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Alternative Ways to Address Youth (AWAY) (2017-2018)

AWAY project aims to raise awareness on diversion, a restorative method in juvenile justice. There are available services and opportunities for diversion, but current measures are not appropriate or effective. Evidence based research, capacity buildings, different information campaigns take place in Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Belgium between 2017-2018.

The project is launched by the Regional Office for Central and South Eastern Europe of Terre des hommes and implemented by juvenile justice organisations throughout Europe. It is supported by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union and is currently implemented in 5 countries:

  1. Bulgaria, under the coordination of Program for the Development of the Judicial System (PDJS)
  2. Croatia, under the coordination of Brave Phone Croatia
  3. Romania, under the coordination of Terre des hommes Foundation
  4. Belgium, under the coordination of Defence for Children International (DCI) and the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO)
  5. Hungary, under the coordination of Terre des hommes Regional Office for C/SEE (project lead) and The Global Network for Public Interest Law – PILNET

The project aims at ensuring that multidisciplinary professionals are more aware and better equipped on diversion for arrested / suspected children who benefit from the procedural guarantees they are entitled to as per EU directives 2016/800, 2012/13, 2012/29.

To reach this objective we aim to:

  • Build regional empirical evidence base on diversion in the juvenile justice systems;
  • Develop and deliver self-directed e-learning course;

Please read the full communication letter here

The project AWAY is being co-funded by the European Union

Finance and Compliance Manager

Terre des hommes is looking for a proactive and dynamic professional to join its team in Bucharest, Romania. The successful candidate speaks English and Romanian fluently, holds a relevant degree in accounting or finance and has well-honed experience in small to medium grants management. The working language is English. Line Management: Country Representative

Duty Station: Bucharest, with 10% travel to Bacau and Craiova. Working time: 8 hours/day

Starting date: May 2017

We offer an initially 1,5 years labor contract, with a possibility of extension (replacement during maternity leave)

Main tasks

  • Directs and organises the administrative and financial “service” of the delegation and bases (general accounting, administrative and budget management) in close collaboration with the Country Representative, and Senior Team Members.
  • S/he is the direct interface between the delegation and the headquarters and/or field sponsors as regards to financial reporting. In his/her capacity, the Coordinator reports to the Country Representative and provides multi-base, multi-sponsor and/or multi-partner supervision and follow-up for the projects.
  • S/he is responsible for the implementation of the strategy and the development and managerial coordination of the administrative teams under his/her responsibility.
  • S/he is able to make independent decisions and actions in his/her field of activity. Die folgende übersicht gibt die halbwertszeiten für die vier zerfallsreihen an?
  • S/he supports and validates the quality of the work done by the teams as regards the Tdh mandate and commitments and international standard

Knowledge, Attitude and Experience Required

 –        A BA/S or equivalent in accounting or finance required; advanced degree preferred. –        At least 3+ years of progressive financial management experience, including supervisory experience.

–        At least 2 years’ experience in grants management. Knowledge of Swiss and EU donor regulations a strong asset.

–        Demonstrated experience and skills with budget preparation and analysis, financial forecast, financial reporting preparation and presentation.

–        Strong accounting skills and experience, including management of the general ledger, journal entries, payroll, payables and balance sheet.

–        Strong organizational skills and a proactive attitude.

–        Prior experience of sub-grantee management required.

–        Advanced computer skills in MS Office programs – Advanced Excel required.

–        Effective communication, multi-tasking, organizational and prioritization skills.

–        Strong oral and written English and Romanian required.

–        Ability to work effectively with a diverse team and with beneficiaries with diverse ethnic backgrounds.

–        Prior experience in NGOs, especially with children, an asset. Protection attitude a strong requirement.

Please send your CV and Letter of Intent (both in English) to vacancy@tdh. ro, no latter than 28th of April 2017, with the Subject line “Finance & Compliance Manager”.  

Individuals identifying themselves as Roma are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. Only successful candidates will be contacted.  

