SOS Children’s Villages Zambia is a child focused organization and an affiliate of the SOS Children Villages International. It is non-governmental, non-political, non-denominational, and non-racial. Its overall mission is to build families for children in need, help them shape their own futures and share in the development of their communities. To realise the mission of the organisation, SOS Children’s Villages Zambia is recruiting for the under listed positions.
To guide the SOS Youth (within the Village and Youth Home) towards independence and self-sufficiency as contributing members of society. Act as peer and a role model by providing advice, guidance, support and a positive example to the Youth in their development from adolescence to adulthood.
General aim of the position:
- Lead the planning of the Youth Development Programme in line with the organisation’s mission, policies, strategies and available resources.
- Coordinate the implementation of Youth programmes and activities.
- Build positive relationships with the Youths, families and the community.
- Build and manage a strong youth programme.
- Ensures that mechanisms for ongoing monitoring and evaluation are in place and functioning well.
Cooperation and Reporting Relationships:
- Report directly to Family Based Care Coordinator
- Work in close cooperation with other key support co-workers (e.g. Village Social Worker, Mothers, financial and administrative staff) within the ‘integrated approach’.
- Foster good relationship and maintain close cooperation with local government authorities, recognised community leadership, like-minded groups, organisations and/or institutions operating with the local community, who share the organisation’s vision, as well as those who provide complementary services.
Priority tasks & responsibilities:
Act as a Role Model for the Youth:
- At all times behave in an exemplary manner.
- Live in the Youth Home, and be present during weekday evenings, weekends and holidays in order to be with Youth during rest, meal and study hours.
- Follow the rules and regulations of the Youth Home.
- Be a contributing member of the Youth Home.
Guide the Personal Development of the Youth:
- Be aware of each Youth’s personal development, so that you shall be able to observe any social, physical or other outward changes, which may serve as indicators of a need for counselling.
- Assist the Youth in addressing any personal and/or social problems they may face, supporting them and guiding them through difficult times.
- Keep up-to date with social issues, such as HIV/AIDS & STD’s, abortion, drugs, etc. and share this information with the Youth on a regular basis.
Encourage the Youth to take Responsibility for Themselves:
- Assist the Youth living within the Youth Home to manage the household themselves. This includes facilitating the establishment of Youth Home rules and regulations, through a democratic process amongst the Youth.
- Ensure that the Youth report any breakage’s damages or maintenance required in the Youth Home to the Administrator and, wherever possible, that the Youth carry out the maintenance work themselves.
Provide Educational and Career Guidance for the Youth:
- Develop a clear understanding of each Youth’s skills, abilities, future prospects and aspirations.
- Provide Youth and Village Children with ongoing career counselling and job orientation.
- Encourage Youth to take the initiative in researching career opportunities (the Youth should be more involved than the Youth Leader).
- Keep up-to-date with a available vocational training and educational opportunities, particularly those offered by SOS.
Promote Community Service & Integration:
- Promote community service activities amongst the Youth. Identify such community service programmes or organisations, which provide short or long term community service placements.
- Administer any long term community service placements, maintaining close contact with the Youth.
- Provide opportunities for Youth to integrate into their surrounding community and encourage the Youth to take advantage of them. These opportunities include sports, clubs, etc. which enable the Youth to learn about the World outside SOS.
Co-ordinate Youth Activity Programmes:
- Develop and implement weekend and holiday programmes for Youth. These programmes should contain elements of both entertainment and education; can be run within or outside the Village.
- Such programmes should leave the Youth sufficient time to develop their own personal social life.
- Gain the support of community organisations and individuals who would like to be involved in providing the Youth, or assisting in the running of such activities.
- Prepare budgets at the beginning of each year, for the holiday activity programmes of the year ahead.
Maintain links to SOS Children’s Village:
- Ensure that all of the Youth within the Youth Home maintain contact with their SOS Mothers and families. This may include helping with and participating in special family events, supporting their mothers etc.
- Ensure that Youth’s SOS Mothers are actively involved in major decisions affecting the Youth’s future, e.g. transfer to the Youth Home or moving to a different school.
- In general, the Youth Leader has a responsibility for the development SOS Youth within the Village, as well as those in the Youth Home. Therefore, interaction between the Youth Home and the Village is essential.
- Assist the Village Director and SOS Mothers in identifying teenagers for admission into the Youth Homes, and help those admitted to adjust to their new life and home.
- The Youth Leader forms part of the Village management team and as such is required to attend management meetings, and assist with general managerial duties wherever necessary.
- Perform any other reasonable and lawful duties as assigned by supervisor.
- As needs and tasks may change, so the Youth Leader must remain flexible.
Understand the SOS Organisation:
- Become familiar with the background, philosophy, principals, policies and structure of the SOS organisation.
- Keep up to date with events in the Association.
- Understand the different roles of the SOS staff team members.
- a) Manage mentorship programmes for youths under alternative care
- b) Manage youth employability programmes
Qualifications and experience:
- Full Grade 12 Certificate
- Diploma in Social Work, Development Studies or any other related qualification.
- Minimum of 2 years’ relevant work experience in the field of social services or community development.
- Management experience will be an added advantage
- Excellent command of at least two local and/or national languages.
- Good communication skills, including both written and verbal.
- Positive and professional approach: highly organised, able to work independently, using initiative and keeping commitments, leading a team.
- Good knowledge of children’s rights.
- Awareness and understanding of social development issues including gender, education, health, HIV/AIDS, Corvid 19 pandemic etc.
- Basic computer skills (Windows, Word, Excel)
(Must-have all of the below or show capability to develop within 1-2 years at most):
- Understanding of child rights issues: knowledge in the area of child rights, child protection, child development and family & community development; knowledge of relevant local and national laws, regulations and protocols.
- People development: facilitation skills to build the youths.
- Leadership: able to build effective youths, motivate youth academic performance, and generate youth commitment to youth programmes.
- Communication & networking skills: ability to foster effective relationships with the key stakeholders of the programme including the local authorities, community leadership, partner organisations and participating families.
- Collaboration: driven to work with others, able to build partnerships and networks internally and externally.
- Integrity, maturity and unblemished personal record
- Child friendly
- Understanding of child rights issues
Note: All applicants should be very conversant with child’s rights programming and safeguarding
Method of Application
If you believe you are the right candidate for the above position, please send your application letter, detailed curriculum vitae (CV), and photocopies of academic and professional certificates addressed to.
The Human Resources and Administration Manager SOS Children’s Villages Zambia National Office, Plot # 23217 / 35, PHI,
Off Police Post Road,
PO Box 37907,
Applications submitted electronically should indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line and send to the email address given below.
E-mail: Applications including at least three traceable referees should be sent electronically to: