The Permanent Bureau (PB) of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) seeks a: 



with the following qualifications:

  • Outstanding academic record and expertise in private international law (PIL);
  • Common-law trained, with good comparative law background, including in the field of PIL
  • Good knowledge of Hague Conventions (and other Hague instruments), including in the areas of Family Law and related Hague Children’s Conventions
  • good knowledge of public international law including the law of treaties; experience in international negotiations is desirable;
  • Excellent drafting capabilities (dissertation and / or Ph.D., law review or other publication experience will be taken into account);
  • 13-15 years of relevant post-qualification experience in academia, law practice, domestic administration, and/or in an intergovernmental organisation;
  • Complete fluency both spoken and written, in at least one of the working languages of the Conference (French or English), with preference given to candidates who also have a strong working knowledge of the other official language;
  • Applications from qualified female candidates are particularly welcomed;
  • Candidates from outside Europe are especially encouraged to apply.

The selected candidate will reinforce the team at the Permanent Bureau; his or her portfolio will include several Conventions and may include ongoing legislative projects. He or she will be part of the senior management team and assure a good, co-operative working atmosphere, conducive to team work and efficient communications, both within the Permanent Bureau and in relations with representatives of States and Organisations (respect of the Permanent Bureau’s core values is essential). The selected candidate will represent the HCCH in dealings with Members as well as other stakeholders and interested parties. He or she will also be expected to assist with the administration of the Permanent Bureau.

The position requires frequent travel to both neighbouring and distant countries.

Type of appointment and duration: three-year contract (with a one-year probationary period), possibility for renewal (medical clearance required).

Grade (Co-ordinated Organisations scale for the Netherlands): +/- A4/A5 subject to relevant experience. Secretarial status granted according to the Statute of the Hague Conference and Diplomatic status, with the relevant privileges and immunities, according to the agreements of the Hague Conference with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Deadline for applications: 26 May 2018

Anticipated starting date: September/October 2018

Applications: written applications should be sent by e-mail, with Curriculum Vitae, letter of motivation and contact information for at least two references, to be addressed to the Secretary General, e-mail:

In view of the terms of the Statute of the HCCH according to which diversity of geographic representation and of legal expertise shall be taken into account, candidates should preferably not have (exclusively) Swiss, Canadian or Portuguese nationality.

The short-listed candidates whose applications are retained will be invited to an interview with a Selection Committee which will include the Chairman of the Netherlands Standing Government Committee, the Chairman of the Council on General Affairs and Policy, and Members of the Permanent Bureau. They may also be invited to take part in an external professional assessment.

The Permanent Bureau reserves the right not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.



to provide short-term technical support to the authorities in Ecuador.

The Consultant will assist Ecuador in implementing the 1993 Hague Convention on Child Protection and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (1993 Hague Convention). In particular, the Consultant will be required to:

(1) carry out a fact-finding mission to Ecuador to analyse the situation and provide recommendations that will ensure Ecuador’s practices regarding adoptions are in accordance with the 1993 Hague Convention;

(2) provide advice, with support from the PB, to ensure that Ecuadorian legislation on adoption is in accordance with the 1993 Hague Convention, and is well-integrated in the child protection system;

(3) observe the Ecuadorian Central Authority in its daily work, review practices and procedures, and provide recommendations to ensure that the Central Authority is functioning effectively;

(4) train the relevant actors involved in the adoption procedure; and

(5) draft a report in Spanish (including a draft summary in English) on the outcomes of the mission, including recommendations.

The Consultant will be engaged by the PB. He or she will work within the Ministerio de inclusíon económica y social, the Ecuadorian Central Authority, and co-ordinate closely with the PB, as well as with their respective partners.

The following criteria are essential for candidates:

  • advanced university degree in humanities, preferably Law;
  • excellent knowledge of the 1993 Hague Convention and current issues concerning child protection and adoption, including proven experience within a Central Authority in charge of adoption (preferably from a State of origin); a competent authority; an adoption accredited body; or a specialised organisation working on child protection (minimum of four years);
  • sound knowledge and proven experience in the area of child rights and child protection systems;
  • experience in project management in a developing country;
  • excellent ability to work as part of a team;
  • experience organising and providing training courses;
  • excellent command of both spoken and written Spanish, preferably as a native language; working knowledge of English;
  • excellent oral communication and diplomacy skills;
  • experience in institutional advocacy;
  • very good ability to analyse and summarise, very good writing skills;
  • autonomy, organisational skills and a spirit of initiative; and
  • excellent ability to adapt to a new environment.

Duration of the Consultancy: Up to three weeks’ contract as Consultant. 

Starting date: As soon as possible, preferably end of May – beginning of June.

Consultancy Fee: Competitive fee, depending on the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant. It will include a maximum of two weeks’ living allowance for accommodation, cost of living and daily travel expenses in Ecuador; and the costs of a return (economy class) flight.

Place of work: Quito (Ecuador)

Deadline for applications: 1st May 2018

Applications: Applicants must submit

  • a completed summary of application available here;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • letter of motivation;
  • one sample of written work (preferably in an area relevant to the project); and
  • at least two references

to the Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. The documents must be submitted to <>.

The PB will acknowledge receipt of every application. However, please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted further and might be required to submit all of the above information in Spanish if they have not already done so.



Applications are now open for three to six month internships at the Permanent Bureau, during the August-December 2018 period. Applications will close at midnight (Central European Time) on Friday 27th April 2018. Only fully completed applications will be considered. For more information see the Internships Page.