Youth Transition Program Coordinator – Mexico

Misión Mexico, Tapachula is looking for an exceptional candidate for the role of Youth Transition Program Coordinator. This position would require a minimum commitment of 15 months, preferably 18 months. This role is for a December 1, 2022 start. This role is based in Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico (on-site) and is paid.

About Mission Mexico

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

Since the creation of Misión México in 2001, more than 250 children from various situations of need have been helped. These children, aged 3 to 18, have been abused, abandoned, neglected and often come from extreme poverty. All have had the opportunity to escape the cycle of violence and poverty and enjoy a second chance in life.

In the absence of government support, the shelter relies solely on the generosity of individuals, businesses and fundraising to continue its work. Please see our website, lovelifehope.com for more information.

Role Context

Our Youth Transition Program (YTP) was established in 2014 to enable older youth in Misión México to begin their transition to semi-independent living and learn the skills to live independently. Misión México purchased two off-site youth halfway houses for our young adults to live with on-site coordinators, while being supported to complete higher education or pursue other career goals.

The YTP Coordinator works closely with our youth living in Misión Mexico City (aged 15+) and our young adults living in Youth Transition Houses (aged 18+) who need intense support to develop life and independent living skills. Our YTP coordinator should be both a role model and a source of authority for our youth and young adults, living on-site (in a separate apartment but in the same building) with some of our teens and young adults.

Main objectives of the role

The YTP Coordinator works to create a safe, secure and stable environment for our young people, with a supportive learning environment that ensures the development of their daily life skills. The focus is on independent and practical life skills, health and nutrition, education and employment support, financial planning and budgeting. Personal development is an essential part of the program to help improve their confidence, interpersonal and negotiation skills and personal motivation.

Emphasis includes:

  • Independent and practical life skills
  • Health and nutrition
  • Positive role modeling skills
  • Education and employment
  • Financial planning and budgeting
  • Practical job search help

Personal development is also an essential part of the program to help improve their confidence, interpersonal and negotiation skills and personal motivation.

Essential criteria

  • Extensive knowledge and experience of working with children or young people from traumatized and/or disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Demonstrated ability to engage positively with children and young adults, while maintaining a high standard of pastoral care and understanding of boundary setting
  • Facilitation experience and group work skills
  • Ability to be a facilitator, not a provider
  • Strong conflict resolution, negotiation and problem solving skills
  • Ability to demonstrate patience, consistency, empathy, flexibility, initiative, humor, honesty and maturity
  • Proven ability to work in a team and demonstrate leadership
  • Pass verification of working with children and undergo a criminal record check before hiring. Thereafter, staff should report any criminal charges or court appearances.
  • A minimum of conversational Spanish and conversational English
  • A relevant higher qualification and/or at least 1 year of experience in the fields of social services, social services or education (paid or voluntary roles)
  • Experience in basic cooking and nutrition skills
  • Effective administrative skills including MS Office
  • Effective time management skills with the ability to work independently, including managing and prioritizing own workload

Desirable criteria

  • Work experience in a community/residential setting
  • Full driver’s license, with willingness to drive in Mexico if required

Additional

The YTP Coordinator will live in a private 2-bedroom apartment, with another Mision Mexico Foundation staff member, in the same building as the 2 transitional apartments. In addition to secure housing, the Mision Mexico Foundation will also provide a monthly local salary, monthly health and wellness vouchers, crisis support through a professional therapist, workshops and group trainings. /personal, flexibility and the ability to engage with your own personality.

Upon hiring the role, there will be a 6 week probationary period during which the Director and the successful candidate will review the position and the future of the role.

Annual leave and hours of work will be negotiated with the Director.

This job description is not exhaustive and is provided to help the job holder know their duties. It may be modified from time to time, without modifying the levels of responsibility and in consultation with the job holder.

How to register

How to register

If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity, please send the following documents to [email protected] :

  • A cover letter addressing the selection criteria and your suitability for the position based on the required skills, knowledge and abilities described in the job advertisement and description (maximum 2 pages);
  • A current resume or resume;
  • Copies of all relevant qualifications
  • Contact details for two professional referees, including your most recent supervisor(s).

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