Community Development Worker Among the Urban Poor in Indonesia

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Join us and use your professional skills and experience in community development, social work, counselling, nutrition or informal adult education to contribute to the work of our local partner charities.

Urban, Poor, Social Issues, Community Development
1 to 3 years, More than 3 years

Job Description

Our team live and work among the urban poor. We use our professional skills to be a blessing in the communities where we serve. Our two local partner charities provide us with a practical and valuable way of doing this.

We are looking for new team members to join both our community development and education work (see separate posting called “Education or Management Professional serving the Urban Poor”).

The people we work with originally come from many different ethnic groups but now live in densely populated communities across a huge city. Many work in garment industries, or as small-scale food sellers, househelpers, cleaners and labourers. Whole families live in small rooms (accessed via narrow alleyways) with no cooking facilities and community bathrooms. The urban poor are resourceful and resilient, but need support and encouragement to make the changes that will benefit their families and communities.

Join us as we pray and work for long-term, holistic transformation in the communities where we are serving.


As a community development worker you will work with local colleagues to plan and implement programs in one particular urban poor community. You will be accountable to our local partner charity board and staff management. This is a new charity and there is a lot of potential to develop new and creative ideas.

Your role will include:
• Building relationships with the local community and developing an informed understanding of their needs and priorities
• Using your professional skills to design effective and empowering programs
• Running these programs in the community with a team of local colleagues
• Contributing to other programs as needed
• Evaluation, monitoring and reporting to the local charity leadership team


Ideally a degree in community development, social work, counselling, nutrition, or a related field will enable you to get a visa. Essential to have some experience or exposure to working with poor and marginalized groups within your own or another culture.

You need to be proactive and self-starting, able to motivate and inspire others, and with great communication skills. You will need to thoroughly learn the local language. We will empower you with one year dedicated to full-time language study before continuing language development on a part-time basis.

Living Situations

Our team choose to live near our focus ministry area and to each other. We have a variety of living arrangements depending on our individual circumstances, and new team members will be able to choose whether a single room in a boarding house, a house in a residential development, or a house in an urban village (alleyway) will suit them best. Living in a major city comes with benefits such as good quality facilities, but many challenges too. We look forward to telling you a bit more about what life here is like in due course!


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