Kaiwhakamana – Advocacy (Dunedin)

Kia Ora

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā!

E kimi ana mātou, ko te whānau o VOYCE – whakarongo mai, i tētehi tangata hei kaiwhakamana!

He tūnga hei hapai, hei hiki i te mana o te hunga Atawhai!

Tēna, āta tirohia mai ngā kōrero kei raro iho

Kia ora, Malo e lelei, Talofa lava and Greetings!

VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai is seeking a special person to join our team as a Kaiwhakamana (Advocate) to help make a difference with children and young people in the lower Te Waipounamu region. Come and work with our independent, non-government team advocating for children’s rights.

This is a regional role based in Ōtepoti/Dunedin, with travel across the Otago and Southland areas.

New Zealand has more than 6,500 children and young people in State care. These young people deserve a voice in the system and a strong person to walk alongside them.

VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai stands for Voice of the Young and Care Experienced – Listen to Me. We support children and young people in care to have a say in the decisions that affect their lives. We are an independent organisation, not part of Government. Our whakamana (advocacy) mahi directly impacts the lives of children and young people as well as influencing how the State care system works or will work in the future.

We are looking for someone to join our Te Waipounamu regional team to help change lives. You will be an advocate for children and young people in care across Te Tai Tokerau.

We are looking for passionate and dedicated people who want to make real change. You will be a champion for the rights of children and young people. You understand how important it is for children and young people to be powerful in their own lives. We want someone who trusts young people to make their own decisions, not someone who thinks they know best and what is right for young people.

You will have a strong understanding of tikanga Māori, Te Ao Māori and cultural perspectives and practices. Proficiency in te reo is a huge plus. We are looking for someone with strong links to the area and local communities. You will also need to have a professional qualification or long term experience in youth work, social work or a related field.

You will have experience working with children and/or young people and you know how to build relationships with them. You are able to build trust and follow through on what you say you will do. You are courageous in the face of difficulty and a fierce advocate for the voices of children and young people.

You will be visiting children and young people in their communities and residences and will need to flexible about your availability to meet with them. This will likely mean some evening and weekend work. You will also be expected to travel around the region for which a vehicle will be provided. You’ll need a full Driver’s Licence.

You can view the full position description by copying and pasting this link into your web browser http://bit.ly/Kaiwhakamana

If this sounds like you, please apply with your CV and a cover letter and tell us why young people in care and cared experience matter to you and why you want to work for us.

For questions please email: shane.murdoch@voyce.org.nz

Applications close: Monday 6th July 2020.

Apply here