On-site Administrative support needed

Be an important part of this strategic team by facilitating many of the ongoing ministries of the team through general support roles such as business agent, maintenance supervisor, and visitor liaison.

Posted on December 16, 2016

Mali

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Position Type

koutiala-mali

The Koutiala Team seeks a new team member who can help facilitate many of the ongoing ministries of the team through general support roles such as business agent, maintenance supervisor, and visitor liaison. This person or couple would need to adapt to current or future team needs, both anticipating and responding in various support roles. This vital position not only will free other team members from activities for which they are not qualified, it will also satisfy a missing element on the team to bring cohesion and unity as team members would be able to streamline effectiveness.

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course or equivalent
  • Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 45 or higher
  • Training or experience in any of the following: business, finances, management, administration, and/or information technology.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Administrative ability
  • Relational skills
  • Bachelor’s degree for spouse
  • Construction ability
  • Hosting experience
  • Event planning experience
  • Information technology training
  • Finance and Business experience

Responsibilities:

  • French and Bambara language acquisition to a level of competency
  • Business agent
  • Maintenance supervisor
  • Visitor liaison/event coordinator
  • Other support to team as needed

Timeline for Deployment:

Late summer 2018

General Information:

CIA World Factbook—Mali

Work and Living Environment:

The town of Koutiala, approximately 6 hours from the capital, Bamako, is a small, but adequate place to live and work. Private houses with city powered electricity and water supply are available throughout the city. Internet and phone service is also readily available. Small grocery stores supplement the supplies available in the local market, with other purchases made in the capital city. A multifaceted team gives access and opportunities for many kinds of ministry. Other mission organizations in the city give an outlet for friendship and work with other westerners. The Koutiala Hospital for Women and Children, along with its staff of IWs, provides more than adequate medical care and advice.

Status of Christian Witness:

More than 90% of Malians belong to the majority religion; traditional beliefs and animism remain pervasive and often are merged with the practices of the majority religion. Just more than 1% of the population is evangelical Christian; however, national church leaders suggest there is a new wave of openness. Visit The Joshua Project for more about the peoples of Mali.

Language Expectations:

French and Bambara. Language facility is essential to this ministry position. International workers will receive one year of intensive French language study in an immersion environment followed by up to two years of in-country Bambara study. French is the national language of Mali, and most offices and public documents are written in French. Bambara is the spoken language of most workers in and around Koutiala. The goal will be to speak, read, and write both languages at a fluent level in order to share Christ with Malians, disciple new believers, and communicate effectively with Malian church leaders.

Health Considerations:

Candidates must be in good physical health to endure the climate and work in Mali. Hot, dry weather is the norm, with hot, humid weather in the rainy season. Malaria and other tropical diseases can occur, but precautions should be taken to prevent these sicknesses. Village ministry requires travel on rough roads, which can be difficult, especially if a candidate had any back issues. The health infrastructure in Mali is poor and unable to accommodate people with chronic health issues. A hospital staffed by Western doctors in the town of Koutiala, and others in Bamako, provide generally high levels of care. If you have health questions or concerns, you may consult with Alliance medical professionals on the field.

Expectations for Spouse:

Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s giftings and training, and the needs of the team. It is expected that both spouses will be meaningfully involved in meeting ministry objectives, depending on the nature of family roles, children, etc.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

The Koutiala Team currently operates a homeschool co-op in which children of all ages can learn and study together in one school building. Although some families participate in only part of the co-op experience, the possibility for a professional teacher, with a masters’ degree in education, to teach all of the TCKs for the morning school sessions is available.

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) runs a French school in town where several families have enrolled their pre-school or elementary-aged students. Some international workers in Mali choose for their high-school-aged children to live in the dorm and attend school in Dakar, Senegal (Dakar Academy). We will work with you to find the options that best suit your family.

Compensation Package:

This position is designated to be funded through the Great Commission Fund (GCF). We offer compensation for this position, covering costs related to a monthly living allowance, housing, travel, children’s education, and full benefits. Please visit our compensation page for details on how U.S. Alliance international workers are supported. GCF-funded workers share responsibility for raising GCF dollars from Alliance churches and other sources.

Whole-Life Health:

The C&MA is an evangelical denomination committed to planting churches both in the United States and internationally. Due to the nature of this ministry opportunity, part of the required qualifications include being healthy in all aspects of life. As you move forward in the consideration process for appointment, these will be assessed.

Important Clarification:

Applicants should be aware that serving in the international world often requires a higher degree of grace and flexibility. For example, overseas teams can be suddenly and unexpectedly impacted by illness, government decisions, financial realities, team changes, or other factors beyond the team’s control. The challenge for applicants is that these factors can sometimes necessitate the sudden redefining of a position, which may take place before, during, or after the application/interview process has begun or is completed.

Questions?

Please contact Amy Roedding at roeddinga@cmalliance.org.

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