Expert on bullying and preventing violence among children

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Terre des hommes Moldova is seeking to contract an expert on bullying and preventing violence among childrenwithin “Preventing childhood violence through engagement – a community based model”, funded by OAK Foundation.

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND

Working in Moldova since 2004, Terre des hommes (Tdh) is dedicated to ensuring the fulfilment of all children’s fundamental rights and to contributing to the improvement of the Moldovan child protection system. By means of its projects, Tdh Moldova aims for sustainable prevention of and response to violence, neglect and exploitation against children at the community, district and national levels. Tdh Moldova is geographically operating in the entire country. Currently, Tdh’s work in Moldova is built along three complementary axes – Child Protection Systems, Children Affected by Migration and Access to Justice, and seeks to develop synergies between them as well as with other key thematic areas of Terre des hommes Foundation.

COUNTRY CONTEXT

Thousands of Moldovan children experience violence. UNICEF reports that 76 percent of Moldovan children aged 2-14 years old experience violent methods of discipline and almost every second adolescent knows a peer suffering from bullying in school. In its national Strategy for the protection of the child, Government of Moldova recognized that childhood violence is not decreasing and that violence is primarily caused and perpetuated by harmful social norms, a culture of violence in the society and family, insufficient parenting competencies, economic stress. The fact that public authorities have recognized childhood violence as an important problem, which will require changing social norms regarding children’s rights, effective parenting, gender equality, inclusion and non-discrimination is a step in the right direction. The fact that, globally, these norms are shifting (for example norms that endorse psychical punishment of children are weakening) and the fact that, internationally, there are examples of effective violence prevention programs provide additional opportunities for working to prevent violence in Moldova. Corporal punishment of children continues to be accepted in Moldova, with only 8 percent of parents stating that they would report to the police when witnessing a parent beating their child. Gender stereotypes and other harmful norms that condone violence run deep in the Moldovan society. Gender stereotypes are shared by both men and women, and they start early in childhood.

PROJECT SUMMARY

The project “Preventing childhood violence through engagement – a community based model”, will be implemented in partnership with 30 local communities, which will be invited to participate as partners that engage and contribute their resources to project implementation. Participating schools will contribute with space for setting up Ludotecas and youth clubs «ALEG» and will pay salaries for teachers providing psycho-social activities through the Ludotecas. The project will further collaborate with public authorities (local and national) and with partner NGOs to inform them of lessons learned and good practices identified during the project. Assessments produced as part of this project will be made public to ensure that they contribute to building evidence based and context specific models for preventing bullying, childhood violence and reducing harmful social norms in Moldova.

The project objectives are:

  • Prevent violence among children in the school by transforming school cultures, empowering children, and equipping teachers.
  • Prevent child maltreatment in the family by improving capacity of parents and empowering children.
  • Contribute to reducing harmful social norms.

Building individual and institutional capacity for preventing violence comes with its own set of challenges. These include designing programs that are grounded in theory, finding experts, researching impact, finding agents of change and the right local specialists to conduct regular activities. An added complexity is that agents of change (youth and adults) need time to go through their own transformation processes before they can influence others.

EXPERT RESPONSIBILITIES

The overall objective of this contract is to conceive, produce and perform the program on preventing bullying and violence among children in schools. 

  • Elaborate a training curriculum on preventing bullying and violence among children for teachers and psychologists;
  • Elaborate a training manual for teachers on preventing bullying and violence among children;
  • Train Tdh team on preventing bullying and violence techniques;
  • Conduct a first training on preventing bullying and violence with teachers;
  • Conduct a second ToT training on preventing bullying and violence among children with school psychologist.

REQUIRED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

The candidate should have a relevant academic education, in addition to a minimum of 5 years of experience in the fields of developing training materials and delivering trainings in the area of preventing bullying and violence among children.

  • Strong understanding of bullying and all its forms, cultural practices and attitudes and behaviours that relate to it;
  • Extensive experience in designing and delivering trainings and workshops on related topic;
  • Strong skills in developing and writing training curricula and programs;  
  • Exemplary communication skills;
  • Strong oral communication and excellent Romanian skills.

THE SELECTION CRITERIA ARE THE FOLLOWING

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in working on preventing bullying and violence against children;
  • Experience in developing programs and workshops on bullying and preventing violence against children in schools;
  • Experience in delivering trainings;
  • Fluency in Romanian (fluency in English will be an asset).

TIMETABLE

The contract will start in March.

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

Interested experts are invited to submit their proposals in three components:

  • Candidate’s CV;
  • Technical proposal, with a short concept of the training program;
  • Financial offer, expressed as a fee/day;
  • Documents/links confirming experience.

HOW TO APPLY:

Here you will find the ToR. The applications will be submitted to: mda.office@tdh.ch

The applications will be submitted in English language no later than March 1st, 2019. Please refer to the position you are applying to in the subject section of the application e-mail.

Please note that only the selected candidates will be contacted. Any application received after the deadline will not be considered.

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