|MCC Representative for Northeast Asia|
|MCC cover all basic needs (Travel expenses to and from assignment, food & household, housing, and transportation related to assignment).
Education for children
Life Insurance and Death Benefits
Student Loan reimbursement
|MCC NE Asia Office staff and location: The MCC NE Asia team is based in the city of Chuncheon. In addition to the Reps, at present there are four MCC staff – one service worker (North Korea Program Coordinator) and three national staff (Office Administrator, GSL Coordinator, and a part-time Peace Educator who will move to full-time in 2020). Typically, two to three GSL participants are placed each year in Korea (not in Chuncheon), from both SALT (Serve and Learn Together) and YAMEN! (Young Anabaptist Mennonite Exchange Network).
Beautiful Chuncheon (population 300,000) is one hour from Seoul by high-speed train and is the capital of Gangwon Province, the only province shared by (and divided between) both North and South Korea. Unlike metropolitan Seoul, Chuncheon has a small city feel, surrounded by lakes and mountains, and has many outdoor activities and festivals. Chuncheon has four distinct seasons – warm and beautiful in spring and fall, cold and snowy in the winter, and hot and humid in the summer. South Korea is well served medically, including two large university hospitals in Chuncheon. Although English is spoken by many, especially the younger generation in larger cities, it is helpful to know some Korean in Chuncheon. Currently, there is no English-speaking school and one English speaking church in the city. Transportation around town is excellent with an extensive bus system and taxi service. MCC also owns a van which is useful for certain purposes (international driver’s license required).
Chuncheon is also home to the Korea Anabaptist Center (KAC), an MCC partner, and the Anabaptist-related Jesus Village and Jesus Heart Churches. MCC shares one floor of an office building with KAC and Jesus Heart Church.
Travel to North Korea: The MCC NE Asia Representative/s is the primary connection between MCC and counterparts in North Korea and travels to the country about twice a year to monitor MCC material support and carry forward humanitarian engagement. Every visit to North Korea is both life-giving and intense, and requires improvisation, continual negotiation, and careful attention to safety and security. Interaction and conversations with ordinary people are limited to visits to sites of MCC humanitarian support. Foreigners should expect limited freedom of movement outside of hotels and restaurants and visits to the diplomatic compound, and travel is always accompanied by a North Korean counterpart. Communication with family or coworkers outside of North Korea is limited. While accommodation in Pyongyang is very comfortable, travel outside the capital can be more challenging. For more than two decades, MCC staff from the U.S. and Canada have visited North Korea two to three times each year to implement and monitor humanitarian assistance. Over these decades MCC has developed significant relationships with North Korean counterparts. No member of any MCC delegation has ever experienced an incident of harm or peril which threatened their safety.
|Oct 31, 2019|
|Jul 13, 2020|
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. Ability to create an environment on the team that is supportive of staff who may experience oppression or sexual violence.
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: Bachelor's degree or equivalent
Minimum Experience: Three years international experience with MCC or similar organization. Proven capacity in managing projects and personnel. Previous leadership experience required, previous MCC leadership experience preferred.
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.
|MCC Representative(s) for Northeast (NE) Asia will provide leadership and programmatic direction to MCC's work in the Republic of Korea (ROK, or South Korea), the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea), and in regional peace education in NE Asia. This position maintains relationships with MCC partners in these countries and represents MCC to churches, agencies, community groups and their leaders, and the government. The MCC Representative(s) is responsible for providing team leadership and support for all MCC staff in this region. This position is supervised by the MCC Area Directors for Central Southern and Northeast Asia, based in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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; Limited mental health services available; Special needs schooling not available; Large geographical scope; 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
The MCC Representative(s) for NE Asia is responsible for all aspects of MCC’s engagement in the MCC NE Asia region. This region comprises of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea), the Republic of Korea (ROK, or South Korea), and regional peace education programs. The MCC Representative(s) for NE Asia will report to the MCC Area Directors for Central Southern and Northeast Asia based in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The MCC NE Asia program has three strategic focuses: being a reconciliatory presence between North Korea and South Korea, regional peace education, and discipleship of young Christian adults in service and peace via Global Service Learning (GSL) exchange between South Korea, North America, and countries where MCC is serving.
With the 2014 move of the MCC NE Asia regional office from China to South Korea, MCC’s footprint on the Korean peninsula significantly increased. Unlike any other agency of its kind, MCC is uniquely positioned as a presence for reconciliation working on all sides of the divided Korean peninsula. This includes 23 years of continuous humanitarian engagement in North Korea; the MCC office and staff presence in South Korea and an emerging focus in the country on peace education with churches and Christian agencies and leaders; close collaboration on advocacy efforts with the MCC Washington DC Office and MCC United Nation Office; and the ability to host North Korean delegations in Canada. Current MCC efforts in North Korea are focused on support for pediatric hospitals, tuberculosis rest homes, and agriculture exchange. The focus on regional peace education in NE Asia is expressed through close partnership with two complementary and vibrant initiatives which MCC helped give birth to – the Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI) and the Northeast Asia Reconciliation Initiative (NARI), a partnership between MCC, Duke Divinity School, and NE Asia leaders and institutions (NARPI focuses widely on all people and faiths, NARI on church and Christian leaders). Other important relationships include the MCC NE Asia Advisory Committee which meets twice per year, the recently-formed Mennonite Church South Korea (MCSK), and MCC relationships with South Korean leaders from both the Protestant and Catholic communities.
The Korean War which began in 1950 has technically never ended. Though a cease fire was agreed upon in 1953, a peace treaty was never signed. For 65 years after, the demilitarized zone separating the northern and southern parts of the peninsula had massive weapons buildup on either side, and over these decades the largest continuous U.S. troop presence in the world has been in South Korea (currently 28,000 troops). All this time, the political state of the peninsula has remained of great interest to nations such as China, United States, Japan and Russia. But in 2018 came unexpected movement of inter-Korean momentum toward peace and the first-ever summit between a U.S. president and the leader of North Korea. MCC is well-positioned to work both regionally and with partners on all sides of the historic divide as they prepare for and pursue a new future.
Living and Working in South Korea
As a country with a highly developed economy, the cost of living in South Korea is higher than most countries where MCC serves and living simply within an MCC budget can be a challenge. The expatriate community in Chuncheon is not large or diverse, consisting primarily of English teachers in their 20s and 30’s. Finding companionship and spiritual nourishment within this community can be challenging. Korean is considered one of the most difficult languages for English speakers to learn. While there is no English-speaking primary or secondary school in Chuncheon, there would be excellent options near Seoul for such schooling if required. There are extremes of climate – winter is long and cold, summers hot and humid.
Unlike most MCC country programs, MCC NE Asia is a regional program of two countries, one of which (North Korea) is a country of sensitivity. This adds complexity to questions of how to be faithful and effective in all countries at the same time, and with regional focuses as well.