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 to 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.

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

JISRA programme coordinator (1,0 fte)

We are looking for a highly motivated person who adapts quickly in different settings and among different actors. A person who is assertive, creative and able to deliver results. In this role, you will be the spider in the web and coordinate the interesting and complex JISRA programme (2021-2025). You will do this by working with colleagues in other consortium partners, and with local country teams. You will facilitate down- and upward accountability. You will be assisted by an assistant coordinator.

The JISRA programme coordinator is part of the Global Consortium Core Group and reports to the JISRA Board of directors and the Mensen met een Missie management team.

  • You are responsible for overall management of the JISRA programme
  • You are responsible for relationship management with and accountability to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other relevant stakeholders
  • You make sure that all players involved (international and country level) contribute to the programme and report adequately
  • You see and seize opportunities for improvement of the programme and its objectives
  • You coordinate and work together with a broader consortium team including a finance manager, youth strategist, international lobby and advocacy coordinator, PMEAL team, etc.
  • You create synergy between the JISRA program and the other initiatives within Mensen met een Missie to enhance the organisational learning.

Required Technical Skills, Experience & Knowledge


  • Personal skills: proactive, curious, multitasking, negotiating skills, teamplayer.
  • Masters / Post-graduate from a recognized university / college in an area that can bring an added value to the job.
  • Good understanding of development issues in general, with significant knowledge and experience in project and programme management in the field of peacebuilding and/or freedom of religion and belief.
  • Ability to recognise and use the social transformative power of religion and religious actors.
  • Excellent personal management and communication skills, in written and verbal English, with high impact influencing and persuasive skills and able to use different approaches to achieve followership.
  • Experience in high-level report writing and coordinating PMEAL processes.
  • Track record of leading and coordinating international and local teams across several locations, often in fragile and complex contexts.
  • Financial management skills to steer the operational budget across a number of locations.
  • Strong analytical and conceptual thinking skills; ability to understand complex issues and translate them into simple, workable actions and plans.
  • Commitment to and knowledge of upholding local ownership and creating a locally partner-led operational environment.
  • Diplomatic skills and politically astute, with influencing and persuasive skills and personal gravitas to build and maintain strong, credible relationships, with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
  • Committed to freedom of religion and belief, including commitment to putting women and youth at the heart of our strategies.
  • Affinity with the catholic roots and background of Mensen met een Missie.
  • Ability to travel at least 2-3 months per year (in total).


  • 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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