SOS Children’s Villages Zambia is a childcare and development non-governmental organization working in 134 countries. Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced female persons to fill the under listed job position.
Assisting SOS Mothers between family homes on relief basis and supporting them to provide care and protection, relieving those who are on leave or who require assistance.
Further assists SOS Mother to provide the best possible upbringing for the children under their care.
Supports in managing the family house in line with the organisation’s mission, policies, strategies and available resources.
Supports children in a family house in all their developmental activities.
Builds positive relationships with children, other families and the community.
Assists to manage family homes in a conducive environment for children’s development.
Cooperation and reporting relationships
Report directly to a Village Social Worker
Receive additional guidance and support from the Alternative Care Coordinator and Village Administrator and Accountant
Work in close cooperation with other key support co-workers (e.g. Youth Leaders, Finance, Administration and other Programme staff) within the integrated approach’.
Priority tasks & responsibilities
Act as an Assistant to SOS Mothers
Work together with the SOS Mother, as a team for the best interests of the children
Take the role of the SOS Mother whenever she is absent from the Family Home.
During the Mother’s leave or other days off from the village, must live within the Family Home and perform all of the Mother’s functions.
Assist the SOS Mother in Ensuring the well-being of the children
Be sensitive to and understanding of the needs of the children
Assist the Mother in ensuring the physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual well-being of the child
Know and Promote the rights and responsibilities of a child
Spend quality time with each individual child, as agreed in her assigned households
Use appropriate parenting skills for each child’s development
Support the SOS Mother in Guiding the Children to take responsibility
Help to ensure that the children do the tasks which they are assigned
Allow the children to solve their own problems, as appropriate
Encourage further education and training
Assist the SOS Mother with Household tasks
Assist the SOS Mother to carry out household tasks, so that the household is maintained in excellent condition and quality time is available to the children
Learn how to correctly use and care for the household equipment and appliances
Support the mother in training the children to assist with household chores
Maintain a high standard of safety
Be an Aunt to the Village Children
Show healthy affection to the children
Be available for the children, offering them advice, guidance and support through difficult times in their lives
Practise basic life and communication skills, such as conflict management, self-esteem building and forming relationships
Provide a positive role model for the children.
Behave in an exemplary manner
Develop her own Personal Well-Being a) Maintain personal physical, mental, social, intellectual and spiritual well-beingb) Take responsibility for her actions, attitude, behaviour and ongoing developmentc) Maintain a balanced life
Mix with and contribute to the Community
Create opportunities to integrate herself and the children into the surrounding community.
Be familiar with local cultures
Be an active contributing member of the Village community and the Village staff team.
Understand the SOS organisation
Become familiar with the background, philosophy, principals and structure of the SOS organisation
Understand the different roles of the SOS staff team members
Be ready to share the SOS story with visitors, guests and other interested persons
The role of aunties needs to be reviewed in view of alternative care integrated into the communities. We could maintain aunts for families which remain in the village and adopt mother assistants for integrated families.
Qualifications and Experience
Full Grade 12 School Certificate.
Must be 35 years old or above
Any mothers training attended / certificate in child care will be added advantage
Must have biological children who are not less than 15 years old
Willing to reside in the SOS facility / home until retirement.
Mature with flexibility to work in a child care environment
Competencies (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
Children development : facilitation skills to build the capacities of children.
Communication & network
How to Apply