Middle East: Train and Empower Women through a Handicraft Business

Support women alongside an NGO

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Please contact Pat Altemose at
cama@camaservices.org.

Join a nongovernmental organization (NGO) with nearly 20 years of program experience. Through an already established handicraft project that trains and empowers women to earn a living wage, you will grow both personally and professionally as you learn a new language, study culture, and build meaningful, impactful relationships with locals from the majority faith.

Position Type:

  • CAMA Worker
  • Creative-access (CAC) operating under local NGO identity
  • Partially funded
  • Couple or single
  • Two to four-year commitment, but long-term commitment is desirable

Responsibilities:

  • Complete one-year full time language study with limited outside commitments
  • Coordinate U.S. sales by monitoring email communications with stateside wholesale purchasers, boutiques, volunteers, and fellowships
  • Build capacity in a local program director and staff
  • Ensure programs’ holistic development goals are being maintained
  • Maintain healthy working relationships with local NGO and CAMA team

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of Perspectives Mission course or other comparable mission course
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 70
  • Cross-cultural experience
  • Basic knowledge of the majority religion and desire to learn more

Preferred Qualifications:

  • BA or MA in international/community/economic development
  • Two years of related experience
  • Marketing and social media experience

Theological Qualifications:

  • Ability and willingness to articulate the gospel
  • Ability to articulate your “calling”
  • Demonstrated heart for the poor and marginalized (Micah 6:8)
  • Theological alignment with The Alliance
  • Demonstrated flexibility and grace in all aspects of life
  • Vibrant spiritual life
  • Consistent practice of spiritual disciplines
  • Ability to learn and recover from failure

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer 2023. Once appointed, and fundraising 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 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:

Language is an essential part of ministry. You will be expected to complete 12 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 fundraising 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 modeling and reflecting biblical holism through our work. Because of 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