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Africa Ministries Field Officer Job Description

Friends United Meeting

JOB DESCRIPTION

revised April 2014

Job Title: Field Officer—Africa Ministries Office

Department: Global Ministries

Employment Status: Full time/non-exempt

Qualifications:

  • o Passionate understanding for and practical experience in holistic mission work
  • o Cultural competence and humility, with previous cross-cultural experience preferred
  • o Willingness and ability to relocate to Kisumu Kenya and to travel extensively throughout East Africa
  • o Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues from a variety of cultural backgrounds
  • o Strong ability to communicate in a compelling way what God is doing in and through African Friends using a variety of media, including writing, social media, photography and video
  • o Experience in project management, including finance and budgeting
  • o Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • o Excellent oral and written communication ability
  • o Capacity to listen to and work well with others
  • o Growing Christian Quaker faith and strong grounding in a Friends community
  • o Fundraising ability, including raising project funds as well as raising own salary, benefits and expenses

Reports to: Friends United Meeting Global Ministries Director

Job Summary:

“Friends United Meeting commits itself to energize and equip Friends through the power of the Holy Spirit to gather people into fellowships where Jesus Christ is known, loved and obeyed as Teacher and Lord.”

With this purpose statement in view, the Africa Ministries Field Officer works alongside other members of the AMO team to fulfill their shared mission objectives. Through relationship building, creative communication, and program/organizational management, the AMO Field Officer is a catalyst for effective ministry and assists in mobilizing mission activity throughout Africa.

Responsibilities/Duties:

    Establish, nurture and expand cross-cultural relationships:

  • o Arrange and manage hospitality for international visitors who travel on behalf of FUM and/or for the benefit of the ministries of FUM.
  • o Advise and assist international visitors, workers and volunteers in meeting legal requirements: e.g. visas and work permits.
  • o Respond to inquiries and questions from FUM supporters.
  • o Embody Christian faithfulness and Friends values as a presence among East Africa Friends and serve as a cultural bridge for the global community of FUM.
  • o Serve as an ambassador, interpreting the mission work of FUM to meetings/churches, Yearly Meetings and other groups.
  • o Assist in the registration of African Yearly Meeting members for FUM Triennials or other FUM events.
  • o Participate as needed in coordinating and implementing AMO sponsored events and activities.
  • o Work alongside the Africa Ministries Director and the Global Ministries staff in seeking global partners for the work of FUM in Africa. This work includes opportunities for capacity building, including writing grant applications.
    Project partnerships and special projects:

  • o Oversee the planning, implementation, reporting, and evaluation of all mission and development projects and programmes in Africa, including both institutional project partners and non-institutional special projects.
  • o Serve as a consultant to FUM’s project partner boards and management, assisting in particular with organizational development, financial management, and mission strategy.
  • o When requested, sit on the boards of governors of project partner institutions, and serve as a communication and accountability link between those boards and the leadership of FUM.
    Communication specialist:

  • o Expand current and develop new strategies to communicate effectively the work and witness of the AMO throughout East Africa and within the world-wide community of FUM.
  • o Produce and distribute a monthly newsletter to connect and inform Friends in East Africa.
  • o Generate and collect stories which depict the work being done in Africa among Friends and working alongside FUM communication’s staff, develop innovative media methods to share these stories.
    Relational and collegial ministry:

  • o Maintain a life-giving personal spiritual practice with the intention of seeking God’s guidance in all aspects of ministry.
  • o Cultivate ministry partnerships with donors (individuals and meetings/churches) who have made a sustained commitment to energizing and equipping you for carrying out God’s work. Maintain a fully-funded field staff ministry account and act promptly to redress any drop in giving.
  • o Cooperate with Global Ministries staff to develop support teams that can serve as ministry mobilizers, praying and advocating for the needs of the field staff and assisting in fundraising and logistical support.
  • o Participate in weekly AMO staff meetings and other staff meetings as requested.
  • o Respond promptly to all requests for information from Global Ministries colleagues, and provide monthly status reports to the Global Ministries Director.

Updated April 2014