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Advisor for Use Your Talents

NMS has through many years worked together with partner churches to develop the Use Your Talents approach – that could also be labeled as Congregational Asset Based Community Development Approach. It is about how churches and congregations could make a difference in the local community by mobilizing resources and talents, and through that share faith in Jesus, contribute to eradicate poverty and fight injustice.

Now more than 20 churches are part of the UYT-IDP network (Use Your Talents Institutional Development Project). The new phase will continue to spread and develop the approach with a special focus on how to integrate Use Your Talents in the churches and their pedagogical institutions.

The global work in NMS is divided into four geographical departments: Europe/Brazil, West Africa/MENA, East Africa, and Asia. The project will encompass all these regions but will report within the department for West Africa/MENA. The project also works in close cooperation with other Norwegian (mission) organizations and is financed through Digni and Norad.

Assignment type/size: Assignment during the period 1 September 2021 – 31 December 2025. Equal to 100 % position

Workstation: Cameroon, Ethiopia or Madagascar

Main tasks:

  • Organize international conferences and workshops
  • Coordinate the work, develop pedagogical tools and material linked to Use Your Talents
  • Further develop and follow up financial management routines linked to the project
  • Further develop digital forums related to Use Your Talents
  • Organize and conduct introduction workshops and other workshops related to Use Your Talents
  • Follow up ideas and suggestions for partners
  • Initiate further development of Use Your Talents

Wanted qualifications:

  • Relevant higher education, preferably within social sciences, development studies and/or diakonia
  • Experiences with diaconal work – also from an international setting
  • Knowledge about and experiences with Asset Based Community Development
  • Good understanding of financial management challenges within development work
  • Good collaboration skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to be structured and self-driven
  • Good communication skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Fluency in French and good knowledge of Norwegian is an asset.

Applicants must be able to identify with NMS’s values and vision. Individual suitability is emphasized. The assignment requires frequent international travels. Compensation and conditions by agreement.

Start-up: 1 September 2021 (or by agreement)

Applications with CV, diplomas and certificates are sent to the personnel section at  If you send documents pertaining your social security number, please ensure that the social security number is not showing.

Questions can be directed to Leader of UYT-IDP Sigurd Haus (+47 97 58 49 97)

Application deadline: 1 August, 2021

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