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The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative takes over valuable programs from Child Soldiers International

The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative (Dallaire Initiative) and Child Soldiers International (CSI) announced today that the Dallaire Initiative is taking over the international programs from CSI, which is officially closing its operations on June 7, 2019. The Dallaire Initiative is honoured to carry forward CSI’s valuable contributions to the cause, and CSI is confident and proud to hand over its work to them.

Dr. Shelly Whitman, Executive Director of the Dallaire Initiative, said: “We place immense value on the work CSI has undertaken as the founders of the global movement to prevent the recruitment and use of child soldiers, as well as the relationships and collaboration we have enjoyed over the years. Although we are sad to lose them as collaborators and colleagues, we wanted to ensure that the important work started by CSI lives on through the handover of key existing programs and resources. CSI’s legacy and work, particularly on global advocacy and community-based prevention and reintegration, will continue to advance the body of knowledge pertaining to understanding and preventing the recruitment and use of children as soldiers. We are also confident that it will better inform our activities, optimize our impact globally and ensure the world understands the need to continue to put resources towards ending this tragedy.”

Isabelle Guitard, Director of Child Soldiers International, said: “We are thrilled that our global work to prevent the military recruitment and use of children will be taken forward by the Dallaire Initiative. Like us, they believe that prevention is better than cure. They are renowned and respected advocates of children’s rights in conflict, with whom we have worked closely for years in our mutual efforts to prevent the involvement of children in armed conflict. We know that our work and legacy will continue through their hard-working and passionate team.”

The Dallaire Initiative is taking over the DRC and South Sudan community led prevention and reintegration programs. Both programs compliment the already existing programs the Dallaire Initiative is conducting in South Sudan and the DRC. In addition, the Dallaire Initiative will host and continue the Child Soldiers World Index, and its global research, policy and advocacy work. The World Index is an important resource for child protection actors and the Dallaire Initiative is eager to not only take it on, but combine it with their exciting new Knowledge for Prevention research that aims to create a better global estimate on the numbers of children recruited and used as soldiers. A statistically informed global estimate, combined with the World Index platform, has the power to demonstrate progress on the issue as well as to continue to galvanize support to continue the fight to improve efforts to end this crime against humanity.

The Dallaire Initiative will not be taking on CSI’s UK program campaign. This will be taken over by the London-based Child Rights International Network (CRIN).

Both CSI and the Dallaire Initiative have championed the belief that it is immoral for adults to use children in war. Collaboration on international advocacy and implementation by both organizations on the OPAC, the Safe Schools Declaration, the Paris Principles and the Vancouver Principles demonstrated this common aim. Children should not fight wars and one day we will make their recruitment and use “unthinkable”.

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About the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative

Founded by retired lieutenant-general Roméo Dallaire, the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative (Dallaire Initiative) believes that in order to progressively end the recruitment and use of children as soldiers, the world must focus on effective prevention. It is the Dallaire Initiative’s unique approach to affecting beliefs, attitudes and behavior change through our pedagogical approaches that leverage our relationship to work with the security sector through a prevention-oriented lens, that defines our organizational imperative and creates lasting impacts well beyond the immediate interventions. The Dallaire Initiative co-authored the Vancouver Principles on Peacekeeping and the Prevention of the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers in 2017 with the Government of Canada.

About Child Soldiers International

Child Soldiers International (CSI) was formerly the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers. Established in 1998 by a group of leading human rights organisations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Save the Children, its original purpose was to campaign for a human rights treaty to prevent the military recruitment of children and their use in conflict. This treaty, the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC), entered into force in 2002. In 2011 it became an independent UK registered charity, connected with a network of local and national child rights and child protection organisations across the world. CSI will close its doors on 7 June 2019, due to an increasingly challenging operating and funding environment for small NGOs.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact:

Amara Bangura
Sr. Communications Officer
The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative
+1 (902) 494-7853 (office)
[email protected]

Isabelle Guitard (until 7 June)
Director
Child Soldiers International
[email protected]

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The International Day of UN Peacekeepers: Protect Children to Protect Peace

Halifax, Nova Scotia May 29th

The International Day of UN Peacekeepers: Protect Children to Protect Peace

Today, on the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative (Dallaire Initiative) honours all peacekeepers around the world who have sacrificed their lives to help bring peace to conflict-affected countries.

