Development Specialist

South Asia / Community Development / 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1464

This is a development project situated in a rural area. It has a training school for midwives, nurses and community workers, a community development work, a research hub, an English-speaking school up to age 16, and a 150-bed hospital (with obstetric, gynaecology, surgical, medical and paediatric departments).

The Community Health and Development Program, and also its other departments, are involved in a large number (usually over ten at any one time) of internationally-funded development projects, mainly focused on the project’s core expertise in the area of mother and child health.

The project is seeking an experienced development professional with skills in project development, donor liaison, grant application writing, and project analysis, monitoring and evaluation.

Microfinance Support Worker

South East Asia / Community Development / 1-11 months / Job ID: 877

A young, vibrant NGO working in community development runs a microcredit project in 5 villages, a playgroup/kindergarten for village children, and after-school learning-support classes for children in 6 villages. Inter-village events are also organized. There is a good team atmosphere in this locally run organization with basic facilities.

The Microfinance Officer would help to set up training programs and administrative systems, and would join in thinking about strategy. The team is young and enthusiastic but lacks administrative and training skills.

They need someone with a passion to see the poor released from poverty and an understanding of the role that microcredit can play. Educational background in community development or finance would be helpful but not necessary. The right person must be flexible, able to adapt easily, and willing to help out with different jobs. S/he should be physically fit and able to travel to villages on the back of a motorbike.

Refugee workers

West Asia / Community Development / 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years, Consultant / Job ID: 556

Various groups (including church and para-church groups) are serving refugees. Many more projects and ministries could be possible if people to serve were available. The largest number of refugees are from Syria, but also from Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran. They need our help.

Just about every kind of work can be done, so the job can be tailor-made to the applicant. Refugees have every kind of need: physical, social, spiritual, psychological, relational, financial, etc., so wholistic ministry is needed. Some refugee service roles already exist, but most will be new ministries that need to be started. We are open to creative, pioneering initiators, as well as administrative, technical implementers, and anything in between. Everyone is welcome to come and show Christ’s love and compassion to these refugees.

The person must depend on God, and have a solid spiritual life. They need to be flexible, adapting to a dynamic work environment and changing refugee needs and profiles. We want to start new ministries to refugees, so if the person were an initiator or leader-type, that would be a plus. The person should be a team-worker, with.good people skills, and be willing to learn the language and culture of the refugees they serve (presently Arabic is the language needed). A variety of skills and experiences are needed. If God is putting refugee service on your heart, please get in touch with us. We have many opportunities!

Counsellor

West Asia / Community Development / 2+ years / Job ID: 561

There is need among the expatriate community for counsellors. This country has a high attrition rate among its expatriate workers and counsellors can help stem the flow. There are also enormous needs in the local community which could be addressed by a qualified counsellor. This job could be done through the local or international church, independently, or through a newly opened retreat centre.

Heart in colours

We are a small group. Women whose hearts dream in different languages, trying our best to communicate with gestures and borrowed words. Some wear colourful headscarves. Some have immaculate makeup and stylish haircuts. Some bring children. One brings homemade snacks. There is a warmth here which seems, for a time, to soothe their loneliness and grief. We greet each other with kisses, pour tea, sit down and get out the art supplies.

Our table is in a creaking upper room of the refugee centre. We can see the sky and sunlight through the wood-framed windows—the light and openness seem to mirror our purpose for being here. We create art together and, in doing so, I hope these refugee women will feel a lightness in their weighed-down spirits and have a safe space to bring their pain-filled stories into the light. I long for them to experience the love of the one who called himself “Light of the World”.

We spread out paper and simple art supplies. Nothing is complicated or technical, but to these women whose daily lives are shaped by displacement and feelings of helplessness, gentle guidance is necessary as we begin to transform blank pages with colour and form. We talk briefly about an idea around which we build our art-making activity: identity, happiness, home, hope, fear. We gently shape a space where sharing is allowed and start with a reminder that whatever we create or say will be met with kindness, not criticism.

This is not a class, I find myself repeating. The beauty and benefit of our shared art making is in the process of creating together, not in the product. This is a new idea for many of them. One young woman softly confides that she loved to draw as a young girl but her stern father discouraged such childish activities and forced her to marry at fifteen. Now, as she holds her breastfeeding daughter in one arm and watches over her three-year-old son, she sketches and tells me there is no time in everyday life for drawing. I can tell, though, by the way she carefully moves her pencil over the page, and the tired, wistful look on her face, that she would sit here with these pencils all day if she could. I know that tugging feeling in my own creative spirit as a mother of small children and my heart goes out to her.

I pour more tea (our intercultural love language) and watch as the women depict their hearts in images and colours. I see a lot of black and red—symbols of death and destruction, of lost homes and difficult journeys. There are also usually green or yellowish glimmers of tenacious hope, simple joys or love. Some talk about finding joy in the sunshine or trees, things that not even war or murder or displacement could take from them. Some speak of hope in heavenly paradise for a lost child, hope for a home in a new country where they can tend a garden or continue their education without fear. And I share simply why I drew my symbol of hope as an empty tomb in the middle of a rising sun.

So our time comes to an end. Kisses, hugs, “Inshallah* we shall meet again next week”. I marvel at the gift of God in art making as a way of bringing healing and building community. Beauty from pain, creation from destruction, community from isolation. Isn’t this the stunningly paradoxical way our redeemer God works?

The author is serving long-term in West Asia. She is passionate about melding art and loving community for therapeutic and kingdom-building purposes.

*If God wills.

Social Worker

Central Asia / Community Development / 1-11 months, 12-23 months / Job ID: 333

This organization operates a number of successful social and educational services for the community.

An experienced social worker is needed to help improve projects in local orphanages, homeless shelters and other social institutions, as well as train local staff. This organization’s vision is to connect need with resources throughout Central Asia. Flexibility for language study would be provided to improve work effectiveness and for building relationships.

The ideal candidate should have relevant qualifications and experience in social work.

Social Worker

Central Asia / Community Development / 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1203

This well-established small NGO runs an ESL school and a community development department.

The NGO is seeking a suitably qualified social worker to work on developing resources for addressing health and lifestyle issues, particularly focusing on youth.

The successful applicant should have qualifications in the community development or social work sphere, with relevant experience.

Youth / Social Worker

Central Asia / Community Development / 1-11 months, 12-23 months / Job ID: 379

A community centre, set up in 2003, aims to provide a range of services to the community.

The job involves working closely with a local team, running courses in character development, stress management, and leadership training as well as organizing recreational activities for the centre. Other responsibilities include helping to develop teaching materials on relevant topics.

The applicant should have relevant qualifications and several years’ experience in youth/social work. Fluency in English and some Mandarin is preferable.

Social Worker

Central Asia / Community Development / 1-11 months, 12-23 months / Job ID: 925

A small NGO in a major city in Central Asia runs a prison ministry, a halfway house for women in crisis, and small business initiatives to help towards sustainability.

The applicant would assist with running the day-to-day activities of the halfway house for the women from prison and other crisis situations. This would involve practical help around the house, basic skills training, care for needs, and basic English classes.

Some experience in caring for people and social work skills are desirable.

Community Development Workers

South Asia / Community Development / 2+ years / Job ID: 839

There are a variety of NGOs and small societies involved in development initiatives in cities and rural areas up and down this country. Some are attached to the Christian Hospitals where we already serve. The physical and social needs of this nation are huge.

We see opportunities for community development workers to come alongside with professional training and support national initiatives in areas such as sanitation, agriculture, and healthcare.

The best candidates will have appropriate training and experience in community development in a variety of settings including in the developing world.