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


to provide short-term technical support to authorities in Uruguay.

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

  1. provide legal advice to the Central Authority to:
    a) develop a roadmap for domestic and intercountry adoption and other possible documents to properly implement all the guarantees of the 1993 Adoption Convention
    b) share laws and regulations from other States on domestic and intercountry adoption
    c) improve the adoption process for children over 6 years of age
    d) improve the preparation of adoptable children for adoption
    e) establish indicators and procedures to evaluate the integration of adopted children in the adoptive family and in school and
    f) improve post-adoption services and support

  2. accompany the Central Authority in its day-to-day work, review its practices and procedures, provide recommendations to strengthen its effective functioning; and provide advice on case management

  3. train relevant actors involved in the Uruguayan adoption process

  4. draft a report in Spanish on the activities undertaken, including recommendations, as well as draft a summary of the report in English 

The Consultant will be engaged by the PB. He or she will work closely with the Adoptions Division of the Instituto del Niño y Adolescente del Uruguay - INAU (the Uruguayan Central Authority), the PB, and their respective partners. 

The following criteria are essential for candidates:

  • advanced university degree in humanities, preferably Law
  • excellent knowledge of the 1993 Adoption Convention and current issues concerning child protection and adoption, including proven experience (minimum of four years) 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
  • sound knowledge and proven experience in the area of child rights and child protection systems
  • experience in project management in a State of origin
  • 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, and working knowledge of one of the official languages of the HCCH (preferably English)
  • excellent oral communication and diplomacy skills
  • experience in institutional advocacy
  • very good ability to analyse and summarise, very good writing skills, and
  • autonomy, organisational skills and spirit of initiative 

Duration of the Consultancy: approximately 30 to 35 working days over a period of three months, with the possibility for extension based on available funding, the parameters laid out in the 2015 Strategic Framework for post-Convention Assistance.  

Starting date: As soon as possible, preferably at the end of February 2023.

Consultancy Fee: Competitive fee, depending on the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant.

Place of work: Remotely, and, if possible, in person.

Deadline for applications: 14 February 2023.

Applications: Applicants must submit:

  • a completed application form (download here)
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a letter of motivation
  • one sample of written work (preferably in an area relevant to the project), and
  • at least two letters of reference 

to the attention of the Secretary General of the HCCH at the following e-mail address:

The PB will acknowledge receipt of every application. However, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted further and, unless they have already done so, will be requested to submit all of the above information in Spanish.



The application period for legal internships at the Permanent Bureau in The Hague has now closed. The application period for legal internships from July 2023 will open in due course. For more information see the Internships Page.