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Area Director for Southern Africa
South Africa
South Africa experienced its first all-inclusive democratic elections in 1994. In many ways, it is a country still finding its way in its new-found democracy and identity as a strong African nation. Johannesburg is a large, sprawling metropolitan center that was founded on the gold-mining industry of South Africa. It is a culturally and racially diverse city, throbbing with life and the urban challenges of crime and economic injustice. In many ways it is a global city where the first and third worlds meet and clash in paradoxical style. It is a city with a good infrastructure and efficient systems for a regional position such as this (e.g. good roads, international airport, postal and electronic communications, etc.). Johannesburg is a hub for tourism travel, commerce and trade in Africa, and as such it is the stop-over place for many visitors and guests. English is the common medium of communication in Johannesburg. The actual location of the AD office and home is in Benoni, a community in the East Rand adjacent to Johannesburg, approximately 10 km from OR Tambo International Airport.
Jan 15, 2019
Jul 15, 2019
5 year
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.

1. Undergraduate degree required, Graduate Degree in relevant field preferred.
2. 5-7 years international development experience with MCC or a similar organization.
3. Experience in the Southern Africa region preferred.
4. Fluency in the local or predominant language of the Southern Africa region.
5. Knowledge of current issues in the field of disaster relief, sustainable community development, justice and peacebuilding.
6. Proficiency in program planning, budgeting, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
7. Management experience with a demonstrated ability to lead a team, build consensus within a team, empower staff and move agenda forward.
8. Strong relational, verbal and written communication and diplomatic skills in group leadership.
9. Demonstrated ability in working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders.
10. Commitment to working with local churches, both Anabaptist and ecumenical.
11. Understanding of and respect for MCC’s supporting Anabaptist constituencies.
12. Ability to build a team of people in a variety of locations.
13. Demonstrated ability to work in multi-cultural teams.
14. Willingness to travel up to 90 days/year.
15. Demonstrated ability to serve as Area Director without bias or conflict of interest, with ability to withstand intense pressure from local constituents.
​16. Invitations to serve with MCC are contingent on the successful outcome of criminal background check(s).
This is a senior line management position responsible for program in the Southern Africa region. The Area Director (AD) in International Program carries out a joint program on behalf of MCC Canada and MCC U.S. This position is supervised by the Program Director for MCC Canada but also works closely with the MCC U.S Program Director. This position works closely with the other Area Directors in International Program, primarily with the other Area Directors in Africa, to develop coherent strategies, priorities and networks.

Area Director 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 an area director role, in which case MCC would discuss possible roles for the spouse. MCC will consider a variety of options to support the Area Director in their roles and responsibilities, based on the qualified candidates who apply.

The primary Areas of responsibility include the following:
1. Develop and implement strategic priorities and directions for the Southern Africa region in alignment with larger program and agency-wide priorities and directions, and in collaboration with the other Africa Area Directors.
2. Appoint and supervise MCC Representatives and staff within the Southern Africa region.
3. Provide oversight and evaluation for programs within the Southern Africa region.
4. Facilitate and provide leadership to collaborate, network and communicate within the region as well as within the program department and between that program department and other parts of the MCC system.
5. Serve as part of the program department’s senior leadership team, providing leadership and direction to the whole of International Programs.
6. Collaborate with the other Area Directors for Africa to ensure effective programming and resource allocation across the continent.


Areas of Responsibility:

This position requires extensive contact with other program staff, Communications and Donor Relations, and Human Resources. The Area Director in International Program also has regular contact with outside consultants, constituents and personnel applicants.

The Area Director is responsible for communicating the organizational strategic direction to MCC International Programs and serves as the first point of contact for interpreting MCC policies for both MCC Reps and staff in the Southern Africa region. This position provides written reports to the MCC U.S./Canada Boards at least twice a year. In collaboration with the Program Director, the Area Director has the authority to approve program plans and budgets, along with making personnel-related decisions.

