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Peacebuilding Coordinator -- Burundi
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.
Burundi is a beautiful country bordering Lake Tanganyika with lush green hills during the rainy seasons. Year-round temperatures during the day range from warm to hot. In the higher-elevation interior of the country, where Gitega is located, there is spring-like weather year-round, and it can get cool enough in the evenings to require a jacket.

Gitega has been Burundi’s “second city,” a quiet, picturesque town in the highlands of Burundi. However, it was recently named as the political capital and some new investments have been taking place. So far, though, it remains fairly small, with few ex-patriates, making it possible to build deeper connections within the local community. Virtually everything is within walking distance, and most basic commodities are available, including a wide array of fruits and vegetables. Basic health care needs can be met at several clinics. More specialized health needs can be met in Bujumbura or in Rwanda.

The European language most widely spoken in Burundi is French. The local language, Kirundi, is in the Bantu language family and is very similar to Kinyarwanda, which is spoken in Rwanda. Swahili is widely known, and it is taught in schools as a fourth language (after Kirundi, French, and English).

Christianity is the predominant religion with Islam as a minority. There are various sub-communities in Gitega, including various Catholic missions, the Swahili quarter, a strong community of Quakers, and several other Protestant denominations.

As in many African countries, the biggest health risk to expatriates is probably traffic accidents. Malaria is common but avoidable with mosquito nets and preventive medicine. A variety of severe but vaccine-preventable diseases are also present. Medical care for basic illnesses is available in Burundi, but it is necessary to travel to Rwanda for higher-quality medical care, and medical evacuation to Kenya or South Africa is necessary for acute or emergency medical care (MCC Rwanda/Burundi subscribes to a medical evacuation service). There is not North American standard dental care in Burundi, but it is available in Rwanda. Professional counseling and mental health services are not available in Burundi but are available in Rwanda with high-quality counseling centers available regionally in Uganda and Kenya.

Elections will be held in May 2020. The economic and infrastructure context can be challenging. This position is recommended for a single person or a married couple without children.
Apr 12, 2020
Jul 13, 2020
Yes, if candidate fluent in French
3 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.

•Master’s degree in peacebuilding preferred (Master’s degrees in international development, organizational management, or communications also considered)
•Experience and/or training in peacebuilding and conflict transformation
•Strong leadership and facilitation skills 
•Strong inter-personal skills and ability to collaborate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds
•Self-starter with ability to work independently
•Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills
•Strong writing skills
•Social media and publicity skills are a plus
•Willingness to travel in Burundi and the region, often using public transportation
•French proficiency of at least an intermediate level (language training provided if needed)
•Willingness to serve in a sometimes challenging context

​Invitations to serve with MCC are contingent on the successful outcome of criminal background check(s).
The Burundi Peacebuilding Coordinator coordinates the Great Lakes Peacebuilding Institute (GLPI) and supports peacebuilding work in the MCC Rwanda/Burundi program. GLPI is a growing organization that trains peace practitioners from the broader region through its annual October Institute as well as special modules throughout the year. MCC’s peacebuilding work includes supporting regional reconciliation and peacebuilding networks; supporting peace clubs and other community peacebuilding infrastructure; and coordinating with other MCC Africa peacebuilding staff in order to expand and deepen the impact of MCC-supported peace work on the continent.
Far distance to emergency medical care; Security issues; Work requires healthy boundaries; Large geographical scope; Diverse group of stakeholders; Use of public transit required; Local church not supportive to LGTBQ+ persons; Local area not supportive to LGTBQ+ persons
Great Lakes Peacebuilding Institute (GLPI):
•Coordinate GLPI, in collaboration with the GLPI Board
•Supervise the Secretary-Accountant as well as a new Program Officer position (expected to be hired in early 2020)
•Maintain networks and strategic linkages with partner organizations
•Mobilize new funding and new partnerships for GLPI
•Provide strategic direction for GLPI through planning, monitoring evaluation and reporting (PMER) processes
•Report to and assist the GLPI Board in their strategic goals
•Oversee the October Institute (as well as special modules)
Finalize course offerings and select facilitators
Recruit participants and publicize the institute
Facilitate course(s) as interested
Oversee the logistics and budget
•Help GLPI improve its organizational management and procedures
•Oversee the development of relations with local and regional universities
•Support the development of GLPI alumni networks
•Collect stories of peacebuilding from GLPI alumni in the field to document and publish electronically and/or as printed material

