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 projects 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.

Social Worker

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

This organization runs social and educational services for the community specifically helping women in crisis situations.

The social worker will assist in development of social programs working with women in crisis situations and training local staff.

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

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.

BusinessDevelopment Consultant

Central Asia, Community Development, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1489

A faith-based NGO working in an insecure environment impacts communities in areas of health economy and social empowerment.

The consultant will advise existing projects on developing various sizes of business relating to womens empowerment and literature production train project staff in areas of business development marketing and sales management and facilitate development of a project into a sustainable business.

We are looking for a good communicator who is interested in literature and experienced in various areas of business and management able to train and build capacity of national staff and project beneficiaries able to work in a physically demanding environment willing to learn local language and culture and able to apply business principles to a range of business models including micro-finance.

Monitor/Evaluation consultant

Central Asia, Community Development, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1496

A faith-based NGO working in an insecure environment impacts communities in areas of health economy and social empowerment.

The person in this role will have the privilege of helping to improve the effectiveness of the various relief and development projects of the organisation having input into the monitoring and evaluation processes of these projects in order to help us better understand the impact of the work we are doing and building the capacity of local and expat managers.

You will need to be willing to travel within the country and to learn language and culture. You should have experience in relief and development and knowledge and experience of data gathering and basic analysis. We need you to be good at working with people and able to pass on knowledge and skills.

Community Centre worker

Arab World, Community Development, 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1506

Established in 2015 the Centre is a holistic response to the unique challenges faced by the most-at-risk communities. At the Centre we provide a safe space for women to come together to learn grow and share their experiences making our work essential to the local community. An average of 700-1000 visits are made to the centre every month. The programs and safe space that we offer make a difference to each and every one.

Our work involves improving the lives of locals including refugees and vulnerable nationals. We provide vocational skills such as computers and literacy to create empowerment and self-sufficiency. We also offer counseling and lectures to equip beneficiaries with coping mechanisms to deal with stress and for the integration of refugees into the host community. We would like to begin providing vocational skills for men also. Our mission is to provide a safe community equipping through education counseling and mutual support. We welcome volunteers who can pass on skills such as English teaching and handcrafts. Other classes offered by the centre include aerobics and soap-making. We are particularly in need of social workers Funding Proposal and report writers Business Strategists for handicrafts marketing and product development social media and marketing specialists.

Good English skills and relevant experience in their field are needed. Some Arabic is vital. We need empathic people with a servant heart. You need flexibility a love for people and a desire to share Christ in word and deed.

Aerobics / Zumba instructor

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 running aerobics/Zumba fitness classes for young adult to older age groups. The applicant will work alongside a mixed local/expat team. Other community outreach programs include English clubs Chinese classes and family/marriage enrichment courses.

The applicant should have relevant qualifications and experience. The applicant should have a willingness to learn Russian to a basic level.

The work of walking humbly

A friend recently commented that living cross-culturally strips back your identity to its most basic shell. My experience took me on a journey from being a competent, confident adult who was contributing to his community to a place where every aspect of my identity was challenged.

This was partly by my own choosing. Several years ago Marie Clare and I, along with our two children, departed Melbourne (one of the world’s most livable cities) for Bangkok, Thailand. We spent our first year studying Thai. We easily could have moved to Thailand to teach in English or to work in a large international church or school. However, we felt a strong desire to partner with the local church, to be involved in community and to learn to speak Thai.

We have now been in Thailand for three years. A large portion of our time has been dedicated to learning Thai, watching the people and environment around us and attempting to understand a culture that often intrigues us. We are often exhausted, frustrated and at times desire to return to a place where we are understood and are able to clearly articulate our thoughts and feelings.

Thai is a tonal language with 5 distinct tones. The meaning of a word changes based on its tone. Thus far I have yet to master these tones. I have discovered I enjoy getting out and about and speaking to people. In English I love to talk to people about politics and debate the current hot topic. However, in Thai my conversations last 5–10 minutes before I run out of things to say. In meetings I am 5–10 seconds behind the conversation. By the time I have decoded the conversation and translated my thought into Thai, the conversation has well and truly moved on. Thai people are kind and they are always amazed by how much Thai I can speak. But I know how far I have to go before I can think and speak Thai effortlessly. The more I learn, the more I know how much I don’t know.

