Contract Opportunity: Software/Website Development

Contract – Paid Opportunity: Software/Website Development


The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative requires services for the redevelopment and updating of an existing mobile web application prototype and is accepting expressions of interest in order to find a qualified source to meet this need. The existing prototype is built on a Drupal 8 CMS platform, and will therefore require significant knowledge and experience with this platform in addition to a firm understanding of ‘mobile first’ design.

Our goal with mobile web application redevelopment is to:

  • Create training environment based on modules with improved user experience.
  • Create simple to implement templates/page builder
  • Improve overall user experience and design of application for mobile/desktop environments

The objective of this call for applications is to locate a source that will provide the best overall value to the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative in meeting the project vision.


The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative was established in 2007 by retired Lieutenant-General the Honourable Roméo Dallaire, former Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR). The Dallaire Initiative’s mission is to develop new strategies and tactics for eradicating the recruitment and use of child soldiers worldwide.

To achieve this important objective, the Dallaire Initiative conducts activities on three fronts:

  • We conduct world-class interdisciplinary research to build – and share – knowledge, which in turn leads to new solutions.
  • We engage in high-level advocacy activities to create and promote the political will to end the use of children as soldiers.
  • We deliver tactical, prevention-oriented training to security sector actors, to promote broader security sector reform.


The existing app requires updating to its current structure to enhance both its functionality and the user experience with the app. The following criteria are some of the criteria that need to be met to achieve a successful project:

  • Create a visually and aesthetically pleasing mobile web app based on mobile user experience best practices
  • Consistency of design across all sections of the app in a CMS theme
  • Site can be changed/modified easily by Dallaire Initiative personnel with minimal coding knowledge
  • Any additional software and licensing requirements should be included as part of this project
  • App content should be searchable through key word searches for primary content categories, i.e. resources, training, news, etc.
  • App must be responsive design and thus be usable on most modern web browsers and across most device categories, including but not limited to smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops.
  • Ability to work closely with the project manager on coordination of project tasks and resources
  • Plan and perform a complete testing process on redeveloped app in order to ensure functionality


 All deliverables for this project must be completed by September 1, 2017, with biweekly project updates provided to the project manager.


  • Undergraduate Degree in Computer Science or Informatics
  • Development experience with Drupal CMS, with emphasis on Drupal 8
  • Knowledge and experience with all major coding languages, including but not limited to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, etc.
  • Knowledge and experience with developing analytics to track user experience.
  • 3-5 years of experience in website/app development with a focus on mobile first design
  • Demonstrated success with project management, meeting deadlines and deliverables.
  • Experience working with clients from not-for-profits, governments and or universities considered an asset




 567890-=-o0io9i89iu9899i9i989pplnterested applicants are invited to express their interest in the contract by emailing  the project manager at [email protected] no later than 11:59pm on Sunday, May 7th 2017. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates selected for a follow up meeting will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Expressions of interest should include the following:

  • A cover letter and CV, demonstrating your qualifications and specialized skills as they relate to the contract.
  • 2 projects that are similar to this project as part of their response, including references for each. Examples of work should be provided as well.
  • If you have a standard set of terms and conditions, please submit them with your proposal. All terms and conditions will be subject to negotiation.
  • A price proposal that is not more than 1 page and does not exceed a total project budget of $5000. This price proposal should indicate an estimate for the overall fixed price for the project as well as hourly rates and an estimated total number of hours, should the Dallaire Initiative decide to award a contract on an hourly rate basis.

Sierra Leone Education Project

Dustin Johnson

Students doing a story mapping exercise in Makeni. Photo by Dustin Johnson

By: Dustin Johnson

During the first week of April, our research officer Dustin Johnson visited Sierra Leone to conduct an initial round of monitoring and evaluation of the Dallaire Initiative’s education project. Along with staff from our in-country partner, Pikin-to-Pikin Movement, he visited the three primary schools in Port Loko, Bombali, and Moyamba districts where the project is being piloted.

At each school, 48 students from grades 3 to 5 are members of a Dallaire Initiative Peace Club. Through drama, songs, and discussions, the students learn about peace, child protection, and preventing interpersonal violence, and then spread these messages among the other students, to other schools, at home, and in the community. At each school, Dustin and Pikin-to-Pikin staff conducted mapping exercises, group interviews with the students, and one-on-one interviews with the teachers who coordinate the clubs and local Pikin-to-Pikin staff to gather information on the project from a different perspective.

From the responses provided by the students, staff, and teachers, it is clear that the project is already beginning to have an impact on the students, the school, and their communities. The messages disseminated in the clubs appears to be causing behaviour change among the students, including reducing bullying and fighting, and encouraging them to talk to their friends and intervene to prevent this kind of behaviour. Many of the students also reported talking to their parents about peace and what they learned in the clubs, encouraging them to reduce conflict and abuse in the home.

The clubs also undertake activities like visiting other schools to spread their message, tackling fighting that occurs at sporting matches and other events between schools, and visiting local courts and chiefs to learn more about conflict resolution institutions and encourage their use.

Overall, the project so far is a success and appears to already be having an impact. As time goes on, further assessments will better reveal the impact on the wider community and demonstrate the importance of this approach of working directly with children to build peace in the community and the country.





The Dallaire Initiative Launches Toolkit to Protect Education from Attack

Director of Training, Darin Reeves, presents Implementing the Guidelines: A Toolkit to Guide Understanding and Implementation of the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use During Armed Conflict in Buenos Aires, Argentina March 29th, 2017.

By: Darin Reeves

As a much-anticipated centre piece of this two day conference, hosted by the Argentinian Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs together with the Government of Norway to discuss the implementation of the Safe Schools Declaration, The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative launched Implementing the Guidelines: A Toolkit to Guide Understanding and Implementation of the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict (the Toolkit). Attended by representatives from 80 states, together with international organizations and civil society representatives from around the world, this conference highlighted the release of the Toolkit, made up of practical tools intended as teaching aids, tactical and operational guidance materials and aides-memoire specifically designed for state and non-state military planners, at both the operational and tactical levels.

In designing the Toolkit, created on behalf of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), the Dallaire Initiative relied upon the extensive experience and knowledge gained from working with security sector actors from around the world, together with our unique understanding of the most important issues faced by the security sector. Building on the Guidelines, which provide non-binding, practical yet aspirational guidance to encourage parties to conflict to better protect the special civilian character of schools and universities, the Toolkit itself translates this guidance into real-world approaches, contextual solutions and planning considerations of assistance to forces in the field.

Speaking to the assembly in presenting the Toolkit, the Director of Training Darin Reeves stated that the Toolkit is intended to assist security sector actors be proactive, rather than reactive, in their approach to protecting education in areas of armed conflict and that by protecting schools, children’s rights and the children themselves will remain protected. “This Toolkit emphasises the ‘Humanitarian’ in International Humanitarian Law, and by assisting security sector actors at the point of first contact with schools, students and educators will provide practical tools and guidance to ensure that education can continue. This supports our own work in creating practical, proactive solutions to ending the recruitment and use of child soldiers, and to supporting children’s rights in areas of armed conflict”.