This career specialist consults on, develops, and supports the implementation of holistic child development programs and interventions. The specialist generally provides highly competent knowledge in one holistic development subspecialty and is helpful in others. At this career level, the incumbent contributes to the local program design, performing independently and participating on a team for major or complex initiatives. Work may have direct impact in more than one national office. He or she may coach and oversee the work of other specialists.
•Maintains a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Is a consistent witness for Jesus Christ, maintains a courteous, Christ-like attitude in dealing with people within and outside of Compassion, and faithfully upholds Compassion’s ministry in prayer.
•Acts as an advocate to raise the awareness of the needs of children. Understands Christ’s mandate to protect children. Commits to and prioritizes child protection considerations in all decision-making, tasks and activities across the ministry. Abides by all behavioral expectations in Compassion’s Statement of Commitment to Child Protection and Code of Conduct. Reports any concerns of abuse, neglect or exploitation of children through Compassion’s internal reporting process and appropriately supports responses to incidents if they occur.
•Champions and implements overall holistic child development and provides ongoing subject matter expertise in individual area(s) of specialization. Collaborates with cross-functional staff and managers at all levels by providing coaching and knowledge within area of specialty. Provides child development community learning and improvement among staff and other stakeholders. Equips and networks with communities of practice in areas of expertise to champion the holistic development of children transformation in their communities. May also champion and administer special initiatives. Stays current in field of expertise including industry standards, national policies and best practices.
•Regularly assesses changing need for and ability to deliver programming within area of expertise. Consolidates national and local data to identify common gaps and patterns. Develops strategy; maintains and supports the implementation of strategy within area of expertise. Regularly provides advice in support of other strategy development with the national office.
•Provides skilled program design subject matter expertise to other staff. Furthers the ongoing development and implementation of local program design in alignment with the global objectives. Regularly provides expertise to other national office professionals, support staff and FCP staff/volunteers to ensure that Frontline Church Partners are adequately informed and equipped to provide holistic development to caregivers, children and youth.
•May facilitate the development and implementation of resource components for specific ministry strategies and plans in support of Partnership Facilitator and other cross-functional efforts. May develop proposals and guides requirement gathering and prioritization process to garner and deploy resources to partners. Consolidates and identifies common patterns and needs from various initiatives and strategies.
•Designs and coordinates implementation of specific holistic child development strategies and interventions. Partners with partnership facilitators to provide capacity-building and child/youth/caregiver engagement activities in area of expertise. Regularly contextualizes portions of curriculum relevant to their expertise or other resources for child and youth development. Works with partnership facilitators by ensuring intervention records, reports, and other documentation are accurate, complete and delivered to appropriate stakeholders.
•Reviews data, analyzes, and develops reports to support management and key stakeholders in improving program initiatives, interventions and child outcomes. Provides consulting to drive learning and innovation at various levels to improve programming for beneficiaries and FCPs.
•May coach and provide expertise to other program support staff in the national office.
The role of Program Support Specialist – Youth Development will provide subject matter expertise regarding the holistic development and needs of beneficiaries ages 12+. This role will collaborate with other Support Specialists, Program Trainers and Partnership Facilitators to ensure Implementing Church Partners are adequately informed and equipped to provide holistic development to youth.
The Program Support Specialist – Youth Development will be responsible for supporting the implementation and regular review/revision of: 1) Field Office’s Certified Youth Development Strategy; 2) Field Office’s Certified National Youth Curriculum; 3) Child Development Progress Report (CDPR) Progress Measures for ages 12+; 4) Milestone Bibles for ages 12+; 5) Other youth-related program content/elements as assigned by the Manager of Program Support.
This role will also understand the funding needs of Youth Development and its associated beneficiaries (ages 12+) and mobilize resources (both Compassion and non-Compassion) to meet those needs. He/She will coordinate and provide oversight to all youth related Interventions, collaborating with the associated Partnership Facilitator(s) to ensure implementation quality as well as monitoring & evaluation and learning.
In addition, the Program Support Specialist – Youth Development will network with other like-minded ministries & organizations in order to identify, evaluate and recommend potential partnerships related to the holistic development of youth. This role will represent Compassion International’s approach to Youth Development both internally & externally within his/her country and continually be aware of current national statistics and trends related to youth.
Has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Accountable for supporting, upholding, and engaging in Compassion’s core « Cultural Behaviors » in all internal and external communication and relationships.
A Bachelor’s Degree in Child/Youth Development, Education, Social Work or other similar field
Seven years relevant experience working in this or a related field.
Licenses and Certifications
Certification from a nationally or internationally recognized organization in a related field.
Skills & Competencies
An understanding of the national education system as it relates to secondary & tertiary options
An understanding of vocational, technical & apprenticeship options with the local context
An understanding of the developmental milestones & patterns of youth 12+
Ability to review/analyze information, reach conclusions and make relevant decisions/recommendations
Ability to think programmatically and make recommendations/decisions based on this
Ability to coordinate and facilitate discussions across multiple working groups
Ability to collaborate well both internally & externally
Ability to demonstrate servant leadership & live out Compassion’s Partnership Principles in supporting Implementing Church Partners
Ability to network with other ministries & organizations
Ability to represent Compassion on a professional level
Ability to communicate (verbal & written) in a clear and effective manner
The deadline to apply is November 11th, 2022
Releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name
It’s a mission that drives us because the need is desperate. Ten percent of the world lives on $1.90 a day or less. Our hearts break for the millions of children who suffer from lack of resources, but we rejoice because there is hope.
We at Compassion know that the transformative power of Christ’s love is not bound by nationality or economic status. Unified by this conviction, our increasingly diverse staff uses our talents and experience to serve more than two million children in 25 countries. We’re excited for you to join our ministry!