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  • What Professional qualifications do I need to work for MAF?
    For a pilot you'll need a CPL with an IFR rating prefered, ATPL subjects required for some countries, min hours required for Africa 500, PNG 1000. MAF are now able to process applications from those with just a PPL but who are a path towards obtaining qualifications as a Commercial pilot. In this situation applicants would be fully accepted as MAF Candidates in training subject to the successful conclusion and testing following the normal prerequisites of CPL and SEIR at a later stage. We encourage applications from men and women with these minimal qualifications. To be a Captain on the DHC-6 300's you'll need your ATPL subjects. We take some pilots with low hours, but other positions require more experience of at least a 1000 P in C. For Engineers you will need Group 1 & 2 aircraft, minimum of 2 years industry experience. We need airframe and avionics engineers.Other positions require proven experience with recognised qualifications in the area you are applying for.
  • What are the first steps?
    Applying for and working in a MAF programme requires a lot of commitment and endurance. Sometimes people inquire and think they could be overseas in a few months, but the reality is at least 1 and ½ years of application/preparation before beginning a four year contract. (Only exception to this is, if you are going to fill a critical role, MAF will push your application through). Talk to others, talk to your church, explore the idea fully, explore our website, read MAF stories, attend a MAF Recruitment Retreat. Get in touch with us early! Wherever you are at in your journey with MAF, we would like to hear from you.
  • Is the work paid or voluntary?
    International staff (those serving overseas with MAF) receive a living allowance with housing and a number of other benefits. (Please contact our Recruitment Team for further information).
  • Personal Fundraising
    It is important to note that every staff member is required to raise personal funds before leaving for the field. This usually involves a process of presenting your plans and vision to work with MAF in churches, home groups, among friends and businesses with the goal of raising a set amount of sponsorship. We realise that for some the prospect of personal fundraising can be daunting, however, we provide the training, guidance, resources and tools needed to succeed.
  • Personal Attributes
    MAF staff must have strong relational skills, an ability to work in cross-cultural contexts and to resolve conflict and build healthy relationships. MAF is also looking for people who are flexible enough to adapt, while still able to work to the highest technical standards. It is important that applicants have a heart and passion to serve others by using their skills, training and experience in a cross-cultural context. The work of MAF is carried out by people committed to serve God and those in need in remote areas. Potential staff need to be appropriately qualified, in good health and have no ongoing medical issues.
  • Do whole families go overseas to work with MAF?
    It is not uncommon for MAF personnel to be accompanied by spouses and children, and it is important that all members of a family are included in the decision-making process. Families may be required to live in remote locations, even those with young children.
  • What other positions do you have in your organisation?
    The work of MAF is ongoing. We’re always on the lookout for pilots and engineers—but just as important is the whole team of support staff needed to keep the planes flying. We welcome applications from avionics technicians, IT professionals, financial managers, programme directors as well as staff trained in administration, accounting and project management. Go to our current Vacancies page for the latest updates.
  • How long do most people work for MAF?
    All MAF international staff are asked to commit to a minimum four-year term of service. The recruitment process can be long (often 1-2 years) and comes at a significant cost to both the applicant and MAF, so we need to ensure that applicants are committed for at least four years. The exception to this is the occasional short term contract for specific projects, or to fill a gap for a staff member on leave.
  • Where do most of your staff work?
    The majority of NZ staff who are currently working overseas are located in either Australia (Arnhem Land, Mareeba or Cairns) or Papua New Guinea. Others serve MAF Africa (Kenya, Uganda and Sudan).
  • Do you have any flying positions here in NZ?
    No. All our pilots are seconded overseas.
  • I have a student loan, will that affect working for MAF?
    MAFNZ will accept applicants with student loans of any reasonable amount as long as the person accepts full responsibility for their obligations regarding that student loan whether in New Zealand or living and working overseas. MAF NZ will not accept any responsibility for the management or repayment of an international staff member’s student loan. This includes any application or notification to IRD. Obligations for loan repayments are outlined on Inland Revenue website When a borrower moves overseas for longer than 183 days interest is charged on the loan at the rate of 4.8% per annum (correct as 1 April 2016, reviewed annually). Due to working for a humanitarian organisation, MAF staff can apply for a two-year Repayment Holiday during which they do not need to make any repayments, but the interest will continue to compound.
  • I don’t have NZ Citizenship, can I work for MAF?
    Unfortunately, the MAFNZ office is only able to process applications for people with NZ Citizenship or Residency. You will need to contact your home MAF office (home in this context means your country of citizenship), please see the MAF International website for worldwide MAF office contact details.
  • Do I need to study at Bible College?
    Time at a suitable Bible College is important in helping potential staff prepare to communicate the Bible to others with a very different world-view. Most people really appreciate their time at Bible College and the lessons they learn there. There are a number of options available to achieve this. We require equivalent to 6 months (i.e. four papers) as a minimum. Most important for MAF is that all potential staff demonstrate an appropriate level of spiritual maturity and a clear sense of God's leading into missions which is endorsed by your home Church. We recommend the following Colleges because of the courses they run; Eastwest College, Laidlaw College and Carey Baptist College. But if you have another in mind, we're open to considering what they offer in terms of Mission and Biblical studies.
  • I've completed training with another Mission. Is this acceptable instead of a Bible College?
    Often it will be. For example, a mission that offers a 3-month programme, along with a 3-month practical outreach is usually very good preparation and exposure to missions. The requirement is at least one semester (four papers in total) or equivalent, so other training is often acceptable.
  • Will MAF work with me through the application process?
    NZ has a long history of recruits who are known on the field for their “Can do” attitude and willingness to get in there and get on with the job. We build strong relationships with our recruits and support them throughout their journey to MAF. It is a long road, but we work alongside our recruits all the way and provide as much guidance and help as we can. If you choose to apply to serve with MAF, it will be a long trek, but you will have companions to journey alongside you and people who have already made the journey cheering you on, and ready to welcome you when you reach your place of service.