This position directly supervises and manages performance of the MCC Representatives and staff in the Southern Africa region. Supervision includes conducting annual performance appraisals of MCC Representatives and office staff, ensuring that worker care is provided for international program staff and service workers (SWs), as well as helping to interpret and enforce MCC policy. With input from Human Resources, the Area Director is responsible for problem solving and reporting related to personnel issues. This position is responsible for the overall budget and program plans for the Southern Africa region.

The Area Director must be able to develop and articulate a vision for MCC’s work in the Southern Africa region. As part of that vision, the Area Director develops and regularly updates the strategic plan for the region and assists MCC Representatives in developing annual budgets and program plans which fit into the larger five-year plan. He/she makes decisions about the spending of MCC resources in accordance to the region's strategic plan and reports program activities to the Program Director. The Area Director serves as resources to MCC Communications and Donor Relations for issues related to their region. The Area Director has the ultimate responsibility for programming and personnel in the region, requiring creative approaches and solutions to a wide variety of issues. This position must be able to lead a team that is spread across the Southern Africa region. Due to the nature of this position, the Area Director will need to prioritize between various, and often competing, requests for information and input.

Independent Action:
The Area Director exercises considerable independent judgment based on broadly defined outcomes in consultation with the Program Director. The Program Director must be able to lead a team, provide motivation for organizational directions and multi-task among a variety of administrative functions. In developing the five year strategic plan, the Area Director helps to set the priorities for the Southern Africa region, which often has implications for the broader organization. This position gives input for the development and implementation of MCC policies. He/she must be able to problem-solve as issues arise.

End Result:
The Area Director is responsible to harness and coordinate MCC’s resources in a way that results in impactful and mutually transformative programming in their Area of responsibility within the parameters set by the Board and senior management.

Major Responsibilities:
·Supervision - 50%
·Program Planning/Budget - 25%
·Relationship Building/Networking - 20%
·Program Department Leadership - 5%
Security issues; Occasional overnights; Occasional evening and weekend work; Occasional long days; Local church not supportive to LGTBQ+ persons
Areas of responsibilities; Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Any programming or activity that might emerge in countries such as Botswana also fall within this supervisory jurisdiction.

1. Represent the beliefs, values and mission of Mennonite Central Committee.
2. Develop and articulate a vision for the work of the specified region and develop and implement strategic priorities for that region together with the other ADs on the continent of responsibility.
3. Develop and regularly update a strategic plan for the region, in the context of continent-wide priorities.
4. Provide oversight, support and evaluation for programs and personnel within the region.
5. Develop a budget for the region.
6. Provide direction on exploring new initiatives and reducing other activities based on agreed upon priorities and program evaluations.
7. Oversee and monitor the implementation of MCC’s planning system and of all MCC’s policies related to program.
8. Provide active and collaborative feedback to the annual country planning process as well as timely response to mid-year update reports from the field.
9. Assure country evaluations at least once every five years and sector evaluations as needed.
10. Develop and maintain a plan for projected personnel needs for the region.
11. Appoint, support and supervise MCC Representatives and Area staff, who in turn serve as the primary connection with local partners.
12. Assist Human Resources and Reps with service worker selection and orientation process, and ensuring worker care of Representatives and SWs in their program region.
13. Facilitate and provide leadership to collaborate/network/communicate within the region as well as within the program department and between the program department and other parts of the MCC system.
14. Facilitate the regional Southern Africa Coordinating Group (SACG) planning and meeting schedule and agenda. This is a support, coordination and learning set of meetings held twice annually.
15. Serve as part of program department’s senior leadership team providing leadership and direction to the whole program.
16. Policy Interpretation, with the assistance of Human Resources.
17. Regular (at least annual) trips to North America to strengthen board and constituency connections with continental issues. AD's may also be connected to board meetings by conference call or Skype when they are not physically present at the meeting.
18. Familiarity with and commitment to Program Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (PME/R) and financial management.
19. Oversee any MCC responses to disasters in the region.
20. Make at least one visit a year to each country program office within the region.
21. Other duties as assigned.
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