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MCC Representative for Haiti
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Allowance
 
MCC covers all basic needs (Travel expenses to and from assignment, food & household, housing, and transportation related to assignment).
Personal Allowance
vacation allowance
Education for children
Retirement Plan
Life Insurance and Death Benefits
Student Loan reimbursement
Resettlement Allowance
End-of-term benefits
Port-au-Prince
Haiti
The position is based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, where MCC's administrative office is located. Port-au-Prince is growing at a fast rate and has a greater share of the national population than any other city in the Western Hemisphere. About a third of the country's population--some 2.8 million people--live in the capital city. The population density in the capital city's largest slum is among the highest in the world. As many as 1,500 people live on every two acres of land in Cite Soleil and other shantytowns.

Public transportation is available in the city and surrounding area (motorcycle taxis and “tap-tap” trucks), and there are buses that travel between the main cities. Public transportation in Haiti is generally tight and overcrowded but very reasonable in cost and safe. Public transportation options are limited after dark. MCC maintains vehicles and motorbikes that are shared among MCC workers in the city. Use of public transportation is encouraged whenever possible for MCC staff.

Port-au-Prince has markets for local rice, beans, fruits and vegetables. It also has relatively modern supermarkets where North American foodstuffs are available, although very expensive. Homes are cement block structures with tile or cement floors and tin or cement rooftops. Iron grates generally cover the doors and some windows. The electric supply in the city is very erratic (on an average of 1-5 hours per day) and depends on the particular neighborhood and time of year. The homes of most MCCers in Port-au-Prince are equipped with a battery-inverter system that provides additional electricity when there is no state electricity. Cell coverage in Port-au-Prince is generally good and minutes and data are inexpensive.

There is an English-language, American-system, Christian school in Port-au-Prince for grades pre-K through 12 and also French-speaking, European-system-type schools. There are a wide variety of Haitian churches, both French and Creole speaking, as well as 2 English-language international churches. There is also a large international population primarily composed of development workers and missionaries.

There are approximately 1 million Haitians living in Miami, New York, Boston, Paris and Montreal (also known as the Haitian Diaspora), so there is a good deal of movement between Port-au-Prince and these cities. Creole is the primary language spoke in Haiti. French is used in many government offices and schools, and often preferred by the local elite. All legal documents and movie theaters, most newspapers and journals, and many TV and radio stations are in French. Since Creole is spoken and understood by all Haitians, MCCers learn to speak and write Creole. Proficiency in English is relatively rare and basic Creole is essential for most conversation with Haitians.

Port-au-Prince has a range of medical personnel including general practitioners, OB/GYN specialists, pediatricians, internists, eye doctors and dentists. Major health concerns include malaria, zika, dengue fever, chikungunya, typhoid fever, GI tract infections, and air pollution. Due to Haiti's ongoing social and political struggles, there are times when MCCers stay in their homes and neighborhoods or curtail activities. Nighttime activities are more affected by this, but general strikes or protests may affect daily activities. Walking at nighttime is ill-advised. Entertainment is available in the city (especially in Petion-Ville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince) with nice restaurants and, Haitian cultural and music performances. Carnival takes places every February and is a big event with street celebrations and parties.

Challenges:
1. One of the biggest challenges in Haiti is learning to coping with very limited infrastructure (electricity, internet, phone systems, roads, etc.).
2. Also challenging is the overwhelming need and the frequent requests for help that one receives. The person filling this assignment will need to be able to handle this type of stress and be able to develop coping mechanisms in order to appropriately respond to these situations.
3. Haiti is known for its political instability and unrest, which requires adjustments on the part of all MCC workers. MCC Haiti staff members may be required to stay in place at home for up to 1-2 weeks at a time. All service workers are expected to carefully follow security directions from the country representative.
4. Self-initiative is a necessary asset in all areas of life, from managing activities of daily living, to seeking out friends and a support network.
5. Finding appropriate spiritual and psychological support can be challenging, so flexibility to consider regular virtual pastoral or counselor support is important.
Sep 18, 2020
Apr 01, 2021
5 years
All MCC workers are expected to exhibit a commitment to: a personal Christian faith and discipleship; active membership or participation in a Christian church; and nonviolent peacemaking. MCC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. MCC values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply.

Required for all MCC Representative Positions:
Minimum Education Level: BA/BSc or equivalent
Minimum Experience: International experience and MCC experience preferred
​Invitations to serve with MCC are contingent on the successful outcome of criminal background check(s).