UN peacekeepers continue to play a crucial role in helping these countries and their people find peace and stability. The International Day of UN Peacekeepers is therefore observed annually on May 29th, and this year’s theme “Protecting Civilians, Protecting Peace” also marks the upcoming 20th anniversary of the first ever Security Council mandated peacekeeping mission designed explicitly to protect civilians in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) in 1999.

Sierra Leone today is a peaceful country on Africa’s West Coast, but the anniversary reminds us of the challenges to protect peace. During its decade-long civil war, 10,000 child soldiers were recruited and used as soldiers by all parties to the conflict. Today, however, the country is one of the first African countries to endorse the Vancouver Principles on Peacekeeping and the Prevention of the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers. It has also undergone significant security sector reforms and is now contributing troops to the UN and African Union peacekeeping missions in various conflict zones.

“We are extremely proud of how Sierra Leone has emerged as strong advocate for the prevention of the recruitment and use of child soldiers across the globe,” says Dallaire Initiative Executive Director, Dr. Shelly Whitman.

The Dallaire Initiative has been working with the security sector in Sierra Leone since 2012. This week, our team of expert trainers are in the country to continue the collaborative development of an integrated training program. Together with our partners, the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces, the Sierra Leone Police, and the Sierra Leone Correctional Services, we are supporting the world’s first integrated security sector curriculum focused on the prevention of the recruitment and use of child soldiers.

The Dallaire Initiative believes that if we are to collectively “protect civilians as a means to protect the peace”, we must empower security sector actors with the appropriate training, tools, and resources to protect children. This also requires us to understand that the realities of conflict demand new approaches and practical strategies to better protect both children and soldiers from physical and psychological harm. We believe that by taking a Children’s Rights Upfront approach – which means placing children at the top of the international peace and security agenda – it will,in turn, contribute to improving overall peace and security globally and ultimately, the mandate of UN peacekeepers to better protect civilians.

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About the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative

Founded by retired lieutenant-general Roméo Dallaire, the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative (Dallaire Initiative) believes that in order to progressively end the recruitment and use of children as soldiers, the world must focus on effective prevention. It is the Dallaire Initiative’s unique approach to affecting beliefs, attitudes and behavior change through our pedagogical approaches that leverage our relationship to work with the security sector through a prevention-oriented lens, that defines our organizational imperative and creates lasting impacts well beyond the immediate interventions.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact:

Amara Bangura
Sr. Communications Officer
The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative
+1 (902) 494-7853 (office)
[email protected]

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The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative remporte 3 millions de dollars pour le projet national du Soudan du Sud


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L’Initiative Dallaire annonce un programme national dédié aux enfants soldats au Soudan du Sud grâce à une subvention du gouvernement canadien d’un montant de 3 millions de dollars

Tout au long de ce projet de renconforcement des capacités d’une durée de trois ans, l’Initiative Dallaire œuvrera avec des forces de sécurité nationales et internationales à l’effet de mettre fin au recrutement et à l’utilisation d’enfants soldats, une mission indispensable qui se situe dans le droit fil de l’ensemble des efforts destinés à rétablir la paix au Soudan du Sud.

Halifax (N.-É.) — Grâce à une subvention de 3 millions de dollars d’Affaires mondiales Canada, la Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative apporte au Soudan du Sud son approche mondialement reconnue axée sur la prévention en vue de mettre un terme à l’utilisation et au recrutement d’enfants soldats.

« Notre expérience et notre approche visant à protéger les enfants de leur recrutement et leur utilisation comme enfants soldats à l’échelle du continent africain et au-delà font de l’Initiative Dallaire l’entité la mieux à même de proposer une approche d’élimination progressive du phénomène d’enfants soldats dans l’environnement difficile que constitue le Soudan du Sud », déclare Shelly Whitman, directrice générale de la Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative.

