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Area Executive, Africa, Closing Date for Applications: July 11, 2014 

Ministry Team Common Global Ministries Board of the DOM Christian DOC and the WCM, UCC  
Reports To President, Division of Overseas Ministries (On-site supervisor) and Executive Minister, WCM  
FLSA Status Exempt  
Salary Grade 9  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Category CGMB of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ and the UCC  
Starting Salary  

Primary Function

To administer the Africa office of Global Ministries; facilitate relationships with churches, ecumenical and interfaith organizations, communities, and other partners in the region; provide pastoral care to and supervision of missionaries assigned to the region; provide leadership within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ on education and advocacy issues related to the region.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  1. To understand the needs and priorities of the African partners, and explore/develop opportunities for mutual ministries including the assignment of missionaries, grant allocations, interpretation resources, and other programs/projects.
  2. To provide specialized knowledge for the benefit of Global Ministries on the nature and scope of the African work, and the religious, social, economic, political, and cultural life of the region.
  3. To participate in budget development and recommended financial support and staffing for overseas ministry in coordination with overseas partners and other Global Ministries offices as appropriate.
  4. To administer the budget of the Africa office.
  5. To represent the Africa office in those structures within the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, and the World Council of Churches responsible for making decisions related to programs and projects in the office.
  6. To administer the appointment and supervision of mission personnel in the region.
  7. To coordinate and supervise the work of the Africa office Administrative Assistant.
  8. To maintain effective contacts with other instrumentalities of Global Ministries on concerns related to the region.
  9. To work with partners, staff and constituencies in order to advance advocacy initiatives in the region.
  10. To engage in financial development activities as needed, especially as they relate to the region. 
  11. To work cooperatively as a staff team member of the Common Global Ministries Board.
Position Requirements Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
1. Proven commitment to Christian mission in the broad range of concerns of Global Ministries.
2. Fluency in French and English. Some knowledge of Portuguese or any other African language is helpful.
3. Experience of living in Africa or an extensive knowledge of the religious, social, and political realities of the region.
4. A commitment to the ecumenical movement and to working with specific programs and structures; such as the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches.
5. Competence to deal with complex intercultural, international and theological issues as they bear upon the implementation of Christian mission.
6. Ability to prepare, analyze, oversee, and distribute the annual operating budget and designated gifts related to the Africa office.
7. Demonstrated written and verbal skills, experience in program planning, implementation, evaluation, and supervision of staff.
8. Ability to function effectively and creatively on a staff team and to communicate well with a wide range of constituencies and partners in this country, as well as within Africa.
9. Ability to assess needs and problems accurately as a basis for developing effective solutions.
10. Commitment to and experience within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) or the United Church of Christ, as well as an understanding of either of the churches' polity and structure.
11. An advanced degree in international studies (with emphasis in the geographical region), or in a related field is highly desirable.
12. Theological studies are highly desirable.
13. Ability to travel within the U.S. and Africa region as needed.

Comprehensive Benefits Package  
Application Deadline July 11, 2014  
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