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


INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT SPECIALISED IN THE AREA OF ADOPTION

to provide technical support to the authorities in Zambia for the implementation of 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. provide legal advice to ensure that Zambian legislation on adoption matters is in accordance with the 1993 Hague Convention, and is well-integrated in the child protection system;
  2. analyse and provide recommendations to ensure that current practices regarding adoptions in Zambia are in accordance with the 1993 Hague Convention;
  3. provide technical support for the functioning of the Zambian Central Authority, including co-operation with other authorities and bodies at regional and local levels;
  4. train the relevant actors, together with the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health and with the UNICEF Zambia Country Office on the implementation of the 1993 Hague Convention and other matters related to adoption;
  5. draft a comprehensive report of the mission, summarising all recommendations and providing a detailed plan of action.

The Consultant will be engaged by the PB, and will work within the Zambian Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health. He or she will co-ordinate closely with the management of the Permanent Bureau and of the Ministry, as well as with their respective partners, including UNICEF.

The following criteria are essential for candidates:

  • advanced university degree in humanities, preferably Law;
  • excellent knowledge of the 1993 Hague Convention and the current issues affecting 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 of adoption, child rights and child protection systems;
  • experience in project management in a developing country;
  • experience in institutional advocacy;
  • experience organising and providing training courses;
  • excellent command of both spoken and written English, preferably as native language;
  • excellent oral communication and diplomacy skills;
  • excellent ability to work as part of a team;
  • 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 two months contract as International Consultant. The consultancy is funded through the HCCH Intercountry Adoption Technical Assistance Programme (ICATAP); any extension of the contract is subject to available additional funding.

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 monthly living allowance for accommodation, cost of living and daily travel expenses; and the costs of a return (economy class) flight.

Place of work: Lusaka, Zambia

Deadline for applications: 23 January 2017

Applications: Applicants must submit

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a completed summary of application available here;
  • 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.


TEMPORARY LEGAL ASSISTANT (six months; full-time)

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • A law degree (Bachelor/Licentiate or equivalent);
  • Good knowledge of private international law as well as familiarity with comparative law;
  • Excellent command, preferably as native language and both spoken and written, of English; good command of French (B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and knowledge of other languages desirable; and
  • Sensitivity to different legal cultures.

He or she should work well in a team, be able to work in more than one area of law, and respond well to time-critical requests. At least one-year of legal or academic work experience would be an advantage.

Duties will include general assistance in the areas of international family law and child protection, including responding to daily requests, comparative law research, preparation of research papers and other documentation, organisation and preparation of materials for publication, assistance in the preparation of and participation in conferences, seminars and training programmes, and such other work as may be required by the Secretary General from time to time.

Type of appointment and duration: short-term contract of six months.

Starting date: as soon as possible

Grade: B3/1 subject to relevant experience.

Deadline for applications: 23 January 2017.

Applications: written applications should be made by e-mail, with curriculum vitae, letter of motivation and at least two references, to be addressed to the Head of Human Resources, at <applications@hcch.nl>.


iSUPPORT PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR (Full-time for 18 months)

He or she will work in the area of International Recovery of Maintenance and be part of a team under the direction of the First Secretary with primary responsibility for the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance and the Hague Protocol of 23 November 2007 on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations.

Under the general direction of the iSupport Governing Body, constituted of State representatives using or planning to use the iSupport Electronic Case Management and Secure Communication System, as described in the summary of the project, the iSupport Project Co-ordinator will be responsible for the ongoing development, maintenance and promotion (including training) of iSupport. To that effect, the iSupport Project Co-ordinator, in addition to facilitating meetings of the iSupport Governing Body, will co-ordinate and facilitate the work of international Working Groups established for the development of iSupport. The iSupport Project Co-ordinator will also co-ordinate the work of the service provider retained to develop and maintain the system and will be expected to autonomously provide administrative support to the iSupport Project, including handling the daily financial administration of the European Union grant.

The successful applicant will carry out the following tasks:

  • Various project administration and co-ordination tasks;
  • Monitor and control the development and maintenance of iSupport including testing of the system;
  • Liaise with project partners;
  • Manage the day-to-day financial administration linked to the execution of the iSupport grant including book-keeping, vendor and sponsor relations, travel reimbursements and miscellaneous record keeping tasks required by the European Commission;
  • Handle logistics and other organisational tasks linked to in-person meetings and virtual Governing Body and Working Group meetings and draft minutes reflecting the discussions of such meetings;
  • Draft materials including reports to stakeholders and informational documents;
  • Develop and maintain content of the iSupport page of the HCCH website and other online media;
  • Assist HCCH staff with financial audits in relation to the project;
  • Co-ordinate the translation of documents into French; and,
  • Perform other duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism, capacity for hard-work, and excellent interpersonal skills are of the utmost importance. In addition, the successful applicant will possess the following competencies:

  • Excellent oral communication and diplomacy skills, including with high-ranking officials;
  • Excellent drafting skills and capacity to synthesize;
  • Sensitivity and understanding with regard to different legal cultures;
  • Demonstrated autonomy, organisational skills and a spirit of initiative;
  • Excellent ability to work as part of a team and to work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals;
  • Excellent ability to steer working groups and ensure that they meet their objectives;
  • Ability to respond well to time-critical requests;
  • Ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft software / applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).

Work Experience and Knowledge

  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience including, if possible, 2 years in the field of recovery of maintenance obligations;
  • Experience as a team leader and / or project manager;
  • Experience in case flow management;
  • Experience in the development and / or maintenance of electronic case management systems;
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Experience chairing / facilitating multi-cultural meetings / conferences;
  • Good knowledge of the information technology;
  • Good knowledge of the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance and / or the 2009 European Union Maintenance Regulation;
  • Good knowledge of data protection issues relevant to the development of a system such as iSupport; and,
  • Good knowledge of tender issues and public procurement;
  • Experience providing general administrative support, including basic book-keeping and other tasks associated with routine financial administration tasks.

Education

  • A university degree in law, management and / or computer engineering / sciences.

Languages

  • Excellent command (both spoken and written) of English, preferably as a native language, as well as good passive knowledge of French.
  • Knowledge of other languages an asset.

Duration of appointment: 18-month appointment for the duration of the project.

Location: The Hague.

Deadline for applications: 10 February 2017.

Expected starting date: 15 March 2017.

Grade: A1 or A2 Co-ordinated Organisations scale for the Netherlands (subject to relevant experience).

Applications should be sent by e-mail, including a curriculum vitae, letter of motivation and contact information for two references to be addressed to the Head of Human Resources at: < applications@hcch.nl >.

This non-permanent position is funded through the Voluntary Contributions thanks to a co-financing agreement of the European Union and 14 project partners (thirteen Member States of the HCCH and one organisation).