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MCC Representative for Ukraine
MCC cover 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
The Representative(s) will live in Zaporizhzhia, a city of approximately 750,000 in eastern Ukraine. MCC’s legacy, while it hasn’t been continuous presence, began in Ukraine in the 1920s with material resources being shipped to help hungry Mennonites and their neighbors.

Zaporizhzhia is a large city with most amenities. The vestiges of the communist era are evident in huge boulevards, buildings, parks, and monuments scattered throughout the city, though a de-communization process that started in 2015 has seen some of these monuments taken down and re-naming of streets and locations connected to the communist era. Most of the food that Europe, and even the world, has to offer is available in restaurants in Ukraine, besides the delicious local specialties. Zaporizhzhia boasts several amazing outdoor markets including one just a few minutes’ walk from the MCC office. Downtown, there are good walking streets with enormous sidewalks, with kvass and flowers and ice-cream available on street corners in the summertime, and street vendors selling shawarma all year round. Zaporizhzhia has a well-developed cultural life including theater, philharmonic, concerts, and circus. Many residents of Zaporizhzhia enjoy spending time on Khortitsa, a large island on the Dnieper river just a few kilometers from the city center, where people enjoy beautiful nature and better air quality than within the city.

Ukraine has four distinct seasons. Much like the prairies of Canada and the USA, winters can be cold (with temperatures well below 0 degrees Celsius) with snow, and summers can be relatively hot.
There is an efficient transportation system in Zaporizhzhia: marshrutkas, or small mini-buses, have routes throughout the city, in addition to buses, trolley-buses, and tram-lines. Travel by taxi is affordable. The train system linking cities all throughout Ukraine is a safe, comfortable, and affordable travel option.

There are a number of Protestant church options. The language spoken in churches is mostly Russian and some Ukrainian. MCC’s partners are mainly connected to the local Baptist, Pentecostal, and Mennonite churches. Relative modesty in dress is important across the board in churches, though fashion and being well put together is also valued. In many of the churches with whom MCC is connected, women wear skirts or dresses (and little or no jewelry) to church or church events.

At the time of writing, areas approximately 200 kilometers to the east of Zaporizhzhia have been undergoing continued armed conflict. Approximately 60,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from these eastern regions are residing in Zaporizhzhia. There are some tensions between host communities, IDPs, and veterans of the current armed conflict. Peace agreements signed in Minsk have had very limited success, but it is also important to note that the front line has essentially not moved since 2015. The safety of all MCC workers is a top priority and MCC has pro-active security and emergency plans in place. At the moment, Zaporizhzhia is quiet, and the MCC workers there feel safe. The situation, of course, needs to be regularly monitored with regards to safety.
Oct 31, 2019
Mar 09, 2020
5 years
All MCC workers are expected to exhibit a commitment to: a personal Christian faith and discipleship; active participation in a Christian church or Christian community; 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: BA/BSc or equivalent
Minimum Experience: International experience and MCC 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.
10. Language Skills: Knowledge of Russian and/or Ukrainian OR ability and motivation to learn Russian and/or Ukrainian in order to speak at a conversational level and to read (non-technical) documents written in Russian/Ukrainian.  
The MCC Representative(s) for Ukraine will provide leadership and programmatic direction to the Ukraine program. MCC Ukraine currently works in the areas of Material Resources, Education, Health, Sustainable Livelihoods, and Peace. The Representative will supervise an excellent team of staff that includes 5 National Staff, 1 Service Worker, and 2-3 SALT/YAMEN volunteers. The Ukraine program has increased programming and staff significantly since 2017 and is still in a period of growth and change and developing identity. A unique aspect of the Ukraine Representative role is the opportunity to relate to Mennonite churches and organizations located mostly in (or close to) Zaporizhzhia and to the organizations in North America that support some of these churches/organizations.

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; Special needs schooling not available; Occasional overnights; Occasional evening and weekend work; Occasional long days; Work requires healthy boundaries; Use of public transit required; 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

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
f. Ensure resource stewardship across the country
g. Prepare and monitor project reporting
h. Ensure maintenance of personnel records and other documents for MCC Records and Archives
i. 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. Ensure that service workers have documents needed to apply for visas and coordinate process of service workers obtaining and renewing temporary residence permits in a timely manner.
d. Provide orientation for new workers, including language study
e. Create an environment where all individuals are comfortable openly addressing concerns/opinions
f. Ensure spiritual, emotional and professional support for workers
g. Monitor relationships between workers and partners with whom they work
h. Implement MCC Human Resource policies and assist in policy interpretation for workers
i. Conduct timely performance appraisals and End-of-Term reports for service workers
j. Encourage workers’ compliance with MCC values and witness
k. 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
e. Coordinate annual retreat for staff and their families for purpose of team building and renewal.

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
c. Collaboration with Communications department and Area Directors in ensuring that all public communication about MCC Ukraine program has been appropriately vetted.

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; abide by mutual expectations described in MOU between MCC and Association of Mennonite Brethren Churches in Ukraine (expected to be developed in Summer 2019).
b. Regular attendance at a local congregation

9. A Ukraine Representative (only one of spouses if a married couple) will function as the Director of the locally registered organization "MCC Ukraine". The Financial Manager currently provides significant support to the Representative who carries out this role. Responsibilities related to this role include:
a. Ensuring that the locally registered organization is compliant with local laws and regulations.
b. Signing bank payments (i.e. disbursements to partners, salary payments, utilities, etc).
c. Reviewing and signing various official documents (related to financial reporting to tax authorities, visa applications, etc).
d. In case of government reviews/audits, representing the locally registered organization.
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