1. Relational Skills: Ability to form, foster and maintain positive, working relationships with MCC service workers, MCC staff, local churches and MCC partners, building trust by demonstrating integrity in actions and communications and modeling the values of the organization.
2. Supervisory Skills: Ability to manage/supervise personnel, which includes staff appointments and terminations, performance appraisals, interpreting and enforcing policies, conflict resolutions/problem solving and development of staff (in cooperation with the Human Resources Department).
3. Computer Literacy: Ability to use email programs, navigate the internet, locate resources, use Microsoft Excel and Word. Ability to navigate and use MCC specific databases for the purpose of planning, monitoring, evaluation, and recording.
4. Adaptability: Ability to adapt as needed to work effectively in ambiguous or changing situations and with diverse individuals and groups.
5. Analytical Thinking: Ability to analyze and synthesize information to understand issues, identify options and support sound decision making.
6. Planning and Organizing: Ability to develop, implement, evaluate and adjust plans to reach goals, ensuring the optimal use of resources.
7. Initiative: Ability to be proactive and persistent in efforts, identifying opportunities and needs then taking action for resolution.
8. Teamwork: Ability to work collaboratively with others to achieve organizational goals, taking actions that respect the needs and contributions of others.
9. Communication: Ability to listen, to model open communication and foster good will among others.
10. Self-awareness: Ability to understand one’s own emotional framework, maintain a non-defensive posture and manage personal reactivity when leadership is challenged.
11. Cross cultural/multi-cultural awareness: Ability to work with issues of equity in a cross-cultural setting.
12. Financial Management: Ability to successfully manage MCC resources within a country program.
13. Program, Monitoring and Evaluation: Ability to understand and implement Program, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Results based management.
14. Previous experience in making well-informed, effective and timely decisions, taking into consideration impact and implications within local and regional context.
15. Demonstrated ability to serve as MCC Representative without bias or conflict of interest, with ability to withstand intense pressure from local constituents.

For this specific assignment:

Skills:
1. Creativity and Innovation: Ability to generate new approaches and viable solutions.
2. Organizational Awareness: An understanding of the structure and organizational culture of large non-profit organizations, such as MCC, and ability to work successfully within the structure to achieve results.
3. Development of Others: Ability to foster worker development by providing a supportive learning environment.
4. Partnering: Ability to seek and build alliances that further MCC objectives and benefit all people.
5. Conflict Resolution: Ability to bring conflict and dissent between others into the open to arrive at constructive solution while maintaining positive relationships with all parties.
6. Risk Taking: Ability to identify, assess and manage risk while striving to attain objectives.
7. Strategic Thinking: Ability to understand and process complex information and exercise sound judgment, considering the situation, the issues and the key players. Is able to propose course(s) of action that further the objectives, priorities and vision of the program and/or MCC.
8. Team Leadership: Assumes a leadership role in helping others achieve excellent results.
9. Writing Skills: Can communicate ideas and information in writing to ensure that information and messages are understood and have the desired impact.
The MCC Haiti program is a mature and large program within the MCC system, recently celebrating MCC’s 60 years of work alongside local partners. The MCC Representative for Haiti provides leadership and programmatic direction to the work of MCC in Haiti within the MCC Latin America/Caribbean regional strategic vision. This position also maintains relationships with MCC partners in the country and represents MCC to churches, agencies, community groups and leaders, and the government. The representative is responsible for providing team leadership and support for all MCC workers in Haiti. This position may be filled by one person or a couple. The MCC Representative for Haiti is supervised by the Area Directors for Central America and Haiti.

The Rep position is open to be filled by a single person or a couple. The FTE involved ranges from 1.0 FTE (single person who may delegate some tasks to other staff) to 1.5 FTE (couple with children) to 2.0 FTE (couple with no children). MCC will consider a variety of options to support the Rep in their roles and responsibilities, based on the qualified candidates who apply.
Extreme Heat; Fish and seafood local diet; Heavy use of peanuts in local diet; High levels of pollution; Limited dental care available; Political instability; Security issues; Limited mental health services available; Special needs schooling not available; Occasional overnights; Occasional evening and weekend work; Externally funded program; Local church not supportive to LGTBQ+ persons; Local area not supportive to LGTBQ+ persons
1. MCC Vision and Mission - Be the carrier/communicator of institutional identity in relationship to:
i. Local partners, church, government, other international NGOs
ii. MCC workers: Nurture understanding of and respect for MCC values and witness; reflect upon and communicate the spirituality of the team

