Program Chaplain and Member Care Support

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) is an organization using light aircraft to deliver help, hope and healing through aviation in 24 developing countries We operate in Papua New Guinea, which is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Only 18 percent of its population live in urban centers. The majority live in very remote areas with little or no transportation options. 

Papua New Guinea

Mission Aviation Fellowship of Canada

Mission Aviation Fellowship of Canada (MAF), a Christian nonprofit organization founded in 1945, is seeking people who share our passion for seeing the Great Commission carried out near and far. MAF operates globally, but its Canadian headquarters are located in Guelph, Ontario. As a part of this organization, this position is a vital part in bringing the Gospel, healthcare, education, disaster relief, food and clean water to isolated people in developing countries.

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Career (+ 4 years)

Overview: <p>MAF PNG is one of our biggest programs where we support local infrastructure and logistics surrounding missions. From life-saving medical evacuations to transporting essential supplies, MAF transforms the lives of the people of this country physically and spiritually.</p> <p>&nbsp;To support this vital work in PNG, we now require a Program Chaplain and Member Care Support - PNG couple who will be responsible for providing pastoral care and counselling to both international and locally employed team members within the PNG Program. This role includes elements of hospitality, orientation coordination, and facilitation of support for remotely based team members. This position is well suited to a co-ministering couple.</p>
Responsibilities: <div class="" data-block="true" data-editor="5hcpv" data-offset-key="bnebi-0-0"> <div class="public-DraftStyleDefault-block public-DraftStyleDefault-ltr" data-offset-key="bnebi-0-0"> <p>Given the unique stresses of the PNG context and the large number of team members (more than 120 international, including dependents), this is an instrumental role to ensure that team members go beyond 'surviving' their ministry calling in PNG with MAF, to truly 'thriving'!</p> <p>The successful candidates must have exceptional communication skills and be able to build a rapport with new and existing team members. Extensive experience with all aspects of self-care, peer support, pastoral care and professional crisis and trauma events support are essential in caring for&nbsp;our team members and their families. You must also be able to identify and offer spiritual, emotional and prayer support where appropriate. Arranging for annual and personal on-site reviews with each family / single international team member to identify needs, and assist with any necessary follow up is an essential function of this role.</p> <p>Experience with overseeing a library of recommended reading and making resources available that will encourage staff in their relationship with the Lord would be helpful. We are also looking for you to organize and lead wellbeing workshops to ensure team members are better equipped in the area of wellbeing.&nbsp;Maintaining confidentiality practices and ensuring any safeguarding concerns are reported immediately are a priority. Providing member care trend data, identifying areas of concern and providing general feedback to is a requirement of the role, so that Leadership Teams and Resourcing Groups can be informed of staff welfare.</p> <p>We estimate that as a couple, you would spend 12-15 weeks per year traveling together to support the needs of our families and staff.</p> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Requirements: <p><strong>Job related role essentials:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Bible school tertiary level or equivalent qualification</li> <li>Qualification that must include competencies in 'mental health' and 'making appropriate referrals.'</li> <li>Pastoral care, chaplaincy, or equivalent qualification (minimum Cert IV or equivalent).</li> <li>Previous service on the mission field with understanding of the associated challenges of living and working cross-culturally.</li> <li>Significant experience providing formal pastoral care or counselling.</li> <li>Able to act confidentially at all times.</li> <li>Willingness to travel and provide care outside of normal office hours.</li> <li>Active listening skills, socially confident and able to relate well to others.</li> <li>A deep trust in God and a love of people.</li> <li>Discreet, honest, patient, empathetic, nonjudgemental, observant, open-minded, levelheaded.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Job related role desirables:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Experience in crisis and trauma debriefing / counselling.</li> <li>Previous service in Papua New Guinea, West Papua, or similar.</li> </ul>