Operations Director

Arab World, Media, 2+ years / Job ID: 1731

We are a community of Christians committed to changing individuals and societies through the Gospel of Jesus Christ by producing and distributing effective Christian video programmes using appropriate media for various target audiences in the languages of the peoples of the Arab World.

The post holder will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organisations ministries in the Middle East and will oversee the implementation of the organisations 3-year strategy and annual plans. They will monitor and report on projects and monitor and manage annual budgets and cash flow. They will identify and address opportunities and threats strengths and weaknesses of the ministry as well as trends in the Arab World that are relevant for our ministrys mission and goals.

The post holder will have a wholehearted commitment to the organisations philosophy and objectives and a good understanding of business operations and procedures. They will preferably have a degree in business administration or a related field and 3-5 years of experience in business administration management consulting and/or strategic planning. They will have strong organisational and planning skills along with skills in project management and report writing. They will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and research and analytical abilities. Experience of working inter or cross-culturally is preferred.

School Director

Arab World, Education, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1380

A Learning Center meets the needs of refugees by running an urban school for over 500 primary and high school children. It desires to train refugee teachers to become competent teachers. It is an English-medium school.

The school director is responsible for all aspects of the school operation manages staff contracts assigns tasks and ensures that all supplies are on hand when needed. He will partner with the CEO of this school and manage the school when the CEO travels out the country.

The person has to have good social and communication skills must be flexible and able to handle stress well.

National Director

Arab World, Administration, 2+ years / Job ID: 1665

We are a Christian conservation NGO which mobilizes Christians and churches to take care of the natural world. We do this through scientific research community-based nature conservation and environmental education including the interface between our faith and caring for the natural world. We believe that doing so is an essential part of our worship and witness as Christians and provides a reason for hope through God who created and sustains His world.

The candidate will provide direction and leadership in delivering outcomes that enhance the natural environment for the benefit of wildlife and people. Within the broad remit of nature conservation and biodiversity and depending on their knowledge skills and interests they will undertake one or more of the following activities: a. scientific researchb. environmental education through schools churches or social mediac. advocacy and community engagement.They will ensure the provision of adequate resources and management of the organization to implement its strategy and work programs which they will develop with the support of the NGOs board.They will ensure the financial wellbeing of the organization through sound financial planning and effective fundraising. They will also ensure that the basic beliefs and values of A Rocha are practised at all levels and in all activities and will seek opportunities for new projects.

Management teaching communication and relationship skills are required. A qualification and experience in environmental science would be very helpful.The candidate should be prepared to learn Arabic which will likely require a year of full-time study.They will need to carry a vision for developing the organisation and be resilient in the face of setbacks and an ever-changing political environment. The post holder will preferably live in a small town near the project.

Volunteer Coordinator

Arab World, Education, 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1123

Our Learning Center meets the needs of refugees by running an urban school for over 500 primary and high school children. It desires to train refugee teachers to become competent teachers.

A Volunteer Coordinator is needed to generate appropriate volunteer opportunities and role descriptions based on the needs presented by the teachers. The role involves recruiting volunteers and ensuring they are appropriately matched and trained for a position organizing and providing orientation of the school and monitoring and recording the attendance of volunteers and their work.

The person needs to be a dedicated Christian person with good social communication skills.

Phonics / Literacy Coordinator

Arab World, Education, 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1124

A Learning Center meets the needs of refugees by running an urban school for over 500 primary and high school children. It desires to train refugee teachers to become competent teachers.

We need someone to head up these subject areas phonics and literacy to do assessments of students to determine the students that require literacy support and to work with the teachers to establish times and ways to support each student in need.

We need dedicated Christian teachers.

Head Sports Coach

Arab World, Other, 2+ years / Job ID: 1717

This business was founded in 2009. It offers camping experiences for kids and families in the region along with expeditions sports academies and other related events. Their motto is Live from the inside out. The staff are kingdom-minded and their ongoing discipling and training is a central component of the companys vision.

– Coaching at sports academies for kids and youth – Investing in other coaches building and leading groups of young coaches

The head coach will have 5-10 years experience in coaching in one of the following sports: basketball swimming soccer tennis volleyball or handball. He or she will be innovative full of energy friendly and have a love for kids. The qualified candidate will be a mature believer and able to lead bible studies devotions and group discussions.