2. Oversight of Country Program - Direct and oversee implementation of regional priorities and country-specific strategies
i. Select, build, maintain and strengthen relationships with partners
ii. Prepare and administer long-term country strategies
iii. Plan, monitor, report and evaluate projects
iv. Facilitate, coordinate and respond to disasters, including those that generate unexpected additional resources and require shifts in focus of time/energy and requiring development of immediate and/or short term plans
v. Understand and ensure compliance with local laws
vi. Coordinate and strengthen local advisory committees

3. Management of MCC Resources
a. Prepare, monitor and evaluate annual goals and objectives in the context of a multi-year strategic plan
b. Prepare and monitor budgets in accordance with strategic and annual plans and in alignment with Financial Management Policies
c. Develop and monitor financial record-keeping and reporting, taking corrective action where needed
d. Develop and maintain lists of inventories of equipment, including computers, vehicles, etc. along with replacement plans
e. Maintain and update registration documents in respective countries
f. Ensure resource stewardship across the country
g. Prepare and monitor project reporting
h. Receive and respond to worker reports
i. Ensure maintenance of personnel records and other documents for MCC Records and Archives
j. Manage Material Resources distribution as needed
k. Provide information about the country situation.... through PlanWin, Annual Plans and Reports, Learning Tours, and written communication.

4. Select, supervise, and motivate MCC workers: International Service Workers and National staff
a. Negotiate suitable service assignments and write assignment descriptions
b. Select highly qualified service workers and national staff using predetermined criteria based on job content and organizational values
c. Provide orientation for new workers, including language study
d. Create an environment where all individuals are comfortable openly addressing concerns/opinions
e. Ensure spiritual, emotional and professional support for workers
f. Monitor relationships between workers and partners with whom they work
g. Implement MCC Human Resource policies and assist in policy interpretation for workers
h. Conduct timely performance appraisals and End-of-Term reports for service workers
i. Ensure workers’ compliance with MCC values and witness
j. Develop and/or monitor compensation, benefits and policies for national staff

5. Teambuilding: build and maintain MCC personnel team
a. Clarify team expectations regularly
b. Monitor team relationships
c. Lead team in decision making
d. Demonstrates skill in resolving difficult situations, drawing on a variety of resources

6. Hospitality: arrange for hospitality as needed
a. MCC program and support staff, as well as MCC constituents from North America
b. Others who are travelling in the country and who are interested in the work of MCC

7. Represent the Country to MCC and Constituents
a. Cultivate and maintain awareness of the political, economic, social, cultural, and historical contexts of the country/region
b. Provide information about the situation, needs and resources of the country/region to the Associate /Area Directors and others within MCC and to MCC constituency

8. Relate to the local church
a. Maintain good relationships with local Anabaptist churches by: minimally visiting churches and church leaders, attending their annual meetings, and including their representatives on advisory committees
b. Regular attendance at a local congregation

for this specif assignment:
Minimum Education Level: Bachelor’s degree

Minimum Experience: Three years in management required;
International experience, Haiti or sub-Saharan Africa experience a plus


Skills:
1. Creativity and Innovation: Ability to generate new approaches and viable solutions.
2. Organizational Awareness: An understanding of the structure and organizational culture of large non-profit organizations, such as MCC, and ability to work successfully within the structure to achieve results.
3. Development of Others: Ability to foster worker development by providing a supportive learning environment.
4. Partnering: Ability to seek and build alliances that further MCC objectives and benefit all people.
5. Conflict Resolution: Ability to bring conflict and dissent between others into the open to arrive at constructive solution while maintaining positive relationships with all parties.
6. Risk Taking: Ability to identify, assess and manage risk while striving to attain objectives.
7. Strategic Thinking: Ability to understand and process complex information and exercise sound judgment, considering the situation, the issues and the key players. Ability to propose course(s) of action that further the objectives, priorities and vision of the program and/or MCC.
8. Team Leadership: Ability to assume a leadership role in helping others achieve excellent results.
9. Writing Skills: Ability to communicate ideas and information in writing so that information is understood and has the desired impact.
10. Multicultural Awareness: Sensitivity to cultural norms and ability to build understanding across cultural lines, with Haitian partner organizations or within the diverse MCC Haiti team.
11. Crisis and disaster response planning & staff support: Ability to effectively prepare for and implement programmatic responses to disasters, and seek support to robust, sensitive and trauma informed crisis and disaster accompaniment and support for a diverse team.
For further information, stories and photos regarding MCC’s work in Haiti, please visit: www.haitimcc.org, selected examples include: Timeline of 60 years in Haiti: add timeline link here
    
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