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Coordinator of Projects and Relationships - Northern Mexico
Ciudad Juarez, Estado de Chihuahua
Currently, we are proposing this position to be located in Juarez, Chihuahua. This is a city located right on the border with El Paso - Texas and directly affected by all of the realities of border-life, with considerable movement back and forth between the U.S. and Mexico. Culturally, there is a mix of diverse backgrounds. In this location, there is access to schools, medical services, and public transportation. However, it is also possible that this position will be located in a different border city, but would likely have similar conditions. Even the position is located in this place, the role involved various trips to other border places investing weeks of visits acording to an agreed agenda with the Reps.
Aug 31, 2019
Jan 06, 2020
3 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.

Invitations to serve with MCC are contingent on the successful outcome of criminal background check(s).

Knowledge and experience:
  • University degree in social work, sociology, psychology, peace studies, political science or international development
  • Administrative experience: project management and strategic relationships with partners
  • Experience in at least some of the following areas: design, monitoring and evaluation of programs and projects for social impact in community development, peace building, nonviolence, conflict transformation, humanitarian action and public advocacy
  • Experience with working groups, and strategic coordination of agendas with other organizations around themes or projects 
Skills and abilities:
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities
  • Ability to take notes and follow up with delegated responsibilities
  • Ability to propose improvements and solutions, and implement new ideas in coordination with a supervisor
  • Ability to take initiative within organizational guidelines
  • Open to learning and personal growth
  • Ability to work in a team without losing sight of the possibilities of working alone
  • High understanding and respect for political, religious, cultural and sexual orientation diversity
  • Excellent oral and written communication in Spanish and English
The Coordinator position on Mexico's northern border region will play a key role in MCC’s strategies for strengthening relations with churches and civil society organizations, as well as with past, current or potential partners. This new position is created to facilitate processes of relationship-building, dialogue and coordination in favor of local initiatives, joint projects, and national or international efforts. In addition to maintaining and continuing relationships with churches and organizations in Mexico, this position also includes collaboration with MCC offices in the United States, Canada, and the Latin American region, as supervised and overseen by the MCC Mexico Reps.

This is a position that will require seasons of much travel, but also a great deal of administrative work such as proposal design, monitoring and follow up on reports, management of MCC databases, and eventually supervision of other MCCers (Service Workers, YAMENers, SALTers).

Although a central issue in the work on the northern border is addressing the challenges of migrants in vulnerable conditions, this coordination effort also seeks to understand other social challenges by working with partners and directly or indirectly responding to the challenges of poverty, emergency response, peacebuilding and non-violence.

Due to extensive travel required for this position, this position is not recommended for candidates who have dependent children.
Security issues; Special needs schooling not available; Occasional overnights; Occasional evening and weekend work; Occasional long days; Large geographical scope; Diverse group of stakeholders; Location requires digital communication; Local church not supportive to LGTBQ+ persons
- Develop trust relationships with Mennonite, Anabaptist, and other churches within the northern border region of Mexico
- Develop trust relationships with similar organizations working to transform the structures of inequality, violence, and discrimination in their contexts of influence
- Develop trust relationships with civil society organizations (whether they have a Christian ethos or not) whose principles and actions demonstrate points in common with those of MCC in the face of various social challenges, particularly those related to the vulnerability of migrants in Mexican territory and Mexican migrants returned or deported to their country
- Identify and relate strategically with relevant coalitions
- Collaborate with MCC regional offices in the United States and MCC advocacy offices that have some involvement on the border with Mexico, through partnership relations, project coordination, learning tours and more, in order to incorporate the vision and participation of MCC Mexico’s local experience and worldview with the strategic purposes of MCC in the region
- Possibly facilitate exchange visits and learning tours of Mexican churches from other regions of the country into the northern border region
- Coordinate technical guidance in design, monitoring and project reporting with partners on the Mexican side of the northern border
- Supervise MCC personnel who are working for/with partners on the northern border
- In accordance with skills and knowledge, begin exploring other issues with churches and partners in the region as part of the institutional strengthening offered by MCC to these partners. For example, issues related to social development, risk management, humanitarian response, advocacy, peace building, nonviolence, administrative management, monitoring and evaluation, and more.
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