Co-worker in Mission | 2019–2023 | Salary + Housing | Bilingual (Spanish/English)
The United Church of Canada is seeking an individual to serve as Co-worker in Mission with the Regional Ecumenical Advisory and Service Centre (CREAS) in Colombia on a 4-year term.
Position: Coordinator of the Regional Representation Office
This position is a cross-cultural embodiment of the mission relationship between The United Church of Canada and the Regional Ecumenical Advisory and Service Centre (CREAS). CREAS is an ecumenical organization that seeks to strengthen the capacity of the ecumenical movement, churches, and social organizations to promote civil, political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental human rights. The candidate will be appointed to serve and represent CREAS to state and NGO agencies, UN agencies, and other church and ecumenical agencies and organizations based in Colombia, assigned to the Colombian office, with occasional travel to different regions, namely Ecuador, Peru, Meso-America, and Dominican Republic.
The incumbent will work in a satellite office in Colombia, under the direction of the General Director of CREAS on matters of institutional representation, and the Executive Director in programmatic responsibilities, both of whom work out of the Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Executive and General Directors will maintain regular contact, virtually and occasionally in-person, with bi-annual meetings attended by the all staff (in August and January). The incumbent must be comfortable taking initiative in a small office environment, possess the ability to identify, develop and follow through projects, and identify funding sources, while representing CREAS to state and NGO agencies.
- Develop and maintain relationships with diverse sectors of the ecumenical movement, inter-church cooperation, international cooperation (i.e., official development assistance), and the state.
- Identify sources of financing accessible to CREAS for the development of its activities
- Develop projects that can by submitted as applications to diverse entities
- Elaborate on financial and narrative reports
- Participate in the name of CREAS in different processes as requested in Colombia, Ecuador, Meso-America, and the Dominican Republic
- Participate in team meetings of CREAS in planning, monitoring, and evaluation, and other meetings as necessary and indicated by the Executive Director of CREAS (in Colombia or other countries)
- Legal and institutional representation of the CREAS office in Colombia
- Active commitment to, and articulation of, the gospel of Jesus Christ with solid knowledge of the mission and ministry of The United Church of Canada
- Strong communication skills, both written and spoken, in Spanish and English are essential
- Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work in a satellite office environment
- Ability to independently develop and implement work plans working from long-term goals and objectives
- Ability to exercise self-awareness, sensitivity, and compassion, often working within areas of cultural difference. Personal integrity, maturity, and respect for others essential
- Experience in sourcing and obtaining fundraising sources
- Capacity for teamwork
- Knowledge of churches and the ecumenical movement
- Demonstrated experience in development of project proposals, proposal writing, and reporting using principles of results-based management
- Availability for travel
- Willingness and ability to move to Colombia and work under the direction of the global partner
This position works from the CREAS office in Bogota, Colombia, with occasional travel to neighbouring countries. Working hours may be extended depending on the nature of the project. The appointment will include a home assignment at the midway mark.
This appointment is subject to the following conditions:
- a positive recommendation for overseas service from the United Church's medical consultant based on a through 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