Background on Terre des hommes

Terre des hommes (Tdh) is the leading Swiss child relief agency. The Foundation has been helping children in need for over 50 years, defending their rights regardless of their race, creed or political affiliation. In over 35 countries, Tdh protects children against exploitation and violence, improves children’s and their mother’s health and provides emergency psychological and material support in humanitarian crises.  

In Romania Terre des hommes (Tdh Ro) has been active since 1992. For the past few years, the delegation has been working on three main intervention areas: (1) Strengthening child protection and juvenile justice systems, (2) Protection of children affected by migration/trafficking, and (3) Social inclusion of minorities. Every year thousands of children and their families benefit from projects implemented either at a national or regional level. The current team is composed of 18 staff consisting of a delegate, a finance/HR/Admin team, a programmes team and a knowledge management team.

Ramona Surlea, winner of the title “Social Worker of the Year to combat discrimination against minorities”

DSC_0429On the evening of March 21, 2017, Ramona Surlea stepped on the stage of Romanian Athenaeum to receive the title of “Social Worker of the Year to combat discrimination against minorities”, awarded at the National Gala of Excellence in Social Assistance.

With a great deal of joy and emotions, Ramona has sent a strong message about the importance of giving trust and empowering people  who belong to minorities, so that they will be inspired to become positive examples for their entire communities.

Congratulations, Ramona! You are an example to us and we are proud to be your colleagues!

“Let us be proud of European values” – Joint letter of more than 160 NGOs to EU leaders concerning migration issue

In the face of migration crisis, European leaders are at a crossroads and can still chose the path to walk on. However, their responses and reactions haven’t been well aligned with true EU values that all EU member states have adhered to.

Rather than seek to protect people fleeing brutal wars, persecution, human rights violations, instability and extreme poverty, EU institutions have become preoccupied with stopping people reaching Europe and trying to quickly expel those who do. Only last week, European Commission recommended locking up child migrants while they or their parents wait to see if they have been granted asylum. Not only is forcibly detaining children never in the child’s best interests, it is in breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – a set of laws protecting children that every EU nation has signed up to.

EU member states and institutions can either let fear erode the fundamental values they so often preach about yet practice less and less, or they can truly embody the principles the EU was founded on almost 60 years ago.

Over 160 NGOs (including Terre des hommes) demanded European leaders take the second option today (8 March) and called on European governments’ to take inspiration from citizens across Europe welcoming refugees and migrants into their communities and donating money, time and resources to help them.

Click here and read their joint letter in English.

60 children to benefit from Alternative Education Club in Ferentari, due to grant extension offered by Canton Geneva

The Alternative Education Club is a project implemented by Policy Center for Roma and Minorities in the ghetto area of Ferentari, Bucharest. In its 7th year already, the project works on diverting the attention of Roma and non-Roma children/youth from a life of crime and drug consumption by keeping them focused on the positive implications of continuous learning.

Ever since 2012, Policy Center combines non-formal education (i.e. football, street dance, drama, music) with remedial education (development of basic skills in reading, writing, math) and manages to keep children away from drugs and associated risks (prostitution, human trafficking, HIV and hepatitis), the more since, from its empirical observations in the field, some worrying trends can be identified on this matter:

– 1 in 2 children has a member of the family or an acquaintance addicted to drugs;

– all the children are constantly exposed to used syringes on the streets of the ghetto;

– all the children interact on a daily basis with a drug addict (encounters on the streets or in the buildings they live in);

– drug use can start as early as 8 years old, but the most common period is between 12 and 16 which overlaps with teenage years and it is usually connected to school drop-out;

– direct proportionality between spending time on the streets of the ghetto and drug use;

– in the case of girls, drug abuse is connected to prostitution (drug consumption is an accelerator in becoming a prostitute due to the high costs of the drug addiction; their high degree of vulnerability as sex workers is maintained by the drug lords who provide drugs to sustain the dependency).

