How to Become a YEO

The Youth Empowerment Officers are the ‘foot soldiers’, the connection to communities and youth in the streets/at the grass root. Their tasks and activities are critical to the holistic development of the NCYD as the leading organization with key responsibility for youth development in Jamaica. Youth Workers have a responsibility to create an enabling environment where young people can be engaged in activities that will enhance their personal, social and economic development.

JOB PURPOSE:

To implement the youth programmes and activities on a community and parish wide basis through the efficient and effective management of the Youth Information Centre in the specified development field. The Officer coordinates the work of youth organisations within each parish and advocates for youth development within a parish wide context. The YEO is the field officer responsible for positive youth development within each parish.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

There are four key responsibilities:

  • Coordination of Youth Organisations - Coordinating youth club activities; establishing youth clubs; providing technical assistance to established clubs; conducting field visits to club meetings; strengthening youth organizations network; coordinating NGO youth response; establishment of youth organizations network.
  • Management of Youth Information Centres - Coordinating the activities of the YIC; monitoring usage. overseeing the cyber café; monitoring YIC user database; providing weekly and monthly reports and updates on the YIC; administration responsibilities.
  • Coordinating and Managing Youth Activities - Becoming an integral part of parish development (socio-economic) planning, conducting field visits in development areas; providing technical advice for youth activities; providing capacity building to youth clubs; managing the government’s youth development initiatives and programmes.
  • Information Dissemination - Conducting youth empowerment sessions in youth friendly spots; conducting awareness building workshops in career development, educational opportunities and HIV/AIDS sensitization; providing current research statistics and findings relating to youth development; establishing referral network for positive youth intervention.

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES:

  • Report writing.
  • Proposal writing.
  • Workshop organisation and facilitation.
  • Solid analytical.
  • Management Skills.
  • Coordination Skills
  • Excellent Interpersonal Communication.
  • Public speaking.
  • Conflict resolution.
  • Ability to work on ones own initiative.
  • Computer Applications (Microsoft Suite).

EDUCATION:

A Bachelor’s Degree (preferably in Social Work, Sociology or any other relevant Social or developmental Sciences).

EXPERIENCE:

Minimum of two years experience in youth and/or community development.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE JOB:

  • Flexible schedule/working conditions – work during hours when Youth Organizations meet (i.e.) evenings/weekends.
  • Extensive travelling.
  • Education.
  • Experience