La crise en cours au Soudan du Sud a donné lieu à une utilisation massive et généralisée d’enfants soldats par toutes les parties au conflit, une situation qui a valu à ce pays d’être accusé de violations graves commises à l’encontre d’enfants dans le rapport de 2016 du secrétaire général de l’ONU sur le sort des enfants en temps de conflit armé.

Ce projet vise à protéger des garçons et des filles du Soudan du Sud de leur recrutement et leur utilisation comme enfants soldats en œuvrant avec des intervenants du secteur de la sécurité (en particulier les forces nationales, les Casques bleus et des acteurs de la sociétés civiles) afin de renforcer les stratégies destinées à prévenir l’utilisation des enfants comme armes de guerre. Pour ce faire, l’Initiative Dallaire, de concert avec des partenaires locaux, entend offrir des formations et mener des activités de sensibilisation dans le but de changer les attitudes et les comportements concernant l’utilisation des enfants comme armes de guerre.

L’engagement du gouvernement du Canada à l’égard de ce projet et la priorité accordée à la protection des enfants traduisent l’engagement pris lors de la Réunion des ministres de la Défense sur le maintien de la paix des Nations Unies organisée à Vancouver en novembre 2017. Au cours de cette conférence, l’Initiative Dallaire et le gouvernement du Canada ont lancé un nouvel ensemble de normes mondiales appelé Les principes de Vancouver sur le maintien de la paix et la prévention du recrutement et de l’utilisation d’enfants soldats.

Le projet au Soudan du Sud s’appuiera sur le modèle innovant à l’échelle nationale de l’Initiative Dallaire relatif à la protection des enfants de la guerre. Grâce à une formation des intervenants du secteur de la sécurité fondée sur une approche descendante et des initiatives de sensibilisation et d’éducation communautaires axées sur une démarche ascendante, l’Initiative Dallaire propose une approche globale destinée à protéger les enfants de la violence, des conflits et de la guerre, un modèle élaboré et mis à l’essai en Sierra Leone et qui, et ce moment, fait l’objet d’une mise en œuvre en Somalie.

L’Initiative Dallaire s’efforcera de favoriser l’apprentissage et les échanges, tout en fournissant de la formation et de l’assistance technique, selon que de besoin, afin d’élaborer des stratégies de protection de l’enfance et des mécanismes communautaires pratiques de consolidation de la paix au Soudan du Sud au lendemain du lancement officiel des activités le 1er avril 2018. Ce projet, qui durera trois années, s’achèvera officiellement en 2021.

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Pour toute demande presse, merci de communiquer avec :

Josh Boyter

Directeur des communications, La Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative

[email protected]

1 902 494 2392 (bureau)

1 902 489. 6767 (cellulaire)

À propos de la Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative

Basée à l’Université Dalhousie à Halifax, en Nouvelle-Écosse, au Canada, l’Initiative Dallaire est reconnue comme étant le seul organisme au monde qui s’appuie sur une approche axée à la fois sur la prévention et le secteur de la sécurité pour s’attaquer au crime contre l’humanité que constitue le phénomène d’utilisation d’enfants soldats. Fondée par le lieutenant-général à la retraite et célèbre humanitaire Roméo Dallaire, la Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative est un chef de file qui s’engage à éliminer l’utilisation et le recrutement d’enfants soldats partout dans le monde, à travers des recherches révolutionnaires, des activités de plaidoyer et la formation des intervenants du secteur de la sécurité.

Au sujet du projet

La crise en cours au Soudan du Sud a donné lieu à une utilisation massive et généralisée d’enfants soldats par toutes les parties au conflit, une situation qui a valu à ce pays d’être accusé de violations graves commises à l’encontre d’enfants dans le rapport de 2016 du secrétaire général de l’ONU sur le sort des enfants en temps de conflit armé. En 2016, les Nations Unies ont confirmé 169 cas de recrutement et d’utilisation qui ont touché au moins 1 022 enfants, 61 % ayant été attribués à l’APLS (574) et aux autres forces de sécurité gouvernementales (50). Des enfants ont également été recrutés et utilisés par l’Armée populaire de libération du Soudan dans l’opposition (115), l’Armée populaire de libération du Soudan dans l’opposition alliée à Taban Deng Gai (207), et plusieurs autres groupes d’opposition.

