|Connecting Peoples Coordinator (CPC) Palestine & Israel|
|As a National Staff (NS) position MCC would provide an annual salary of USD$ 25,000 and benefits including medical/dental/optical equivalent to a MCC Service Worker 1 Level.
As a Service Worker (volunteer) position, MCC would cover all basic needs including, but not limited to: food, housing, transportation (to/from assignment & work related travel), medical/dental/optical coverage, vacation time (3 weeks), resettlement allowance provided at the end of term, etc. and provide a modest monthly allowance.
|East Jerusalem or Bethlehem|
|Palestine and Israel|
|The Connecting Peoples Coordinator (CPC) position is a 1.0 FTE position. If the CPC is a SWer s/he will live in East Jerusalem or Beit Safafa or Bethlehem or Beit Jala or Beit Sahour.
Palestine and Israel are located between 29°-33° north of the equator, which is characterized as subtropical region, between the temperate zone and the tropical zone. The northern and coastal regions of Palestine-Israel have a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot and dry summers and cool rainy winters. The winter months of November to March are the coldest with snow in the northern reaches of the Golan Heights, and occasional snow fall in Jerusalem. The summer months (June-August) are hot with average temperatures in the center of the country over 30C and closer to 40C in the South and Galilee.
Palestine and Israel are challenging places to live and work, as one tries to negotiate between cultures, religions, and lifestyles. Every decision one makes often seems to have a political dimension, including where one buys groceries, where one goes for entertainment, what language one speaks and even what roads one drives on. This perplexing diversity can also be invigorating. If an international Service Worker the CPC will find this dynamic even more accentuated by the additional reality of living with Palestinians who do not have easy access to Jerusalem or to other West Bank cities or Israel, while the CPC will be able to travel with greater ease.
Note: Seeds and nuts, including sesame, are widely used in the local diet, for both savory and sweet dishes. Those with allergies to seeds and/or nuts should be aware that it may be difficult to prevent exposure to seeds and/or nuts due to the high potential for cross-contamination.
|Apr 23, 2021|
|Aug 01, 2021|
|Yes, due to COVID-19 restrictions|
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.
• Undergraduate degree from a university or college with a focus in theology, biblical studies, Christian education or youth ministry
• Previous experience with logistics management specific to the tourism -hospitality industry is highly desirable
• Well-grounded in the Anabaptist faith tradition or willingness to rigorously engage Anabaptist theology and teachings (see: What is an Anabaptist Christian? by Palmer Becker) and able to keep their primary language of biblical and theological understanding central as they will be living in a geo-political context that will require an ability to articulate the primary reasons why MCC embraces peace making. Peace making should be understood as a by-product of one’s faith, not the thing itself.
• Previous youth ministry experience and a commitment to youth discipleship is highly desirable
• An ability to create learning experiences rather than instructional episodes to guide the participants from what they arrive knowing to a deeper understanding and maturity in their faith
• An affinity for teenagers (eighteen and nineteen-year old) and twenty-thirty year old young adults coupled with a tolerance for the unpredictability of life lived with young adults especially in a cross cultural setting
• An understanding of challenges and needs of young adults and able to develop appropriate service opportunities
• A capacity for community building and conflict resolution (training and experience preferred)
• An ability to facilitate group processes not only for community cohesion but also for reflection and learning
• An up-to-date understanding of physical, mental and spiritual principles and practices relating to the safeguarding of young adults for their well-being
• Previous intercultural work experience desirable
• Good computer skills and proficiency with social media platforms
• Excellent English communication skills, both verbal and written.
• Willingness to learn conversational Arabic if a non-Arabic speaker
• Excellent organizational, time management and prioritization skills that allows one to attend to many important details simultaneously
• Ability to develop and adhere to a budget.
• Valid Driver’s licence with a clean driving record and a willingness to drive
• Ability to legally travel within Jordan, Palestine and Israel
Invitations to serve with MCC are contingent on the successful outcome of criminal background check(s).
|This position is based in the MCC Jordan, Palestine and Israel country programme office in Beit Hanina, occupied East Jerusalem. The CPC will be supervised by the MCC Representatives; however, the CPC will work closely and collaboratively with other MCC colleagues in Jordan, Palestine and Israel to effectively implement the GSL programme and support MCC programmes and staff.
The CPC is responsible for assisting the MCC Jordan, Palestine and Israel programme by facilitating the Global Service Learning (GSL) exchange programme for young adults. The CPC will coordinate the Global Service Learning (GSL) programmes of SEEK, SALT, IVEP and YAMEN.
