15 Sep 2021

Youth Leader – Youth Care Programme at SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda

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Job Description


 Position Title:    Youth Leader – Youth Care Programme

Vacant positions:  2 persons

Type of contract:  One-year renewable based on appraisal performance

Working location:  Gikongoro, Byumba

Supervisor:            Alternative Care Location Coordinator

Nationality:            Rwandese

Deadline:             24th September 2021

 Content of the organization

Established in 1949, SOS Children’s Villages is a dynamic social development international organization working globally to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights of vulnerable children.  In Rwanda SOS Children’s Villages is an affiliate of SOS Children’s Villages International which is a federation of over 130 SOS Children’s Villages associations world-wide. We build families for neglected, abandoned or orphaned children, we help them shape their own futures and we share in the development of their communities. In order to further satisfy this responsibility, we are seeking for our team in SOS CV Gikongoro Location a committed Social Worker. 

Job summary

 The youth leader (YL) is responsible for accompanying children and young people in growing up in a secure way, guiding the individual development of young people towards independence and becoming self-autonomous and participating members of society. He/she works within the framework of SOS Children’s Villages organisation standards and guidelines and the child rights-based approach. The Youth Leader plays a key role in guiding individual young people, accompanies them through their career and contributes to the quality of youth care. Together with young people the YL creates an environment where young people can develop life skills, resilience and responsibility for themselves. The YL, the SOS parent, the family of origin and the Family Based Care Leader cooperate closely.

The position holder will therefore be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Guide the personal development of the young people: Prepare and support implementation of Youth development plans, with the strong participation of other caregivers, youth and the multidisciplinary team,
  • Implement Child Safeguarding measures and other related SOS CV policies and apply them throughout Youth Care day to day strategies and activities
  • Create and nurture contact opportunities with young people’s family of origin and community: keep regular contacts with youth and their family of origin through phone calls, home visits and meetings in and out of programme premises.
  • Support the educational and career development of the young people: Lead, advise and support education development of young people under SOS CV Care, establish, success and performance monitoring and support strategies
  • Support the SOS parents, SOS family and SOS Children’s Village smoothly conducting transition passing from Family based care to progressive independent life,
  • Develop and implement innovative programmes and mechanisms that facilitate access to job opportunities, job readiness as well as other practical and professional skills, attitudes and ability.
  • Document appropriately all activities conducted during the case management stages in the youth /family case file by applying methods and tools for gathering information, as well as forms/templates, based on the requirements of national legislation and/or regional guidelines.
  • Reassess periodically the youth needs and progress in meeting the objectives defined in Youth Development Plan and make recommendation on the case processing, case management and case closure, in cooperation with other SOS CV Care Staff and the multidisciplinary team.
  • Collect regularly information about different indicators as defined in the M&E plan of the programme unit and reports to Alternative Care Location Coordinator.

 Key Performance Indicators 

  • Effective implementation of Youth Care, empowerment and development activities
  • Effective collaboration with Programme Coordinator and other co-workers
  • Effective collaboration with stakeholders (local authorities, NCDA, IZUs, etc)
  • Effective collaboration with external consultants

Technical Qualifications and personal skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences (e.g Social work, sociology, education sciences, pedagogy, rural development or clinical psychology)
  • At least 2 successive years working with Child development organizations or youth development field.
  • Prior experience managing youth-focused interventions will be an added value
  • Fluent in English and Kinyarwanda. Good communication in French will be added value. Excellent written and verbal communication in English is a requirement.
  • Good understanding of international and national child rights/care frameworks, child safeguarding, child and youth development, mental health and psychosocial support.
  • Very good insights of National child care and development framework
  • Good knowledge of Youth mentorship, project cycle management (planning, monitoring and reporting)
  • Proficiency in Computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Please note: This job description outlines only the general scope of activity and the basic tasks and responsibilities associated with his/her position. It may be supplemented with a more detailed definition of tasks, responsibilities and work-plan and is subject to change at the discretion of the direct superior.

Method of Application

 If you believe you are the right candidate for this position, send a zipped folder containing your cover letter, curriculum vitae, evidences of your qualifications and experience, 3 traceable professional references as well as an SOS CV ad hoc application form duly filed in and signed.

All documents should be written in English and directly submitted to [email protected] not later than September 24th September 2021  at 5:00 pm Kigali time.

N.B: Please mention in the subject of your email the name of the position you are applying for.

Late applications will not be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 “SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda/ International holds strict child safeguarding principles and a zero-tolerance policy for conducts of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse in the workplace and other places where the organization’s activities are rendered. Parallel to technical competence, recruitment, selection and hiring decisions will give due emphasise to assessing candidates value congruence and thorough background checks, police clearance reference check processes”.

Done in Kigali on 10th September 2021


Jean Bosco KWIZERA

National Director

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