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Church & Community Relations Manager

IJM - Institut Jacques Monod

Accra, Ghana

Responsibilities

Strategic Planning

  • Develop and implement church and community relations strategic plans to support IJM’s larger plan for justice system transformation in Ghana;
  • Coordinate with IJM’s global Church Mobilization team to ensure alignment of IJM’s activities in Ghana with IJM’s global strategies; and
  • Coordinate with other members of the IJM Ghana Field Office to ensure that church and community relations activities are effectively supporting the objectives of these teams.

Church Mobilization

  • Identify and build a network of relationships with potentially effective church partners in the country;
  • Identify and participate in church and parachurch networks, coalitions, movements and other associations that have (or have the potential to have) justice components;
  • Prepare and present curricula and other educational materials on the theological basis for the Church’s engagement in justice issues;
  • Prepare and present curricula and other educational materials on practical ways that members of local churches can engage in justice issues, particularly child trafficking;
  • Speak and present sermons, messages and other presentations in churches or other religious groups that inspire the recipients to take action and support IJM’s mission;
  • Assist local churches and religious groups in developing and implementing action plans that support or complement IJM’s strategies for combatting child trafficking (e.g., executing awareness campaigns, connecting IJM to strategically significant persons, referring cases to police, recruiting and mobilizing IJM volunteers, etc.);
  • Recruit a network of volunteers from local churches and religious groups who can assist at IJM events, assist in rescue operations, provide reintegration support to survivors and provide other necessary services in support of IJM’s mission;
  • Recruit and lead a network of volunteers from local churches who will regularly pray for the work of IJM and its strategic objectives; and
  • Plan, coordinate and execute special events involving IJM’s church partners (e.g., local prayer gatherings, symposia and awareness raising events).

Local Authorities & NGO Mobilization

  • Coordinate Field Office efforts to mobilize local authorities and local non-government organizations (NGOs) to advance the Field Office mission;
  • Identify and build relationships between IJM and potentially effective local government authorities and NGOs wherever the Field Office is conducting casework;
  • Facilitate local government authorities and NGO engagement in activities that support or complement the Field Office mission, including assisting IJM cases; assisting IJM clients or their families; connecting IJM to strategically significant power actors; case referrals; advocacy and/or public awareness campaigns with strategically significant messages; and advocacy for local legislation and its implementation for effective enforcement of laws protecting the vulnerable and exploited;
  • Develop local government authorities and NGOs to provide tangible support to survivor aftercare, which includes: reintegration support and opportunities for economic self-sufficiency;
  • Speak and give presentations on behalf of IJM to government stakeholders and NGOs; and
  • Represent IJM at various anti-trafficking networks.

Media Relations

  • Develop, update annually and implement a media advocacy strategic plan;
  • Build and maintain relationships of trust between IJM and local media representatives;
  • Monitor local media coverage of forced child labor trafficking and related issues;
  • Facilitate information delivery to media representatives regarding responsible reporting of forced child labor trafficking issues;
  • Seek and select appropriate media exposure opportunities for IJM, its staff and its casework stories to maximize the impact of casework;
  • Coordinate approval of releases with IJM HQ; and
  • Perform other related duties and tasks as assigned by the Field Office Director.

Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study from an accredited university;
  • Graduate degree or formal seminary training preferable, but not required;
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience with churches, local government authorities, civil society groups, communications or advocacy leadership;
  • Experience working with media preferred;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
  • Ability to articulate IJM’s mission and position persuasively to diverse audiences;
  • Excellent analytical/problem-solving skills and detail orientation;
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Flexibility and ability to prioritize and work on multiple projects;
  • Experience finding creative ways to optimize limited resources;
  • Mature team player with strong interpersonal skills;
  • Experience using of a database, CMS or Customer Relationship Management tool; and
  • Experience networking with International and National NGO's and CBO's.

Critical Qualities

  • Mature orthodox Christian faith as defined by the Apostles’ Creed;
  • A genuine passion for IJM and for biblical justice;
  • High level of honesty and integrity;
  • Adept at personalized care and service for a variety of stakeholders;
  • Personable; creative; bridge builder and strategist;
  • Savvy about people, organizations and settings; and
  • Self starter with strong initiative.

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