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Child and Youth Development Officer – SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGES

SOS Children’s Villages; www.sos-childrensvillages.org is an international non-governmental social development organisation that has been active in the field of children’s rights and committed to children’s needs and concerns since 1949. In 133 countries and territories our activities focus on children without parental care and children of families in difficult circumstances. In Botswana SOS Children’s Villages operate on three (3) locations, Tlokweng, Francistown and Serowe.
We work on family based, long term care of children who can no longer grow up with their biological families. We also support disadvantaged families to prevent crisis that can in the worst case scenario lead to children being placed in out of home care. Our family strengthening programmes build families’ and communities’ resources, on their ability to organise themselves and on their responsibility for the well-being of the children.

Child and Youth Development Officer – Tlokweng

The Child and Youth Development Officer is responsible for guiding the SOS CV Botswana for children and young people according to SOS CV policies and procedures towards independence, so that when they leave the care of SOS CV they shall be self-sufficient contributing members of society.
In achieving this, the CYDC should be seen as a role model providing advice, guidance, support and a positive example to the children and young people in their development from adolescence to adulthood.

Job Summary
Co-ordinate and guide Children’s Holistic Development Programmes
o Work in co-operation with child development staff (Mothers/ Aunts, Social Worker, etc.)
o To plan and support each individual Child’s Developmental programme, which should be reviewed at annually.
o Ensure that a stimulating learning environment is created, and encourage academic progress.
o Ensure sufficient educational and/or vocational holiday activities are organized as necessary.
o Arrange cultural activities, to educate the children in local cultures and customs;
o Ensure the presence of appropriate male role models for the children
o Facilitate and ensure that both Children and Young are appropriately exposed to the realities of the world outside.
A Counselling Facilitator to the SOS Families
o Ensure the health, welfare and development of the children is catered for;
o Promote and support family relationships;
o Spend quality time with each SOS family (Mother) for the necessary support and act as their counsellor and confidant;
o Hold regular meetings with SOS Mothers and children as a group to discuss ideas, problems and concerns, in order to ensure open communication and understanding;
o Facilitate and provide compassionate discipline and counselling to children, whenever necessary;
o Facilitate and organize avenues for Mothers to release stress.
Bring Out the Best in the Child Development Staff
o Participate in the selection, recruitment, training, appraisal and development of the resident staff (care providers);
o Conduct appropriate performance counselling and appraisals to all Child Development Staff and organize the necessary support for them to do their duties as expected;
o Motivate healthy and normal relationships at all times between Mothers, Aunts, Children, and other child development staff;
o Oversee the operations of Volunteers tasked with the child developmental programmes within the location.
Develop good Relations with the Community
o Assist in public relations activities from time-to-time, as directed by the supervisor or management, to further ideals and reputation of SOS and motivate the necessary support from supporters;
o Assist the Alternative Care Coordinator in establishment of links with schools, community groups, churches, service groups and other neighbouring community-based bodies (local council/civic association) and organizations;
o Ensure harmonious implementation of Child-Care practices as recommended by the Department of Social Protection within SOS Family model of child-care;
o Formations of partnerships for youth development, entrepreneurship, job shadowing, industrial attachments and internship.
Sponsorship
o Write child progress reports on children living in Family Based Care (FBC) and submit to Social Worker the child profiles;
o Compile departure notice and the child’s integration processes into community to share with sponsorship;
o Ensure engaging, appealing documentation and reporting;
o Contribute to yearly child progress reports sent to the Social Worker
o Respond to sponsorship queries related to children and young people as needed
o Facilitate sponsorship visits
Child Safeguarding
o Report all Child Safe Guarding incidents timely (within 24 Hrs) to the CS Focal person
o Preventing and mitigating possible Child Safe guarding risks for children and youth
o Monitoring and Evaluation
o Maintenance and Management of Programme Database for Children and Young People
Monthly statistics reporting
o Ensure accurate statistics is kept at all times
o Perform any other reasonable and lawful duties assigned by the supervisor

Required Qualification and Experience
 First degree in Social Work/Education-Counselling
 3 years related work experience
 Fluency in English, oral and written
 Clean Driver’s License
 Ability to work in a busy and dynamic environment

Competencies
 Ability to work in a busy and dynamic environment
 Communication Skills
 Negotiation and Advocacy
 Results oriented
 Customer Focus
 Planning and Organizing
 Managing Information
We offer a competitive NGO salary with medical aid and pension fund.
In accordance with the organization’s child protection policy, all employment is subject to applicable background checks, including criminal record check.
In addition to a meaningful, challenging sphere of work, the chance to develop you both personally and professional.

Applicants who meet the requirements should strictly forward their application to:
The Human Resources Manager
Recruitment.Careers@sos-botswana.org
Deadline 30 June 2021
Or hand deliver @
National Office
Plot 5506
Partial, Gaborone

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