Strategic coach

Arab World, Other, 2+ years / Job ID: 1716

This business was founded in 2009. It offers camping experiences for kids and families in the region along with expeditions sports academies and other related events. Their motto is Live from the inside out. The staff are kingdom-minded and their ongoing discipling and training is a central component of the companys vision.

Organizing and leading sports academies for kids and youth Creating a 5-year strategy for club sports coach training etc.

The strategic coach will have 20+ years experience in coaching in one of the following sports: basketball swimming soccer tennis volleyball or handball as well as a general understanding of most sports. He or she will be a mature believer who is able to lead bible studies devotions and group discussions. The coach will have a love for kids and be flexible innovative full of energy and friendly.

Gods love overcomes fear

We live in a 4,000 year old city, along with 25 million others. Pollution fills the air like a grey soup and the economy is in a permanent struggle to keep ahead of population growth. Yet the noise and chaos brings a captivating vibrancy to the place we call home. Hanging over this society are deep divisions between rich and poor, women and men, and between Christians and Muslims resulting in brokenness, mistrust and violence. As a minority, Christians often focus on self-preservation and separate themselves from the majority Muslims.

Eight years ago, corruption, injustice, poverty and lost opportunity drove the Middle East into revolution. In the midst of this, my family was seeking God and felt called to business for transformation. We were convinced that business has the potential to impact the financial, social and spiritual aspects of people’s lives. We soon found ourselves wearing aprons, serving coffees and baking cakes for our new, tiny coffee business!

Since then, it’s been a journey of hard work, stress, miracles and joy! Our business brings together people from marginalised backgrounds and provides a safe space for training and discipleship. We are now a community where we work, learn, laugh, eat and pray together. Sounds nice? Maybe, but the journey doesn’t always feel nice. In fact, it’s REALLY HARD.

One of our team, Ash, joined us from a slum area with dreams of being an accountant. I recall his extreme discomfort when I took him for his first visit to a bank! He was brought up in an environment where violence was normal. His father beat his mother and his brother followed in his footsteps. Ash would have made a perfect drug lord. He was angry most of the time and was always ready for a fight. There would have been many fist fights with other team members if I hadn’t physically held him back.

We strive to model and operate by Godly principles including love, grace and forgiveness. This was difficult for Ash’s colleagues whom he often offended and frightened. Yet today, Ash is part of the management team of two men and two women, after insisting for a long while that business is only for men. He is now dependable and supportive of all of his colleagues. His faith has grown and it’s become normal for him to discuss matters of faith with both Christians and Muslims.

Mary is another team member from a slum area who battled with her family to get a basic education and find work against her parents’ wishes that she only prepare for marriage and children. Mary is an evangelical Christian which is unusual here and we were excited by the potential of her working with us. However, Mary’s behaviour towards her colleagues was far from salt and light. Her deep insecurities and fears poured out on her colleagues in the form of verbal abuse, bitterness and unforgiveness while showing a completely different side in our Bible studies. I was frustrated!

We came to a moment of confrontation when I was prepared to fire her. However, that same morning my wonderful wife and business partner told me that God had been speaking to her about how we should be growing in love for our team. Ouch! Love is an interesting concept. 1 John 3:16 talks about giving up our lives for our brothers and sisters. Who is our brother and sister? What does giving up our lives mean? 1 John 4:18 also tells us that there is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.

I suddenly realised that fear was in the way of God’s love. I was challenged to allow God’s love to remove my own fear. Only then could I really show love to Mary. Only then can I help Mary start to overcome her fears and the destructive force they were having on colleagues. It starts with me!

Striving to constantly grow in God and demonstrating His love is hard work. But we have seen enormous joy and fulfilment in seeing God’s transforming love impact lives through our business.

Jacob and his family live in the Middle East, working in business for transformation.
All names have been changed.

Serving God without leaving home

A few weeks before my family went to live overseas for the first time, I got a phone call. The caller was an older friend whom I respected.

“Ruth”, she said to me, “I know we talk a lot about Jim’s role. But I wanted to remind you that the reason your family can go overseas is because you are behind him. If he could not rely on you as his wife and mother of his kids, then there would not be the option to go.”

