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Youth Crime Watch of Liberia
Parker Paint, Wood camp, Paynesville
Posted: May 26 2015
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DescriptionAt the heart of Youth Crime Watch Liberia’s programs is a strategy or theory of change that recognizes the need for active, empowered and enabled youth citizens who have a channel for interaction with an accountable state and society with the goal of reducing and preventing crime. By enabling and empowering Liberian youth through experience (community development projects), opportunities (leadership), skill-based training (entrepreneurship), and access (knowledge, education and technology), we help to bridge power gaps while simultaneously decentralizing economic activities and post-war reconstruction efforts. With programs entirely focused on building confidence, trauma healing, business/skills training, and action for women we help redistribute power bringing Liberia’s most at risk populations to a forum where they can be heard, respected and incorporated into all aspects of society and policy. While we currently focus on grassroots empowerment, we are beginning to incorporate civil engagement and policy advocacy into many of our programs. We do so through the establishment of innovative, collaborative platforms and channels that could connect all Liberians.
In this process we directly reduce risk factors that lead to crime. Through our crime reporting and prevention system and needs assessments we determine what primary interventions are needed where. In the future, as more and more young women and men become engaged in this system, they themselves will become leaders of peaceful interventions and become socially responsible, active citizens.
ResponsibilitiesPURPOSE: to coordinate YCWL iCARE community outreach and engagement initiatives. He/she will work to increase the organization’s presence in the community and will build relationships with individuals, citizen groups and other organizations in support of YCWL’s work. The outreach coordinator will directly contribute to increasing YCWL’s capacity by developing its outreach programs and increasing community support for the organization
The responsibilities of the Coordinator are grounded in the mission and vision of Youth Crime Watch of Liberia.
Youth Crime Watch of Liberia runs the iCARE Project inspires a movement of a new generation, by challenging them to think positive and act positive, building their capacities to foster a sense of responsibility and individual accountability to their environment (school and communities) and promoting corporation and partnership with key stakeholders to address issues that affects both them and their nation.
Under general supervision, the Outreach Coordinator will manage the day to day activities of the program, providing community outreach support, designed to build interest of young people, awareness, and participation in community change driven initiatives and supervise community outreach workers.
The Coordinator will work with various iCARE groups, and Ambassadors to instigate effective collaboration with other local stakeholders to identified community needs, sharing ideas and resources, and implementing plans and programs to meet the identified needs. This includes representing Youth Crime Watch and the iCARE project at relevant community meetings and maintaining a relationship with local authorities, business community and agencies on behalf of the project and organization.
Facilitate recruitment of iCARE volunteers and Ambassadors across communities and oversees efforts geared to towards retention of members.
Manages a caseload of clients in need of special assistance.
Designs data collection forms such as questionnaires and checklists. Ensures that proper procedures for collecting and recording data are met.
Participate in the development of information and/or educational materials and literature.
Plans, organizes, and implements community special events such as health fairs and workshops.
Assists with various administrative functions such as the development of policies and procedures; program evaluation; budget administration; purchasing; and space planning.
Supervises the activities of outreach workers. Determines work priorities; assigns and reviews work including written reports and recommendations; provides guidance and training; and evaluates performance.
Collaborate with YCWL local volunteers to develop community outreach plans to further the goals of the Outreach campaign.
Engage local/community leaders, groups and organizations to build relationships and gain support for YCWL’s campaign goals.
Requirements Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively
Ability to maintain expected performance in diverse contexts, potentially challenging environments.
Ability to work independently and in a variety of vertical/horizontal teams
Computer literacy including Microsoft Office software, emails, internet
Excellent project management skills. Ability to partner across multiple organizations and to build credibility with engineering and business teams across the division.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.