Boarding Parents

South Asia / Other / 12-23 months / Job ID: 242

This small boarding school supports the educational needs of expatriate families serving in this and neighboring countries. Curriculum and methods are based on the American and European systems.

There is an urgent need for boarding parent/s for Elementary (Grades 4-6), and Junior High School girls’ house parent/s, starting August 2019.

The qualified person/s would have excellent pastoral care skills with high expectations of learning and behaviour, and the gifts to care for children away from their parents and provide a loving environment for them to grow.

Native English speaker

West Asia / Other / 1-11 months / Job ID: 1375

Those in cross-cultural service need English to communicate well within their organization, and beyond. Yet some from new sending countries have only minimal English and feel handicapped by this. They desire to improve, through conversational English and daily practice, but need a native speaker to come and work with them and their children.

You would work directly with these partners on English language skills, with emphasis on speaking and listening, and vocabulary building; run conversational English groups, personal times with each adult, play learning for the children (songs, games, etc). It involves doing life in English each day together, sharing not just language but friendship and partnership in the work.

A young person is needed who can embed within the team and help these workers (and their kids) practice and improve their English. Patience, creativity, people-awareness, sensitivity to other cultures, and a servant heart are all needed.

Counsellor or Psychologist

South Asia / Other / 2+ years / Job ID: 210

This organization is a co-operative, inter-agency, international, multi-cultural ministry that provides opportunity for renewal, training, consultation and direct crisis response for personnel working with the mission and humanitarian aid agencies in the region.

A mental health professional for missionary care and training of locals is urgently needed! We seek to appoint a psychologist or counsellor to our staff as soon as possible. S/he will be professionally qualified as a clinical or counselling psychologist, or as a counsellor, accredited with the professional association in their home country and experienced in working with clients from a variety of cultures.

Ideally this person would have previous experience of overseas work or would have several years of working experience in the home country plus an understanding of cross-cultural life.

Alternative Energy Consultant

South Asia / Other / Consultant / Job ID: 894

With huge energy shortages and rising prices, many hospitals throughout the country are struggling to operate properly to provide appropriate care. These hospitals are looking for individuals able to suggest alternative energy and water supplies as well as possibly start up the projects.

Power and water shortages plague most of this country. Many hospitals struggle to provide care with irregular power supply and water shortages. An individual/team with experience in alternative energy sources and/or water purification methods is needed to help these hospitals continue to provide their valuable services to the communities in which they work.

Qualifications would include experience in alternative energy sources and/or water purification methods. A willingness to be flexible and work in tough environments is essential.

English Language Teacher

Central Asia / Other / 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1485

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

The job involves preparing and teaching English language lessons (written and spoken) for National Staff who need to upgrade their English skills for their job.

You need good interpersonal skills, and a minimum of a TOEFL teaching qualification or qualification in teaching. You should be a native English speaker or demonstrate excellent command of spoken and written English. You should be a good communicator, be confident and patient, and be willing to learn local language and culture.

Safety & Security Advisor

Central Asia / Other / 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1484

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

The appointee will advise on overall safety and security management for the organisation, provide training and oversight for the local security manager, monitor and interpret the current security situation, liaise with other relevant security entities, and assist in critical incident management.

You will need experience in security management, experience living in an unstable security environment, and a collaborative attitude and good relational skills. You will need to be calm in a crisis, to be a good communicator and team player, and be willing to learn language and culture of the host country.

Capacity Building Catalyst

Central Asia / Other / 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1497

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

Our organisation is in an exciting transition period of building capacity and releasing greater responsibility into the hands of local staff. The person in this role would be responsible for assessing the needs of our staff, and facilitating the planning and provision of the necessary development.

We are looking for someone who is experienced in training, with good organisational skills and good people skills, a confident person who is a good communicator and a good networker. You should be able to see the ‘big picture’ and be willing to travel within the country. and to learn the language and culture.

National Director, Canada

Canada / Other / 2+ years / Job ID: 1521

Interserve’s purpose is to make Jesus Christ known through wholistic ministry, in partnership with the global church, amongst the neediest peoples of Asia and the Arab World. Our vision is to see lives and communities transformed through encounter with Jesus Christ.

“The National Director (ND) provides spiritual, missiological, organizational, and hands-on leadership to Interserve Canada. Responsibilities include: developing and implementing strategic plan; expanding Interserve’s network of partners, supporters, and donors; implementing operational plan and policies; providing pastoral care, leadership and coaching to all staff and partners; expanding prayer support; and ensuring effective stewardship of resources.”

You are passionate about seeing lives and communities transformed through encounter with Jesus Christ, committed to the church, experienced in multi-ethnic ministry, entrepreneurial, and effective in establishing partnerships. You are an adaptive and collaborative team leader, an effective administrator and financial manager, and an excellent communicator. You have a minimum of 10 years’ previous leadership experience.

Archaeologist

Central Asia / Other / 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1510

An archaeological research organisation

The job involves working in local archaeological projects.

The applicant should have relevant experience and qualifications.

On Track Together

It‘s Tuesday afternoon and I am sitting in the career counselor’s office. “Have you had any thoughts about what you’ll do at university?” my teacher asks.

I’m coming up blank. Sure, I’ve got interests. I like helping people, I have a yearning to travel and see new places, I’m saddened by injustice in the world … oh, and I love Jesus. At age 16 that’s what I’ve worked out. But it doesn’t seem like enough to pick subjects for Year 12, let alone choose a university course or a lifetime career.

At age 19, after a gap year overseas, I have no greater clarity despite exploring a number of options including a couple of short-term mission trips.

My story is not uncommon. It happens to many people, usually in their twenties. Finding a life purpose, a focus for our passions, isn’t always straightforward. McCrindle research suggests Australians of my generation, the Millennials, will have 17 employers and five careers in their lifetime.

The Millennials and the younger Gen Z are facing a different world than those who came of age in the twentieth century. Our world is more globally connected but feels more unstable. Our neighbours are more diverse, work and career is less linear, and as Christians our faith is challenged by questions from our secular counterparts.

So how do we engage with Jesus’ call for every generation: to love our neighbours, to make disciples and to be kingdom minded? Our world looks different and yet Jesus’ call remains the same.

Maybe we need to start by letting go of the expectation that a meaningful life will always progress through traditional milestones. Blessings come through a career, marriage and children, but blessings also come through courageously making space for the unknown—the openness to do unlikely things and make seemingly illogical choices as we follow our God who specialises in the unexpected. Are we willing to trust in God’s goodness? Are we willing to walk an unknown path of sacrifice for His Kingdom?

We also need to get better at knowing our neighbour, so we can love them well. More than pulling in their wheelie bin after collection day, can we love from the point of understanding their worldview, their culture, their beliefs? The good news of Jesus answers the heart’s cry of all people, but do we understand it from their perspective? This is no longer a challenge set aside for the expat, the missional-minded worker in a distant land. In our globally connected world we all need intercultural understanding to love like Jesus loves, to share His good news and to disciple those who believe.

And yet, if the mission movements of the twentieth century teach us anything, it’s that we need community. We can’t possibly hope to do these things on our own, nor does God intend us to. Alone we become distracted, pressured by life’s challenges. Alone we become disillusioned or discouraged when our efforts bear no fruit. But together we live out the encouragement from Hebrews 10:23–25. Together we remember that the hope we have in Jesus is sure and his love spurs us on to share His hope with those around us.

Jane Fairweather leads On Track Together, a new initiative helping to equip, envision and engage those in their 20s and 30s in lifelong missional living.

On Track Together
A 22-month missional pathway integrating cross-cultural study and service in Australia and overseas.
www.interserve.org.au/together