Youth Programme Officer Job – SOS Children’s Villages

Job Title: Youth Programme Officer (Fresher Jobs)

Organisation: SOS Children’s Villages

Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda

Job Ref: SOS-UG/JOBS/2023/01

About US:

SOS Children’s Villages is an independent, locally registered, child-focused, social development non- governmental organization with a strong reputation for providing quality care and protection, education and health needs for children without or at risk of losing parental care. Since its inception in 1991, SOS CV Uganda has reached over 100,000 children, youths and adults directly and indirectly to become empowered and self-reliant to contribute significantly to the needs of their families and communities. The organisation has the commendable experience working in partnership with a number of donors, (institutional and corporate agencies) including; Norwegian

Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), Austrian Development Corporation (ADC), Grieg Foundation, ERIKS Development Partner, USAID/Bantwana World Education, European Union, AVIS Foundation, Brand Charity, USAID/Uganda Private Health Support Program (UPHSP), Terre des Hommes (TDH), Stanbic Bank Uganda, DHL–Go Teach, Madhvani Group of Companies.

Job Summary: Reporting to Alternative Care Coordinator, the Youth Programme Officer will be responsible for guiding SOS youth according to SOS CV policies and procedures towards independence, so that when they leave the care of SOS CV they are self-reliant and contributing members of society. In achieving this, the YPO should be seen as a role model, providing advice, support the education program, guidance on life skills, support and a positive example to the youth in their development from adolescence to adulthood. (Accompanying young people to self-reliance) Lastly the position requires the officer to develop and implement youth programmes.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Oversee youth development work including leaving care and after care

  • To support the individual development planning process of the young people, enabling them to take responsibility for their own development and supporting them in learning the required soft and life skills needed to live an independent life
  • To identify risk behaviours in young people and risk situations young people are exposed to in their communities in order to jointly prevent and respond to them
  • To accompany and support transition processes, be it from a one care setting to another care setting, or from the current care setting to independent life
  • To be an active point of contact for care leavers, nurturing long term links to caregivers and maintain contact information, with consent of young people
  • To promote and foster social integration of young people
  • Support education and employability of young people
  • Provide young people with on-going career counselling and job orientation based on a clear understanding of each person’s skills, abilities, aspirations and matching them with labour market requirements.
  • Reach out to different education institutes to be informed and up to date about available vocational training and educational opportunities and to encourage young people to take the initiative to research and take up career opportunities
  • Conduct education analysis to stay informed about young people’s school/work progress and react timely if any challenges are detected
  • Participate in the assessment and select educational institutions for children placement, maintain and update data bank of education institutions for children placements.
  • Support children and youth to get scholastic materials and tuition on time
  • Encourage youth participation
  • Encourage youth participation at all levels of their development, engage with young people and listen to them
  • Organize and coordinate youth-related leisure time activities, whenever possible using the offers of the community
  • support and counsel caregivers living and working with young people in individual and/or group settings
  • Build young people’s participation skills in order to empower young people towards actively participating and getting involved in decision-making.
  • Carry out administrative and liaison work
  • Fulfil necessary managing and administrative duties
  • To regularly update the Programme Database
  • Monitor young people’s development and transition to independence
  • Support the development and maintenance of partnerships that young people can benefit in terms of talent, employment and skills development.
  • Review and update youth files time after time as need arise.

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Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant must hold a University degree in Social Work and Social Administration, social sciences, education, child/youth care, Psychology, Social/community work, community/child psychology, gender, development studies and counseling.
  • At least two years’ experience in child and youth development
  • Work experience in education, social work or community development is desired.
  • Should be friendly to youth and the youth should freely interact with the YPO
  • Very good with training skills of all categories staff and youth
  • Skilled with mentorship (Trains trainers for mentorship and also mentors all youth with different characters)
  • Abilities in accompanying young people through the steps to independence.
  • Should have wide knowledge in adolescents handling and guidance is a desired skill for the job
  • Good knowledge of child, youth, family and community development
  • Good knowledge of national child care legislation and child’s rights
  • Strong and highly effective interpersonal, listening and communication skills, both written and verbal.

How to Apply:

If you believe you are the right candidate for this position, only electronic application are accepted, please send your application letter, detailed curriculum vitae (CV), and photocopies of academic certificates, and names and contact details of three traceable referees to the address below;

The Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development,

SOS Children’s Villages Uganda,

Plot 53 Ntinda II Road,

Kampala, Uganda

Electronic Applications must be sent as one Single PDF Document not exceeding eight pages to:

Applications that are late, do not have CV or certificates or exceeds eight pages or electronically submitted as images will be disqualified. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Deadline: Friday 20th January 2023

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