The MCC Jordan, Palestine and Israel country programme has two GSL components: the Seek Discipleship Pilot Programme and SALT.YAMEN.IVEP programmes.
The CPC will need to gain a deep understanding of the MCC identity, values, approaches and policies.
The CPC will primarily work Monday to Friday during the day; however, evening and weekend work is also expected, to effectively facilitate GSL programming. We look to Jesus’s own ministry as an example to follow. His ministry was a tapestry of relationship. He spent much of His life communing with His disciples- walking, eating, sharing life with them, and imparting wisdom so that others might know the Father. This is the guiding principle of the CPC role as a mentor - that the participants might partake in the life of Jesus through relationship with one another.
The CPC position is open to either a local National Staff person or international Service Worker supervised by the MCC Representative. Preference will be given to a single person, based on the personnel needs of the MCC country programme at this time.
Seek Discipleship Programme:
Seek is an intentional discipleship programme which focuses on exposing young adults in the 18-20 age range in what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ, from an Anabaptist faith perspective. The CPC will provide leadership and assume responsibility for the implementation of the Seek curriculum that has been designed by MCC for the discipleship programme. The CPC will maintain a well-planned, carefully balanced programme throughout the year. In close collaboration with the MCC Representatives the CPC will develop programme goals and periodically evaluate against those goals, measuring process, indicators of change and outcomes. Part of following Christ is to serve others; thus, the CPC will ensure there are structured service opportunities to complement the discipleship experience. The programme will include multiple service opportunities, ranging from a couple of days to several weeks, and sometimes more with MCC partners in Jordan, Palestine and Israel.
The desired outcome of Seek is for the participants to have an increased self-awareness about their Christian identity and how it influences their perceptions, values and beliefs. Participants will be prepared for a life of discipleship and to a greater sense of purpose, which can be the basis for further education and a ministry in the church and the world including service with Mennonite Central Committee.
SALT (Serve and Learn Together) YAMEN (Young Anabaptist Mennonite Exchange) and IVEP (International Voluntary Exchange Programme)
The SALT.YAMEN.IVEP programmes have been the mainstay of the MCC GSL programme for decades. One of MCC's core values is “connecting people”. Through exchange programmes, MCC facilitates interchange and mutual learning between its supporting constituency and those with whom we work around the world, so that all may give and receive. The CPC will represent MCC Jordan, Palestine and Israel to partners, church connections, and to GSL participants. The CPC will need to develop a deep knowledge and understanding of partner organizations, church dynamics, cross-cultural considerations, and young adult issues. This person will work closely in collaboration with the MCC Representatives to ensure that the strategic plan of the MCC programme is met through the GSL programmes.
|Extreme Heat; Work requires healthy boundaries; Local church not supportive to LGTBQ+ persons; Local area not supportive to LGTBQ+ persons|
|1. Oversee and implement the Seek.SALT.YAMEN.IVEP programmes in close collaboration with the MCC Representatives, MCC Associate Director & Programme Management, and IP GSL Director.
2. Be a spiritual mentor to the participants by caring for them and wanting the best for them to allow for their spiritual growth and maturity in their faith.
3. Participate in the selection and placement of the Seek.SALT.YAMEN.IVEP participants in collaboration with the appropriate GSL personnel, MCC Representatives and MCC Associate Director & Programme Management.
4. Define appropriate service assignments and partners for the GSL participants in collaboration with the MCC Representatives and MCC Associate Director & Programme Management.
5. Evaluate and make adjustments to the service assignments as necessary and in coordination with partners and MCC Representatives.
6. Coordinate visa processes and visa requirements.
7. Coordinate and lead the in-country orientation process, adjustment and ongoing learning activities for the GSL participants.
8. Provide worker care.
9. Ensure the GSL programme adheres to the larger strategic goals and plans of the MCC GSL department and the MCC Jordan, Palestine and Israel country programme.
10. Plan, monitor and evaluate the progress of the GSL programme in coordination with the MCC Representatives.
11. Increase MCC's constituency awareness of the GSL programme by providing periodic media and social media updates that align with MCC policy for a country of sensitivity in collaboration with the MCC Representatives.
12. Develop and maintain a database of local Seek, IVEP and YAMEN alumni.
13. Stay aware of politics and conflict related developments in the country programme area; evaluate security conditions of the GSL service assignments and make changes as necessary in consultation with the MCC Representatives.
14. Participate in MCC team retreats.
15. Attend MCC meetings and events as appropriate.
16. Active attendance/participation in a local Christian congregation.
17. Model nonviolent peacemaking through respectful interactions with others.