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Regional Child Protection Officer

Deadline for application: 
17 Aug 2017
Country(s) that the job is based in: 
South Eastern Europe
Child Protection Hub / Terre des hommes
Job type: 
social worker
specialist expert

Position Start Date: September 2017

Duration: 1 year renewable

Location: Budapest – Hungary (or potential another country within the region where Tdh has an office) with frequent travelling in central and eastern Europe

General conditions: Local contract - No expatriate benefits.

The Terre des hommes Foundation, a member of the International Federation Terre des hommes, is the largest international child right NGO in Switzerland. We operate in over 30 countries and 100 projects of development aid and emergency affecting over 2 million beneficiaries. We employ 1,500 people, including 130 based at our headquarters in Lausanne. Our direct assistance projects, strengthening systems and advocacy activities are primarily focused in the areas of maternal and child health and child protection.

In Europe, Tdh intervenes directly or indirectly in 22 countries, relying on teams based in Budapest, Kosovo, Albania, Greece, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine.

Tdh in Europe is currently undergoing a major organizational transformation in line with its new regionalization strategy, which foresees the development of a regional hub operated from Budapest and the establishment of an innovative programmatic management logic.

The Child Protection Officer will be a key leadership function within the new regional organization, ensuring technical support and oversight of child protection interventions in the region and will champion child protection as a transversal approach to programming within the regional and across the wider organization.

Main responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the development of strategies and policies related to child protection;
  • Ensure quality development and implementation of child protection related interventions within the Europe zone;
  • Ensure mainstreaming and implementation of child protection systems strengthening approaches regionally;
  • Ensure technical support to child protection and psychosocial interventions of Tdh within the region;
  • Facilitate the development of community of practices in the field of child protection in Europe, including through the Child Protection Hub platform, and particularly in relation to the protection of children on the move and juvenile justice;
  • Lead or facilitate child protection related capacity development initiatives of social actors within the region;
  • Develop and strengthen multi-stakeholders and multi-disciplinary partnerships to strengthen child protection across the region;
  • Contribute to advocacy and networking in the region on child protection and violence against children issues;
  • Facilitate cross-learning between country programs in the region and across regions.


  • University degree in relevant field, preferably in social work or psychology;
  • At least 5 years of child protection experience, working with vulnerable children, families and communities;
  • Confirmed experience in developing training materials and delivering trainings;
  • Field experience of working directly with children is an added value;
  • Experience of working in a highly collaborative environment with minimal direct supervision in a complex regional setting;
  • Well-developed team leadership qualities, along with facilitation, networking and advocacy skills;
  • Excellent oral and writing skills in English (C2) is essential;
  • Competency in an eastern European language would be highly desirable;
  • A commitment to excellence & attention to detail;
  • Ability to uphold high standards and punctuality under pressure.

General conditions: Local contract. No expatriate benefits. Possibility to work part-time 50%.

Child Safeguarding policy:

To commit to respect Tdh Risk Management Policies including: Child Safeguarding Policy, Safety and Security Policy and Anti-Fraud/Corruption Policy, Whistle Blowing Policy

To apply:

Qualified applicants are requested to submit their CV, motivation letter and 2 references to Terre des hommes does not set closing dates for this position; recruitment is on-going until the position is filled.

Due to the high numbers of applications, Tdh is not in a position to respond to everyone individually. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the first interview

This project is funded by: