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Technical advisor child labour private sector

Do you hold deep and up-to-date knowledge on child labor in the private sector? Are you passionate about children's rights and do have experience as an advisor? Then we have an interesting opportunity for you!

Working at Terre des Hommes

Terre des Hommes is fighting against exploitation of children. Worldwide. Without discriminating. With respect for local cultures. People who work at Terre des Hommes, are not there for the good coffee, but to make a difference in the world!

About your department

The lobby and expertise team consist of 7 ambitious technical advisors. They focus on the issue of child exploitation, with four key programs themes centered around:

1. The worst forms of Child Labor;

2. (Commercial) Sexual Exploitation of Children;

3. Child Trafficking and Unsafe Migration;

4. Child Abuse / Child Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.

They address child exploitation through five strategies: prevention child exploitation; provision of services to ensure safe reintegration of child victims; prosecution of those who perpetrate crimes against children; promotion of a safe and conducive social/economic/legal context for children; and partnership & participation to strengthen civil society in the promotion of children’s rights and to include meaningful participation of children. 

Position in the organisation

The position is part of the global Lobby and Expertise team, that supports the development of our organisational (strategic) focus, program themes, country programs, institutional fundraising and the relation between these. The team also supports and coordinates lobby & advocacy activities as well as research. As Technical Advisor you report to the manager Lobby, Expertise and Programs

What will you do and how will you make an impact?

  • You will work on and provide strategies to engage the private sector to work against child labor
  • You will act as a private sector/supply chain expert for both internal and external bodies and you are responsible for advising on all policy matters relating to private sector/supply chain, specifically in the context of our child labour programme, mica.
  • You hold deep and up-to-date knowledge on child labour, supply chain and engagement with relevant stakeholders (private sector), through research and networking.
  • You will work towards expanding, facilitating projects (your main focus will be the Mica program, with the objective to eradicate child labor issues in the mica industry through comprehensive interventions in India and in Europe, and soon to be in Madagascar) through strong involvement in programs development and (institutional) fundraising. Terre des Hommes strives to develop new and innovative programming to address the complexity of child exploitation. It is expected from the technical advisor to contribute significantly to this. You will ensure all programming is of excellent technical quality and that all programs contribute to Terre des Hommes’ strategic objectives, global learning and advocacy. The post holder is expected to provide technical advice and support to programs staff and our partners to ensure programming objectives are successfully achieved. 

Knowledge and skillsĀ 

  • A masters degree in a relevant field such as international development studies, business, or law and multi-year (3+) relevant experience working in international development.
  • Extensive legal knowledge of children’s rights, child labor, private sector engagement and responsible sourcing
  • Proven experience in the development and implementation of policies and research plans, both quantitative and qualitative.
  • Proven involvement in successful institutional fundraising with multiple donors.
  • Proven experience in training and capacity building of civil society organisations.
  • Experience in preparing and presenting to national, regional and global fora.
  • Experience with strategic program communication and lobby & advocacy
  • Preferably: Experience working on child protection programs with (I)NGOs
  • Preferably: Experience in child labor in the private sector/mining/rural programs
  • Excellent command of English and preferably Dutch, both spoken and written 

What we have to offer you!

Terre des Hommes carries out programs and projects itself, the majority of our projects are implemented by local CSOs. Therefore also your contribution is visible and tangible every day. We offer:

  • A job where you can really make a difference for children.
  • An organisation with enthusiastic colleagues, everyone likes to contribute to Terre des Hommes from their own discipline;
  • An easily accessible office in the middle of bustling The Hague, the city of human rights and (international) politics.
  • A one-year contract, with the intention to extend into an indefinite period after one year;
  • Our benefits fit within the charity sector, including a pension scheme, travel allowance and 25 vacation days.
  • Regular company drinks on one of the nicest squares in The Hague.

Other information

Terre des Hommes Netherlands is committed to keeping children safe and does not accept any form of child abuse. Every Terre des Hommes employee is bound by the Child Safeguarding Policy, part of our Code of Conduct. That is why a Certificate of Good Conduct is requested from every employee, which counts as part of the employment contract. Additional child safeguarding measures are part of our selection and recruitment process.

Terre des Hommes is unfortunately not able to provide a work / residence visa for applicants outside the EU.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.


Do you like to become part of our lobby and expertise team? Please upload your application before 12th of July 2020

The first round of interviews will take place in the week of July 13th.

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