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

CONSULTANT SPECIALISED IN THE AREA OF ADOPTION

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

The Consultant will assist Honduras to prepare for joining and 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) assist the PB in providing advice to ensure that draft law on adoption is in accordance with the 1993 Hague Convention, and is well-integrated in the child protection system;
(2) carry out a fact-finding mission to Honduras:

a. to analyse and provide recommendations that will ensure Honduras’ practices regarding adoptions are in accordance with the 1993 Hague Convention; and
b. participate in a meeting/seminar to discuss preliminary findings and encourage the country to sign and ratify the 1993 Hague Convention; and

(3) 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 Dirección de Niñez, Adolescencia y Familia – DINAF (Directorate for Children, Youth and Family), 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; 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 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. Any extension of the contract is subject to available additional funding.

The implementation of the 1993 Convention may require a second tranch of work. This work would focus on providing technical support to the Honduran Central Authority and would take place after the passage of the relevant implementation laws for the Convention. The Consultant may be considered for the second tranch on a preferred basis.

Starting date: As soon as possible, taking into account the availability of the successful candidate.

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 Honduras; and the costs of a return (economy class) flight.

Place of work: Tegucigalpa (Honduras)

Deadline for applications: 14 August 2017

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 < applications@hcch.nl >.

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.