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Public Information Specialist
Church World Service

I am currently working as a public information specialist at Church World Service

My day to date involves coming up with refugee- targeted material, most of which are relevant to the applications at USRAP. 

We also carry out outreaches to RSC Africa processing locations. During these events, we hold meetings with partners such as IOM and UNHCR to discuss pertinent issues that involve USRAP processing and the way forward for any issues arising. The main aim is to ensure the coordination among partners is smooth and any organization- related hitches in the process are dealt with as fast and as soon as possible.

During outreaches we also engage with refugees and enlighten them more about the USRAP process. We ensure that they get a proper understanding of the process, especially in events where there are changes in processing that they need to know about. We get ideas from them on how to streamline the system better as well as answer their questions and concerns regarding processing of their cases. We also teach refugees about how they can help their cases to move along the pipeline faster.

Community leaders are also invited to outreach sessions. We teach them about the USRAP process since most of them are not applicants. This is aimed at getting more people to register for USRAP under RSC Africa.

My interest is in communications and I would like any opportunity that gives me more skill and knowledge in communicating with, to and for refugees. I feel that this is a perfect platform to get a more international view of communications and I would largely benefit from it since my career projection is to eventually work for the United Nations on communications/ public information capacity

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