•Support youth peace club work
•Support capacity-building as there is time and agreement; this could include
Supporting training of MIPAREC staff in website management
Participating in MIPAREC discussions regarding peacebuilding strategies and approaches

On behalf of MCC Rwanda/Burundi contribute to the work of the
•Great Lakes Initiative (GLI)
•Quaker Peace Network (QPN)
•MCC Africa Peacebuilding Network (MAPN)
•MCC Africa Strategic Peacebuilding Goals Working Group
•Coordinating team of MCC-supported peacebuilding institutes in Africa

The Great Lakes Peacebuilding Institute (GLPI) was founded in 2004 by three local organizations in Burundi, Rwanda, and Eastern Congo with the support of MCC. These were Ministry for Peace and Reconciliation under the Cross (MIPAREC) in Gitega, Burundi; Friends Peace House (FPH) in Kigali, Rwanda; and Council for Peace and Reconciliation (COPARE) in Bukavu, Eastern Congo. GLPI is governed by a Board made up of its founding organizations, and since its founding has been hosted by MIPAREC in Gitega.

GLPI is a bilingual (French and English) training institute which offers high quality intensive courses on peacebuilding, conflict transformation, trauma healing, and organizational and community development to peace and development practitioners from the African Great Lakes region and beyond. GLPI offers course modules facilitated by a roster of experienced international faculty who have a wide range of peacebuilding skills and experiences and who apply participatory, interactive, and creative teaching methods to stimulate meaningful learning and listening environments among the participants.

GLPI envisions the African Great Lakes region as a space where a culture of solidarity and sustainable and harmonious development reigns. In order to achieve this vision, GLPI commits to bringing peacebuilders in the region closer together by strengthening their capacities, sharing best practices, and exchanging experiences through theoretical and practical courses in the spirit of building supportive and active networks of change agents.

Since MIPAREC hosts GLPI, the service worker in this position also has the opportunity to contribute to one of the primary peacebuilding organizations in Burundi. Since it’s founding in 1996, MIPAREC has grown in size and institutional capacity, with five offices around the country and over 80 personnel. In addition to continuing to support local peace committees, which was its first peacebuilding work, it now also undertakes development initiatives, peace training in schools, youth work, and many other approaches to building sustainable peace.

GLPI has been growing institutionally over the past five years, and this past October added a community and organizational development track to the annual October Institute to complement the existing peacebuilding track. It has also been developing relationships with other INGOs in order to expand the base of organizations sponsoring participants in GLPI trainings.

Coordinating GLPI involves work in organizational development and in fostering positive learning environments as well as areas such as publicity and logistics. The coordinator oversees the work of building and maintaining partnerships, designing courses, recruiting participants, hiring faculty, managing training sessions, facilitating board meetings, and developing and implementing strategies for institutional growth. A service worker with an MA in a relevant field will also have the opportunity to facilitate course modules. In addition, the GLPI Coordinator supervises the Secretary-Accountant, who has supported GLPI for many years as well as a new Program Officer position, which is expected to be filled in early 2020.

The service worker in this position will also have the opportunity to support MCC’s peacebuilding work not only in Burundi and the Great Lakes region but across the continent. This includes supporting regional reconciliation and peacebuilding networks; supporting peace clubs and other community peacebuilding infrastructure; as well as coordinating with other MCC Africa peacebuilding staff in order to expand and deepen the impact of MCC-supported peace work on the continent.

This assignment presents an opportunity for an MCC service worker to learn a great deal about local, regional, and continental peacebuilding efforts from MCC partners with decades of grassroots peacebuilding experience, while also contributing valued expertise. Because GLPI serves the region, the service worker will have frequent opportunities to travel and build networks throughout the Great Lakes region.

In addition to the MCC service worker in Gitega, the MCC R/B team includes two service workers and a national staff person in the capital city Bujumbura, where the MCC office is located (a two-hour drive from Gitega). The MCC Representatives for the R/B program live in Kigali, Rwanda, a five-hour drive from Gitega. In addition to the Reps, in the Kigali office there are two national staff, and there are usually two SALTers who are also located in Kigali. MCC R/B formally meets three times a year, twice for team gatherings and once for a partner gathering.
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