Now recruiting: Outreach worker (Miniila app)

Missing Children Europe is looking to recruit an Outreach Worker to promote the Miniila app to children and youth in migration in Europe.

Missing Children Europe is the European Federation for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children, representing 30 NGOs of 26 European countries active in combatting the disappearance and sexual exploitation of children. We provide the link between research, policies and organisations on the ground, to protect children from any kind of violence, abuse or neglect that is caused by, or results from them going missing.


Context – the Miniila app:

Many migrant children escaping to Europe have a smartphone to navigate safely and speak with their family back home. Still, these children explain that they lack access to food, shelter, medical assistance and critical information about their rights. Missing Children Europe saw the opportunity to leverage this technology and created the Miniila app so that children can access trustworthy information on their rights and the support services available wherever they are in Europe.

Developed in cooperation with children, the Miniila app aims at empowering children (especially those unaccompanied) to make informed decision and protect themselves from those who profit from their vulnerability. The Miniila app features real-time and regionally specific information so that children can learn about the services available near them on a map in their own language. It guides them towards trustworthy organisations in their proximity who can provide them with shelter, food, health services, legal assistance, guardianship and more.

Missing Children Europe works in cooperation with IntoApps, Translators without Borders, MdM - Doctors of the World Belgium and national coordinators in eight countries where the app will be rolled out.   

The Miniila app is part of the Amina Programme, which aims at closing the protection gaps that lead to the disappearance and exploitation of children in migration and at creating an environment where policy and legislative processes give primary consideration to the best interest of the child. 


Expected tasks

1.  Promoting the app to migrant and refugee children in Belgium through: 

·  Direct outreach to children in hubs, medical centers, reception centers, at activities and in other places attended by children

·  The use of social media (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.) to post short videos, information related to news in the app, success stories of the app

·Any other relevant channel/means  

2.  Engaging with migrant and refugee children in Europe through social media 

3.  Traveling in European countries (Greece and Italy) to promote the app to children and train partners on its promotion

4.  Liaising with young influencers to scale up the promotion of the app, in respect of Missing Children Europe’s strategy for social media and influencers


Profile, skills and background

·  Knowledge and personal experience of the migration context in Belgium and/or Europe  

·  Knowledge of and access to the communication channels used by migrant and refugee children in Belgium and Europe 

·  Knowledge of outreach work 

·  Knowledge of social media 

·  Ability to build trust 

·  Languages: Good command of English or French, plus fluency in one of the three other languages of the app: Arabic, Farsi, Tigrinya

·  Experience as social worker is a strong asset


Our offer


·  An exciting job in a small but dynamic organisation dealing with problems related to the disappearance and sexual exploitation of children at European level.

·  The Outreach Worker would be recruited part time for 6 to 8 months, starting in May 2019.

·  Position based in Belgium with frequent travels within the country and possibly to other European countries 


·  Title and remuneration will depend on the candidate’s experience and qualification, following the remuneration scheme of Missing Children Europe

·  Travel costs (in- and out-country) related to the dissemination of the app covered (up to a fixed sum)

If you believe you qualify for this position please send along your CV an cover letter by 24th April 2019 to:

Reinhold Erdt, Project Assistant of Missing Children Europe, mail: with the subject line Application Outreach Worker

Interviews are planned to take place 29th April, 3rd and 4th of May 2019. Please note that only selected candidates will be contacted.

Staff recruited by Missing Children Europe will be asked to comply with our child protection policy, including necessary vetting and background checks of personnel. Missing Children Europe is an equal opportunity employer and does not to discriminate against any employee or job applicant because of race, colour, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age.

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