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Middle East: Manage a Women’s Handicraft Program

Train and empower women to earn an income while building relationships.

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Join a growing nongovernmental organization (NGO) that trains and empowers women to earn a living wage. You will grow personally and professionally as you learn a new language, study culture, and build meaningful, impactful relationships with women of the majority faith through an already established and thriving handicraft business.

Position Type

• CAMA worker
• Women’s recycled handicraft program director
• Partially funded (required to raise partial support)
• Couple or single
• Two to four-year commitment

Responsibilities:

• Complete a crash course in language learning and adjust to the local culture
• Manage a group of artisans and potential international staff to accomplish handicraft production needs and ensure timely product delivery
• Monitor email communications with stateside wholesale purchasers, boutiques, and fellowships
• Ensure the coordination of trainings and events to further holistic development goals
• Maintain good working relationships with team members

Required Qualifications:

• A recognized bachelor’s degree
• Completion of World Perspectives Mission Course or other comparable mission course
• Completion of Alliance Polity course
• Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 60 or higher
• Willingness to work in cooperation with the local team and help advance its goals

Preferred Qualifications:

• Two or more years of experience in related field
• International community development experience and/or education
• Experience working with those who practice the country’s majority religion

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

• Ability to articulate personal conversion and call to ministry
• Ability to articulate the gospel to a seeker
• Demonstrated heart for the poor and marginalized (Micah 6:8)
• Theological alignment with The Alliance
• Demonstrated flexibility and grace in all aspects of life
• Ability to learn and recover from failure
• Vibrant spiritual life
• Consistent practice of spiritual disciplines

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer 2021: Once appointed and fund-raising and other qualifications are met, the appointee is required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information:

This position is based in a seaside town of nearly 100,000 people, most of whom are familiar with the established center where the you will serve. Residential areas are more primitive; however, due to a thriving tourism industry, several amenities are available to escape daily stresses, as well as western fast-food chains and upscale restaurants.

You should be prepared for a desert climate with little to no rainfall and dry, unrelenting heat during the four months of summer, when temperatures commonly reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit. During the rest of the year, the weather is pleasant.

Dress varies, with most women of the majority faith wearing head coverings. Many locals and expats wear conservative, Western apparel.

Conversion from the predominant belief system to Christianity is illegal. Therefore, workers should use caution when openly discussing their faith. Nonetheless, religion is a consistent conversation topic; opportunities to authentically share the good news in word and deed within the context of relationships are frequent.

Language Expectations:

You will be expected to complete three to six months of intense Arabic language study, most likely in the capital city.

Health Considerations:

The city has respectable health-care facilities. Serious issues are referred to the capital, which has exceptional medical facilities and well-trained doctors; most medications are readily available.

Expectations for Spouse:

Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s gifts, training, and abilities, as well as the needs of the team. It is expected that both spouses will be meaningfully involved in meeting team objectives, depending on the nature of the family roles, children’s needs, etc.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

The city has a growing international K–12 school with a strong British curriculum and several expat teachers; instruction is given in English. It should be noted that 95 percent of the student body is Arab.

Compensation:

The successful applicant(s) will receive a full compensation package with the expectation that, once appointed, efforts will be made to raise a portion of support costs through the applicant’s network of friends and family, local church, or other resources. Information on support costs will be made available upon application. Training and/or coaching in fund-raising is available.

Whole-Life Health:

CAMA Services is the relief and development specialization of Alliance Missions. As part of an evangelical denomination, we are committed to biblical holism, which we are committed to model and reflect through our work. Due to this commitment, part of the required qualifications includes optimal emotional, spiritual and physical health. These will be assessed during the application process.

Important Clarification:

Applicants should be aware that serving in the international world often requires a higher degree of grace and flexibility. For example, overseas teams can be suddenly and unexpectedly impacted by illness, government decisions, financial realities, team changes, or other factors beyond the team’s control. The challenge for applicants is that these factors can sometimes necessitate the sudden redefining of a position, which may take place before, during, or after the application/interview process.

Questions?

Please contact Pat Altemose at cama@camaservices.org.

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