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The World YWCA is grateful to the team at Mission Talent led by Katja, for their invaluable assistance and support in our search for a new General Secretary in 2016. We had a short time frame to find the right person for the job, some very tight timelines and huge shoes to fill. With the professionalism, confidentiality, reliability and insights of Katja and her team, we were able to reach around the world to identify a pool of worthy candidates and ultimately, to select the most suitable candidate to meet our needs. We were impressed with Mission Talent’s commitment to understanding our present and future needs, their responsiveness to necessary changes, their guidance to navigate the search and selection processes and ensure respect for our specific circumstances. They provided regular feedback but remained detached from the outcome and allowed our team to fully explore options until we were satisfied with our selection.
President
World YWCA
I cannot say enough about how effective Mission Talent proved to be in our search for a new CEO for Lifebox. Katja and her team were highly organized and efficient, and most of all brought forward extraordinary candidates for consideration.
Founder and Chair
Lifebox
Securing our new U.K. Manager for this next season is such a great result and one I believe will prove to be worth the wait and the effort. Our work is growing and his role will be absolutely vital. Thank you for all your work on this significant hire! Yesterday we accepted our 17th trafficked young person into our U.K. programme, who is now being housed in our Specialist Supported Accommodation with our wrap around care provision beginning today. Your part to play in this has been huge and children’s lives will be impacted because of it. (2017)
CEO
Love146
I have worked with Lara Schadt and Mission Talent on two occasions to recruit a manager and a senior position for Aktion gegen den Hunger. In addition Mission Talent have previously also supported one of our global organizations. My experience in working with Lara and Mission Talent has been very good. Their support has proven to be very valuable to us and I can highly recommend both Lara and Mission Talent to any NGO in the area of (senior level) recruitment.
Executive Director
Aktion gegen den Hunger
I had the pleasure to work with Lin Ratriningsih from Mission Talent on a number of recruitments out of South East Asia. Lin was always very thorough in her preparations and responsive to operational changes, ensuring timely updates and information flow. Lin is very approachable and easy to work with. She is determined to deliver the best possible results and will give a sound recruitment in different countries, be it about talent pool, potential, market value and other relevant factors.
Regional Head of HR and OD
World Animal Protection
Mission Talent was an invaluable partner in our search for a new Executive Director at All Out. Katja led the process, and managed all of the moving parts throughout. Her team reached out around the world and found a good range of great candidates. Katja helped us pick the right candidate, with some robust advice. We now have an outstanding ED. I have recommended Mission Talent to other firms, and would do again.
Board Chair
All Out
Mission Talent recruited me for my new role with Greenpeace. I wasn't actively searching for a new position, but Emily convinced me to explore the opportunity and put my name forward. Throughout the hiring process she was extremely professional, running smooth logistics across multiple time zones. I felt that I got a very honest assessment of the role, helping me ease into the new position and I would 100% recommend Emily and Mission Talent to run your staff searches.
Campaign Director
Greenpeace Andino (Argentina, Chile and Colombia)
Mission Talent has recruited me for a position at Action Against Hunger in Germany. Throughout the entire recruitment process, Lara proved to be highly trustworthy, helpful and communicative. She has a very good sense of people’s capacities and ambitions. I am glad that Lara contacted me and I highly recommend her as a recruiter.
Manager Marketing & Fundraising
Action Against Hunger-Germany
Emily Davila from Mission Talent recruited me in to my current position. She was like no other headhunter I've ever worked with -- she gave me brilliant context and insight for my interviews, was in contact whenever I needed her to be and generally prepared me well for the whole experience. I highly recommend her.
Managing Director: Purpose Climate Lab
Purpose
I highly recommend Mission Talent. I have worked with Mission Talent for several years now both in finding a position for myself as an NGO professional as well as in hiring talent for positions in the NGO I am Country Director for. Mission Talent does an excellent job on all sides trying to make the situation a win-win for all concerned. Katja is caring, very helpful, a clear, transparent and honest communicator and above all delivers results.
Carl Becker
Country Director-Mozambique
Joint Aid Management (JAM)
Katja and her team at Mission Talent were instrumental in helping us attract very talented candidates for the position of Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada. Our board was impressed with Mission Talent’s professionalism and commitment to finding the right person, and their willingness to involve staff and stakeholders in the search process. We are very pleased with both the process and the outcome, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Mission Talent to other NGOs.
Sue Birge
Chair of the Board
Greenpeace Canada
Mission Talent has supported the search for, and selection of, a Team Leader within our Campaigns Department independently and with a clear sense of responsibility. During this time we had the opportunity to get to know and appreciate Mission Talent as a very pleasant, uncomplicated, competent and reliable agency to collaborate with. Mission Talent understood our objectives and implemented them successfully. We found communication with them to be open and transparent, and all information was handled discreetly and in confidence. We have received satisfied comments across the board from all parties involved (Greenpeace personnel and applicants).
