Job Description: Support Worker - Youth, Extracurricular & Sports Location: Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico Placement: Five days a week, determined by roster. The post holder will be required to work weekends and some evenings. A minimum commitment of twelve months is required, eighteen months is preferable. Reports to: Misión México Foundation Director Our Mission and Focuses The Misión México Foundation aims to break cycles of poverty, abuse and inequality; providing opportunities for every child and youth that we care for to succeed. Through long-term solutions like education, practical and emotional care, and community development, we provide tools and opportunities for children and youth to advance in every aspect of their lives, becoming the best that they can be. Our core focuses are education and extracurricular activities; safe homes with a family environment; health and wellbeing support; community development, personal development and life skills Role Context In June 2022 Misión México Foundation will be making changes to our Volunteer Program and investing in additional medium to long-term staff to help provide more consistency to our youth. In addition, our existing programs and activities with our youth will be expanding. The Support Worker will play a crucial role in (1) developing, expanding, and delivering our extracurricular and sports programs (2) facilitating offsite activities and outings (3) supporting a complex caseload of Misión Mexico youth. Duties and Responsibilities Direct Service Delivery and Pastoral Care Develop and facilitate weekly group sport and outdoor activities for youth living in our Misión México Casa Manage our extracurricular program including sourcing new extracurricular options, acting as point of contact for all coaches/clubs, managing monthly payments and fees, accompanying & supervising youth at activities when required, monitoring youth attendance and motivating youth to attend extracurricular activities Manage Individual Care Plans and personal development support for youth aged 14+ living in our Misión Mexico Casa. This includes 1-1 focus and mentoring for each youth under the Support Workers caseload. Assist in driving youth to extra-curricular activities, school, medical appointments, and off-site excursions Act as shift leader when required to help provide consistency within our Misión Mexico Casa Respond appropriately and effectively to day-to-day situations including challenging, trauma-related behaviours. Consistently be a positive role model in the Misión Mexico Foundation, whilst maintaining the confidentiality and safety of all our children and young adults Administration and Project Management Assist with and lead on projects and activities as designated by Misión Mexico Foundation Director Manage and update Individual Care Plans and case files for youth under the Support Workers caseload, providing quarterly reports to the Misión Mexico Director. Undertake and complete administrative tasks as requested by the Misión Mexico Foundation Director. Regularly meet with the team to discuss program progress Assist the Social Media, Communication & Campaigns Officer with gathering photography & film content, social media content, and campaign material Essential Criteria Experience working with children or young people with backgrounds of trauma and/or disadvantaged backgrounds Proven ability to engage positively with children and young adults, whilst maintaining a high level of pastoral care and understanding of boundary setting Strong conflict resolution, negotiation and problem-solving skills Ability to demonstrate patience, consistency, empathy, flexibility, initiative, humour, honesty, and maturity Proven ability to work as part of a team and demonstrate leadership qualities Valid 'Working with Children Check’ and undergo a Criminal Records Check prior to employment. Subsequently, staff must report any criminal charges or court appearances. Two references from previous employers A minimum of both conversational Spanish and conversational English, fluent Spanish is preferable Experience in facilitating activities, sports and group work suitable for children and young people Full driving license, with willingness to drive a 15-seater van in Mexico Additional On engagement of the role there will be a 6-week probationary period at which time the Misión Mexico Foundation Director and successful applicant will review the position and future of the role. Annual leave and working hours will be negotiated with the Misión Mexico Foundation Director. This job description is not exhaustive and is provided to assist the post holder to know what her/his duties are. It may be amended from time to time, in discussion with the post holder. Compensation Accommodation provided (a private room in a shared staff house), as well as one daily meal (lunch at the MM Casa). Additionally, the Support Worker will receive a monthly stipend in pesos reflective of the local cost of living. How to Apply If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity, please include the following in your email application to firstname.lastname@example.org : A covering letter addressing the selection criteria and your suitability for the role based on the required skills, knowledge and abilities outlined in the advertisement and role description (Maximum of 2 pages) A current CV or Resume Copies of any relevant qualifications and certifications The contact details of two professional referees, including your most recent line manager/s.
Date Posted: Apr 15, 2022