West Africa: Facilitate Rehabilitation and Development for Internally Displaced People
Identity long-term solutions for IDPs
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Working with Alliance international workers (IWs) and the relief and development structures of the national church network, the successful applicant will be a community development facilitator focusing on efforts to move IDP response efforts from relief to rehabilitation and long-term development.
• CAMA worker
• Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
• Single or couple
• 2–4 year commitment
• Identify the partners on the ground and the target IDP camps
• Use ABCD (asset-based community development) to identify needs and long-term solutions
• Focus CAMA involvement on one or two key rehabilitation/development projects that respond to the identified needs: housing/livelihood/education
• Engage the national church network in response efforts
• A recognized bachelor’s degree
• Completion of World Perspectives Mission Course or other comparable mission course
• Completion of Alliance Polity course
• Experience in community development that demonstrates an ability to partner with the local population
• Fluency in French
• Bachelor’s or graduate level degree in international development
Biblical Characteristics Desired:
• Ability to articulate personal conversion and call to ministry
• 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 and consistent practice of spiritual disciplines
• Ability to learn and recover from failure
Timeline for deployment:
Immediate deployment after fulfilling appointment and fundraising process.
General Information, living and working conditions, and status of Christian witness:
Traditionally, this country has been ethnically and religiously tolerant. These values have been challenged recently as ethnic conflict opened the door to international terrorists establishing their bases within the country’s borders. Despite this, the team feels relatively safe and has policies in place to increase security and avoid at-risk locations.
The advantages of this city include neighborly people, a major river, a national park, and a variety of restaurants and shopping. The disadvantages include intense heat, heavy traffic, pollution, and infrastructure issues.
Evangelicals have served in this country for nearly 100 years, yet fewer than 1 percent of the people are evangelical believers. Adherents of the majority religion comprise 87.5 percent of the population. Government officials proactively enforce the country’s constitutional protection of evangelistic ministry.
Fluency in French is required.
This city will be difficult to live in for people with allergies. Those who are especially sensitive to heat and dust should be prepared to develop coping strategies. Vaccinations are required for malaria, typhoid, and yellow fever. Good quality medical care is available locally and at a nearby Christian hospital.
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, etc.
Children’s Educational Plan and Options:
Private schools, an international school, and homeschooling are good options. A homeschool co-op with children of international workers is also available.
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.
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.
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.