Verena Mühlberger and Markus Allemann
Executive Directors
Greenpeace Switzerland
After having failed twice to attract the right candidate on our own, Mission Talent’s help finally enabled us to fill this demanding position. Candidates explicitly mentioned that they were impressed with your professional, friendly and supportive approach. My team and I were equally impressed with your quick understanding of what we need and your effective help in finding the most suitable candidate. I will gladly recommend you to colleagues who have to fill senior positions.
Executive Director
International Civil Society Center
I had applied with Mission Talent for a position and, after assessing my resume, was told that I was better suited for a different - more senior - role they were currently recruiting for. It turned out they were right and I eventually got the job. Katja is efficient in recruitment, provides detailed information, is very responsive, and provides excellent and timely feedback throughout the recruitment process. I appreciate her high level of professionalism and her ability to build good relationships with applicants and recruiting organizations.
Michael O'Brien-Onyeka
Executive Director
Greenpeace-Africa
I have maintained contact with Mission Talent since 2008, and I find them to be highly professional in approach and process. Most specifically, Katja is very flexible, knowledgeable and supportive, as well as determined. She kept me abreast of developments during my job search and encouraged me when an interview outcome was not favourable. Katja is very diligent and focused in her interviews, bringing out critical thinking. I have recommended Mission Talent to many of my friends.
Jane Ohuma
Country Director Kenya
Fred Hollows Foundation
We were impressed by Mission Talent’s quick understanding of our needs and particularly navigating the rather challenging conservation environment. We not only got one but two great talents for our Program! Will definitely be contacting Mission Talent in the future.
Ms Elizabeth Opee
Human Resources Manager
African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)
We have worked with Katja and her team at Mission Talent on two important, senior searches. We were conscious that looking for medically qualified people who could also offer programme management experience meant that such candidates were likely to be in considerable demand from other organisations. Thanks to Mission Talent, we have filled our roles with specialists who we believe will make a valuable contribution to ARK’s work."
Ann Ewing
Strategic HR Adviser
Absolute Return for Kids (ARK)
We hired Katja from Mission Talent to lead the recruitment for a senior position at the Foundation. The timeline was very short, only a few weeks. Through her network, she was able to produce high quality candidates in a few weeks, which was impressive. Overall, we were very satisfied with the results. Katja is knowledgeable in the area of international development, trustworthy and professional. Hope to work with her again in the future. We highly recommend her.
Ms Angeli Virata
Senior Recruiting Manager
EGPAF
Mission Talent has, with efficiency, provided MINDS with a diversity of candidates for our CEO position. The rigorous selection and stature of candidates presented were highly valued by our selection committee and an appointment could be made, and within the timelines.
Dr Nkosana Moyo
Executive Chairman
The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS)
I am satisfied with the reliability, rigor and professionalism of Mission Talent, their readiness to deliver timely resourcing campaign deadlines, while combining it with the required flexibility when realities change from the client perspective.
Casely Coleman
People & Culture Director West Africa Region
World Vision International
Katja has helped my organisation find professionals, from different countries and with different language-backgrounds in Southern Africa, to work in our Lilongwe/Malawi office. She was very easy to communicate with, understood what we wanted and was very flexible. We thank her for bringing in some very good candidates whom we will build our team with. I can certainly recommend Mission Talent for staff recruitment in the NGO sector.
Mr Gerrit De Vries
Regional Manager Southern Africa
ICCO
Mission Talent provided Fairtrade with outstanding professional services in a global search for senior Board members. The stature and diversity of nominees put forward by Mission Talent Recruitment was exceptional!
Molly Harriss Olson
Nominations Committee Chair
Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO)
The International Rescue Committee found Mission Talent's services to be of a highly professional calibre. Finding a qualified person for a technically demanding job in a challenging location was handled capably. The selected candidate pleased The IRC and has successfully assumed the role Chief of Party for an ambitious and high-profile project.
Alex Bornstein
Deputy Vice President
International Rescue Committee
Mission Talent was highly responsive to our recruiting needs in CARE USA’s search for a global leadership role.
Sondra Jimmerson
Senior Recruiter
CARE USA
Katja Schramm from Mission Talent has provided the IJR with excellent service, not only guiding our recruitment processes with skill and determination, but also assisting in the drafting of the job descriptions and advertisements. I can recommend their services without reservation, to colleagues both in the private and public sectors.
Dr Fanie du Toit
Executive Director
Insitute for Justice and Reconciliation