Oct 09, 2019

Specialist, Granny Program

  • Jo'burg Child Welfare
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
Full time Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

Jo’burg Child Welfare provides care services, adoption and fostering, abuse treatment and prevention, rights advocacy and learning to children and their families across Johannesburg.

Jo’burg Child Welfare seeks to appoint Specialist, South Africa Granny Program to be based in South Africa.

The purpose of the position is to be responsible for expansion, management, and oversight of the “Granny Program” at four identified children’s homes in South Africa. The South Africa Granny Program connects children living in children’s homes to a caregiver from the local community who spends time with their assigned children daily, helping them reach developmental milestones and form healthy relationships. The program is currently in one institution in South Africa but will be expanded to three more institutions within 12 months from date of hire. The Specialist will be required to live in South Africa and manage all day-to-day aspects of the program management and expansion including but not limited to granny recruitment, interviewing and hiring grannies, implementing granny onboarding and training, organizing granny schedules, matching grannies with specific children with the support of children’s home staff and based on the individual needs of the children, appointing granny liaisons at each institution for communication and accountability, setting up systems for long term sustainability, reporting, continued identification of needs, assessments, etc. The Specialist will communicate regularly with the Director of Legal and Compliance in Spence Chapin’s New York office to share progress, identify challenges, and providing reporting metrics related to the Granny Program in South Africa.


Stabilize current Granny Program: oversee any necessary improvements to the children’s home where the current Granny program exists, including but not limited to improving reporting requirements, overseeing developmental assessments of children, implementing trainings on play therapy, child care, and child development as needed, and reporting on physical improvements to the children’s home.
Expand Granny Program: Work with staff at three identified children’s homes under supervision of Spence-Chapin’s Director of Legal and Compliance to expand and implement new granny programs
Ongoing management and oversight of Granny Program:
Maintain record of Granny hiring process
Match and assign Grannies to children based on individual child needs and Granny skill set with support from children’s home staff
Oversee the implementation of training for all grannies o Coordinate payment of stipend to all grannies
Create set schedule for grannies o Create/improve progress log evaluations/assessments based on measurable goals or benchmarks set for children
Maintain those progress logs WEEKLY for children and grannies in their work together and report them MONTHLY to Spence-Chapin, New York Office
Coordinate with children’s home staff to ensure QUARTERLY reports on program progress is being reported to Spence-Chapin, New York Office
Report on progress of implementation of Granny program including any challenges or staff changes
Maintain expense reports
Document progress with photos and videos which should be included in the QUARTERLY reports
Assist with any other project related needs and reporting requirements of the Grant funding the project, as communicated by the Director of Legal and Compliance Spence-Chapin
Education & Experience
MSW, DPT (with experience in paediatric physical therapy), M.Ed, Masters in Child Development, or similar background/degree preferred
Experience with international development project management and creating trainings is strongly recommended
Experience in foster care, child welfare, child development, children/families or adoption preferred
Experience living or working abroad, particularly in South Africa, preferred • Bi-lingual preferred (Zulu, Xhosa) IV.
Technical Skills
Proficiency in computer applications, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe, Skype


​Excellent interpersonal communication, organizational, and writing skills
Ability to be flexible and work well under pressure
Ability to multitask and effectively organize, with a strong eye for detail
Sensitivity to cultural diversity and cross-cultural challenges as well as adoption challenges
Ability to work independently and in group settings

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