Missing Children Europe is looking to recruit a consultant with a strong research background and a true passion for children’s rights, to carry out interviews with survivors and other research activities as part of the CESAGRAM project on the relationship between online grooming and missing.

Missing Children Europe represents 32 NGOs in 27 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.


Project Background

CESAGRAM aims to enhance the understanding of the process of grooming, and more particularly how it is facilitated by technology and how it can lead to child sexual abuse and missing, in order to ensure that grooming for sexual abuse which potentially leads to going missing is prevented insofar possible, as well as to ensure that victims of grooming are identified and receive appropriate support before, during and after a disappearance.


The CESAGRAM project will mainly target young people 11-14 years old, who are at risk of grooming or are victims of grooming themselves and are at risk of missing, carers and teachers, frontline professionals (social workers, NGOs, law enforcement) as well as policy makers. It will support the implementation of the existing legislation on child sexual abuse along with the European Commission’s Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Network (CSAPN) and the future European Centre against Child Sexual Abuse, as well as the relevant strategies developed by the European Commission (Child Rights Strategy, EU Child Sexual Abuse strategy, European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children).



In particular, the Research Consultant will:

  • Co-design a semi-structured/structured interview guide for the research activity, together with the Research Expert
  • Identify the sample and support recruitment of participants
  • Manage data collection
  • Conduct Interviews with Survivors of online grooming
  • Assist with the ethical clearance
  • Develop the coding frame and analysis protocols
  • Analyse qualitative data from each country
  • Write up the final report, together with the rest of the team
  • Provide other support to the CESAGRAM Project as needed


Profile, skills and background:

  • Masters degree in a relevant field (psychology, sociology, human rights, or other related field), with strong research component – preferably a PhD
  • Solid experience with trauma-informed qualitative research methods
  • Experience of trauma-sensitive interviewing
  • Experience with research on digital technology, violence against children, or child rights is desirable
  • Experience analyzing and writing up qualitative data
  • A minimum of 2+ years of professional experience
  • Excellent command of English is essential, French, Greek or Lithuanian is an asset
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Comfortable working in cooperation with children and young experience experts
  • Sensitive, diplomatic, and with a good sense of humour
  • Ability to work with people from different professional and cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to work well with others in a small team
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently as well as stress resistant



It is expected that the consultancy will require 120 to 150 working days over a period of 9 months depending on the agreed Terms of Reference. Detailed planning and work plans will be established in the induction phase of the consultancy.


Additional Information

  • The Research Consultant will be engaged on an independent consultancy basis, using own computer and communication equipment and facilities, option to use a desk at the Missing Children Office in Brussels is possible but not transport costs to the office are foreseen.
  • Travel costs to interview participants in the study are covered.
  • Payment will be based on daily fee and actual working days carried out for the assignments

If you believe you qualify for this position please send your CV and a letter outlining your motivation (1 page max.) indicating an expected daily fee to applications@missingchildreneurope.eu by the 10th of May  midnight CET with “Research Consultant CESAGRAM” as a subject title.



All information given upon application will be treated in a confidential manner and according to Missing Children Europe’s privacy policies.

Please note: We occasionally amend or withdraw Missing Children Europe (MCE) jobs and reserve the right to do so at any time, including prior to the advertised closing date. MCE will never ask you for a fee to process or consider your application for a career with MCE. Anyone who demands such a fee is not an authorized MCE representative and you are strongly advised to refuse any such demand.

All staff and consultants recruited by Missing Children Europe will be asked to comply with our child protection policy, including necessary vetting and background. 

For Missing Children Europe, human qualities are decisive regardless of your race, colour, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.