Mensen met een Missie is looking for a highly motivated person who will contribute – both strategically and practically – to sparkling communications around the interfaith work of JISRA. JISRA is a 5-year programme (2021-2025) to advance freedom of religion and belief (FoRB) in seven countries. Mensen met een Missie is the Lead organisation of the international consortium that works on this programme together with four other consortium partners and dozens of local partners.

Mensen met een Missie

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 substantial1 5-year programme (2021-2025), called JISRA, to advance freedom of religion and belief (FoRB) 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:

Strategic communications adviser (0,6 fte)

We are looking for a highly motivated person who will contribute – both strategically and practically – to sparkling communications around the interfaith work of JISRA. The composition and outreach of the consortium partners and local partners in 7 countries, provide ample opportunities for strategic communication to advance freedom of religion or belief. Moreover, the 5-year programme will generate results, stories and lessons that deserve a spotlight. The strategic communications advisor will put this content in the right and suitable format (text, film, infographics, etc), communicates through various channels and makes sure that the right audiences are reached.

In close cooperation with the rest of the JISRA team, you will:

  • Develop a communications strategy, including ‘JISRA branding’. The strategy ensures captivating communication for relevant audiences and engages a wider audience in issues around freedom of religion and belief. The strategy strengthens the impact and visibility of the consortium and its partners and puts the JISRA consortium on the map as an expert hub on FoRB.
  • Search for the correct tone, voice and visuals for strategic messaging which are carefully adjusted to specific international platforms and audiences.
  • Make sure that all JISRA related communications are aligned within the consortium and local partner networks. This includes close coordination with communication teams within other consortium partners and with local partners, and hands-on support where needed.
  • Design and coordinate joint communication actions.
  • Design and moderate digital platforms for external communications, among which a knowledge platform, website, social media pages, etc.
  • Proactively follow current affairs around FoRB and tactically and adequately respond to strategic opportunities for JISRA profiling.
  • Initiate and develop collective advocacy campaigns that touch on the core of the JISRA initiatives and objectives.
  • Be alert to possible gaps in communication skills of consortium members, local partners and other stakeholders and looks for ways to close these gaps to increase JISRA’s impact.

Your profile

Essential

  • Personal skills: proactive, strategic, analytical, versatile, team player.
  • Masters / post-graduate degree in communications (or related).
  • Proven interest in and feeling for development cooperation and international communications, preferably in the field of peacebuilding and/or FoRB.
  • Proven experience in collecting, editing and sharing human impact stories (in text and image) through various channels.
  • Compelling and enthusing in your style of communicating, a smooth writer and proven feeling for visual communications.
  • Fluency in English and Dutch, with a feeling for language related nuances.
  • Understanding of and flexibility to work with local partners’ challenges around communications, both in terms of skills, time and technique.
  • Ability to adjust content to various media platforms, digitally skilled and knowledge of monitoring outreach, digital traffic and interaction.
  • Assertiveness, ask the right questions and ability to communicate with empathy and authority (depending on the situation).
  • Flexibility and ability to deal with multiple tasks, people and projects at the same time.
  • Affinity with faith based organisations and the social strength of religion in change processes.
  • Great motivation to work for Mensen met een Missie and the JISRA consortium.

Desirable

  • Knowledge of French.
  • Experience in working with and/or living in countries in Asia or Africa.
  • Experience with guiding communication processes in multi-stakeholder programmes and consortia.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to the focus countries when necessary (max. 6 weeks a year).

You will be part of the MM communications team, together with two other colleagues. You will work closely with the JISRA programme team. You will form a working group within the JISRA consortium with designated communication staff from the other consortium members.

Your competencies

You are result oriented, persistent, entrepreneurial and have excellent organisational skills. You are hands-on and are able to deal with multiple initiatives at the same time, while maintaining overview. You can involve and inspire others. You are able to connect the right people to your initiatives. You have a keen eye for the most compelling stories and you are able to surface these in close cooperation with local partners. You are precise, take initiative and pursues opportunities for improvement.

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
  • An interesting work environment in which you learn a lot about international development cooperation and about contexts in which MM is active
  • You will have creative freedom to start up new initiatives.
  • Possibilities to build your knowledge and skills
  • Possibility to work flexible hours and from home

Application process

The application process will consist of at least two rounds of interviews, which are expected to take place in the last week of April. Additional assignments might be part of the process.

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

For more detailed information on this position, please contact Femke van der Biezen (06-30684905)

Email your motivation (in English or Dutch), CV ánd two samples of a (web-) article or blog written by you, one in Dutch and one in English, before 19 April to: sollicitatie@mensenmeteenmissie.nl

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

NB: We cooperate with partners of a wide range of ethnicities, different religions in 13 countries around the world that seek dialogue and peace. So we hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, because it makes our organisation stronger and our programmes successful. If you share our values and our enthusiasm for interreligious dialogue, conflict resolution and peace building, you will find a home at Mensen met een Missie.

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