En posant le problème comme étant une priorité particulière pour les intervenants du secteur de la sécurité, l’Initiative Dallaire entend renforcer les capacités des personnes engagées dans les opérations de paix au Soudan du Sud en vue d’améliorer les politiques et les stratégies destinées à prévenir le recrutement et l’utilisation d’enfants soldats.

Dans l’ensemble, le projet vise à protéger des garçons et des filles du Soudan du Sud par le biais de l’élimination progressive du recrutement et de l’utilisation d’enfants soldats en soutenant l’APLS, la MINUSS, ainsi que des organismes internationaux et communautaires à travers les axes ci-dessous :

  • Le renforcement des capacités des intervenants du secteur de la sécurité en vue de prévenir le recrutement et l’utilisation de filles et de garçons comme soldats.
  • L’intégration de la prévention du recrutement et de l’utilisation d’enfants soldats dans le processus global de rétablissement de la paix au Soudan du Sud.
  • Le renforcement des stratégies de protection de l’enfance par la société civile et les communautés en vue de prévenir le recrutement comme enfants soldats des garçons et des filles à risque.

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Dallaire Initiative Announces National Program on Child Soldiers in South Sudan with 3 million grant from Canadian Government

The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative Awarded 3 million dollars for National South Sudan Project

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Dallaire Initiative Announces National Program on Child Soldiers in South Sudan with 3 million grant from Canadian Government

Three year capacity building project will work with international and national security forces to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers as critical to the overall efforts to achieve peace in South Sudan.

Halifax NS—The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative is bringing its world-leading prevention oriented approach to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers to South Sudan with the awarding of a 3 million dollar grant from Global Affairs Canada.

“Our experience and approach to protecting children from their recruitment and use as soldiers across the African continent and beyond make the Dallaire Initiative uniquely equipped to bring a progressive elimination approach to the challenging environment that is South Sudan” states Dr. Shelly Whitman, Executive Director of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative.

The current crisis in South Sudan has seen massive and widespread use of child soldiers by all parties to the conflict resulting in the country being listed as a state violator on the 2016 UN SRSG’s report on Children and Armed Conflict.

The project will seek to protect girls and boys in South Sudan from recruitment and use as child soldiers by working with security actors—such as the national forces, UN peacekeepers – as well as civil society actors— to strengthen strategies to protect children becoming weapons of war. This will be accomplished through training and sensitization activities undertaken by Dallaire Initiative staff with local partners that aims to change attitudes and behaviours with respect to the use of children as weapons of war.

The Government of Canada’s commitment to this project and the prioritization of the protection of children are reflective of the commitment made at the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in Vancouver in November 2017.  At this conference, the Dallaire Initiative and the Government of Canada launched a new set of global standards called the Vancouver Principles on Peacekeeping and the Prevention of the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers.

Work undertaken in South Sudan will be based on the Dallaire Initiative’s pioneer national level model of protecting children from war. Through top down security sector training and bottom up community sensitization and education initiatives, the Dallaire Initiative builds a holistic approach to protecting children from violence, conflict and war—a model that has been developed and trialed in Sierra Leone and now is being implemented in Somalia.

The Dallaire Initiative will seek to facilitate learning and exchanges, and provide training and technical assistance as-needed to develop practical child protection strategies and community-based peacebuilding mechanisms within South Sudan upon the formal launch of activities on April 1st. The project will run for a total of three years and be officially completed in 2021.

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For Press Inquires

Josh Boyter

Director of Communications, the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative

[email protected]

1 902 494 2392 (office)

1 902 489. 6767 (cell)

About the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative

The Dallaire Initiative, based at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, is recognized as the only organization in the world taking a prevention-oriented, security sector focused approach to the crime against humanity that is child soldiery. Founded by retired lieutenant-general and celebrated humanitarian Roméo Dallaire, The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative is a leader committed to ending the use and recruitment of child soldiers worldwide, through ground-breaking research, advocacy, and security-sector training.

