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Seed Facilitator - Bolivia
The Seed Facilitator will likely live in the city of Cochabamba located in the valleys region of Bolivia, equidistant between Santa Cruz and La Paz. Cochabamba is a highly productive agricultural area, and huge variety of fresh produce is on offer year-round. It is known as the "City of Eternal Spring" and "The Garden City" due to its pleasant spring-like temperatures year round. Crime is relatively low but one must always be aware of pickpockets and the potential for petty theft.

Although services vary a great deal depending on the economic status of a given neighborhood, good quality education and health services are readily available in Cochabamba. The city offers modern amenities including utilities, internet, effective public transportation, grocery stores, markets, restaurants, theaters, and an international airport.

MCC Bolivia’s central office is located in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, about 500km from Cochabamba (10 hours by overnight bus), but the Seed Facilitator will be based in Cochabamba to be closer to the Seed participants who will be placed primarily in the western regions of Bolivia.

When traveling to rural areas or smaller towns, one can find more difficult conditions including rough roads, seasonally frequent mudslides, poor drinking water, problems with or lack of electricity, water supply, internet access, and/or cell phone signal. At the same time, smaller towns have a reputation for being richer in traditions and warmer in hospitality in comparison with the cities, the Seed program will have a mix of rural and urban workers.

COVID-19 Pandemic in Bolivia
The pandemic has had a devastating impact in Bolivia as it has with much of the world. MCC takes very seriously basic biosafety measures to guarantee as much as possible the health of all team members. These measures might also limit the mobility a service worker has in the city and country of service. While taking public transportation was highly encouraged before the pandemic, it is now mostly discouraged unless using an online app such as Uber.

Bolivia, as many other Latin American countries does not have a robust health system as one might expect in North America or Europe. Because of this local, state and national governments often implement more strict quarantine and self-isolation measures for its inhabitants with the hope of keeping the number of cases low. While this has not always been as successful as one would hope, MCC considers it important to follow all norms implemented by any public governing body in-country. We expect all service workers to do the same.

MCC Bolivia Reps will at times ask team members to take extra measures to guarantee the safety and health of everyone. All service workers are expected to follow these norms, but is welcome to discuss any inconveniences or conflicts they may have with these norms with the country reps.
Mar 28, 2021
Jul 19, 2021
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.
  • Ability to understand, speak, read and write Spanish and English.
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in the Bolivian context.
  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree in social sciences, education, theology or related fields.
  • Cross-cultural/international experience.
  • Knowledge of or interest in transformative education.
  • Maturity in relational skills.
  • Strong listening skills.
  • Ability to build bridges in the midst of differences.
  • Strong ability to work with and facilitate dialogue amongst a very diverse, intercultural team.
  • Ability to work in collaboration with the MCC team and local partners, each with its own interests, perspectives and needs.
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically.
  • Ability to work independently in a self-directed manner, as well as with a team.
  • Knowledge of global issues and the ability to connect them with service and advocacy.
  • Solid organizational skills.
  • Willingness to travel frequently by bus and accept the sometimes-rustic realities of the Bolivian context.
​Invitations to serve with MCC are contingent on the successful outcome of criminal background check(s).
This position involves the planning, organization and implementation of a 2-year service, reflection and peacebuilding program with an intercultural team of young adults in the complex and enriching context of Bolivia. This position will be supervised by the MCC Representatives for Bolivia.

The Seed program in Bolivia has had a strategic purpose in expanding MCC’s accompaniment into the western part of the country. For the past several years most of MCC Bolivia’s partners had been concentrated in eastern Bolivia, but this is now changing with several partners that have received Seed workers and other forms of accompaniment from MCC in the highlands. Seed has successfully brought MCC’s accompaniment into western Bolivia allowing the programming to interact with the cultural diversity and socio-political realities distinct to this region.

The Seed Program Facilitator will be responsible for implementing all aspects of the Seed program in Bolivia. The Program Facilitator is responsible for the administrative, logistical and programmatic details of Seed and, in alignment with the general MCC Bolivia strategic plan and under the supervision of the MCC Representatives for Bolivia, provides ongoing vision for the program. This person helps develop, revise and then implement the curriculum and methodology for the educational aspects of the program. The Program Facilitator is the primary person responsible to provide worker care for the participants of Seed, with support from the representatives and the rest of the MCC Bolivia team.