So is learning Thai worth it? Why can’t I, like many mission workers here in Thailand, just speak English and get someone to translate for me? Then I could get down to doing what I really love: teaching and discipleship.
The answer is yes, it’s worth it! I don’t always feel this way. It is hard living in a place where you can’t express your thoughts clearly and have deep conversations. However, this journey is not about me. I have come to understand that without walking humbly with God, one cannot understand or practice justice, mercy or humility (Micah 6:8). Not being able to speak has provided me with an opportunity to observe, to slow down, to listen and to pray. Language learning has taught me to rely on others and on God.

God often reminds me that I am not walking on this journey alone, nor am I leading the way. I am walking humbly with Him. My identity is not found in my Australian passport, my Persian heritage, my science and teaching degrees. My identity is found in God my father.

Emmanuel is a qualified chemistry and biology teacher. He and his family are in Thailand long-term, partnering with the local church in outreach and discipleship.

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.

Seeing God at work

I sometimes get the feeling that some people think we’re ‘super Christians’ to have lived in a slum for the last 12 years with our family… but to us, it’s just life. We don’t think we’re special. We are just using our lives and the gifts God has given us, to be good friends to our neighbours and respond to those whom God is placing in our midst.

Our first years were all about learning. Learning the culture, the language, how to wash the clothes by hand, how to shop at the market, how to live with 17 people in the house… and how to be parents for the first time. Learning was hard, painful, and disempowering for ourselves, but was the ultimate step in allowing us to serve, empower and champion Cambodians, rather than come in on top of them with our education, power, money and white skin. Here’s what we learned:

nterruptions are not interruptions if we see it as God bringing someone into our lives. So often we book up every minute and never have time for the thoughts, things or people that God places in our midst. We need to shift our posture to allow God the control and space to work. Leaving our door open means anyone is able to come into our home with a need, or share life with us.

Life is mission. People don’t drop by at convenient times. It’s usually dinner time! We need to be flexible to respond. People are not ‘work’, because work happens in the 9–5 and people happen in the 24/7… people are life. We do, however, need to take time to rest, or we burn out and are not useful to others.

Living in community has its ups and its downs. We see births, weddings, funerals, parties and sadness… we’re on this life journey together. Khmer culture goes well with Aussie culture, but is also very different. Sometime we get along, sometimes we don’t. It is enriching to our lives to find a way to get along with others, rather than just hanging with those who are similar to us.

Have an empowering mindset. When we worked in an NGO for the first few years, it was a slow process to empower our Cambodian colleagues until they came up with the lightbulb ideas. It can be arduous work for us, but it means Cambodians will own these initiatives. It’s about having an empowering mindset when you see a problem: Can that person bring about their own change? What about their family? Can their community? When those avenues are exhausted, maybe then it’s appropriate for the mission worker to step in. Partnering with the local church is also another way to work with ‘people of peace’ who want to see the gospel spread and change in their community. True help brings about long-term change and empowerment.

Through being present in our community we have been able to see needs and journey with Cambodians who are willing to respond. These include: helping someone navigate the health system, advocating with the village leader to get the drainage fixed, standing in-between a husband who is beating his wife. Homework clubs have started so that kids can pass their exams and speed up their literacy. A local preschool started under someone’s house, so that kids can become ‘school ready’ before they hit grade one. Justees, our fair trade t-shirt printing business, helps young ex-drug users earn a wage to support them through their schooling, and Connect Street Work is responding to direct requests for us to be advocating for users from poor communities in the drug rehab system. The small things make a great difference for the people that society thinks are at the bottom of the heap.

It takes pressure off when we believe that God can do great things! We need to be in a right relationship with him and submit our lives and ideas to him so he can speak, lead and guide. We’re just being us, in this place, looking to see the way he is working… and being part of that.

David and his family have lived in community in Cambodia for 13 years.