To combat these risks, 2015, Canton Geneva decided to support the project implementation and awarded a total grant of 111363 CHF  to Policy Center, which were invested in a year-long program of activities, all throughout 2016, for 50 children and youth, age 10 to 16, from schools no. 136 and 147, close to the ghetto area in Ferentari. Terre des hommes Romania mediated the grant allocation and ensured the monitoring and evaluation of the project activities.

At the end of 2016, after a very positive review of the project results, Canton Geneva offered a grant extension in value of 100200 CHF which will now be used by Policy Centre for Roma to deliver non-formal and remedial education for 60 children (Roma and non-Roma) from schools no. 136 and 147 and to raise awareness about the risks of drug addiction among parents and teachers.

“Talking to the outside world about the risk of becoming a drug addict is psychologically demanding for the Roma and non-Roma children in Ferentari. Following our 2015-2016 experience, we concluded that is essential to continue the work with two psychologists in Schools no 136 and 147 and to prepare the children for this intense experience”, argued Raluca Negulescu, deputy director and project manager at Policy Centre for Roma.

Terre des hommes Romania will proudly support and closely monitor the implementation of this project in 2017 and wishes a lot of success to the project team in their endeavours! For more details about the project, please go to:


County meetings to strengthen local partnerships established through zefiR project

In 2017, the Foundation Agency for Community Development “Together”, as partner in the zefiR consortium, organizes a series of meetings at county level in order to strengthen local/regional partnerships and to manage with increased efficiency and productivity problems of Roma communities.

First meetings of such kind already took place in Targu Jiu (January 30, 2017), in Craiova (January 31, 2017) and Slatina (February 1, 2017). Read more on, click here for direct link.

Romanian young people go through respect-based training and become youth facilitators

Bucharest, Romania: Five young people were trained as co-facilitators for the LEAP project in Romania. The three-day training was held between 26th of October and 2nd of November. The group established its own rules, which include respect, attention to youth and each other, creativity, “smiles and hopes”. The youngsters felt inspired to declare their wish for openness, to work with empathy and keep the spirit of success alive. They agreed to exercise patience and stay committed to their involvement in the whole process.

The 5 co-facilitators had chosen to symbolize their group rules through a tree, „as it grows – the trunk means the respect. The sun is the goodness that makes the clouds (lack of care) to fade away.”

The training focused on project objectives, child’s rights and human rights, participation; communication and active listening, feedback, working team techniques, facilitation techniques, resilience and acceding personal resources. In addition to this, the training sessions provided opportunities for the youth to study the toolkit developed in the project for them and to start preparing the presentations for their peers affected by sexual violence.

The new knowledge acquired through training delivery has been the most appreciated by the young co-facilitators („it helps them in life and helps the people around them”), next to „the group atmosphere”, personal interactions that helped them open up and make friends and last, but not the least, the way the training days were structured, using both lectures and games.

How to communicate with families and children affected by migration? 25 social will attend a training in February to find the answer

Between 23 to 24 February 2017, 25 social workers from Arges and Valcea counties are expected to attend the third training course on effective communication with and for people affected by migration (children whose parents are working abroad, children repatriated or refugees and their families etc).

Organized within the project “Regional Resource Center for Child Protection in Southeast Europe” and endorsed by CNASR, the course aims at developing the capacity of social workers to communicate effectively with migrants, as well as with other social actors or with their colleagues in an effort to ensure an integrated social protection to those in need.

In social casuistry, children affected by migration and their families represent a vulnerable group with special communication needs as a result of the psychosocial stress that they are experiencing temporarily or an indefinite time period. The ability of social workers to communicate and relate in a proper way with these beneficiaries is crucial in order to reduce the tension and anxiety, as well as to identify the best measures of protection or social assistance.

The training course was held for the first time in Craiova, 27 to 28 June, 2016, and then re-delivered in Bucharest, on September 20 to 21st, 2016. Social workers attending the course from Pitesti will receive updated content and will join a network of more than 40 colleagues from the southeast region, who learned to be good communicators, astute and careful in dealing with vulnerable people.