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


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.