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Upcoming Vacant Post in LWF Geneva

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Nov 12, 2007 – 08:53 PM | Read 1048 times

LWF LogoI would like to bring to your attention the advertising of the position of Secretary for Women in Church and Society (WICAS) in the Department for Mission and Development (DMD).

Please find attached the vacancy announcement and the position description. The closing date for this position is 7 January 2008.

Kindly circulate this vacancy announcement widely within your constituency. Should you require more information, please feel free to contact our office.

Department/Unit: Mission and Development, Desk for Women in Church and Society (WICAS)
Position Title: Secretary for Women in Church and Society
Reports to: Director for Mission and Development
Initial Contract: 4 years
Starting Date: August 1, 2008

Basic Purpose
Within the context of the assignment of the Department for Mission and Development fosters among member churches awareness, study, research and analysis of issues relating to gender, the promotion of equality between women and men and the full participation of women in all aspects of church and community life in member churches.

Position Qualifications
– Advanced university degree in theology or related field.
– Studies and/or several years of working experience with issues relating to the promotion of equality of women and men in church and society, preferably in a cross-cultural environment or in developing country(ies).
– Established record and experience in research and analysis on issues relating to gender advocacy and the condition of women in various social, cultural, economic and political contexts.
– Fluency in English; working knowledge of Spanish, German and/or French is desirable.
– Computer skills necessary.

Position Environment and Dimensions
This position deals with addressing actual issues affecting women in the life of the church and in society, as well as issues concerning the witness of the church for an inclusive community.

One of the major tasks is to assist member churches in developing their own plans of action for the achievement of equality between women and men. Special emphasis will be placed on ensuring the implementation of the goals and objectives of the "Plan of Action" adopted by the LWF Council in September 1992 in Madras and to the promotion of justice for women and awareness of the rights and responsibilities of women in all societies world-wide.

This requires a thorough understanding of the role of women within the cultural, social, economic political and faiths contexts of their societies, their rights, needs, concerns and aspirations. Analytical approach, organizational skills, the ability to conceptualize, to devise plans of action and to provide leadership as well as good communication skills are essential.

The position holder who functions as LWF resource person for all women’s /gender issues works closely with member churches, related agencies and other ecumenical organizations promoting the involvement of women in all phases of society. Contact is maintained with all desks within the department, other LWF departments/units, the WCC, other ecumenical organizations, non-governmental organizations (WILPF, YWCA), the UN Commission on Status of Women and other UN agencies dealing with women’s issues.

Main Duties:
1. Plans, organizes and implements the work of the women’s desk in close consultation with the Director for Mission and Development and area secretaries in line with the recommendations of the DMD Program Committee and the decisions of the Council;
2. identifies and analyses issues relating to gender justice and the condition of women, particularly their status in church and society; initiates studies and research on these issues;
3. accompanies member churches, regional coordinators, national contact persons and other relevant groups in making concrete connections between research and study and the establishment of guidelines, policies and structures which foster justice for women and awareness of the rights of women in projects and programs;
4. establishes regional and international networks world-wide to help women monitoring the progress in their churches towards achieving gender equality as outlined in the "Plan of Action" adopted by the LWF Council in Madras 1992;
5. fosters among member churches awareness of and responses to issues relating to gender and the situation of women world-wide; assists member churches to promote advocacy, leadership training and development, as well as the education of women in the social, cultural economic and political realities of the world;
6. assumes responsibility together with regional coordinators and national contact persons in member churches to organize international and regional meetings, consultations, conferences, workshops and leadership training sessions;
7. plans, organizes and implements projects and programs which focus on gender justice for women, expose violations of women’s rights and aim at redressing these, promote and strengthen the involvement and leadership of women in the life and work of the church;
8. encourages member churches and theological institutions to incorporate women’s perspectives into theology, theological education, worship, liturgy and congregational life;
9. collects information and keeps abreast of regional, national and global trends and developments on gender and women’s issues and serves as resource person within LWF for these issues;
10. submits regularly reports to the Program Committee for Mission and Development;
11. performs all other related duties as required by the Director.

Major Challenge
To promote gender awareness, equality between women and men and to continue to strive for full participation of women in church and society as a witness of the churches for an inclusive community in spite of resistance to change of attitude as well as financial and other constraints.

Candidates for this position require a church endorsement.

Closing date
Applications should be sent in English with copies of relevant diplomas/certificates and names and e-mail addresses of three persons who know the applicant professionally and can be contacted for references by: 7 January 2008

To: The Rev. Rudolf Renfer
Director for Personnel
The Lutheran World Federation
P.O. Box 2100
1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
Fax: +41 22 791 66 28
E-mail: sw@lutheranworld.org

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