National researcher on diversion as alternative method in juvenile justice (Hungary)

Deadline for application: 
03 Apr 2017
Country(s) that the job is based in: 
Terre des hommes
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Background information:

Terre des Hommes (Hungary) – together with Brave Phone (Croatia), Program for the Development of the Judicial System (Bulgaria), Defence for Children International (Belgium), International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO) (Belgium), Terre des hommes Helvetia (Romania), The Global Network for Public Interest Law – PILNET (Hungary) – is implementing an EU-funded project on the issue of diversion. The project AWAY intends to examine the situation of diverted and arrested/suspected children in judicial proceedings and observance of the rights enshrined in the three procedural directives of the European Parliament and of the Council (EU directives 2016/800, 2012/13, 2012/29).
Part of the project is a national research in each country, i.e. in Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania. Based on the national findings a regional comparison of these country practices will be conducted to map out noteworthy practices.

Aim of the research

The country-based research will highlight existing gaps, bottlenecks or obstacles in applying restorative approaches, and will map the availability of age appropriate and gender-, and community-based services for diversion. It will focus on challenges in implementation of diversion measures, particularly in rural areas, and will highlight positive practices.
Country reports include desk research on the domestic legislation and its compliance with the three EU directives mentioned above; and identifying challenges and obstacles for the use of diversion, map existing alternative services for children in rural areas.


The main objectives of the research are:

  • Identify the needs and gaps in each specific area in the field of diversion;
  • Identify the challenges and obstacles for the use of diversion;
  • Map existing alternative services (the availability and quality of services) for children in rural areas;
  • Assess the specific needs among professionals in each of the target areas for a specific course on diversion;
  • Map child-friendly justice practices

Expected Results:
1. Research report on the hindering (aspects/barriers/obstacles) factors of the better and more frequent use of diversion
2. A set of recommendations on the ways to ensure the rights of arrested/suspected children concerning diversion
3. A list of child-friendly justice practices existing or piloted


Required/preferred experience and skills of the researcher:

  • Master’s degree in Sociology, Criminology, Law, EU Law or Human Rights Law followed by a minimum of 8 years of experience in research in a similar field (PhD and specialization on children’s rights, juvenile justice or criminal procedure a strong advantage),
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative research in a relevant field (Criminal Law, Juvenile Justice); Experience in supervising a team of experienced researchers a strong asset.
  • Proficiency in Hungarian and knowledge of the Hungarian judicial system
  • Expertise in working and consulting with children in similar research an advantage;
  • Knowledge on Child Rights and Child protection concepts;
  • Very good understanding of ethical considerations in conducting research work with children;
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills;
  • Ability to work under time constraints;
  • Outstanding level of English.


The application package should include the following documents:

  • A Letter of Interest highlighting their experience in similar areas of work
  • CV in English
  • Two writing samples in English, one of which being a similar research, highlighting the methodology used for data collection and analysis
  • With the application package, the applicant should provide a clear indication of required work days (timeline) and expected fees for their work.

*The applicant must also indicate their tax status (individual/company) and tax residency.

All persons working with Terre des hommes will have to comply with our Child Safeguarding Policy which they will be required to sign.

How to apply:
Qualified applicants should submit their application package to the following email address by 3 April 2017. Please reference “National researcher AWAY and your full name” in the subject line.


For more information please see the file atached.



This project is funded by:


Terre des hommes Regional Office
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