ZJCN Youth Care Professional

Is your heart in youth care and do you get energy from challenging situations? Do you want to contribute to a safe environment for children and make a difference for children and parents? Then the position of Youth Care Professional is just right for you!

HBO| Bonaire | 36 hours| Vacancy number P&O2024_001_039 | Closing date: February 28th, 2024

Job description

As a Youth Care Professional, you give substance to the child protection order pronounced by the court, among other things, and you are also more broadly deployable to offer guidance to (foster) families. Together with parents/carers, you draw up an action plan to remove the threat to the development of the child. You do this by supporting parents in raising their child by, among other things, making home visits and organising and coordinating the necessary assistance and care in the home situation. The safety of the child must be monitored and, if necessary, requires active intervention. You do this by taking the lead.

The organisation and coordination of foster care if necessary for the safeguarding of the child is also part of your responsibilities. Building and maintaining a professional network with relevant experts and care providers is also part of the job. The work area is diverse and multi-faceted, but what is definitely expected of you is:

  • You ensure the implementation of the action plan by guiding and providing assistance to the family;
  • You use various treatment and counselling methodologies that focus on the need for assistance, the problematic situation or the order imposed;
  • You mediate in the situations involving conflicts (between the young person, client system and/or parties involved);
  • In the event of compulsory framework, if necessary, you require parents and children involved to follow the action plan and the recommendations and instructions given;
  • You provide information, instruction, and advice to parents in the area of development and upbringing;
  • You provide training aimed at expanding social and practical skills.

The organisation

Care and Youth Caribbean Netherlands (ZJCN) puts the safety of the child first. If the development of a child is threatened, ZJCN has the task (both coercive and compulsory) of providing a safe living environment so that the child can develop in a protected environment. Youth policy in the Caribbean Netherlands is governed by two official authorities: the Public Entities are primarily responsible for prevention and first-line care, and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) is responsible for second- and third-line youth care, which includes the following: multiple more complex demands for assistance, foster care, and the implementation of family guardianship.

Your competencies

  • Collaboration skills;
  • Customer focus;
  • Planning and organising;
  • Integrity / reliability;
  • Analytical skills;
  • Persuasiveness;
  • Result orientation.

Job requirements

  • You have a Higher Professional Education (HBO) training in Social Work and Services or Social Pedagogical Assistance;
  • You have extensive experience in youth services, preferably as a family guardian or as an outpatient worker;
  • You have good written and spoken command of Papiaments and Dutch;
  • You have knowledge of relevant legislation and regulations, working methods and processes;
  • You have knowledge of the (statutory) protocols and guidelines for the implementation of orders in the context of a family supervision order and youth rehabilitation;
  • You have sufficient communication skills to maintain informative contact with (foster) parents / family, schools, external institutions, and the like.

What do we offer?

  • An appointment in accordance with the Rechtspositiebesluit ambtenaren BES (Legal Status Decree on Civil Servants BES);
  • A competitive salary in initial salary scale 9 and job salary scale 10, monthly of at least $ 3,075.00 and at most $ 4,575.00 in case of a 36-hour working week. Assignment to a pay scale based on knowledge and experience;
  • Holiday pay (8.33% of remuneration);
  • A thirteenth month (8.33% of the salary, with a gross minimum of $ 1,750.00);
  • A pension provision placed with Pensioenfonds Caribisch Nederland (PCN);
  • 168 holiday hours for a working week of 36 hours per week;
  • A temporary appointment of one year, with the prospect of a permanent appointment for good performance and a positive assessment result;
  • A relocation scheme for candidates who respond from outside the island.


  • This position is simultaneously open to internal and external candidates. In case of matching suitability, internal candidates are preferred;
  • An assessment or case may be part of the procedure. 

Appointment requirements

  • A Certificate of Good Conduct (VOG);
  • A medical examination for admission to the pension fund; 
  • Dutch citizenship. 

Good to know for those interested outside the Caribbean Netherlands

  • The salary is in US dollars which is the official currency in the Caribbean Netherlands; 
  • The Caribbean Netherlands has its own tax regulations. Income above the tax-free allowance ($ 17,352.00- in 2023) will be taxed at a rate of 30.4% in payroll tax; 
  • Participation in the pension fund (PCN) is mandatory, including a personal contribution to it; 
  • You are or will become a resident of the Caribbean Netherlands. 

More information?

For information about this position, you can contact Fransyella Janga, Coordinator Youth Care, email address fransyella.janga@jeugdzorgcn.com

Digital application

You can send your Curriculum Vitae accompanied by a motivation to: vacature@rijksdienstCN.com