Missing Children Europe is looking to recruit a versatile and dynamic Project Officer with a true passion for children’s rights, to coordinate activities and advocate for policy change in the field of missing children, in particular related to international child abductions and cross-border family mediation.

Missing Children Europe represents 31 NGOs in 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.



The project officer will support the Secretary General and work in close cooperation with other project officers in coordinating activities in the field of internationally abducted children, implementing the EU funded INCLUDE and iCare projects and coordinating our activities related to the cross-border family mediators network, including research, advocacy, and fundraising for new projects.

1) Coordinate the EU Funded INCLUDE project aiming to enhance the wellbeing of children at all stages of an international child abduction: from the start of the case until the enforcement and after return.
2) Ensure implementation of the dissemination workstream of the iCare project aiming to contribute to a better understanding and case handling of international child abduction cases.
3) Run our ongoing work with our cross border family mediators network, including steering meetings, coordination with our training partner, organisation of annual trainings and supervision and the annual data collection, as well as advocacy at EU and CoE level and support to advocacy for pre-mediation offices at national level
4) Monitor European developments in the field of missing children, with a particular focus on international child abductions and cross-border family mediation
5) Represent the cross-border family mediators network vis-à-vis the European institutions and other key stakeholders.


Profile, skills and background:

• University degree in a relevant field (law, psychology, sociology, political science, human rights, EU or international affairs, or related field) or recognised mediation certificate
• Experience in (family) mediation (preferably a trained mediator)
• Experience with international child abduction an asset
• 2-3 years of professional experience in project management
• Excellent understanding of children’s rights and child protection issues
• Excellent command of English required, French an asset
• Excellent organisational skills
• Experience in research an asset
• Comfortable working in cooperation with children and young experience experts
• Understanding of the NGO sector / EU umbrella organisations an asset
• Experience in working with the European Commission and other EU institutions an asset
• A good understanding of EC funding programmes an asset
• 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
• EU work permit required


Our offer:

• An exciting job in a small but dynamic organisation dealing with problems related to the disappearance and sexual exploitation of children at a European level.
Type of contract:
• Part-time (min 0,4 FTE max 0,6 FTE) permanent contract.
• Starting date: 1 March or as soon as possible afterwards
• Based in Brussels but working from home while COVID19 restrictions apply


• Remuneration will depend on the candidate’s experience and qualification, following the remuneration scheme of Missing Children Europe. Packages include holiday scheme, 13th month, lunch vouchers, hospital insurance and reimbursement of transport costs.


If you believe you qualify for this position please send along your CV and letter outlining your motivation (1 page max.) to Missing Children Europe, Aagje Ieven, Secretary General by email: secretary.general@missingchildreneurope.eu by 21 February, midnight CET, noting “Application Project Officer ICA CBFM ” in the subject line.
Interviews and tests are planned to take place 25 February 2021. Notification 23 February 2020. 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.