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Vacancy: Regional Programme Manager, Access to Justice


You are passionate about Juvenile Justice and Access to Justice. You fully embrace the goal to end child detention everywhere. You are a self-starter and enjoy fundraising. You have strong technical expertise and enjoy managing people and resources: this challenge is for you.

Start date: 3rd September 2018

Contract: One year local contract with the Regional Office in Budapest under Hungarian labour law (no expatriate benefits). Initially for one year, the contract is renewable. The intention is to engage in a long-term relationship.

Location: Budapest with regular travel in the region

Deadline for receiving applications: 17th of June 2018.

Recruitment is on-going until the position is filled.

Priority will be given to candidates legally eligible to work in EU.


Under the direct line management of the Head of Eastern Europe Region, reporting functionally to the (global) Access to Justice Programme Manager based in Lausanne, the Regional Programme Manager Access to Justice (hereinafter “Regional Manager”) has full operational responsibility over all Justice projects in Eastern Europe. This position is a senior leading role in the regional office. The Regional Manager is responsible for the steering of his/her programme at all levels (regional, sub-regional, national and local levels). S/he is responsible for ensuring respect for policies, regulations and processes in force in the Foundation in all the operational activities deployed by the collaborators who are reporting to him or her,

As the leader of Tdh’s Justice Programme in the region, the Regional Manager leads the development and coordinates the implementation of Tdh’s regional strategy on Access to Justice which will combine four main dimensions: 

(i) Political/ strategic dimension related to Justice issues, in charge of leading the strategy, communication, advocacy, and partnerships

(ii) Operational dimension in charge of leading and overseeing Tdh interventions on Access to Justice in Europe.

(iii) Financial dimension regarding fundraising, and overall financial management of the Access to Justice programme.

(iv) Human resources dimension in terms of leading and overseeing the regional Access to Justice team.


The Regional Manager supervises one Regional Project Coordinator and various interns. S/he carries out his or her responsibilities with the Europe Access to Justice programme team and in synergy/close collaboration with all other regional managers. S/he collaborates with various Access to Justice advisers at HQ level, other programmes, Transversal Child Protection Sector, the Disruptive Innovation Unit, Quality and Accountability unit.

The Regional Manager is primarily responsible for the development of the Access to Justice programme in the European context. S/he must ensure the most effective, efficient and sustainable deployment of the programme in this region in order to contribute to the achievement of the ambitions of impact set out in Vision 2030 and reflected in the 2016-2020 strategy.

Under the coordination of the (global) Head of Access to Justice Programme Manager and with the support of all Access to Justice colleagues:

  1. S/he contributes to the Access to Justice programme at the global level
  2. S/he works in a team with other regional managers, especially with the objective to design and implement a coherent Access to Justice strategy globally
  3. S/he participates in the development of Action Plans, theory of change, thematic strategies, indicators framework, policies, guidance and key tools, mechanisms and projects related to the Global Access to Justice Programme.

In close collaboration with the Head of Access to Justice Programme and the Head of Eastern Europe Region, s/he ensures the implementation of all activities at regional level and supervises/actively contributes to the implementation of regional or sub-regional projects. More specifically, s/he coordinates with other regional programme managers (Regional Programme Manager, Child and Youth Migration) and Regional Office support functions.

In close relation with the Head of Europe Region, the Head of Access to Justice Programme and related staff, s/he represents Tdh in/at Access to Justice related arenas/networks/bodies and ensures fundraising of Access to Justice programme in Europe by coordinating with the fundraising team at HQ and regional level (philanthropy and institutional partnerships in particular) and with the delegations. More precisely, s/he co-leads (with Regional Resource Mobilisation Manager) the funding strategy in Access to Justice in Europe and oversees/supports the development of funding requests/proposals for all scales of interventions (regional, transnational, national, local), contributing to ensure that they match the programmatic vision.

Under the supervision of the Head of Access to Justice Programme and with the support of related staff at HQ and regional level, s/he leads the partnership, communication and advocacy plans of Tdh on Access to Justice. S/he establishes the operational budget of the programme at the regional level, ensuring that it is validated and on track.

Within the scope of his or her responsibilities, s/he represents the programme within the Tdh regional team and Tdh staff in the countries of intervention, as well as through partnerships and contacts/collaboration with various external networks or bodies.

S/he ensures compliance with the Theory of Change and the thematic policy of the programme and provides technical support to the teams for which s/he is directly or indirectly responsible, as well as those who collaborate in the development, operational implementation, monitoring, evaluation and capitalization of projects integrated into the Access to Justice programme in Europe.

S/he coordinates the management and knowledge sharing of his/her area of ​​activity at the European level, including ensuring the accessibility and dissemination of institutional knowledge and personal knowledge in his or her field of expertise, internally and externally.


  • Relevant university degree (law preferred);
  • 7+ years practical experience in juvenile justice, access to justice, rule of law or other related fields;
  • Up-to-date and extensive knowledge of global and regional trends in Justice;
  • Knowledge and experience of working with or in partnership with large international organisations;
  • Ability to establish an environment of cooperation and collaboration;
  • Excellent team player; self-motivated, with skills to support and advise others;
  • Ability to learn from difficult experiences, capitalize on mistakes and seize new opportunities;
  • Ability to communicate with non-technical staff for establishing business requirements and converting these requirements into technical specifications;
  • Experience in contributing to projects with team members located in several countries;
  • Excellent communication skills; high proficiency in spoken and written English. Knowledge of French is an asset;
  • Results-oriented and problem-solving skills;
  • Capacity for rigor and precision, transparency and honesty;
  • Ability to uphold high standards under pressure and with tight deadlines;
  • Flexibility, availability and adaptability.


Terre des hommes is the leading Swiss child relief agency. Founded in 1960, we are committed to improving the lives of millions of the world's most vulnerable children. Through our innovative protection and health projects, we provide assistance to over three million children and their families in forty-eight countries. In Europe, Tdh intervenes directly with its own staff in Albania, Greece, Kosovo, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine and indirectly in Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro. The Regional Office in Budapest has been operating since 2006. Juvenile justices projects are on-going in Albania, Croatia Hungary, Moldova and Romania. With ongoing needs and Tdh’s expertise, the Foundation is well positioned to expand and develop Justice projects in other countries.


Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit their CV and motivation in English to

Please include “Regional Programme Manager, Access to Justice, your name and surname” in the subject line of the application email. Please indicate in the email content where you found our Vacancy Announcement and your salary expectations. Applications without this information will not be considered.

Child Safeguarding Policy: 

To commit to respect Tdh Risk Management Policies including: Child Safeguarding Policy, Safety and Security Policy and Anti-Fraud/Corruption Policy, Whistle Blowing Policy.

Due to an anticipated high number of applications, Tdh is not in a position to respond to every applicant individually. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the first interview.