  • Experience leading groups and workshops for diverse populations
  • Demonstrated professional experience working with refugee or immigrant populations
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating and facilitating community-based activities

Preferred education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

  • 1 year of experience providing services to Afghans
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating and facilitating community-based activities
  • Demonstrated experience building relationships with local community members

Competencies (knowledge, skills and abilities)

  • In addition to fluency in English (required), fluency in either Dari or Pashto is required. Fluency is defined by the ability to speak, read and write in the language.
  • Ability to work some evenings/weekends (flex-time) depending on community availability
  • Interest in behavioral and mental health issues; ability to discuss and address topics of mental health without judgment or stigma.
  • Highly relational interpersonal style, including ability to build relationships with a variety of stakeholders in order to advance the mission of CVT
  • Ability to gather, listen to, and be responsive to community needs
  • Knowledge or interest in working with the Afghan community
  • Ability to work independently; including working remotely and out in the community
  • Ability to develop and maintain professional, collaborative relationships
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally, including the ability to communicate consistently and reliably in a remote work environment
  • Skilled at adapting written and verbal content to a wide variety of audiences
  • Skilled at coping with emotionally stressful situations
  • Commitment to engaging in human rights work, and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts within the organization
  • Excellent skills in organization, attention to detail and time management (including the ability to meet deadlines)
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word and Excel)
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, recognize appropriate boundaries

Work Environment:

  • CVT has a COVID-19 vaccination mandate in place for US-based employees
  • Community workshops may occur in partner locations and in the community. Some education sessions might occur in the clinic with clients and/or family members
  • Time spent on the computer is approximately 40%
  • Time spent in virtual meetings 20%

Travel: Ability to travel up to 10-15% of the time to a variety of locations within the Twin Cities metro


To Apply:  Submit resume, cover letter and salary expectations to

This job will be open until filled.

Hiring Timeline: Most CVT hiring processes for US-based positions take about 8 weeks from when the position closes to when an offer is made to a candidate.

CVT is committed to hiring and fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce that leverages the skills and talents of all employees in our organization, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, familial status, genetic information, or any other protected status. We encourage candidates with diverse backgrounds such as these to apply for this position.