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Job Profile Development Practitioner

There are many solutions! If you want to find them, connect them and communicate them to fellow humans, then the path of development practitioner can be your vocation!

Development practitioners find creative forces, the foundations of living forces and are dedicated to life in all its forms. They motivate people for the future; bring them together with like-minded humans, and thus open up new resources.

Development practitioners are doers, surveyors with knowledge of what sustainable communities need; humans with a depth of knowledge in the development of freedom, justice, and fraternity.

Development practitioner is a new, practice-oriented vocation (a rollover of community development education) focused on sustainability and complemented by education about what it means to be a human being and individual development.

To the vocation:

Development practice is based on the understanding that a distinction must be made between growth and development, and that the latter must not only be wanted but actively shaped.

Development practice is a practical rather than an academic vocation.

Development practitioners are familiar with all areas of a community and know – as generalists – which measures to choose. Individual life experiences define focal areas.

Development practitioners are first and foremost process facilitators in the design of living environments. They are therefore first and foremost experts in initiating and accompanying human development and a ‘fit for the future’ development processes. As such, they work via a variety of methods.

The task of the development practitioner is to accompany a community in developing and building its autonomy and resilience as a healthy part of a bioregion. The paths taken to achieve this can be as diverse as the communities themselves.

Development practice is based on an integral view of being human and an understanding of life and community—which is fundamental in each respective processes.

Development practitioners aim at interventions that empower the members of a community to better take charge of and shape their own lives as well as that of their community (according to the principle of helping people to help themselves).


Development practice is a sensitive art. It is about guiding development processes for a community as well as for individual self-development in order to empower those affected into process-owners and to enable them to master future development processes themselves.

The possessions of development practitioners are their own realisations, a healthy estimation of their own skills and a large network.

Development practice requires an astute and sophisticated power of observation in order to perceive, interpret, and question situations as well as a disciplined flexibility, which can react to the parameters of development processes and, if necessary, steer them constructively and situationally.

Development practice requires a high form of awareness, because it is about the realisation of hidden forces, balancing interventions in community life while also respecting the integrity and freedom of all affected.

The power of development practitioners is not to be underestimated. There is a large potential for projecting one’s own unconscious into development processes. Therefore, the readiness for self-reflection is indispensable! For this, self-development processes – based on biography work – offer the central element in the training to become a development practitioner. Because the own individuality and the understanding of the dormant forces in the human nature are the foundations on which method variety, resourcefulness and experiences are based on.