About the Project

The current crisis in South Sudan has seen massive and widespread use of child soldiers by all parties to the conflict resulting in the country being listed as a state violator on the 2016 UN SRSG’s report on Children and Armed Conflict. In 2016, the United Nations verified 169 incidents of child soldier recruitment and use affecting at least 1,022 children, 61 per cent of which were attributed to SPLA (574) and other government security forces (50). Children were also recruited and used by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (115), the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition allied with Taban Deng Gai (207), and several other opposition groups.

By framing the issue as a specific priority concern for security sector actors, the Dallaire Initiative will empower those engaged in peace operations in South Sudan to improve policies and strategies to prevent the recruitment and use of child soldiers.

Overall, the project’s goal is to protect girls and boys in South Sudan through the progressive elimination of the recruitment and use of child soldiers by supporting the SPLA, UNMISS, international and community based organizations in the following areas:

  • Improve capacity of security sector actors to prevent the recruitment and use of boys and girls as soldiers.
  • Integrate the prevention of the recruitment and use of child soldiers in the overall peacemaking process in South Sudan.
  • Strengthen child protection strategies by civil society and communities to protect at-risk boys and girls from being recruited as child soldiers.

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By: The Dallaire Initiative

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Director of Research and Education

The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative

The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative (Dallaire Initiative) was established in 2007 by retired Lieutenant – General the Honourable Roméo Dallaire, former Force Commander of the United Nations Assistanc e Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR). Its 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 four fronts:

  • World-class, interdisciplinary research to build and share knowledge, which in turn leads to new solutions;
  • High-level advocacy activities to create and promote the political will to end the use of children during war;
  • Education and programming to sustain the efforts to make the use of child soldiers unthinkable by inspiring leaders, educators, and policy makers to implement new approaches, conduct research, and actively share their knowledge on the prioritization of the children’s rights upfront approach.
  • Comprehensive, prevention-oriented training to security sector actors, in the service of broader security sector reform, as well as collaboration with civil society to create and implement tools that protect children from the dangers associated with recruitment.

The Dallaire Initiative is in the midst of significant growth as a result of some major global successes: for example, our collaboration with the Government of Canada to have 58 countries sign on to the Vancouver Principles, as well as our partnerships with the African Union, UNICEF, DPKO, and NATO. As such, the Director of Research and Education will be a senior member of a growing team. They will provide technical expertise, experience and knowledge on improving and growing the education component of our areas of concentration, with specific emphasis on peacebuilding education that focuses on preventing the recruitment and use of children as soldiers. They will also be responsible for the expansion of our domestic projects to address youth violence.

The Director of Research and Education will support our work in three, critical areas: Conduct and disseminate research, program/project leadership and oversight, and business development. They will work in close collaboration with the Executive Director and the Directors of our other key operational areas – Training, Fund Development and Communications – to provide input and expertise that improves overall strategic objectives of the Dallaire Initiative. They will also provide direct oversight to and/or serve as a technical partner for field-based projects, as assigned, to ensure effective project implementation that meets or exceeds expectations. The Director of Research and Education will be expected to play a significant role in business development, including opportunity identification, proposal development strategic partnering, and financial management.

The Director of Research and Education will be affiliated with Dalhousie University through the appointment of an Adjunct Professorship. It is anticipated that the Director will help to grow the research and education portfolios in conjunction with already established programming between the Dallaire Initiative and Dalhousie University.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead the Dallaire Initiative ’s commitment and capacity to design, evaluate, and improve programming related to research and education.
  • Lead the design and implementation of the Educational programmes of the Dallaire Initiative.
  • Manage a cross-cutting team that works throughout the Initiative on issues of education programming, monitoring and evaluation, research, learn ing, and knowledge management.
  • Represent the Dallaire Initiative to external audiences, particularly on issues of research and education projects conducted by the Initiative.
  • Supervise and manage the workplans of the Dallaire Initiative’s Education Programme Manager, Research Officer, and Monitoring and Evaluation Officer.
 