It was the first time I recognised my unique position to be used as a stay-at-home mum overseas. We were heading there with a baby and toddler in tow. Usually the anticipation focussed on my husband's role, whereas mine… not so much. Let's face it, being a stay-at-home mum is not glamorous.

It didn't get any more glamorous overseas. There were still sleepless nights, tantrums and dirty nappies (to be clear: Jim also dealt with all of these – I couldn’t have done it without him!). Besides that, it is tough for kids in a new culture. They needed me close by, especially at first when the street dogs were scary, their tummies were upset and they were still getting used to having their cheeks squeezed by strangers.

But in the Middle East, there is a lot more respect for mothers than I'd experienced in Australia. To locals, I was doing a legitimate role. It was beyond their imagination that I put my children to bed before 11pm at night, or hadn't toilet trained them by 12 months old. But walking the kids to school, shopping at the market and doing my own cooking did make sense to my local friends. And that helped as we built our relationships.

Being a stay-at-home mum also enabled me to use other gifts in flexible ways. Relationship building was part of our ministry within the Interserve team. We loved having visitors and we would often have people over to share meals together because I had the time for hospitality. In the frequently stressful times of a foreign land, this mutual encouragement strengthened and refreshed us all for our ministries elsewhere.

Interserve’s vision is transformed communities. Did I transform anything through my school drop-offs and nappies and pots of spaghetti bolognaise?

Maybe the question is not what did I transform, but what was God doing though me? Like a tapestry that is not yet finished, I can only see scraps of the pattern God was creating. I do know my role contributed to helping us thrive as a family in the country. I had a part in enabling my husband to do the role God had for him. It also allowed me to pour time into building relationships with other cross-cultural workers, to support them in fulfilling their own God-given purposes. It gave me time to see the opportunities, and as the kids got older, to find my niche outside the home too.

I am no hero of the faith, but I trust God used me as a stay-at-home mum. He placed me there, made me the person I am, and gave me my role for that time.

The rest is His story.

Ruth served with her family in the Middle East for six years.
All names have been changed.

A barista walked into a cafe

“If more people come to know Jesus through our deaths than though our lives, then we are prepared to die, Father.”

I read this prayer in a biography when I was nine. I was struck by how radical and countercultural life in Jesus is to the world around us. Our lives are gifts not to ourselves, but to be given sacrificially for His story and His glory.
God began to water the seed of overseas mission in my heart. Through reading missionary stories, I imagined being a teacher in the depths of the African savannah, choosing education as my university degree.

But throughout my teens, biographies, novels and world events like September 11 increased my curiosity about the Middle East and Islam. Growing up in rural WA, I don’t remember meeting any Muslims or even knowing anyone who had ever stepped foot in the Middle East. Yet God began to grow this curiosity. While I was at university, I read about Brother Andrew’s ministry to Muslims and in that moment decided that I would start working towards going to the Middle East as a teacher.

But it didn’t take long into this journey to realise I did not enjoy teaching. This led to a lot of anxiety as I studied at Bible college. If I didn’t teach in the Middle East, what could I do?
But just as God had begun watering the seed of love for Muslims, He also had planted a love of coffee! I returned to my home city and started working in specialty cafes, learning the coffee business and mastering the barista’s art. I didn’t know how I could use this in the Middle East but I prayed that I would!

God heard these prayers. I found myself boarding a plane as an On Tracker to the Middle East to work for a coffee business for two years! In His strength and grace, the project aims to accomplish many things alongside providing delicious cups of coffee.

As I helped develop the barista program and its curriculum, train staff and build the team I was amazed at how God used simple things like coffee and baristas to bring people together: rich and poor, educated and uneducated, Muslim and Christian to create networks and communities that provided endless opportunities for people to see His power, glory and reconciling love. I saw Him refining and using local Christians as they showed their Muslim colleagues what it means to be a Middle Eastern Christian. I saw Muslims taking note of God working in the lives of His children. I saw them begin to have their misconceptions about Christianity dispelled and be curious about what it truly is all about. All in the everyday workings of a small business!

God has used my education and my coffee experience. If I were to go back in time to decide on a future career, I would tell myself that God doesn’t just use the ‘traditional’ missionary careers like teaching and medicine. He can use any career or trade! He gives to each of us skills, talents and passions to be used for His glory and in His story.

Ella is preparing to return to the Middle East as a long-term Partner.