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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.
ResponsibilitiesYouth Crime Watch of Liberia runs the Be The Change Academy in Paynesville, Liberia. This programme, designed by Peace child International, originally piloted in Kenya, seeks out disadvantaged young women with the germ of a business idea, then trains and mentors them to start and/or build up a viable business plan. The best of these plans will then receive funding from the BTCA’s revolving loan fund. Many young women have ingenious business ideas but lack the skills to translate them into viable business plans. The BTCA seeks young people (especially young women) with business training, competent IT skills and an enthusiasm for developing Green, sustainable Economies in less-developed parts of the world to help translate the dreams of the young women of these regions into practical business propositions.
The International volunteer will be provided with accommodation, meals and pocket money plus health insurance and visa costs.
• Work with local organizers to adapt the existing training manual into a locally appropriate one.
• Recruit trainees; run the workshops and execute the Certification process.
• Work with government and donor officials to secure continuity funding to support on-going BTCA training
• Develop and implement a monitoring and impact evaluation system, setting up reliable control groups, developing/adapting questionnaires, writing up reports for sponsors etc.
• Make sure that deadlines are set and met for the different components of the project.
• Develop / adapt / update the BTCA website, writing blogs and journals on the project.
• Fund-raising: identify potential funding sources; write letters and proposals, make phone calls, do pitches with local staff and volunteers to secure new local funding for the BTCA;
• Research and find out best practice from other local enterprise training and/or micro-credit enterprise creation organizations.
• Degree in business studies desirable.
• Experience in writing business plans.
• Business/entrepreneurial background.
• Some teaching / facilitation experience.
• Experience working with young disadvantaged women
• Appetite for hard work and unconditional, 24/7 support for your young trainees
• Flexible and adaptable (you will work closely with a local counterpart and may only be able to communicate with your trainees through an interpreter as some do not speak English.)
• Experience of working in developing countries (desirable but not essential).
• Competent IT skills.
• Ability to learn from local people on the ground that has a wealth of experience in motivating and supporting young disadvantaged people.
www.ycwliberia.org / www.experienceliberia.org