Designer/marketing consultant

Bangladesh / Business / 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 772

At this social enterprise in Bangladesh, women gain job skills, develop into leaders and entrepreneurs, and experience Biblical values lived out. The business provides full time, dignified employment to these women at high risk for trafficking.

The ideal candidate should be able to identify local and unique design elements, design new products, assist in brand / website development,copywriting and social media activities, and design marketing materials.

Graphic design experience would be an advantage. S/he will practise a mature, sound Christian faith. Because the job entails working with very vulnerable women, a female would be the ideal candidate for this position, though a male candidate would be considered.

Sales Coordinator

South Asia / Business / 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1325

Through dignified work, this organisation provides a sustainable livelihood for women at risk and survivors of trafficking. Women gain job skills and the opportunity to develop into leaders and entrepreneurs in a healthy, healing environment.

The Sales Coordinator will be involved in many aspects of sales including market analysis, design and implementation of procedures to streamline processes, communication with suppliers and customers, assisting with pricing strategies, working with the accounts department, and creating content for sales newsletters.

Applicants should be committed to business as mission and the pursuit of excellence, be able to work well as part of a team and encourage others, and have good organisational skills. A degree in sales or marketing and previous experience are required, as is a mature Christian faith.

Feeling frustrated and fruitless?

It is a strange relief to find that I am not the only one working cross culturally who feels it is often fruitless and profoundly frustrating.

Things never work as planned: ‘amazing potential’ always feels within reach but, because of our own intercultural incompetence and local resistance to ‘outside things’, the impact of our work never seems to reach anywhere near its potential. Culturally conditioned as I am to take at least some of my identity and worth from my success at work, it has at times been a crushing journey that has frequently tempted me to pack it in. At my worst, the crushed expectations have driven me further into workaholism, with a subtle but inherently selfish Babel-like agenda to “make a name for myself” (Gen 11:4). That at least would validate why so many people continue to so generously support us!

I have fought discouragement from fruitlessness for over 10 years and perfection-driven workaholism for over 20 years, so I wish I had read Tim Keller’s book Every Good Endeavour earlier and taken his advice that “the key is to accept fruitlessness”! This book helped me discover what hope there is for work and how I can look past the deep problems and realise God’s purpose and plan. As Keller says, it all starts with being clear on one sure fact: nothing will be put perfectly right “until the day of Christ” at the end of history (Phil 1:6; 3:12). Until then, all creation “groans” (Rom 8:22) and is subject to decay and weakness.

et all is not lost. The disappointments of cross-cultural work have given me ample opportunities to get my identity from what God has done for us and in us and to constantly check that I am not making any good thing that work might offer into an idol. There is no shortage of toil, often more than I seek or expect, but my challenge now is to be one who “find(s) satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God” (Ecc 3:13).

Keller’s idea that we view all work as cultivation was new to me: as gardeners we work to rearrange the raw material of God’s creation to help the world in general, and people in particular, thrive and flourish. His question, “How, with my existing abilities and opportunities, can I be of greatest service to other people, knowing what I do of God’s will and of human need?” has helped me focus on where to be working/gardening. I run a business here and the heart of my ‘gardening’ is to sow in peace. I’m praying for a “harvest of righteousness” (Jas 3:18)—creating the space for individuals to get right with each other and, ultimately, with God.

As I seek to work as a peacemaker, I must first use my talents as competently as possible. Even if my job is not, by the world’s (or my) standards, exciting, high paying and desirable, reframing it as fundamentally a way to love my neighbour has been a great way to find job satisfaction. My daily work is ultimately an act of worship to the God who called and equipped me, no matter how fruitless and frustrating it can get! The act of worship that God asks for in our work and everything else is to be a “living sacrifice” (Rom 12:1); as Keller says, “to be continually in the rhythm of dying to your own interest and living for God”. Please ask that all Partners serving cross culturally would “never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord” (Rom 12:11).

Paul is a long-term Partner working in business in the Middle East.
Names have been changed.

Doing business, doing life

When we left for South East Asia over five years ago, we had no idea what we would be doing after being on a language study visa for one year. We knew for sure, though, that we wanted to support local believers and fellowships and to share Jesus’ good news with the people of the majority faith.

