Job Skills Training Program Counselor


Who We Are: Ubuntu Pathways

Ubuntu provides world-class health and educational support to orphaned and vulnerable children living in the townships of Gqeberha, South Africa. Nuancing traditional development models, we have redefined the theory of “going to scale;” instead of expanding geographically, we focus on the depth rather than breadth of our impact within a community of 400,000 people. Ubuntu's programs form an integrated system of health, educational, and social services, ensuring that disadvantaged children succeed in the world of higher education and employment.

Ubuntu Pathways breaks the cycle of poverty by providing South Africa's most vulnerable children with what all children deserve—everything, every day.

Position Overview

We are seeking a Counselor for Ubuntu's Job Skills Training Program to implement employment and/or entrepreneurial readiness learning initiatives for program participants. Reporting to the JST Manager, this position oversees youth engagement and member enrichment programming in our workforce development department. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage a caseload of young adults (16-30), which includes outreach, case management, coaching, crisis response, follow-up, coordination of care, referral services and aftercare
  • Conduct home visits
  • Assist with the development of youth workforce development strategies and partnerships, including the development and maintenance of a jobs and opportunities bulletin board and database
  • Conduct worksite visits to internship and job sites to perform weekly assessments
  • Conduct participant job readiness assessments
  • Produce regularly scheduled reports on youth progress
  • Assist with the development of Ubuntu's “Neighborhood Hub” and coordination of incubation activities
  • Facilitate orientation sessions and programs for work readiness members
  • Assist in the development and implementation of strengths-based employment readiness assessments and plans with individual members based on their interests, skills and goals
  • Support members in developing a career pathway to living wage employment
  • Plan and/or facilitate sector-based trainings and/or workshops on employment readiness skill-building with members, including resume and cover letter writing, job search and interview skills
  • Provide individual assessments to discover strengths for and barriers to employment or entrepreneurship
  • Develop a Career/Employment Service Plan for all clients upon entry to the program
  • Provide individual support related to career and/or internship skills, general support, and employment retention
  • Work closely with participants to obtain educational goals to support learning and job-readiness
  • Maintain records of identified participants’ contacts to produce regularly scheduled reports
  • Work closely with the Manager to maintain and develop relationships with new and existing internship worksites across multiple sectors
  • Attend community meetings and events to support recruitment, as requested
  • Organize and participate in all administration/management and program review meetings to ensure program progress; help communicate progress to other r staff
  • Maintain a work culture conducive to innovation and team building
  • Model and facilitate creative problem solving and youth development strategies for direct reports and subcontractors
  • Provide all services in a culturally competent manner, being responsive to the needs of youth in the community
  • Additional relevant tasks as necessary

Required Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 3-4 years of relevant experience or bachelor’s degree with 2 years of experience, preferably in a human services field or social work, psychology
  • Experience working closely with township youth and families
  • Mature grasp of community organizing and relationship building techniques
  • Strong team skills and ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong administrative and computer skills for timely comprehensive tracking
  • Familiarity with Ibhayi community preferred, Xhosa required

Application Information & Method

  • Send your CV via Email to:
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  • Make sure that you type the name of the job/position that you are applying for the "subject" section of your email.
  • Please include an active and current e-mail address which can be used for communication purposes and which you are happy to receive e-mail information on regarding your application.
  • Late applications will not be considered.
  • If you are not contacted within thirty (30) days after closing date, you should consider your application to have been unsuccessful.
  • Please indicate on your CV whether you have a criminal record, were found guilty of misconduct or have pending criminal or misconduct chargers.
  • Applicants may be subjected to any of the following: a security and credit clearance check, a competency assessment, signing a performance contract on appointment and signing an employment contract on appointment.

Ubuntu Pathways, in line with POPIA (Protection of Personal Information Act) will attempt to ensure the confidentiality of all applicants for this role. All reasonable measures will be in place to protect personal information but will be used in the recruitment, selection, and reporting process. By submitting your application for this position, you are recognizing and accepting this disclaimer.