Background Terre des Hommes Netherlands
Terre des Hommes was founded in 1965 with the mission of providing real and immediate help to children that were in a high risk situation, any place in the world and regardless of race, creed or political ideology. However, in the course of the years, Terre des Hommes NL expanded its area of work to structural development in order to stop child exploitation. This, in fact, gradually became the prime focus, reflected in its mission statement: “Terre des Hommes Netherlands prevents children from being exploited, removes children from exploitative situations and ensures these children can develop themselves in a safe environment.”
TdH-NL became a specialist on the theme of child exploitation rather than on emergency aid, which developed from primary focus into a secondary activity, complementary to the regular programming by 2010. However, since 2014 several developments have caused a comeback of emergency aid within TdH-NL. There are more and bigger humanitarian crises than ever, and there are more children victims of these crises than ever. But there is also more funding for emergency aid available (notably from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and different forms of collaboration between TdH-NL and its sister organizations within the Terre des Hommes International Federation (TdH-IF), increasing our capacity to respond to humanitarian crises around the world. In this context, within the last five years the emergency project portfolio of TdH-NL expanded beyond the complementary and ad hoc programming, to the funding of projects in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Iraq, India, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria, Nepal, Palestine, Syria, South of Europe, South Sudan and Venezuela. However, regardless of these changes, the humanitarian action is currently not streamed in the program strategies and priorities of TdH-NL.
The overall objective of this assignment is to improve Terre des Hommes NL capacity to respond to Child Protection issues in humanitarian settings, being conflict or natural disaster, according to the Humanitarian Aid Principles. More specifically, this will involve:
– Improving TdH-NL staff’s knowledge on Child Protection in Emergencies (CPiE).
– Support the Humanitarian staff members on the operationalization plan of TdH’s new strategy.
– Support and guide TdH’s staff in writing proposals focused on CPiE, if opportunities are identified.
The consultant will work closely with the Humanitarian Aid Coordinator and Senior Coordinator, for guidance and evaluation of the approaches chosen. If necessary, other departments will be approached for specific tasks or support. The consultant will propose an interactive and participatory methodology to ensure the objectives are achieved. Meetings will be planned regularly, as needed.
1) Facilitate on-line training to all relevant staff in Head, Regional and Country Offices on Child Protection in Emergencies: what is CPiE, its principles, response approaches, tools available, including:
– Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (The Alliance)
– Field Handbook on Unaccompanied and Separated Children (IASC)
– Child participation in humanitarian programming
2) Work on the Rationale paper together with the Humanitarian Aid team members, to include an operationalization plan of TdH’s new strategy, that will be used to update the Humanitarian Aid strategy and define humanitarian expertise areas that match the new strategy.
3) Guide and and closely support the Project Development Team (PDT) with at least two (02) proposal submissions (one per region), as a way of putting in practice the knowledge acquired during the training.
4) If applicable, the consultant will submit a recommendation’s paper and/or a capacity building plan on how to address the gaps he/she has identified.
The consultant’s profile
For this assignment, Terre des Hommes is looking for an individual (consultants or experts):
– With extensive experience in Child Protection in Emergencies, including armed conflicts and natural disasters
– That demonstrates the required skills and a good experience in institutional capacity building.
– Hold at least a Master’s Degree or any other equivalent diploma in relevant fields.
– Have a minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in the field of Child Protection in Emergencies.
– Field experience in one of the regions where TdH-NL is active is desirable.
In addition, he/she will have to:
– Have experience in the application of participatory approaches and knowledge sharing.
– Have good research and analytical skills.
– Perfect command of written and spoken English.
Duration and Place
The assignment will cover a total of 35 days for a period of six (06) months, within a year’s frame, for a maximum of EUR 20,000. The terms and conditions of the assignment will be detailed in an individual consultancy contract between TdH-NL and the consultant.
The consultant would be home-based.
In line with the UNCRC, TdH-NL strives to keep children safe in all its undertakings. A screening and reference check of the successful candidate will be conducted during the selection process. The successful applicant will be required to read, understand, and commit (through signing) to abide by TdH-NL’s Child Safeguarding Policies and Guidelines.
Please upload your resume and coverletter.
We are looking forward to hear from you!