Through the time of language learning, Paul researched and explored ideas of how we could stay here on a long-term basis. Like most countries, you need a visa to live here if you are not a tourist. And it piqued our interest that our city is known for being a ‘business’ city.

Paul left Australia with his computer programming skills, a knowledge of running a small business and a few contacts. During his time of studying language he talked to various people, listening, building friendships and noting the needs around our city. He concluded that setting up a computer programming business would create opportunities for training local workers using the knowledge we are blessed to have from being educated in Australia.

Now we find ourselves, six years on, in an amazing, unique and financially challenging position. The computer company develops custom web-based programs, mobile apps for clients and its own software products. We have also taken on the management of an English language centre. In all this growth, Leah has found a place supporting both businesses through her love of administration and accounting. Together the businesses employ almost 20 full-time and part-time staff. We’ve also taken on apprentices from the local university.

What we love about this lifestyle is that we are privileged to ‘do life’ with our staff and clients—we rejoice when the HR lady’s baby is born, give comfort when the admin lady’s father passes away suddenly, celebrate when a staff member gets married, give sympathy when a dating relationship breaks up, offer support when a business endeavour is struggling, and give encouragement by reading the Bible with our Christian staff.

We’re also intentional about sharing life outside the office. Do you enjoy the beauty of nature? Leah does! She is always wanting to get out of the city and explore the natural world around her (she is really a country bumpkin at heart). To her surprise she learned that many of the staff at our company felt the same way. The dream became a reality recently when we organised an outing to a waterfall for staff and their families. Two of the girls had never left our city and it was wonderful to watch their faces as they saw their first mountains, water buffaloes and monkeys, went on their first bush-walk and even got muddy for the first time. Everyone enjoyed the outing. Swimming in the cool water of the waterfall was definitely a highlight after hiking in the middle of the day in the heat and the humidity of the tropics.

This trip was also unique as it included people from the many demographics that make up our company: people aged from 2 to 44, English teachers, computer programmers, admin staff, family and friends, seven people groups, and four religions. What a blessing to see everyone enjoying community together! Coming from Australia, you may be wondering why the diversity of this group outing was unique. In this country, people are usually divided by people group and religion; their cultures differ significantly from each other. Belonging to a people group usually means that you follow its dominant religion and its uniquely different culture (food restrictions, festivals, religious holidays, family reunions).

To have an environment where people are willing to be friends, respect each other, and do life together is quite extraordinary, and very exciting!

Leah and Paul live and serve in South East Asia. They have four children.

Names have been changed.

Manufacturing Consultant

South Asia / Business / 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1548

The business is based in Asia and supplies a small number of international customers. The business is mission led at its core. It exists to make a difference in the lives of its local community and currently employs 150 people in secure, upskilling jobs. The business achieved a turnover of £1m in 2018. Within 10 years we aspire to build a business with revenues of over £7m, employing 1,000 people and being recognised as world class both in terms of commercial success and creating positive wholistic impact.

You will play a key role in building the capacity of both the local leadership team and building the manufacturing systems and processes too, using best practice methods (LEAN, Kaizen, 6-Sigma etc.). This is a fixed term role and the focus is on strengthening the national leadership team. You will have succeeded in the role if, over time, the local leadership team are equipped and empowered to run a strong operations function themselves, with manufacturing processes in place to an international standard.

Have a minimum of 5 years’ work experience within a manufacturing environment. Be familiar with best practice tools. Be commercially minded with strong analytical skills. Have a track record of getting things done and of continuous improvement. Thrive working in cross-cultural contexts and ideally have some previous cross-cultural experience. Have a good relevant degree or professional qualification; equivalent experience will be considered. Have excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Have leadership qualities and be capable of taking ownership of new projects.

Production Manager

South Asia / Business / 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years, Consultant / Job ID: 1568

At our company we are passionate to create employment for women at risk and survivors of trafficking. Through our non-profit affiliate we provide a path to employment to ensure that women and children never face the threat of human trafficking again. Our company provides safe and secure employment, on-site daycare facilities, and wrap-around support allowing each woman to build a bright future for herself and her children. Every day we observe the transforming power of hope and love through employment. We are inviting someone with strong management and training skills to grow and improve our production in order to provide more opportunities of freedom and hope to women and children.

The production manager oversees all production, quality control, policies and procedures. Responsibilities include analyzing and improving production systems, ideally using LEAN practices; improving sourcing of materials and inventory systems; training and supporting administrative and supervisory staff; developing training materials and training curriculum using Training Within Industry techniques; exploring ways training strategies can increase success of vulnerable women healing from trauma and how these techniques can be applied in other businesses; overseeing training programmes throughout our company and partner training programmes using Training Within Industry and Toyota Kata techniques; helping promote a company culture that encourages top performance and high morale; helping develop strategies to train and employ as many survivors and at-risk women as possible; and building alliances and partnerships with other organizations.

Required experience and skills include a Bachelor’s degree in operations management or related field; training and experience in LEAN production and TWI techniques (a willingness to study and learn can be substituted); understanding of sewing, both machine and hand; the ability to work well as part of a team, to encourage others and build others’ skills; resourcefulness and strong administrative skills; a strong commitment to developing opportunities for previously exploited women. Experience of cross-cultural living would be helpful.

Fundraising/ Marketing Manager

South Asia / Business / 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years, Consultant / Job ID: 1567

In this organisation we are passionate to create employment for women at risk and survivors of trafficking. Through our non-profit affiliate we provide a path to employment to ensure that women and children never face the threat of human trafficking again. We provide safe and secure employment, on-site daycare facilities, and wrap-around support allowing each woman to build a bright future for herself and her children. Every day we observe the transforming power of hope and love through employment. We are inviting someone with strong marketing and fundraising skills to grow and improve our production in order to provide more opportunities of freedom and hope to women and children.

Major responsibilities will include developing strategy for social media for both the organisation and the non-profit affiliate, and training staff; managing volunteers and mobilizing guests and friends; creating newsletters, catalogues, campaigns, and events to bring in sales and donations; developing marketing campaigns for fundraising and product promotion; providing staff training and mentoring to team in our country to support this position; and scheduling events, speaking engagements and fundraisers each year.

The appointee will have training in marketing, communications, public relations or business; ability to think creatively, take initiative and work independently; strong IT skills with experience in CRM; and a strong commitment to developing opportunities for previously exploited women. S/he will be well organized and resourceful and have strong administrative skills; will be able to work well as part of a team to encourage others and to build others’ skill acquisitions. Experience of cross-cultural living would be helpful.

Entrepreneur (Business or NGO)

Central Asia / Business / 2+ years / Job ID: 307

There are opportunities to develop and run a business or an NGO.

This would involve setting up and running a business or NGO.

The applicant should be a confident entrepreneur and able to deal with uncertainty, the cultural context and language challenges.

Coffee Shop

East Asia / Business / 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1562

A well-established local coffee shop business

Coffee shop owners are looking for short-term help to manage day-to-day coffee shop business (serving customers, making drinks, taking food orders,etc.). The coffee shop also hosts English conversation activities that could use extra conversation partners for college students and young professionals. For a long-term worker, this business also has the ability to open a branch location in another part of the city. The owners would like to start a new one near the college campus. It’s a great opportunity to work with and reach out to young people.

We need a person with experience or someone eager to learn the coffee/food industry, with a heart for outreach through business.

Public Relations

West Asia / Business / 1-11 months / Job ID: 1559

A Christian media company with radio, Web, YouTube, and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) outreach in this large unreached country. Currently impacting approximately 5 million people, inviting them to an encounter with Jesus and growth in faith through integration into His church. Increasing its presence on the radio and on the Web, establishing an online support community for skeptics, seekers and new believers, creating video media with Christian content, creating music with local worship artists, and translating select books, articles and materials into the local language.

This short-term position is for a public relations person who will design and layout paper promotion materials (flyers, postcards, posters) for distribution to foreign partners and potential partners, help develop and optimize Google Analytics reports and do search engine optimization (SEO) of the ministry’s web pages, and do graphic redesign of the ministry’s web site.

A person with a heart for integrating their skills at communications and public relations with a calling to spread the Good News. A willingness to work cross-culturally with the Director and others on staff who are local citizens and believers. Creativity, passion and flexibility are all good characteristics.