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Program Coordinator - Burundi
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Bujumbura
Burundi
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. Bujumbura is located in the western branch of the East African Rift Valley, situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Tanganyika and on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Though Burundi is desperately lacking in wildlife, it is actually in Bujumbura that you have the best opportunity to see the most impressive creatures in Burundi, hippos! Despite being the largest city in the country, with a population of roughly 800,000, Bujumbura still feels like a ‘small town’ in many ways. There is a small close-knit group of expatriates, the traffic is rarely overbearing, and there are good, but limited options for goods and services. There are coffee shops, tea rooms, juice bars, and an array of al fresco dining options. Outdoor exercise is wildly popular in Bujumbura in the streets, soccer fields, and the main public park in town. The climate in Bujumbura is consistently warm and humid, though slightly cooler in the rainy seasons.

The European language most widely spoken in Burundi is French. The local language, Kirundi, is in the Bantu language family and mutually understandable with 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.

Options for children’s education are available in Bujumbura.

Challenges:
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. MCC also provides third-party online counseling services as needed.

As in many places in the world, the COVID pandemic challenge was stressful in Burundi and responses became entangled with national political conflicts. Due to travel restrictions, it appears large-scale outbreaks of COVID have not occurred. Currently, land borders with some countries (notably Rwanda) are still closed. Arrival by air is allowed, but pre- and post-arrival testing is required as well as quarantining for several days in a hotel until test results from all passengers on the flight have been checked. The global distribution of COVID vaccines will be ongoing in 2021 and we hope that COVID-disruptions will dissipate by 2022, although economic effects may last longer.

A peaceful election and transition of power took place in May 2020, but the economic and infrastructure context can be challenging.
Mar 15, 2021
Jun 01, 2021
Yes
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.
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, health, community development, or related field.
  • Basic computer skills including experience with MS Office.
  • Skill in writing and editing English language documents.
  • Capacity to collaborate in a team.
  • Written and spoken French language skills a plus.
​Invitations to serve with MCC are contingent on the successful outcome of criminal background check(s).
The Program Coordinator will work with MCC partner organizations in Burundi. These partners include Christian Union for the Development of the Disinherited (UCEDD), which runs the Hope School (nursery through 11th grade); Ministry for Peace and Reconciliation under the Cross (MIPAREC) and Restoration Burundi (RestoBU), which run youth peace club projects in schools; and World Outreach Initiatives (WOI), which runs a Maternal Child Health project.

UCEDD and MIPAREC are headquartered in Gitega, the political capital of Burundi, and the Hope School is located 45 minutes north of Gitega. WOI and RestoBU are headquartered in Bujumbura, the largest city in Burundi, two hours west of Gitega.

MCC Burundi also supports a conservation agriculture project and various peacebuilding projects with seconded personnel and funding; the Program Coordinator will occasionally be expected to assist with Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (PMER) requirements for these projects as well.

In addition, the Program Coordinator will manage the MCC office located in Bujumbura. Both in the PMER efforts and in the work of managing the MCC office, the Program Coordinator will supervise and collaborate with a national-staff Program Officer. We estimate that the Program Coordinator will spend about 75% of his/her time on PMER for MCC-supported projects in Burundi and 25% of his/her time managing the MCC office.

There are two other open positions in Burundi which may complement this position if a married couple applies.
Limited dental care available; Political instability; Occasional overnights; Occasional evening and weekend work; Occasional long days; Local church not supportive to LGTBQ+ persons; Local area not supportive to LGTBQ+ persons
Partner/Project support
The Program Coordinator collaborates with the MCC Burundi Program Officer on the following tasks:
• Work closely and continuously with partner organizations (typically three to four) who have MCC-funded education and health projects, accompanying them in planning, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting (PMER) and help them build their capacity in these areas. The goal is to increase project effectiveness and the positive impact for participants. This work is supervised by the Program Coordinator and MCC Representatives.
• Assist partners with the development of project proposals as well as project-related data collection and analysis.
• Help partners in their reporting process, ensuring that sufficient detail is provided on activities, adjustments, and impact. Ensure that reporting requirements are met in a timely manner.
• Frequently visit partner organizations and their projects to build relationships, learn about the local context, and monitor and understand their work.
• Support MCC Burundi partners as they seek to improve their organizational and financial systems and broaden their partner/funding base.
• Work with MCC Burundi partners to ensure policies and procedures are in place regarding child safeguarding/protection and protection against sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA).
• Regularly update the MCC PlanWin database for the MCC-funded projects noted above.
• Network with relevant external agencies (national and local authorities, local and international non-governmental organizations) to enhance program implementation and sustainability.
• Work with the MCC Peacebuilding Coordinator (to be hired March 2021) to support MCC’s peacebuilding work in Burundi, particularly with Great Lakes Peacebuilding Initiative (GLPI), Great Lakes Institute (GLI) Burundi, and Quaker Peace Network (QPN).

Program support
The Program Coordinator collaborates with the MCC Burundi Program Officer on the following tasks:
• Maintain relationships with governmental authorities and report to the relevant government ministries to maintain MCC’s INGO registration in Burundi.
• Provide support to service workers for household arrangements and immigration requirements.
• Respond to inquiries and receive visitors at the MCC office.
• Arrange in-country logistics for MCC visitors from out-of-country and assist with the orientation of new service workers.
• Ensure that MCC vehicles and related documents are maintained.
• Maintain office records; purchase supplies and equipment.
• Conduct banking and financial transactions; support MCC's financial accountability processes.
• Prepare paperwork and deliver required payments for employees’ taxes and social security.
• Manage communications with, and administration of, support staff.

• Regularly attend a local church.
• Participate in MCC Burundi team life and responsibilities, such as team meetings, worker reports, and retreats.
• Model non-violent peacemaking in the workplace and community through respectful interactions with others.

Service workers with varied skills can fill this position, although an interest in education and peacebuilding will bring added value. Patience and a commitment to mentoring the growth of MCC's partners will be important.
    
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