Project Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation

  • Serve as senior advisor for staff on project design, monitoring, and evaluation. Work collaboratively with staff throughout the project cycle to improve design, monitoring, and evaluation practices.
  • Lead efforts to build the capacity of staff on project design, monitor ing, and evaluation processes.
  • Oversee efforts to support programming through the conduct of rigorous research and relevant evaluations of programming.
  • Work with Communications staff to develop a strategy to disseminate and communicate the results of research and education initiatives to internal and external audiences.

Education Programming

  • Develop and implement new education projects and tools that are designed for communities to prevent the recruitment and use of children into armed groups, gangs and violence.
  • Develop and implement community engagement strategies for new and existing projects.
  • Develop projects that are both international and domestic in scope and applicability.
  • Harness the tools, research and knowledge of the Dallaire Initiative that can be repurposed for new audiences to achieve the overall strategic mission.
  • Develop, teach and lead courses that are designed for university and adult education purposes.

Research

  • Coordinate continuous improvement efforts regarding the quality of research throughout the Initiative.
  • Strengthen relationships with communities of researchers, including those from academic institutions, non – governmental organisations and think tanks.
  • Publish peer-reviewed research pieces to amplify the profile of the Initiative.
 

Knowledge Management

  • Oversee efforts to improve knowledge management systems, processes, practices, and infrastructure, including the introduction and roll – out of new tools and technologies.
  • Ensure that Education and Research data is conveyed to the Directors of Training and Communications, allowing for the integration of lessons learned into new projects, programming and messaging.
  • Support teams to formulate plans that are aligned with strategic objectives, by keeping them informed on evidence regarding those activities with the greatest potential to achieve positive change.
  • Lead efforts to share learning with communities of practitioners and policymakers about effective peacebuilding practice and policy.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.
 

QUALIFICATIONS

Essential

  • A PhD in political science, international development studies, sociology, education, social work, or related social science disciplines (required ).
  • 5 – 10 years of experience in peacebuilding or related fields, including international development, human rights, children and armed conflict, and adult education.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation within organizations (required).
  • Experience in developing education programme materials for a variety of audiences and contexts.
  • Demonstrated understanding of cross-cultural contexts and respect for diversity.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a high – performing team and motivate staff through effective leadership and mentorship.
  • Ability to manage and analyze data, create data management systems, and present the results of data analysis in a meaningful and impactful way.
  • Highly effective working within in a cooperative, collaborative environment and fostering positive organizational change.
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage multiple, simultaneous projects, as well as problem – solve, prioritize, and produce results under conditions of uncertainty.

Desired

  • Experience working directly with children and youth in peacebuilding efforts.
  • Deep knowledge of social science methodologies and demonstrated ability to use this knowledge to improve the rigour of research projects and evaluations.
  • Experience creating, strengthening, and promulgating knowledge management and learning systems within organizations.
  • Experience living or working in fragile or conflict-affected countries (desirable).
  • Ability to speak and write effectively for a wide variety of audiences, often high – profile.
  • Fluency in English required; strong communication skills in a second language (French, Arabic, Spanish) highly desirable.
 
 

HOW TO APPLY

Your application package should include the following:

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • 3 references
  • A published writing sample

Please submit applications by email to [email protected] by January 3, 2018.

Questions? Please email [email protected] or call +1-902-494-7101.

 
 
 

Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds. 

We will be contacting qualified candidates for interviews shortly after the closing date. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. The successful applicant must complete a criminal background check prior to commencing employment.

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Position: Development Officer

Organization: The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative at Dalhousie University

Position Summary:

The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative is seeking a passionate and high-performing fundraising professional to join as their Development Officer. This professional will lead the philanthropic outreach to donors in support of the Dallaire Initiative’s strategic priorities. Working closely with leadership, the Development Officer will formulate and implement a comprehensive fundraising program designed to engage and steward donors. Core to the Development Officer’s role is to identify, qualify, and solicit prospective major gift donors on behalf of the Dallaire Initiative in coordination with Dalhousie University.

The Development Officer will work in concert with Dallaire Initiative and Dalhousie’s leaders to achieve ambitious fundraising goals. The new Development Officer will be a member of a professional team that is supported by and works closely with Dallaire Initiative leaders and program staff, and research, communications and administrative specialists in the University’s central Office of Advancement.

