Terre des hommes is looking for Country Director in Moldova

You enjoy managing people and resources and working for a worthy cause. You are energetic, full of initiative and a self-starter, passionate about child rights. You are looking for a meaningful job that will make a lasting impact? This challenge is for you.

Start date: August/September 2018

Contract: One year, local (no expatriate benefits), full-time employment contract, renewable

Salary: Ranging EUR 2563–2833 EUR gross (1900-2100 EUR net) based on skills and experience (paid in local currency)

Location: Chisinau

Deadline for receiving applications: 6th of June 2018.
Recruitment is on-going until the position is filled.
Priority will be given to candidates legally eligible to work in Moldova.



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.

Terre des hommes is active in Moldova since 2004. Registered as a local Foundation, Tdh Moldova employs an expert team of 16 child protection specialists, trainers, project managers, communication and M&E specialists, legal experts, finance and administration specialists.

Tdh Moldova works to reduce vulnerability and strengthen the protection of children affected by migration; to strengthen children’s access to their rights in the juvenile justice system by promoting a restorative approach; and to build the protection and prevention capacity of child protection institutions and professionals, as well as individuals with rights, such as children, families and communities. We work to ensure that all children in Moldova benefit from a system that can guarantee their survival, protection, development and participation, with a specific focus on the most vulnerable children.


As a representative of the Foundation in Moldova, the Country Director leads and manages the team, the partnerships, all programmes carried out in the country and ensures its funding coverage.


  • Directs the intervention strategy for the country under the leadership of Tdh Regional Office in Budapest and multi-country delegation;
  • Responsible for adequate implementation of the regional and global strategies and policies at country level;
  • Controls the application and supervision of signed agreements between Tdh and its partners and local/national authorities;
  • Supervises the qualitative implementation of projects and develops advocacy strategies;
  • Responsible for the management of the country team. Ensures the guidance and coaching of any staff member under their responsibility;
  • Applies and ensures the implementation of staff management policies within the delegation;
  • Supervises the correct financial management of the office and the funds provided for it;
  • Directs the fundraising and the negotiations with funding partners present in the area of intervention;
  • Leads communication and visibility efforts and ensures the good reputation of Tdh in the country;
  • Bears responsibility for the implementation of policies on security, child safeguarding and fraud prevention;
  • Develops synergies and partnerships with the rest of national and international actors present in the area.


  • University degree (Master’s or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution in a relevant field;
  • Strong expertise in the field of child rights and child protection; knowledge of migration, juvenile justice and social inclusion programs;
  • 5+ years of management experience, preferably with an international organization;
  • Successful track record of leading strategies and securing high levels of funding from institutional donors such as EU, Europe Aid, SDC, DFID, ECHO, UNICEF, other UN agencies;
  • Extensive project management experience;
  • Strong team leadership qualities;
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English and Romanian. Russian language skills would be an advantage;
  • Ability to uphold high standards and punctuality under pressure;
  • Excellent communication, negotiation and conflict resolution skills.


Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit their CV and motivation in English to recruitment@tdh-europe.org. Please include “Country Director Moldova, your name and surname” in the subject line of the application email. Please indicate in the email content where you found our Vacancy Announcement.

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.

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