Global Theology Advisor

  • Salary Pro-rated:
  • Type of contract:
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  • Location:
    São Paulo, Brazil
  • Closing date:
    29 July 2018
  • Interview date:
    13 August 2018

Christian Aid hires Global Theology Advisor based in

Latin America and the Caribbean


About us

Christian Aid is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life. We work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty and inequality, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality.

About the role

This role is one of a small number of theological posts that enable theological reflection to go alongside our policy analysis to deepen our insight and effectiveness.  This integrated theological approach enables and supports staff across Christian Aid to make the connections between Christian thought/teaching and the various issues we are working on.

The organisation has had Theology Advisors that have had an extensive remit, but until now have been based in London. It should be stressed that Christian Aid’s theological reflection has always been enriched by the perspective of the global South. However, we are moving forward on our commitment to supporting deeper theological reflection in the South on our key corporate issues. 

The fact that this global post is based in the LAC region recognises the rich history of social movements and popular theology in the region that has influenced Christian Aid’s focus on social justice over the past 5 decades and continues to resonate with our partners across the north and the south.

This post will play alongside with another one based in Africa, and will draw on the theological ability within the whole organisation -  from our partners and others around the world - to incorporate and develop theological thinking within the framework of our policy and advocacy objectives

This role requires the ability to work with country teams and with global partnerships (across the global partnerships), capturing their experiences on the ground and learning from their faith based work, in order to inform Christian Aid’s global corporate policy development, ensuring that it is rooted in and reflects the diverse realities and hopes of poor women and men in the communities where we work.

We are looking for someone who can strengthen the ties of reciprocity and mutual learning and respect between our partnerships across the globe, by developing progressive theology that not only informs development debate at national, regional and international levels, but also informs our practice too. This will require the ability to communicate across cultures effectively to very diverse audiences, for example from grassroots movements to academic networks or international financial institutions, both in the north and south.

The post holder will also contribute to a level of corporate coherence and global theological conversation across the organisation (a Christian Aid approach to theology) and be a core member of the organisation theology working group.

This is a part time position (20h/week), for a permanent contract based in São Paulo office and it requires an immediate start.

The interviews will be on the 13th August.

About you

Essential experience and skills required from applicants:


  • Theology degree or practical level competence
  • Relevant post-graduate qualification
  • Experience of leading or formulating adult education or theological courses, with a good grasp of the role of practical or contextual theology in a social justice setting
  • Experience of leading or engaging with theological reflection in the global south or with poor communities in the UK
  • Experienced and confident speaker particularly in a church environment
  • Significant experience of churches and church networks, including familiarity with church hierarchies
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas in a readily understandable way.
  • Team worker, being able to work collaboratively towards shared purpose.
  • Experience in leading small groups and encouraging others to engage with difficult issues
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Spanish


  • Good knowledge of the main issues in international development
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Portuguese

Further information

This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the country where this position is based, and work based in São Paulo.

We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in its workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

You can expect a wide range of local rewards and benefits and flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.

Competency questions

As part of your application you will be asked to demonstrate your suitability by giving answers to the following questions:

Build partnerships

Tell us about a time when you had to build relationships with different individuals or other organisations to further your own organisation’s goals.  What were your responsibilities? What actions did you take?  Why? What were the results of your actions? 

Communicate effectively

Tell us about an experience in which you had to identify and analyse the expectations and interests of others to involve them in a common debate or dialogue.

  • Who were the people and what differences did they represent? 
  • What was your task and what did you do it?
  • How did you do it?
  • What was the outcome?
  • Was everyone involved?
  • Were you successful?  If so, how did you know?

Deliver results

Please tell us about a time when you adapted or amended your original decision because it did not produce the expected or desired result.

  • What was the context?  What was the original decision?  Why did it not produce the desired results?
  • What was your task?
  • What action(s) did you take to review and then adapt the decision?  Why?  How?
  • What was the outcome?  What was the impact on you/your team/the organisation?

CVs will not be accepted.

Be aware that the deadline is according to London time.