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Council for World Mission Announces the Vacancy of Deputy General Secretary- Programme
Monday, May 28, 2018


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Rev. Dr. Collin Cowan, the General Secretary of the Council for World Mission, invited the leaders of the member churches to participate in the recruitment process for the position of Deputy General Secretary – Programme. 

He wrote to the leaders of the member churches: "I write to you to inform that the Council for World Mission is recruiting for the position of Deputy General Secretary – Programme. While the position has been advertised, we would like to invite the partnership of Member churches to participate in the process of searching for a suitable candidate.

The role of the Deputy General Secretary – Programme is to provide leadership, guidance and support to the CWM programmatic agenda. As a member of the core leadership team, the successful incumbent will be responsible to provide transformative leadership for the development and implementation of contextually relevant programmes built upon CWM’s strategic priorities, and to coordinate the framing of the missional agenda to guide CWM’s engagement with member churches, ecumenical partners and other organisations.  He/she holds, minimally, a degree in theology or related field with broad knowledge and perspective in programme and leadership management. A full description of the position is attached for circulation.

We therefore invite expressions of interest from among your congregations to join the CWM staff team.  Please be informed that applications for the position should reach the CWM Human Resource department by the end of June 2018."

More details on the process are given below:

Deputy General Secretary - Programme

About this Role:

The Deputy General Secretary for Programme reports to the General Secretary and is a key member of the CWM management team. The role has line management responsibilities, and will involve international travel. 

The Deputy General Secretary for Programme role was created in 2015 to integrate and provide leadership, guidance and support to the CWM programmatic agenda, working closely with 32 member church denominations spread across 6 global regions, ecumenical partners, and other individuals and groups of common missional interests. The DGSP will be responsible for providing transformative leadership for the development and implementation of contextually relevant programmes built upon CWM’s strategic priorities.  

Job Purpose:

The Deputy General Secretary for Programme coordinates the framing of the missional agenda to guide CWM’s engagement with member churches, ecumenical partners and other organisations, such as people’s movements; facilitates programme planning, budget formation and a coordinated action plan among the programme team; and works collaboratively with Mission Secretaries in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating CWM programmes. 

Key Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Advance the mission and vision of CWM, and support the organisational priorities through consistent implementation of programmes in support of achieving the goals as defined by the CWM Strategic Plan, and its commitment to justice.
  • Keep abreast of major political, economic, social, mission trends and cultural issues for engagement with CWM’s programmatic focus; and ensure that its strategic planning is highly responsive to the changing landscape and to emerging opportunities to bring about positive missional impact. 
  • Coordinate the implementation of member focussed strategies to accomplish the mission of CWM that is relational and mutual in nature; upholding CWM’s commitment to learning, research, and theological reflection drawing on the diverse wealth of member church stories and collective discernment. 
  • Facilitate work with all member bodies to ensure they are enabled to participate fully in God’s mission contextually, supported and influenced by CWM programmes. 
  • Manage programme policies, communication and outreach, and resources to achieve strategic programmatic goals through continuous monitoring and evaluation of programme impact; and reinforcing a culture of accountability and mutual stewardship in all of CWM’s relationships.
  • Contribute to collective institutional management at senior leadership level, developing a staff team that is motivated, mission conscious and committed to the values of CWM.
  • Provide leadership for ad hoc projects as requested by the General Secretary from time to time.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Degree in Theology or related field with knowledge and experience in management and operations.
  • Commitment to the Christian faith, principles of justice and the theology and values that inform the work of CWM. 
  • Broad management experience at a senior managerial level, and strategic management and leadership skills
  • Demonstrated experience working within a dispersed team and a complex organisational structure, with layers of decision-making and consultative processes. 
  • Similar experience in a non-profit, religious organisation. Strength and experience in social justice issues.
  • Strong skills in and appreciation of research in mission.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with the ability to serve as public spokesperson.
  • Skills and experience in developing and managing programmes and project budgets.
  • Ability to undertake some international travel.

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