This job concerns community development and pastoral support. They will pioneer work with young people and families in the community. This person will actively engage the communities with whom Tek Ura is engaged, making sense of the issues which affect their lives, setting goals for improvement and responding to problems and needs through empowerment and active participation. They will work with the responsible Directors to ensure that there are appropriate programs, projects, and spiritual growth opportunities for people in the community, especially women, children, youth and young adults. Due to the pastoral nature of this role, the holder will be required to be a Christian and have a strong match with Tek Ura’s values. This role will normally need to be recognised by the local congregation and subject to their affirmation.
Position: Faith & Community Facilitator (Women and Families)
Faith & Community Development (Women and families)
•Working with Directors to identify community skills, assets, issues and needs
•Developing new resources in dialogue with the community and evaluating existing programmes
•Building links with other groups and agencies
•Helping to raise public awareness on issues relevant to the community and enabling local people to be heard by those who make decisions about them
•Preparing reports and policies relating to faith and community
•Developing and implementing strategies
•Liaising with interested groups and individuals to set up new services
•Design, coordinate or implement programs or activities
•Planning, attending and coordinating meetings and events
•Encouraging participation in activities, mediating in matters of conflict and challenging inappropriate behaviour
•Work with the responsible Director to assure that there are appropriate programs, projects, and spiritual growth opportunities for people in the community, especially men, children, youth and young adults
•Support the Directors to recruit, instruct and sustain a team of volunteers (in our ‘ETP’ and Timebank projects), encouraging leaders and engaging people as partners
•Teach women, youth and community leaders in large or small group settings
•Have an understanding of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of women children and youth and young adults
•Support individuals on their faith-journeys and spiritual growth
•Schedule events and participate in gatherings (celebrations, festivals, meetings with women, social activities, ongoing programs, etc.)
•Work in collaboration with members of the community and Tek Ura staff to run social, recreational and cultural activities
Administration and language services
•Support other staff with translation and interpreting work (English to Albanian/Albanian to English )
•To assist the team in the promotion and marketing of Tek Ura activities by contributing to the production of publicity materials and participating in scheduled events.
•To ensure the regular collection of any mail
•Working with other staff, provide a reception service including receiving visitors, responding to enquiries, taking messages, redirecting phone calls and maintaining the reception area as necessary.
•To receive electronic mail (e.g. sms and emails)
•To undertake general administrative duties e.g. photocopying, filing, data input and retrieval as required.
•To undertake the collation, input and retrieval of statistical, contractual or financial information as necessary to carry out designated responsibilities
•To provide reports and returns as required by the Tek Ura Directors
Administration and language services
•Carry out other duties commensurate with the position, as may be determined by the Directors
•Participate fully in staff training and team building activities
•Degree level qualification
•Theology degree/ Post-graduate qualification
•Theologically literate – a broad theological understanding
•Experience of leading, empowering others and team building
•Involvement in mission
•Experience of working with children
•Experience of leading teaching/training
•Working with Romani and/or Egyptian communities
•Some experience of pioneer work
•Experience of working in cross cultural setting
•Experience of managing people and resources
•Experience of working with different faith groups and Christian denominations
•Experience of working with groups of women, children, youth and young adults
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES
•Excellent all round communicator
•Excellent spoken and written English
•Able to translate and interpret
•Excellent presentation skills making appropriate use of IT.
•Experience in theological education, with a relevant qualification
•Advanced IT Skills
•Knowledge of the structures and cultures of various church denominations in Albania
•Experience in adult training.
•Able to creatively engage with contemporary culture & social media
•Values are of key importance and there must be an excellent match with Tek Ura values
•Able to communicate excellently with a wide range of people, in particular women and children
•Self-awareness – They are self-aware and have a grasp of their own strengths and limitations. This coupled with a good sense of humour and infectious enthusiasm.
•They must be a positive person with an attitude of thankfulness
•They will have a high level of creativity and initiative – They need to be open to fresh insights, not constrained by traditional patterns but willing to think outside the box, eager to experiment and explore new possibilities, and amenable to input from others.
•They need to demonstrate ‘Flexibility’. They need to be responsive to their environment and willing to adapt to unexpected developments, able to cope with and manage uncertainty and change without undue stress, sensitive to cross-cultural perspectives, and capable of integrating convictions, context and constraints.
•‘Perseverance’ – They need to be resilient in the face of difficulties, self-disciplined and emotionally stable, sufficiently motivated to keep going without close supervision, open to criticism but not deflected from their strategy without good cause, willing to confront issues rather than avoiding them, and able to see beyond immediate concerns.
•‘Team building’ – they need to to be able to inspire and envision others, recognise their capacities, delegate responsibility, manage conflict effectively, and hold together the dimension of ‘team, task and individual’.
•Appreciates new ways of being community alongside inherited patterns
•Evidence of theological interest and desire for on-going education
•Passion for working ecumenically
•Passion for working inter-generationally
•Willingness to continue learning and engage with staff training
•Excellent ‘fit’ with the existing Tek Ura team
•Able to relate to and connect with the people of Kafja e Rremes
•Full driving licence
Candidates will be required to obtain and complete an application from [email protected]