Position Title Seed Program Facilitator - Zambia
Compensation Type Allowance
Location City Lusaka
Location Country Zambia
Location Description The Seed Program Facilitator will be based in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia with a population of more than 2 million inhabitants. The program participants will be located in a variety of locations in Zambia and possibly Malawi.
The economy in Lusaka has been growing in recent years and is evident in many newly sealed roads and western style shopping malls that have been built. However, only a small percentage of the residents have access to reliable water, sanitation and electrical services, especially among residents of compounds that often began as informal settlements.
The city of Lusaka is diverse, with a large expatriate population. Although there are over 80 languages spoken in Zambia, English is the primary language of education. People are friendly, relaxed, and welcoming to visitors. The city is decorated with year-round flowering trees and bustling outdoor markets. Cell phone coverage is widespread and Internet services are available, though sometimes unreliable. The country is home to the magnificent Victoria Falls and numerous national parks with excellent game viewing.
There are many unpaved roads throughout the city and inside the compounds that can become very muddy in the rainy season from November to April. During the dry season of May to October, the environment can be dusty, which may aggravate allergies or respiratory conditions. Temperatures in the hot season of September to November can reach the high 30s C.
The local diet typically consists of cornmeal stiff porridge (nshima) with a green vegetable or meat relish. Daily meals can be very repetitive with little variety. The presence of South African chain stores in Lusaka means that most commercial products can be purchased.
Adequate private medical and dental services are available. There are various private medical and dental clinics in the city, which would be easily accessible to a Lusaka based service worker.
Applications Close Date Apr 23, 2019
Start Date Jul 01, 2019
Start Date Flexible Yes
Term Length 2.5 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 English and preferably another language of Southern Africa.
Knowledge of and interest in the Southern Africa context, including political, social, agricultural, and church dynamics.
A college/university degree. Degrees that could be particularly relevant to Seed include, Conflict Transformation, Restorative Justice, Peacebuilding, Development, and Political Science.
Interest and knowledge of peacebuilding/restorative justice principles and theory
Ability to work respectfully and in collaboration with MCC regional and country teams, local churches, and partners, each with its own interests, perspectives and needs.
Strong organizational and communication skills, including the ability to work closely with a Co-Facilitator in administering the Seed Program.
Ability to think creatively and strategically.
Ability to supervise and support participants in their service assignments.
Capacity for teambuilding and conflict resolution (training and experience preferred); the ability to listen, interact and collaborate with a group of young adults with divergent, strongly-held viewpoints.
Ability to facilitate group processes not only for group cohesion but also for reflection and learning.
Resourcefulness in new activities or work
Adaptable, flexible and patient in situations that change frequently and/or move slowly.
Preference for candidates with a background in Christian and nonviolent peacemaking, and working with church and grassroots partners.
Ability to work independently as well as with a team.
Supervision experience preferred.
Willingness to travel frequently by bus and accept the sometimes-rustic realities of the Zambian/Malawian context.
Invitations to serve with MCC are contingent on the successful outcome of criminal background check(s).
Job Synopsis The seed facilitator oversees the organization, implementation, and supervision of a service, education and peacebuilding program with an intercultural team of young adults in the complex and enriching context of Zambia/Malawi and the local Anabaptist churches. This position is supervised by the MCC Representatives for Zambia
Challenges Heavy use of peanuts in local diet; Occasional overnights; Occasional evening and weekend work; Work requires healthy boundaries; Local church not supportive to LGTBQ+ persons; Local area not supportive to LGTBQ+ persons
Key Responsibilities The Seed Program Facilitator carries the primary responsibility for implementing the Seed Program in Zambia. Seed is a two-year program that brings together 6-8 young people (ages 20-30) from Southern Africa and around the world to reflect, serve and work for peace with MCC partners in Zambia. The Seed Program consists of three main components: reflection, service and peacebuilding.
Seed participants work in direct community accompaniment and live, worship, and develop relationships in the communities they are accompanying. MCC Zambia views this program as an important way of supporting local churches in their community projects while at the same time strengthening the capacity of young people to serve in a transformational way. The program seeks to strengthen a service ethos among young people and develop their capacity to analyze structural violence and injustice.
The Program Facilitator is responsible for the administrative, logistical and programmatic details of Seed in Zambia and, together with the MCC Zambia Peace Coordinator and Country Representatives, provides on-going vision to the program. The Facilitator shapes and implements the curriculum and methodology for the educational and study aspects of the program and monitors the participants' learning activities. The Program Facilitator, in cooperation with the partners who receive Seeders, are jointly responsible for worker care for Seeders as they carry out their service assignments.
Although the Seed Program Facilitator works in consultation with the MCC Zambia Peace Coordinator and Country Representatives, it is essential that the facilitator carry out the majority of their tasks in a self-directed fashion. The work times and rhythms vary throughout the year, although some portions of the program—particularly the orientation period--require a fairly intense work schedule. This position requires traveling approximately 30% of the time to visit Seed participants and partners. The entire MCC Zambia team meets three times a year for team meetings and retreats and maintains other forms of support throughout the year.
This will be the first round of Seed in Zambia; participants begin their service in January 2020. The Seed facilitator should ideally be present in the country by June 2019 to begin preparing the Seed curriculum, developing Seed placement sites with partners, and helping to select participants.
The Seed Coordinator will also be responsible for coordinating the outbound YAMEN and IVEP participants from Zambia and Malawi, supporting the YAMEN/IVEP alumni network in Zambia, and assisting with Learning Tours as needed.