Mensen met een Missie supports people with a mission in 13 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. People who work against exploitation, suppression and exclusion. Our approach is locally-led and faith-based. We believe that real change starts at the grassroots and religion can be a powerful source for social transformation. We specifically focus on interfaith peacebuilding, gender equality and inclusive peacebuilding.

Mensen met een Missie has Catholic missionary roots. Within the organization you will find people with a keen eye for others; diversity, equity and inclusion are  important for us. The organisation consists of three departments (Programmes; Marketing & Communication; Finance & Operations) and a total of 28 people.

Under the policy framework Power of Voices of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mensen met een Missie will implement a substantial* 5-year programme (2021-2025), called JISRA, to advance freedom of religion and belief in seven countries, together with 4 other consortium partners and dozens of local partners.

Joint Initiative for Strategic Religious Action (JISRA)

Mensen met een Missie is the Lead organisation of the JISRA consortium. This international interfaith consortium consists of Mensen met een Missie, Faith to Action Network, Tearfund (UK and Netherlands), Islamic Relief Worldwide and Search for Common Ground. The Arabic word Jisr’ means bridge, which perfectly symbolises what JISRA aims to do: build bridges between divided communities.

The JISRA consortium will work with a great variety of local faith-based actors, partners, networks, youth organisations and women’s organisations to support, capacitate and amplify inclusive voices and policies. The unique composition allows JISRA to work within faith communities as well as with high level decision makers.

  • JISRA will work within religious communities to challenge discrimination, extremist tendencies and hate towards others.
  • JISRA will facilitate and strengthen bridges between religious communities by encouraging interreligious action and addressing common grievances.
  • JISRA will engage with local, national and international authorities to make state action towards religious freedom more effective and to challenge divisive policies and practices.

For this challenging programme, Mensen met een Missie is looking for an enthusiastic

JISRA assistant coordinator (0.9 fte)

We are looking for a highly motivated person who is able to work in a structured manner, is able to connect the dots, adapts quickly in different settings and able to work with a wide variety of actors. A person who is assertive, structured and able to deliver results. In this role, you will be the right-hand of the overall consortium coordinator and you will support the coordinator to manage and administer the JISRA programme (2021-2025). You will do this in collaboration with colleagues from Mensen met een Missie as well as with colleagues of other consortium partners and with local country teams.

  • You are responsible for data management of the JISRA programme, ensuring all data and information regarding the program is correct, well documented and accessible. This includes planning, financial information, partner contracts, etc.
  • You, together with the coordinator, make sure that all players involved (international and country level) plan and report timely and adequately
  • You work together within the broader consortium team consisting of a finance manager, assistant coordinator, youth strategist, international lobby and advocacy coordinator and a PMEAL team.
  • You inform the consortium coordinator of any relevant developments, ensures overall planning is being followed and raise awareness if the program is deviating from the plan.

Required Technical Skills, Experience & Knowledge


  • Personal skills: proactive, meticulous, multitasking, teamplayer.
  • College degree or Masters in an area that can bring an added value to the job.
  • Experience in international (development) cooperation and management of institutional funded programs.
  • Good understanding of development issues in general, preferably in the field of peacebuilding and/or freedom of religion and belief.
  • Excellent personal management and communication skills, in written and verbal English.
  • Experience in report writing and data collection processes (like PMEAL).
  • Financial skills to monitor budgets and finances of a large number of projects and partners.
  • Ability to understand complex issues and translate them into simple, workable actions and plans.
  • Cultural sensitivity to be able to connect with the different partners and organisations.
  • Committed to freedom of religion and belief, including commitment to putting women and youth at the heart of our strategies.
  • Ability to travel 2-3 months per year (in total).
  • Affinity with the catholic roots and background of Mensen met een Missie.


  • Working experience in (one of the) target countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Uganda, Iraq, Indonesia.
  • Knowledge of French and/or Bahasa Indonesia
  • Experience with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a funding agency.
  • Knowledge of Catholic Social Teaching

Our offer

  • A challenging position and assignment, enthusiastic and motivated colleagues and a dynamic organisation and consortium.
  • A competitive salary.
  • A position amidst a highly motivated team of professional colleagues.

The application process will consist of at least two rounds of interviews, which are expected to take place first weeks of December. Additional assignments might be part of the process.

The position is offered under the condition that the JISRA program will be approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as submitted. If the JISRA program is not approved, or altered, this position will not become available or might be adjusted.

For more detailed information on this position, please contact Frans Davelaar (06 – 205 18 999).

Email your motivation and CV before 30 November to:

We do not accept unsolicited head-hunter and agency resumes.

NB: We cooperate with partners of a wide range of ethnicities, different religions in X countries around the world that seek dialogue and peace. So we hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our organisation stronger and our programmes successful. If you share our values and our enthusiasm for inter-religious dialogue, conflict resolution and peace building, you will find a home at Mensen met een Missie.

* Total budget: 37 mln. EURO

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