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MCC Representative for Nepal
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Kathmandu
Nepal
Kathmandu is a bustling city that enjoys a range of temperatures throughout the year, from cold winters to hot summers. There is a big expat community, with supermarkets and restaurants that cater to Western tastes. The city enjoys good health facilities for most medical needs. Bangkok and Delhi have good facilities for major health concerns. There are a number of Christian churches in Kathmandu, as well as the opportunity of small group involvement for Christian fellowship. Transportation by public bus and taxi is readily available locally and cars can be hired for longer trips. There is also an extensive bus system throughout the country, as well as numerous local and international flights from Kathmandu each week. Kathmandu has a number of high quality educational options for children, including schools with American and British accreditation. For those who love the outdoors, there is easy access from Kathmandu to great hiking and mountain biking in the Kathmandu Valley, and lots of opportunities across the country for trekking, rafting, climbing and other outdoor pursuits during vacation times.
Sep 20, 2019
Mar 01, 2020
Yes
5 year
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: Master's level or equivalent, and minimum 5 years of relevant work experience.
Minimum Experience: Experience working in Nepal preferred. Overseas experience required.

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 Representative for Nepal will provide primary, in-country leadership for MCC’s work and witness in Nepal. This includes the work of overseeing all aspects of administration, supporting MCC placed personnel, including expat service workers and Nepali national staff, ensuring compliance with governmental policies and reporting requirements, and networking with partners.

An MCC Rep role may be filled with a married couple where one spouse is the MCC Rep and the other spouse is serving in a different MCC position or with a single person.
High levels of pollution; Political instability; Special needs schooling not available
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
Assignment Narrative:

MCC has sent workers to Nepal for over 50 years, and directly supported partners through a registered country office for 10 years. Through this long history, MCC’s programmatic engagement has evolved greatly, though our core values remain the same. Currently, MCC Nepal is supporting projects in the following sectors: agriculture, nutrition and sustainable livelihoods; water, hygiene and sanitation; rural educational and vocational training/leadership for youth; and emergency disaster response. The 2015 earthquake significantly affected the work of MCC and its partners; the last 3 years were spent supporting partners to implement immediate and intermediate-term disaster recovery efforts.  In addition to the Reps, there are currently six Nepali national staff positions in Nepal. Nepal also typically hosts 1-3 SALTer/YAMENers and sends 2-3 IVEP/GSL participants each year.  


The MCC Representative for Nepal will take the lead role in representing MCC Nepal. This includes, but is not limited to, MCC partners, MCC friends, MCC service workers and national staff, and MCC visitors. Additionally, s/he will represent MCC Nepal to the Government of Nepal. They are accountable to the MCC Area Directors (AD) for Central Southern and Northeast Asia (CSNE). The ADs are based in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The MCC Representative for Nepal is expected to carry a rigorous schedule of planning, reporting, and financial management accountable to the ADs and to MCC Canada’s office in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The MCC Representative for Nepal takes full responsibility for the financial and programmatic integrity of MCC’s work in Nepal.

The MCC Representative will be required to travel (both domestically and internationally). Regular domestic travel to MCC Nepal partners’ project areas requires motorbike or jeep transportation on bumpy roads and/or multiple days of hiking to access remote areas. The MCC Representative will be required to attend and participate in the fall and spring Asia Leadership Team (ALT) meetings usually taking place outside of Nepal. The MCC Representative is also required to attend the annual MCC South Asia Retreat. The various country programs (Nepal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and India) take turns planning and leading the South Asia Retreat.


The MCC Representative will advertise, recruit and support Nepali youth applying to participate in MCC’s IVEP and YAMEN exchange programs.  She/he will assist partners to develop assignment descriptions for SALT/YAMEN participants in Nepal, and support SALT/YAMENers to conduct research on selected aspects of partners’ work.
    
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