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Capacity Building Coordinator – Chad
based in N’Djamena
The Capacity Building Coordinator will be a member of the MCC Chad team, and is accountable to the MCC Representatives based in the capital city of N’Djamena. The entire team (ie. Rep family, SALTers [participants of the Serving And Learning Together program], other service workers, and the program staff member) meets together 4-5 times per year — including a team retreat. The Service Worker will live independently in N’Djamena, in an apartment or home setting, and will commute to the MCC office, or to partner locations.

According to the work schedule to be determined upon arrival (which will be fluid & flexible), the Service Worker will be based out of the MCC Chad office but will spend a number of days each week with MCC’s partner organizations, either in N’Djamena or traveling in-country to partners located outside of the city (6-8 hours away).

• Climate: Chad’s climate is very hot and dry. Peak temperatures of 45 to 50°C (120 -130°F) are reached in N’Djamena during the hot season of March – July. Rains begin sporadically in June and fall heavily in July and August, tapering off through September, leaving the long dry season from October through May. November – February is the relatively cooler season, when nights cool off and daytime temperatures peak around 30°C (90°F). Loose cotton clothing is essential.

• Health: Remaining healthy in Chad requires appropriate personal hygiene combined with prudence. Yellow fever vaccination is required to enter the country. Typhoid, cholera and malaria are common but with appropriate precautions can be avoided. Malaria prophylactics are optional, with doxycycline and mefloquine now available locally. Malaria cures are readily available, and treat most cases. Mosquito nets are recommended for sleeping. The air can be very dusty much of the year — something to be aware of/consider if dealing with asthma and respiratory illnesses. The quality of service at local Chadian hospitals is highly variable. However, there is a modern hospital, staffed by European doctors, which is adequate, and an excellent clinic, also staffed by European doctors, that is available within N’Djamena.

• Diet: The traditional diet is high in starch but also includes many nutritious, locally produced vegetables and is often fish or meat based when people can afford it. Seasonal fruits such as pineapples, mangoes, bananas, guavas and watermelons are available throughout the year. Imported foods (such as cheese) are available in N’Djamena but are quite expensive.

• Cultural Expectations: Spending a lot of time visiting is “good form” in Chad. Extensive greetings (particularly with Arabic-speakers), conversation, and sweet tea are part of proper social behaviour. Appropriate attire for women includes long skirts and/or long, loose fitting pants; and tailored shirts for men. Public displays of affection are minimal and often frowned upon. Women and men often socialize separately.

• Infrastructure: Most middle-class houses are one-story, concrete structures within private walled compounds, some with their own water pump. Service Workers are provided with a high quality water filter which is necessary for all drinking water (unless it is bottled water). Extra precautions (washing all fruits/vegetables in bleach water) are necessary in food preparation to prevent illness. Although the capital city, N’Djamena’s electricity and water supply are not always reliable. Generators are often used for power supply. Voltage regulators are required to protect all electronic devices.

• Religion: Chad’s population is about 53% Muslim, 35% Christian, and 11% animist. Christians are 24% Roman Catholic (Chad being a former French colony) and 14% Protestant, almost exclusively represented by 8 evangelical denominations — the largest being the EET (Evangelical Church of Chad), the ACT (Assembly of Christian Churches of Chad/ Plymouth Brethren roots) and the EFLT (Evangelical Lutheran Brethren). There are no Mennonite churches in Chad, although MCC has a 40 year history in the country and is highly respected. Service Workers are expected to regularly attend a congregation of their choosing. Past Service Workers have found joining the church choir, or other church group provides an active social network. The diversity of worship styles in the Protestant/evangelical churches is limited (mostly contemporary music with dancing) and services are usually 2 hours or longer. There is an International Christian Fellowship of N’Djamena which meets twice each month, and is run in English. There is also a weekly women’s Bible study, and monthly men’s prayer breakfast based out of this international fellowship.

• Transportation: The Service Worker’s primary modes of transportation in town are walking, mid-sized taxi buses, which are numerous and inexpensive, and a moto or, if needed due to family size, a vehicle. Mid-size buses also provide transport to other Chadian cities, and a large bus with air conditioning is available for travel to and from Moundou, where other MCC workers and partners are located. Air France and Turkish Airlines have regular flights throughout the week out of Africa. Other airlines provide access within the continent.

Jul 10, 2017
3 Years

All MCC workers are expected to exhibit a commitment to: a personal Christian faith and discipleship; active church membership; and nonviolent peacemaking. MCC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. MCC values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply.

  • Ability to understand, speak, read and write in English and French
  • Undergraduate Degree in Development Studies, Business Management, or related fields
  • Experience working in a cross cultural environment
  • Training and/or experience in organizational management and results-based management principles, tools and techniques
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Competency with MS office suite and database reporting
  • The ability to work in a team
  • The ability to work alone, unsupervised
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Problem-solving and strategic planning ability
  • Analytical skills
  • Flexibility
  • The ability to cope with pressure and challenges
The Capacity Building Coordinator will be based out of the MCC Chad office, and will work alongside national partner organizations to solve issues and improve performance, operating primarily through the analysis of existing organizational problems and the development of plans for improvement.

In this consulting-type role, the service worker will be primarily concerned with the strategy, structure, management and operations of partner organizations. The worker will identify options for organizations, suggest recommendations for change, as well as advise on additional resources to implement solutions. The service worker will provide objective advice and expertise to help organizations develop capacity in any area that they may be lacking e.g. organizational management, technology implementation, strategy development, communication, human resources, or operational improvement. The service worker will also aid partners with the planning and reporting requirements of MCC.

Extreme Heat; Security issues; Limited mental health services available; Special needs schooling not available; Occasional long days; Limited internet connectivity; Limited dietary options
Main duties would include:
1. Carrying out research and data collection to understand the organization
2. Conducting analysis
3. Interviewing the client’s employees, beneficiaries and stakeholders
4. Running focus groups and facilitating workshops
5. Identifying issues and forming hypotheses and solutions
6. Presenting findings and recommendations to partners and to MCC
7. Helping partners implement recommendations/solutions and ensuring partners receive the necessary assistance to carry them out
8. Assisting partners with PME and MCC reporting
9. Translating relevant documents in English and French
10. Regularly attending a local church
11. Participating in MCC team life and responsibilities, such as team meetings, worker reports, and retreats.
12. Modeling non-violent peacemaking in the workplace and community through respectful interactions with others.MCC wants people to have a sense of the adjustments that workers typically need to make in this location. Listed below are some of those challenges as well as ways workers typically adjust, and even thrive in this new environment.
– Loose cotton clothing is imperative, as is adapting expectations based on reduced energy levels due to hot temperatures.
– Appropriate security of money and material goods is advised. In N’Djamena,the crime rate is usual for a large city, but international workers are not typically targeted.
– Chad continues to experience some violence along its eastern borders, but this is far from the current work of MCC. The terrorist group, Boko Haram, remains active in northeast Nigeria, which occasionally effects Chad, mostly in the Lake Chad region. Local partners are very conscientious in offering precautionary advice for MCC.
– Local communication by cellphone is universal, but internet connections can be expensive, irregular and slow, limiting social networking.
– Day-to-day challenges may include but are not limited to: technology malfunctions, power cuts, broken electronics/air conditioners/fans, leaking water or flooding after the rains, dust storms, flat tires, etc.
Good self-awareness and self-care are imperative as you adjust to these and any other situations.

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