Job Opportunity at SOS Children’s Villages ~ Family Economic Empowerment and Youth Coordinator
SOS Children’s Villages Tanzania is a local non-government organization affiliated to SOS Children’s Villages International, a worldwide child care and protection organization that provides orphaned and destitute children with a permanent home and educational opportunities.
Established 60 years ago, SOS Children’s Villages International the umbrella organization, currently has Children’s Villages and other projects in 135 countries around the world.
Globally, it runs the SOS Children’s Village Programme which has two main arms, i.e. Family Based Care based at SOS Children’s Villages and Family Strengthening Programmes supporting families in local communities.
SOS has been working in the United Republic of Tanzania since 1991, and implements its programs in the following locations Zanzibar, Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Mwanza and Iringa. SOS Children’s Villages Tanzania seeks to recruit suitably qualified candidates to fill the following vacant positions;
Job Title: Family Economic Empowerment and Youth Coordinator (1Post)
Duty station: Arusha
Reporting to: Program Manager
PURPOSE OF THE ROLE
The Family Economic Empowerment and Youth Coordinator support to program development and planning, program management, monitoring and delivery of results, innovation, technical and operational leadership to program implementation, networking and partnership building in accordance with the organization’s policies, strategies, and available resources.
Lead the planning of the Family and Community Development
Coordinate the baseline assessment and analysis of the situation of children at risk of losing parental care within the targeted community(s).
Carry out a stakeholder analysis, to identify key stakeholders within the selected community(s) including individuals, organizations, institutions and authorities who are interested in or affected by the planned program.
Define the interests and possible involvement of key stakeholders in the various stages of program development process. This includes making recommendations on the selection of community-based partners (key implementation partners) to the national director.
Lead the development of the program design, based on the findings of the baseline assessment and analysis, and in line with the organization’s policies, strategies and available resources. In doing so. ensure the participation of key stakeholders, as appropriate.
Ensure the annual planning process is carried out and plans are updated, according to the policies and strategies of the organization.
2. Coordinate the implementation of program activities
Coordinate the implementation of program activities, according to the objectives, actions and time frames outlined in the annual plan. In doing so, also ensure that the program operates in accordance with the organization’s policies and procedures.
Guide and support the development of sustainable community responses to the situation of children at risk of losing parental care:
Formalize partnerships with community-based partners, developing together with them a memorandum of understanding outlining roles and responsibilities.
Support community-based partners to develop a clear plan for capacity development and provide relevant support towards realization of that plan. Build strong partnerships with other stakeholders, for the provision of support services to the target group, with a view to ‘anchoring’ support services with the most appropriate service provider. This includes building positive relationships with recognized community leadership and local authorities.
Support the development of strong local networks of relevant stakeholders, to provide for comprehensive ‘safety nets’ of relevant support services, as well as alliances for the promotion and protection of child rights.
3. Ensure that those children who are most at risk of losing parental care participate in the program:
Establish clear vulnerability criteria, to prioritize cases from within the given target group according to levels of vulnerability; in consultation with key stakeholders in the community (including children at risk of losing parental care and their caregivers).
Review initial assessments of the families of potential child participants and put forward recommendations to the program management structure as to whether the families should participate in the program.
Participate in the admissions committee for placement into SOS families, contributing to decision-making from the family strengthening perspective. Refer cases from the family strengthening program, where children have already lost parental care and such a placement is in the best interests of the child (with involvement of relevant authorities).
Review recommendations for the exit of families (or individual children) from the program, and put these forward to the program management structure
4. Guide and support the building of self-reliance in families:
Guide implementation of family development planning (FDP) process, with a view to ‘anchoring’ this process with community- based partners. In doing so, provide capacity-building support to SOS co-workers and community-based partners, as required.
Ensure that the organization keeps its commitments, in terms of support services committed to in the FDPs.
Monitor the implementation of the FDPs, particularly in terms of the achievement of agreed outcomes, and provide ongoing support towards its effective implementation.
5. Support the youth to become socio economically empowered
Design and implement socio economic activities specifically adapted to youth from most vulnerable families;
Ensure that youth and adolescents participate in varied, quality, and age-appropriate life skills activities;
Establish Youth Clubs and ensure the meaningful participation of youth employability skills;
Support Youth Clubs in designing and implementing youth led community projects;
6. Financial management and administration of the program
Ensure that the organization’s financial resources are used modestly and efficiently.
Implement financial and administrative procedures, in line with the organization’s policies/guidelines and in consultation with financial support staff.
Ensure all program expenditure/resource usage is in line with the annual plan and budget.
7. Establish mechanisms for ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the program
Ensure that monitoring and evaluation systems are in place and functioning well, in line with the organization’s requirements. This includes ongoing data collection from regular reviews of the situation of families and community-based partners, data capturing in the FS database, program self-evaluation, internal control reviews, audits and other evaluations.
Provide direct supervisor with regular up-dates on program activities and results, including regular written reports, according to organizational requirements.
Secure regular financial management reports, including budget vs. expenditure reports, as required for the effective management of program resources.
8. Child Safeguarding and Child Protection responsibility
Alternative Care Coordinator conducts herself in a way that safeguards children and youth from all forms of discrimination, abuse, mistreatment and neglect. Strongly support our values and our vision that “every child grows in a family, with love respect and security”, and She will promote children’s development.
Ensure that SOS Children’s Villages Alternative Care and Child Protection work in Arusha is not putting children at risk (or further risk); this means constantly scrutinizing work through a child safeguarding lens and talking to children and other stakeholders to identify about possible design/implementation flaws.
Be vigilant about observing possible child abuse/harm in their personal and professional lives.
Ensure that all beneficiaries of our programme are receiving ongoing, age-appropriate verbal or written information in relevant languages about SOS Children’s Villages Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.
Preventing and mitigating all possible risks in the area of child protection and Safeguarding at your area.
Reporting immediately on any issue related to Child abuse/ violence/ neglect/ mistreatment.
Maintain high level of confidentiality while handling CS concerns.
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCES:
Bachelor of Arts /Masters degree in Sociology, Community Development, Community Economic Development, Management, Economics and other development related discipline. Masters degree will be an added advantage.
6 years related experience out of which 4 years in supervisory position
Sound awareness and understanding of relevant social development issues, such as Gender, Child rights issues, family strenghthening, youth empowerment at national and regional level.
Knowledge of Project Cycle Management
How to apply:
Interested candidates should send their application letter by email describing how your experience, qualifications and competencies make you the right candidate for this position.
Enclose ONLY detailed and updated CV with telephone contacts, email address and details of at least 3 referees. Only contacted candidates for the interview will submit copies of academic, professional certificates and passport size photo.
This advert can be obtained on our website http://www.sos- childrensvillagestanzania.or.tz.
To apply please send to;
The National Director SOS Children’s Villages Tanzania.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
SOS Children’s Villages Tanzania is an equal opportunity employer and committed to keeping children safe from abuse and harm, therefore candidates applying for this post will be subject to child safeguarding recruitment procedures and checks.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted