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Youth Transition Program Coordinators x2 - Mexico

Mision Mexico

Misión Mexico, Tapachula is seeking 2 exceptional candidates for the roles of Youth Transition Program Girls Coordinator and Youth Transition Program Boys Coordinator. This role would suit a teacher, social worker, youth worker, or other professions who have experience working with youth and young adults.

These roles will work closely with Youth Transition Program Manager, as well as the other key staff at Misión Mexico. These positions would require a minimum commitment of 12 months. Both roles are or a March 2020 start. These roles are based in Tapachula, Mexico.

About Misión Mexico

Misión México is a place where a number of children call home; a place where they are considered one of the family. It is somewhere they are loved and provided with opportunities for growth, development and advancement in all areas of their lives including education and emotional support.

Since Misión México was established in 2001, more than 250 children from various circumstances of need have been helped. These children, aged between three and 18, have been abused, abandoned, neglected and are often from extreme poverty. All have had an opportunity to escape the cycle of abuse and poverty and are enjoying a second chance at life.

With no Government support the refuge relies solely on the generosity of individuals, businesses and fundraising to continue its work. Please check visit our website, lovelifehope.com for more information.

Role Context

Our Youth Transition Programme (YTP) was established in 2014 to enable older youth within Misión México to begin their transition to semi-independent living, and build the skills required to live independently. Misión México has procured two off-site Youth Transition Houses for our young adults to live with onsite coordinators, whilst being supported to finish higher education or pursue other career goals.

The YTP Coordinator works closely with our youth living at Misión Mexico (aged 13 years +) and our young adults living in the Youth Transition Houses (aged 16 years +) who require intense support to develop independent living and life skills. Our YTP Coordinators are expected to be both a role model and a source of authority to our youth and young adults, living on site with some of our teenagers and young adults.

Primary Objectives of the Role

To create a safe, secure and stable environment for the young people, with a supportive learning environment that ensures their daily living skills are developed.

The focus includes:

  • Independent and practical living skills
  • Health and nutrition
  • Positive role modelling skills
  • Education and employment
  • Financial planning and budgeting
  • Practical support sourcing employment

Personal development is also a critical element of the program to help improve their confidence, interpersonal and negotiation skills, and self-motivation.

Essential Criteria

  • Extensive knowledge and experience working with children or young people from 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
  • Experience in facilitation and group work skills
  • Ability to be an enabler, not a provider
  • 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 show 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.
  • A minimum of both conversational Spanish and conversational English
  • A relevant Tertiary qualification and/or minimum 1 years’ experience in the fields of Social Services, Human Service, or Education (paid or voluntary roles)
  • Experience in basic cooking and nutrition skills

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience working in a community/residential background
  • Full driving license, with willingness to drive in Mexico if required

For more information, please view the attached role description.

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