MCC Bolivia views the Seed program as an important opportunity to accompany local partners carrying out community development, environmental, or peace-building initiatives while at the same time strengthening the capacity of young people to serve. The program seeks to strengthen a service ethos among young people along with accompanying them in analyzing structures that contribute to cycles of violence and injustice. The program also seeks to discern actions that can help transform these cycles and consolidate strategies for advocacy work based on grassroots action led by MCC partners. The Seed participants will be spread in the western, Andean region of the country.
Heavy use of peanuts in local diet; Political instability; Occasional overnights; Occasional evening and weekend work; Work requires healthy boundaries; Diverse group of stakeholders; Local church not supportive to LGTBQ+ persons
Seed Facilitator

This position calls for a dynamic person who is excited about connecting with young adults, while also playing a supervisory role, guiding the team through a transformative year of service. As well, the Seed facilitator will relate to a variety of MCC partner organizations and churches, representing MCC in their ongoing relationships with these entities and their communities. Organization, attention to detail, effective communication, and initiative taking are important aspects of this work. Additionally, while many tasks will be carried-out independently, this position will require collaborating with other MCC Bolivia program service workers and national staff. The MCC Bolivia team includes experienced employees whose knowledge and expertise are of utmost importance in planning and task execution. The Seed Facilitator should expect national staff to be part of a collaborative team in working together.

This position requires traveling approximately 20% of the time, especially concentrated throughout some portions of the year. Traveling will also depend on health conditions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic at the time of service. The entire MCC Bolivia team meets three times a year for team meetings and retreats, and maintains other forms of support throughout the year.

1. Creation of and preparation for new Seed cohort
• Work with MCC Bolivia Country Representatives to define appropriate placements and partners for Seed.
• Work with MCC Representatives for Bolivia and MCC partners to develop the job descriptions for the Bolivia Seed Program.
• Develop, adapt and implement a curriculum for the participants in this program with the collaboration of MCC Bolivia partners and organizations.
• Participate in the interviews and selection of Seed participants.
• Coordinate with administration team, CP Facilitator and Rep for travel and visas of new Seeders.

2. Ongoing accompaniment of Seed cohort
• Coordinate and lead the orientation, adjustment and training processes for each participant.
• Lead Seed team reflection times and continue to develop and implement Seed Bolivia’s curriculum.
• Provide worker care to participants through regular site visits and email/phone/virtual meeting contact.
• Complete Seed worker evaluations – PAR, IAR and ETR

3. Relations with partner organizations
• Evaluate and make adjustments to the service placements as necessary and in coordination with partners.
• Periodic check-ins with partner organizations to see what needs and issues might need facilitator’s attention with Seed worker
• Monitoring to see that the Seed worker experience continues to be valuable for both partner and Seed worker

4. Financial – PMR (personal monthly financial reports)
• Make sure Seeders turn in PMRs at the appropriate time to Seed Facilitator, review them, and send them to Reps.
• Reviewing PMRs and Seed Budget for any discrepancies or unexplained expenses
• Completing his/her own PMR

5. PME – Seed Program Monitoring and Evaluation
• Completing bi-annual reporting through PME process by filling out, translating and turning in Seed reports to PME personnel with MCC Bolivia
• Using any reporting tools that have been designed and agreed upon for tracking indicators, outputs and activities.

6. Connecting with larger MCC Bolivia team
• Ensure the Seed program augments the larger strategic goals and plans of MCC Bolivia.
• Participate in MCC Bolivia team meetings twice a year, the annual retreat, and other team activities.
• Work with Country Representatives to develop and implement strategies to integrate Seed participants in the larger MCC Bolivia team and avoid jealousies/tension between one-year, two-year, and three-year workers.
• Supporting representatives, depending on availability, with tasks such as Spanish-English translation for plans and reports.

7. Contribute to other MCC Bolivia team activities depending on time, interest and need
• Orientation of new long-term service workers
• Learning Tours, Exchanges and Partner Encounters
• Team Meetings and Retreats
• MCC Bolivia bulletin
• Translation of PME reports
• Protection against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) focal point – This position is responsible for helping coordinate accompaniment of the MCC Bolivia team and of partners in developing and implementing PSEA policies with their project participants. This position is an option for those that are interested in would feel comfortable engaging this work.
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