Following the decision of the Executive Committee during its meeting of November 2021, the World Council of Churches (WCC) is posting the opening of three staff leadership positions. The openings include programme director for Unity and Mission, programme director for Public Witness and Diakonia, and director of the WCC Commission on Faith and Order.
“These three positions will be integral for the work of the WCC to continue with a strong and sustainable leadership team after the WCC 11th Assembly,” said Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the WCC central committee. “The three positions are open due to retirement of two deputy general secretaries, at the end of 2022.” The new staff will be appointed by the Executive Committee in June 2022 and will join the WCC in November 2022, working together for two months with the present colleagues in those positions, for proper handing over and learning.
In the future, Abuom explained, these positions will be programme directors, as they were in the past. “The position of deputy general secretary will be appointed by the WCC central committee after the central committee has elected the next WCC general secretary and on her/his proposal.”
The programme director for Unity and Mission will develop strategic directions for the programmatic work in the area of Unity and Mission, and will lead the planning, reporting and evaluation of programmatic work. This programme director will also strengthen relationships with member churches, ecumenical partners and specialized ministries; and lead the implementation of programmatic work in collaborative ways with churches and partners.
The programme director for Public Witness and Diakonia will develop strategic directions for the programmatic work in the area of Public Witness and Diakonia; Just Community of Women and Men and Overcoming Racism. This programme director will also lead the planning, reporting and evaluation of programmatic work; and strengthen relationships with member churches, ecumenical partners and specialized ministries.
Both the programme director for Unity and Mission and the programme director for Public Witness and Diakonia will be part of the WCC Staff Leadership Group as in the present structure.
The director of the WCC Commission on Faith and Order will lead, inspire and direct the work of Faith and Order, sustaining and developing close relationships with the Faith and Order Commission and its leadership, ensuring its involvement in the production and promotion of studies on contemporary global Christianity and in the framework of The Churches Towards a Common Vision.
The deadline for all applicants is 30 April.
Learn more and apply for the open positions:
- Programme Director for Unity and Mission
- Programme Director for Public Witness and Diakonia
- Director of Faith and Order