Peacebuilding and Human Rights Educator and Community Organizer - Colombia

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-695608
    • Job Location: Bogotá, COL
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Masters Degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: February 13, 2020
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: July 13, 2020
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Job Description:


  • Bogotá, Colombia

Assignment Includes:

  • Facilitate workshops and dialogues that support the church and congregations in community organizing processes
    • Areas of focus for workshops and dialogues include:
      • Peacebuilding, capacity-building to prevent and resolve violent conflicts and build a sustainable peace involving the church, civil society and other relevant stakeholders, including young people, to achieve intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation for peace.
      • Area of Diakonia's ability to accompany IELCO's projects to offer compassion and accompaniment, to work for liberation and justice, to act as advocates of creative transformation.
      • Human rights, capacity-building to educate and promote equality, dignity and human rights and non-discrimination in communities, helping to form a society based on human rights.
      • Strategies of community organization, mobilization of volunteers, helping to create the mechanism for the group to advocate on its own behalf, designing programs for others to implement goals that meet the needs of the community.
      • Availability to accompany communities in vulnerable socio-economic and peripheral environments.
  • Support the church team that is operating on Diakonia projects, to improve their planning, monitoring and evaluation skills.
  • Interact and cooperate with the Diakonia team and the Bishop's office.
  • Interpret the mission and ministry of our companions back to the ELCA through newsletters, blogs, and visits to ELCA congregations and members.

Site Information:

Colombia is a country fighting for the construction of a society that overcomes the consequences of more than fifty years of armed conflict. After the signing of peace agreements with FARC guerrillas, one of the biggest challenges for the Iglesia Evangélica Luterana de Colombia (IELCO) is to contribute to reconciliation and conflict resolution at the national, regional and local levels. A missionary serving in this context can contribute to IELCO's mission and learn a lot about the community and its achievements in regaining trust, healing memory, rebuilding the community, and resolving and overcoming conflicts.

IELCO is a member of the church of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF). IELCO has about 4,000 members in 15 congregations, most of them in Bogota. IELCO is a church committed to human rights, very active in peace-building processes, with a strong area of Diakonia and a focus on community organization.

Experience and Skills:

  • Masters degree in an area related to peacebuilding and/or human rights required (e.g. M.A. Peace and Justice Studies, M.A. Conflict Resolution, M.Div with emphasis in Peace and Reconciliation).
  • Demonstrated experience in Community Organizing required
  • Theological Training preferred
  • Minimum basic knowledge of Spanish required with higher level of Spanish fluency preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to interact in grassroots community development, civil society environment, diversity, engagement across borders, communication, migration and social change, based on Lutheran identity and Diakonia
  • Familiarity with documents relating to International Human Rights (United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples, etc.)
  • Familiarity with peace and reconciliation processes in Colombia and in Latin America.
  • Ability to use Accompaniment Praxis and Diakonia as the hermeneutical key for work

Terms and Conditions

This position is supported under the terms of ELCA Global Mission Expectations and Support for Long Term Global Personnel. Those provisions include: international transportation, transportation related to work assignment, pensions and major medical coverage, assistance with schooling for children through high school, housing and cash salary which is adjusted according to the goods and services differential for Colombia.

If Candidate is Married

Both must complete an application for this position, even if the spouse will not be fulfilling a specific role in the ministry. In the context of global mission service, a spouse is seen as a representative of the ELCA and of the receiving church regardless of their actual role. It is important for the ELCA that both members of a couple understand the role of missionary and are comfortable with that reality. In addition, an accompanying spouse receives an appointment to service by the ELCA and the support package for mission personnel includes compensation for an accompanying spouse.

General Qualifications for ELCA Global Personnel

  • Christian faith and a commitment to the mission of the church
  • Openness to various expressions of Christian faith and respect for people of other faiths
  • Respect for beliefs, values and customs of church and culture where assigned
  • Well-developed inter-personal skills demonstrating understanding and compassion
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out the responsibilities and the ability to adapt to different standards and practices
  • Ability to work within the framework of a local administration
  • Adaptable and flexible - sense of humor - good physical and emotional health
  • Live and serve in a way which reflects the vision and expectations of the ELCA