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MCC Representative for Afghanistan
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Kabul
Afghanistan
The position will be based in Asia. If not based in Afghanistan, frequent travel to Afghanistan will be a necessary part of this assignment. In Afghanistan the reps will be hosted by one of MCC's partner organizations.

Kabul will be the primary hub for MCC reps in Afghanistan, with regular visits to Herat and occasional visits to other locations. Movement restrictions are extreme, at present visitors may only move between approved guest houses and approved partner offices. Movement after dark is not permitted.

In Afghanistan both men and women must "dress to fit in" women will need to wear long sleeves, long trousers, a tunic-length or longer garment to cover the hips and thighs, and a head covering at all times from the time they land in Kabul to the time they depart, except in private accommodations. It is recommended that men wear long-sleeve western style shirts in Kabul and Herat. Travel to other parts of Afghanistan may require the use of traditional Afghan dress (peron O tAmbon). Women will need to wear a full body coverage cloth, called chador-e namAz, in Herat. The clothing item known in the West as burqua is not generally worn by foreign women, but may be required in areas with extremely poor security.

Security through out the country is very bad and is getting worse. During their time in Afghanistan MCC staff will likely experience nearby IED Detonations and sporadic gunfire.

Weather in Kabul is generally pleasant with cold winters, short hot summers, and long pleasant shoulder seasons. Winter heating in Afghanistan will generally be by diesel-burning heaters. Reps should be prepared to experience very cold indoor temperatures in winter.

Electricity in Afghanistan has gotten progressively worse over the last five years. Particularly in winter, power outages can last upwards of 12 hours at a time. In the past there has been a more-or-less reliable power schedule, with outages in the morning leading to power at night and vice-versa, however this schedule has become somewhat less predictable over the past year. Most MCC hosts will have some sort of backup power system, but travelers to Afghanistan should be prepared to deal with a limited power supply and plan the charging of devices accordingly. Travelers to Afghanistan must have charged phone available at all times.
Dec 08, 2018
Jan 14, 2019
Yes
4 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:
Minimum Education Level: BA (prefer at least one degree in a secular field.) 
Minimum Experience: Previous International experience required with a preference for applicants with experience in conflict/post-conflict settings. 

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.
10. Flexibility: Ability to work positively with and adapt to fluid conditions programmatically and socially.
11. Ability to work, supervise and thrive within an inter-religious context.
The MCC Rep will be based in Asia. If not located in Afghanistan, the Reps will travel frequently to Afghanistan to support partners and monitor projects supported by MCC. Currently the program works exclusively via grants to partners. MCC Reps can expect to spend a significant amount of time doing or facilitating capacity building with partners. Travel outside of Afghanistan is extremely difficult for Afghan citizens, Reps must therefore utilize their own knowledge and experience or outside resources to facilitate capacity building in country for Afghan partners.

An MCC Rep role may be filled with a married couple sharing the role, with a single person, or with a married candidate whose spouse is not interested in a Rep role, in which case MCC would discuss possible roles for the spouse. MCC will consider a variety of options to support the Rep in their roles and responsibilities, based on the qualified candidates who apply.
High levels of pollution; Political instability; Security issues; Limited mental health services available; Location requires digital communication; 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, 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
vii. Make frequent extended trips to Afghanistan to meet with partners.

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. As needed, 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
    
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