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Coordinator for Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Peacebuilding - México
México City
Life in México City is like life in any other major metropolis, with many options for managing free time, access to various markets and a variety of subcultures and customs. The city has a good infrastructure of public transport and services for the inhabitants. Generally safety is good but it's always best to stay alert and behave in ways that reduce unnecessary risk. Each worker who comes to the city receives an orientation in advance. There are several Mennonite and Anabaptist churches in México City, as well as churches of other denominations, so the worker can attend where he/she is most encouraged in his/her faith.

The climate in México City varies, has seasons, but in general the climate is very pleasant. It is not so warm but it is also not so cold. Only in winter the temperature drops a little. The health system is very good. There are clinics of all levels and all medical specialties are available.

This position involves travel to several cities and to other areas in the republic. Health and safety recommendations will be followed but company from locals will be sought at all times. In general terms, there is low tolerance for sexual diversity and the LGTBQ+ community within the context of Mennonite and Anabaptist churches in México. However, most civil society organizations recognize this minority group with their rights and promote their participation in society.

• Travel can sometimes be exhausting due to long journeys and far distances.
• Dry air in the city can be a challenge for the airways. There are months when pollution levels rise and that can be a challenge for some people.
• In México City you can take public transport, which is rarely empty. You can also walk or take a bike.
Apr 30, 2020
Jul 13, 2020
3 years
  • Fluency in Spanish is preferred: reading, writing, understanding, speaking and exposing
  • English: reading, writing, understanding, speaking and exposing fluently is preferable but not conditional
  • Graduated from one of the social sciences
  • Knowledge and experience in the teaching and promotion of peace, human rights, conflict transformation and non-violence, as well as in the design, planning, monitoring, learning and evaluation of impact projects and social projection (development, emergencies, advocacy)
  • Commitment to the principles of dialogue, non-violence, accompaniment and respect for diversity
  • Ability to read and analyze the context, summarize social challenges and changes, and develop a critical analysis of social actors
  • Willingness and physical conditioning for air and bus trips to various places, some metropolitan and others more rural
  • Communication skills and interpersonal relationships with men and women, adults, youth and children with warmth, acceptance, empathy, and respect for local forms
  • Written communication skills, especially to create and produce materials, and communicate about the topics of the work
  • Experience with working as part of a team and with diverse groups
  • Computer skills (Office, internet, web conference, social networks)
  • Ability to make decisions collaboratively
  • Skills of taking initiative
  • Openness and willingness to inter-religious, intercultural and ecumenical work
  • Ability and attitude of service and learning
  • Ability to be in situations that have the potential to be tense or contradictory to one's own social or political positions
  • Creativity and flexibility to adapt to new and changing situations - proven maturity
  • Attitudes and values: 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).
MCC México launches this call to find a candidate who can articulate the development of capacities in PME with each and every partner, and the development of skills and capabilities in peacebuilding and non-violence with the Anabaptist and Mennonite churches and MCC partners (civil society organizations) in México. This is a three-year, full-time position.

Position Description:
MCC México is a program office of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), which has been an international NGO supported and promoted by the Anabaptist and Mennonite churches in the United States and Canada for 100 years. MCC has been present in México since 1985, thanks to a call for help from the Mennonite and Anabaptist churches of México in the face of the humanitarian situation that was experienced by the earthquake that year in México City and other localities. Currently MCC partners in México are managing co-financed projects (11 organizations), have one person assigned as a service worker (three organizations) or have an MCC exchange program volunteer (three organizations). MCC México partners address issues such as conflict transformation, ecumenism, education, migration, food security and environment, national and international political and public advocacy, child protection, trauma management, experiences in response to emergencies and church initiatives. In total there are currently relationships with 14 organizations or initiatives and there is potential for 3-10 more over the coming months. In this context of relationships, MCC México has found the need to provide accompaniment and development in minimal skills for the design, monitoring, learning, and evaluation of social impact projects. On the other hand, MCC México has established that the best way to respond to the country's context of violence is to contribute to peacebuilding with the Mennonite and Anabaptist churches as a great mandate to direct work in the national territory. The Mennonite and Anabaptist churches and the partners of MCC recognize that this should be a more notorious and obvious feature of MCC´s work in the country and are open to being accompanied.
Extreme Heat; Fish and seafood local diet; Heavy use of peanuts in local diet; High levels of pollution; Limited contact outside local community; Long distance biking/walking required; Political instability; Security issues; Occasional evening and weekend work; Work requires healthy boundaries; Large geographical scope; Complex-needs population; Externally funded program; Diverse group of stakeholders; Physically demanding work; Limited dietary options; Use of public transit required; Local church not supportive to LGTBQ+ persons
• Recognize the programmatic commitments of MCC partners to the MCC system to establish work plans that help meet agreed programmatic quality.
• Recognize and keep up-to-date information on MCC contacts and relationships with Anabaptist and Mennonite churches and conferences in México to facilitate inter-agency dialogue bridges.
• Recognize and promote social work initiatives (without proselytizing) for people in vulnerable conditions from the Anabaptist and Mennonite churches of México by providing accompaniment for their implementation. Initiatives could be on peacebuilding, non-violence and conflict transformation.
• Recognize and formulate action plans for PME needs and challenges with MCC's current partners in México.
• Articulate work agendas and projections with partners and churches with the MCC Representatives (reps) and the other MCC coordinators in México to enhance work and joint impact.
• Participate in MCC meetings/retreats three times a year and be an intentional part of MCC team life through these spaces and other communication channels (WhatsApp or virtual encounters if needed).
• Address guidance from the MCC México reps.
• In México City and in other places in the country, there are also other service workers or SALT/YAMEN participants so there is an invitation to seek healthy and valued relationships of friendship and companionship with MCC colleagues in México.
• MCC México expects all service workers to participate in the life of a local church, preferably in a Mennonite one, to the extent that the work allows.

Objectives of the Position
• To contribute to the development of institutional capacities in design, planning, monitoring, learning and evaluation of social impact projects to the formal and current partners of the Mennonite Central Committee in México, in an articulated way, with the other areas in México's MCC team and representatives.
• To contribute to the development of knowledge, skills and initiatives in peacebuilding, non-violence, positive conflict transformation, and collaborative work in the various conferences of Anabaptist and Mennonite churches in México (mainly), as a coordinated agenda with the leadership, aimed to increase the social presence of Anabaptist and Mennonites in the country.
• Contribute to the joint efforts of the strategic plan of MCC México together with the other members of the Team.

Supervision: this position is supervised by MCC's reps in México and is located in the Program Office.
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