17 Sep 2013

Full-Time Operating Principles Coordinator

Mennonite Central Committee Canada – Posted by MCC Canada HRAnywhere

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Job Description

Operating Principles Coordinator

Synopsis:

The Planning, Learning and Disaster Response (PLDR) department is responsible to facilitate and coordinate the best practices and learning across MCC’s programs. The department provides support in project funding and in planning, monitoring and evaluation, including disaster responses. The Operating Principles Coordinator is responsible for assisting to shape all of MCC’s programs. The assignment includes occasional travel to country programs.

This position is available on a salaried basis. Please send cover letter and resume to Shay Brandt at shaybrandt@mennonitecc.ca by October 15, 2013. Only those candidates who are legally eligible to work in Canada or the United States should apply. This position is available in Winnipeg, MB or Akron, PA.

Qualifications:

  • B.A. or equivalent in development studies or related experience (master’s degree preferred).
  • 3-5 years of relief, development or peacebuilding experience.
  • Experience strongly preferred in one or more of the following: developing and using power analysis tools; gender analysis tools; anti-oppression (including anti-racism) tools; environmental impact analysis tools; etc. Experience integrating such tools into broader planning, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting systems.
  • Computer use for email, word processing, spreadsheets.
  • Proficiency in Excel, Web-seminar technologies, and Web content management preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills.
  • Successful police record check clearance (for Canadian applicants only).
Assignment Description:

Contact/Relationships:
Initiates frequent/extensive contact with MCC program leaders (e.g., Area Directors, MCC Reps, regional and provincial program leaders) for the purpose of resourcing program staff with tools related to MCC’s Operating Principles, with a particular emphasis on the Dismantling Oppression and Acting Sustainably Operating Principles. The Coordinator will also work closely with other PLDR Coordinators to assist them in building MCC’s Operating Principles into MCC’s sectoral work and to commission them as needed to assist in developing tools related to the Operating Principles (e.g. working with the FSSL Coordinator to develop tools around environmental impact analysis). The Coordinator will also coordinate with the director of the Global Service Learning (GSL) department in developing tools specific to GSL programs, especially around (but not limited to) the Connecting Peoples and Dismantling Oppression Operating Principles. Must network with peer agencies in order to learn what tools and approaches they are using. Requires excellent oral/written communication skills.

Supervision:
This position does not supervise the work of others.

Complexity/Competencies:
Requires innovation, creativity, and resourcefulness. Must be able to interact and take initiative with directors and staff internationally and in the U.S. and Canada, and with peer agencies and partners. Requires ability to work with MCC’s PME/R system and program database, and help others learn how to use these tools. Needs to track multiple activities across MCC’s programs and report on them in public meetings and in management and board-level reports. Will provide resources to MCC workers and respond to questions related to MCC’s Operating Principles.

Independent Action:
Needs to be a self-starter/leader in initiating and maintaining contacts with MCC program leaders like ADs and Reps regarding how to have MCC’s Operating Principles shape program. Must be a motivator in relating to Reps and other program administrators around MCC’s Operating principles. Proactively networks with other PLDR Coordinators to help them build in MCC’s Operating Principles into their sector-specific PME/R work.

End Result:
Serves all MCC programs directly by helping MCC’s Operating Principles actively shape MCC program.

Major Responsibilities:
70% Program resourcing and support
30% Coordinating networks

 

Duties/Tasks:

  • Ensure that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is exemplified in the performance of all job responsibilities and through personal example.
  • Participate in regular staff meetings, spending time in devotions and prayer with all in attendance.
  • Model non-violent peacemaking through daily interactions with staff and the public.
  • Participate in a local church and gatherings, being willing to use his or her gifts within the local faith community.
  • Ensure that analytical tools are developed for use by program staff related to all of MCC’s 7 Operating Principles at all stages of participatory planning, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting processes. These Operating Principles are: Accompanying the Church and Partners; Acting Sustainably; Building Just Economic Relationships; Connecting Peoples; Dismantling Oppression to Realize Participation; Practicing Nonviolence; and Seeking a Just Peace.
  • Related to MCC’s Operating Principle of Dismantling Oppression to Realize Participation: Develop, identify, disseminate, and train people in the use of tools and other resources giving specific attention to tools and resources that address racial, economic, and gender-based oppression. Provide a forum for conversation across all MCC Program to encourage learning, reflection and action in the area of Dismantling Oppression. Relate closely to the Dismantling Oppression and Promoting Equity Team consisting of Reps, ADs, and program staff by highlighting and offering training in the use of program analysis tools designed to bolster MCC’s commitment to Dismantling Oppression.
  • Develop, identify, disseminate, and train MCC program staff in the use of analytical tools and other resources related to MCC’s Operating Principle of Acting Sustainably, giving specific attention to tools and resources that foster care for God’s good creation and that promote environmental, economic, and social sustainability.
  • Provide a platform whereby learning and best practices from across MCC program can be shared with others in MCC related to Operating Principles, to ensure that MCC’s Operating Principles shape program.
  • Find and disseminate to program staff resources created by other organizations related to the issues captured in MCC’s Operating Principles.

(70%) Program resourcing and support

  • Develop, find, commission, and disseminate resources to MCC program administrators around MCC’s seven (7) operating principles of: Accompanying the Church and Partners; Acting Sustainably; Building Just Economic Relationships; Dismantling Oppression for the Sake of Participation; Practicing Nonviolence; Seeking a Just Peace.
  • Train program workers in the use of tools relevant to these operating principles.

(30%) Coordinating networks

  • Convene and lead two MCC-wide networks: the Acting Sustainably Network and the Dismantling Oppression Network. These networks, with representation from national, provincial, and regional MCCs and from MCC country programs, provide forums sharing experiences and venues for advancing MCC’s commitment to acting sustainably and to dismantling oppression.
  • Develop tools and resources related to MCC’s Operating Principles. Includes working with other PLDR Coordinators and other MCC staff persons as needed to develop such tools and resources.
  • Network with peer agencies to discover and then disseminate within MCC tools and resources relevant to MCC’s Operating Principles. Train program staff in the use of these tools and resources through Web-based seminars, MCC’s Orientation sessions, and in-person workshops. Create forums and networks within MCC for sharing best practices, questions, challenges, and successes around having MCC’s Operating Principles shape MCC program.
  • Other duties as assigned by the PLDR Co-Directors

How to Apply

This position is available on a salaried basis. Please send cover letter and resume to Shay Brandt at shaybrandt@mennonitecc.ca by October 15, 2013. Only those candidates who are legally eligible to work in Canada or the United States should apply. For more information on this position, including the list of qualifications, please visit our website by following this link:  http://serve.mcc.org/positions/operating-principles-coordinator.

Job Types: Full-Time.

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