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Vacancy Announcement – Secretary for Youth in Church & Society (YICAS)

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Jul 17, 2006 – 09:23 PM | Read 3035 times

BASIC PURPOSE is to assist LWF and its member churches in promoting the active and meaningful participation of young people in the life, work and decision making of the churches and LWF through advocacy, networking, information sharing, youth leadership training and workshops in line with the established policies and procedures, the recommendations of the DMD Program Committee and the decisions of the Council.

Position: Secretary for Youth in Church and Society in the Department for Mission and Development

Reports to: Director of the Department for Mission and Development (DMD)

Place of Assignment: Geneva, Switzerland

Starting Date: 1 April 2007

Duration of Contract: initial contract of four years

Candidates for this position should not be more than 34 years old, and require a church endorsement.

Job Qualifications

1. University degree in theology or other related field.
2. Several years of working experience in church youth work, preferably in an international cross-cultural environment.
3. Fluency in English. Working knowledge of Spanish, French or German desirable.
4. Computer skills.

Job Environment and Dimensions

This position addresses itself to accompanying the LWF and its member churches to integrate young people and youth issues meaningfully to work, life, decision making and agenda of church and society. Methods are advocacy and awareness raising, information sharing, networking, consultations, campaigns, youth empowerment and youth leadership training, like internship and stewards program – all aiming at inclusive communion and transformation through active youth participation.

This requires organizational skills, planning, facility in communication and the ability to relate to and to motivate people, especially young people, of different nationalities, cultural and social background.

The holder of this position will work closely with member churches and related agencies promoting the involvement of youth and serving as a link in matters concerning youth between them and the LWF. Contact is maintained with all desks within the department, other LWF departments/units, WCC and other ecumenical organizations.

Main Duties:

– Plans, organizes, implements and follows-up the work of the Youth Desk in close consultation with the Director for Mission and Development and based on the recommendations of the DMD Program Committee and the decisions of the Council;

– facilitates and fosters full inclusion and integration of youth and youth concerns in the life and decision making of LWF in all levels (sub-regional, regional, global) and in all areas of work;
accompanies member churches in searching for effective ways to strengthen the youth work and the active participation of young people in the life and work of the churches and generally promotes the ministry to youth and young adults in member churches;

– establishes regional and international youth networks and fosters awareness of and responses to issues relating to a greater involvement and participation of youth in churches’ governing bodies;

– with the assistance of LWF Office for Communication Services assumes responsibility for improving and updating YICAS web-site and facilitates smooth information sharing from YICAS desk to the churches, and to young people in the area;

– assumes the organizational responsibility for the implementation of the LWF Youth Internship Program under which youth interns are able to develop their skills in one of the departments/units of the LWF General Secretariat or in one of the LWF regions;

– maintains contact with and assists elected youth members on the Council on their task of representing youth and other concerns of their churches;

– assists in the international selection of stewards representing various geographical regions who will provide assistance during Council meetings and the Assembly and assumes appropriate supervising responsibilities;

– facilitates and supports meaningful youth participation in the Assembly;

– performs other related duties as assigned by the director.

Major Challenge

To act as a focal point within the LWF Secretariat in order to give expression to LWF Assembly commitments to meaningfully include youth in the life and decision making of the LWF at all levels.

Note: The work related to the Secretary of Youth in Church and Society (YICAS) is presently being evaluated and a report will be presented to the LWF Council meeting in March 2007. Although most of the duties are expected to continue, some realignment of the job description, its environment and dimensions may take place.

Closing Date

Applications should be sent in English with copies of relevant diplomas/certificates and names, e-mail addresses or fax numbers of three persons who know the applicant professionally and can be contacted for references

by: 22 September 2006

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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