Terre des Hommes Netherlands is part of the International Federation of Terre des Hommes organisations, a strategic partnership of member organisations sharing the same brand name and core values for joint lobby and advocacy around children’s rights.
Duty Station: Nairobi, Phnom Penh or the Hague
Deadline for Applications: 14 March 2023, 5pm
Starting Date: As soon as possible
Contract Type: Full time (36 hours per week), one year contract with a possibility of extension.
Job Level: 13
Salary Range: Euro 4.682 - 5.700 (based on Netherlands rates, location adjustment will apply)
About Terre des Hommes Netherlands
Terre des Hommes Netherlands is part of the International Federation of Terre des Hommes organisations, a strategic partnership of member organisations sharing the same brand name and core values for joint lobby and advocacy around children’s rights. Terre des Hommes Netherlands (TdH NL) protects children by preventing and stopping child exploitation, and by empowering children to make their voices count. Our work is grounded in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and seeks to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Under our new Global Strategy (2023 - 2030), TdH NL is redefining and refining our role as a child rights organisation, with the strategic ambition that “by 2030, Terre des Hommes Netherlands is a catalyst for systemic change to stop child exploitation. We do this by empowering children and their communities, connecting them with those who have power to enact change, and utilising our knowledge and expertise to co-create sustainable, evidence-based solutions.”
TdH Netherlands is led by a three-headed Executive Team: the Managing Director, the Director of Operations and the Director of Programmes.
The values of TdH Netherlands are: Responsible, Bold, Human-Centred and Playful.
The organisation's core principles are: (1) Children at the Centre, (2) Intersectionality and Power Awareness, (3) Safety and Wellbeing, (4) Sustainability, and (5) Meaningful and Strategic Partnerships.
In line with our new strategy, TdH NL is in the process of establishing four Global Programmes under which our portfolio of humanitarian and development projects and programmes will be managed. These are: 1. Worst Forms of Child Labour, 2. Sexual Exploitation of Children, 3. Humanitarian Action, and 4. Child Trafficking and Migration. Our programmatic work is supported by two cross-programmatic units: Programme Development and Quality (PDQ), and Research, Expertise and Influencing (REI). Aligned to our new strategy, and based on many years of experience as a child rights organisation, we aim to consolidate our expertise and programme management, informed by research, to bring about sustainable and systemic change in the lives of children, and to hold duty bearers accountable.
Terre des Hommes Netherlands is looking for a Head of Programme - Humanitarian Action (HoP - HA), full time, to be based in one of Terre des Hommes Netherlands’ global support offices (Nairobi, Phnom Penh, or The Hague). Flexible working may be considered. This role will provide critical thought leadership and strategic direction to the portfolio of HA projects and programmes of TdH Netherlands, in alignment with the Global Strategy 2023 - 2030. The initial contract period will be for one year with the possibility of extension. The position holder reports to the Director of Programmes and directly manages a small, globally dispersed team.
The HoP - HA has a key role in leading the programmatic work of the organisation on HA. The HoP - HA will, with the support of REI and PDQ teams, work to build knowledge on how to best address child exploitation in humanitarian settings, share resources and knowledge among the projects and programmes, and ultimately, through research, seek to develop a model of intervention (combination of activities) that is shown to be effective in preventing and ending child exploitation.
This is a new role within the organisation: in their first year, the position holder will lead the creation and set-up of the global programme. This will include the development of a global programme framework and advocacy, research and learning agendas, in coordination with other senior leaders within the Programmes Department. The HoP - HA will also oversee the consolidation of the organisation’s existing HA-related projects and programmes under the global programme, in close coordination with Country Directors and Programme Managers, Coordinators and Officers. The HoP - HA will manage one staff (the Senior Coordinator HA). Country-based project and programme implementation teams report to the Country Director, with technical lines to the Heads of Programme. Some travel to TdH Netherlands countries of operation will be required.
Key for this position is also the collaboration with the five other Heads and two Regional Directors within the Programmes Department, as well as the development and execution of strategic partnerships in coordination with the Manager of Strategy & Partnerships. The HoP - HA will provide technical steer for the organisation on HA, and contribute towards the realisation of the Global Strategy 2023 - 2030 while safeguarding the gains made under the existing committed projects and programmes.
It is important to note that the organisation is currently in a phase of restructuring and redefinition of processes as part of the transition to the Global Strategy 2023 - 2030. Some flexibility and willingness to navigate within a changing environment at the outset is therefore required.
Strategic, technical and programmatic responsibilities
Collaboration and relationship management responsibilities
Operational and staff management responsibilities
Core Knowledge & Skills
The HoP is a knowledgeable, thoughtful and curious leader who has strong technical knowledge and a track record of achievement in the field of child protection in humanitarian emergencies and emergency operations. You should be prepared and excited to take a leading role in the organisation’s programmatic work, bringing together stakeholders from within and outside the organisation to deliver programmes that are proven (through research) to produce impact and drive systemic change.
Additionally, we seek:
Education & Experience
Our Commitment to Diversity, Integrity and Child Safeguarding
Terre des Hommes Netherlands is committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation. We continue to learn about intersectional considerations and power distribution within our organisation and our work. Terre des Hommes Netherlands is dedicated to preventing and eradicating any type of misconduct including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, any other type of misuse of power, lack of integrity or financial misconduct.
Terre des Hommes Netherlands is particularly committed to keeping children and vulnerable individuals safe, and has zero tolerance on (child) abuse. Every Terre des Hommes Netherlands employee is bound by the Child Safeguarding Policy and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Policy, part of our Code of Conduct. Child safeguarding measures are part of our selection and recruitment process.
Note: We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us. All offers of employment will therefore be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which include a valid criminal record check, terrorism finance checks, and/or integrity screenings/references relating to misconduct and disciplinary actions in prior employment. By submitting your application you accept that Terre des Hommes Netherlands will conduct such pre-employment screening for successful candidates. Terre des Hommes Netherlands participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.
How to Apply
Please upload your motivation letter and curriculum vitae clearly demonstrating how you meet the qualifications for this position no later than 17:00 CET on 14th March 2023. For more information about this position, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The application process is expected to involve two formal interviews and an assignment, and check of recent professional references. Please note that candidates must have the right to live and work in the country where the role is advertised.