Family Strengthening Manager at SOS Children Villages

Job Description

Position Summary

  • The Family Strengthening Manager leads the planning (including budgeting), implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the family strengthening activities, in accordance with the organisation’s policies, strategies, standard operating procedures; guidelines and available resources.
  • He/She will also provide Leadership in the planning (including budgeting), implementation, and monitoring of youth programme activities, in accordance with the organization’s policies, strategies, and available resources.


  • Coordinate the baseline assessment and analysis of the situation of children at risk of losing parental care within the targeted community(s) and make a final recommendation regarding the choice of community/ies to the Programme Manager.
  • Carries out stakeholder analysis, to identify key actors and stakeholders within the selected community(s), including individuals, organisations, institutions and authorities who are likely to have a positive influence towards successful programme implementation or negative influence that would need to be managed.
  • Define the interests and possible involvement of key stakeholders in the various stages of the programme development process.
  • Participating in tender and grant application process including design, submission and review
  • Lead the development of the programme design and planning, based on the findings of the baseline assessment and analysis, and in line with the organisation’s policies, strategies and available resources.
  • Coordinate the implementation of programme activities, according to the objectives, actions and time- frames outlined in the annual plan
  • Guide and support the development of sustainable community responses to the situation of children at risk of losing parental care
  • Establish clear vulnerability criteria, to prioritise cases from within the given target group according to levels of vulnerability.
  • Guide the implementation of the family development planning (FDP) process, with a view to ‘anchoring’ this process with the community-based partners.  In doing so, provide capacity-building support to SOS co-workers and community-based partners, as required.
  • Ensure that the organisation keeps its commitments, in terms of support services committed to in the FDPs action plans;
  • Monitor to ensure the timely implementation of the FDPs action plans, particularly in terms of the achievement of agreed milestones, timelines and outcomes, and provide ongoing support towards its effective implementation;
  • Ensure gatekeeping and case management guidelines are followed in providing specific tailored made interventions to address the needs and circumstances of children and families;
  • Ensure good quality process in the development of FDP action plans and review at least twice a year to reflect the current care situation and needs of children and family.
  • Ensure that effective monitoring and evaluation systems are in place and functioning well, in line with the organisation’s requirements.
  • Provide guidance, mentorship and counselling for young people to acquire the skills that meet the demands of the labour market and guide them during internships towards a ‘decent job’ or in starting up a promising business as an entrepreneur.
  • Coordinate the planning and formulation of active and productive programmes for youth development at the programme location, support the drawing up of programme location annual plans, facilitate regular (quarterly and annual) reviews of such plans and programmes.

Qualifications, Experience and Skills

  • HND / B.Sc Degree in a relevant subject area, such as Guidance & Counseling, Community Development, Social Works etc
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in the field of family strengthening, community engagement, youth development and project management
  • Minimum of 3 years working in with an NGO/INGO
  • Understanding of child development issues, including knowledge of child rights, child protection, child welfare, childcare and parenting; and relevant local and national laws, regulations and protocols
  • Proven experience with working with teams across diverse locations.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified? Go to SOS Children Villages on to apply