The People in Partnership Program enables United Church people and global partners to encounter each other, accompany each other in God’s mission, and learn more about each other’s contexts. The program provides a framework for the exchange of people (from Canada to global partners, and from global partners to Canada).
This position is a cross-cultural embodiment of the mission relationship between The United Church of Canada and the Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT). The individuals will serve as associate chaplain at the University of Dodoma in central Tanzania.
The successful applicants will work at the University of Dodoma in Tanzania five to six days a week, with the possibility of leading worship services on Sundays. They will work in a close, collaborative way with the presiding chaplain on day-to-day and routine activities, accountable to the CCT General Secretary. Primary responsibilities include creating resources to be used for worship services of teachings purposes; counselling and visiting with students; assisting in the organization of events, workshops, and seminars for students; and attending meetings of the chaplaincy as they arise. The incumbents must have a willingness to learn and accompany the mission and ministry of the Christian Council of Tanzania.
The United Church affirms a vision of an intercultural church that is welcoming, relational, adaptive, justice-seeking, intentional, and mission-centred. The church affirms that right relations are at the heart of God’s mission, and that global partnerships are opportunities for expressions of relationships that are respectful, equitable, just, and mutually accountable. As a denomination, the United Church understands that for transformation, love, and justice to happen we need to understand one another’s contexts more deeply, and how those contexts impact each other for good or harm.
Reasonable accommodation will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Ordained or diaconal ministers with The United Church of Canada;
- Active commitment to, and articulation of, the gospel of Jesus Christ and participation in The United Church of Canada with solid knowledge of the mission and ministry of The United Church of Canada, its partnership in mission policy and practice, and support of the ecumenical movement;
- Passion for education and accompaniment;
- Excellent English language verbal, written, and electronic communication and networking skills. Ability to read, analyse, and interpret large amounts of complex information;
- Ability to exercise self-awareness, sensitivity, and compassion often working within areas of cultural difference. Personal integrity, maturity, and respect for others essential;
- Lived cross-cultural experience an asset, preferably in church or church-related work;
- Language skills in addition to English a strong asset, in particular Kiswahili;
- Intellectual discipline and alertness. Good physical condition, mental and emotional stability and maturity; good self-esteem; in touch with one’s own needs, strengths, and limitations; and
- Willingness and ability to move to Dodoma, Tanzania, and to work under the direction of the partners; ability to live a simple lifestyle.
This position works from the University of Dodoma in Tanzania under normal office working conditions, including the responsibilities of preparing and leading worship services when required. Attendance at occasional evening and weekend meetings is required. The appointment will include a home assignment at the midway mark.
All appointments are subject to the following conditions:
- a positive recommendation for overseas service from the Church in Mission Unit’s medical consultant based on a thorough medical examination, and approval of application for insurance from the overseas medical insurance carrier;
- a satisfactory outcome from a police records check through the Canadian Police Information Centre via the RCMP; and
- global partner approval.