Defence for Children International is a leading child rights focused and membership-based grassroots movement. Created during the International Year of the Child (1979), DCI coordinated the NGO’s input for the drafting of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) - the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history.
As a worldwide Movement, our aim is to ensure an ongoing, practical, systematic and concerted action towards the effective implementation of the human rights codified in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) by means of effective, multi-level coordination and active membership within key networks and fora. DCI membership includes 37 grassroots organisations (National Sections and Associated Members) in five different continents, involving over 300 trained and specialized local staff and volunteers, who contribute daily to defend and protect the human rights of children. In all that we do, we aspire to orient our work so that it is transparent, accountable, socially-transformative and sustainable.
DCI-World Service Foundation: a strategic institutional tool in Brussels
The DCI World Service Foundation (DCI-WS) was established by the DCI International Movement in 2016 to strengthen its work and guide the implementation of the Movement’s Strategic Framework by supporting the development, implementation and impact of projects and programmes, mainly by providing technical expertise and conceptual advice to DCI’s National Sections and Regional Desks.
DCI-WS is responsible for ensuring a systematic approach in the Movement’s relations with donors, public and private partners, who would like to actively ensure progress in the promotion and protection of the rights of the child by contributing to DCI operations and programmes around the globe.
The DCI-WS is strategically located in Brussels, Belgium, to connect the Movement with EU and international partners and access related project opportunities within those fora. The position is hosted by DCI-Belgium, the National Section which supports with the administrative management of the Foundation.
Fundraising for projects of DCI National Sections and Regional projects
Capacity building in projects and programmes
Fundraising for the CFJ-EN - Child-Friendly Justice European Network (EU-funded initiative led by DCI-Belgium gathering 19 partners throughout Europe) and for some other EU funded projects. The Network aims to promote, by several means, a Child friendly approach in child justice in Europe. (see www.cfjnetwork.eu)
DCI is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff, and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of sex, age, disability, gender identity, or ethnicity.
The Coordinator reports to the International Secretariat of DCI (Geneva) and on a daily basis and management issues to DCI-Belgium hosting the position. He/She is part of the operational team of the CFJ-EN team.
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