Requirements:

  • Working with the Executive Director and Advancement senior leadership, to identify fundraising priorities and set an achievable annual fundraising goal for the Dallaire Initiative.
  • Designing, implementing, managing and soliciting specific major gifts.
  • Identifying, researching and developing grant proposals for funders (private or public sector).
  • Communicating and facilitating the processing of gifts and grants with internal departments and stakeholders.
  • Stewarding and cultivating 100 – 150 major gift prospects annually. The Development Officer will be in regular contact with these prospects.
  • Developing an event planning component of the overall fundraising strategy that raises the Dallaire Initiative profile and supports fundraising locally, nationally, and/or internationally.

Qualifications:

  • Significant progressive experience in a fundraising, business development, or international development, preferably in a post-secondary education setting.
  • A bachelor or master’s degree in a relevant field (international development, political science, communications, management).
  • Proven communication skills (written, oral) in English required, and French skills are a strong asset.
  • Previous work with government or large foundation grants an asset.
  • Must have the ability to travel within North America and internationally.

Status: 37.5 hours/week

Pay Scale: $60,000- $70,000

Start Date: ASAP

This is a 1 year term position with possibility of renewal depending on funding availability.

Deadline for application: Please apply by June 14, 2017.

Interested parties should forward a cover letter, current CV and contact information of 2-3 references to: Dr. Shelly Whitman, Executive Director, The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, care of [email protected]

We thank all applicants; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit www.dal.ca/respect.

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Organization: Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative

Student Position Title: Program Assistant

Location: Dalhousie University Studley Campus – Halifax, Nova Scotia

Pay: $15.00 / hour (35 week for 7 weeks)

PORTFOLIO/PROGRAM AREA

The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative was founded by LGen Roméo Dallaire (Ret’d) in 2007. The Dallaire Initiative wants to bring the perspective of the security sector to the issue of child soldiery, while equipping them with the training and tools to prevent the recruitment and use of child soldiers worldwide. Through this we hope to build a more holistic, prevention oriented approach to the issue of child soldiers that compliments current efforts while providing innovative solutions. Our mission is to progressively eradicate the use and recruitment of child soldiers through a security sector approach. Our vision is a world where children are no longer recruited or used as weapons of war.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Program Assistant will provide critical program support to the Veteran Trainers to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers (VTECS) program. The Program Assistant will support the VTECS program by conducting research to develop and enhance existing programming infrastructure. Projects may include supporting monitoring and evaluation efforts, organizing program events, research, coordinating and supporting program administrative requirements, evaluating current program approaches, supporting social media communications, and offering administrative support as required.

SPECIFIC ACCOUNTABILITIES

 Program Development, Research and Evaluation

  • Database development to track VTECS alumni and their engagement
  • Support the Monitor and Evaluation Officer with pre/post program interviews.
  • Assist with research and identify strategic options for program components.
  • Work with other staff to support programming as needed.
  • Assist with organizational research as needed.

Event Coordination

  • Assists in preparing, formatting and editing program materials, including promotion materials, briefs, letters, etc…
  • Assist in the development, planning, implementation and evaluation of special events related to VTECS, including the Speaker Series, graduation and program opening ceremonies.
  • Event logistics, including but not limited to: preparing and managing event lists, event materials, back-up information, AV support, tables and merchandising, scripts for the evening, and volunteer support.

 Communications

  • Promotion of the program(s) via internet postings, social networking, online and print media, and email.

Administrative Support

  • Answer emails, phone calls, and complete basic admin duties as required
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Program Manager.

KNOWLEDGE

  • 1 year experience in program coordination, event planning or with a non-profit organization;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office: Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Word;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to work productively in a fast-paced working environment;
  • Self starter, capacity to work independently and manage a varying workload.
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity, confidentiality, tact and diplomacy;
  • Demonstrated multi-tasking skills;
  • Experience with program development and delivery, public relations, and communications.
  • Interest in understanding issues related to child soldiers and veterans;

REQUIREMENTS

  • Between 18 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
  • Registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year
  • Will be returning to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year
  • A Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act* and;
  • Legally entitled to work per relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.

KEY RELATIONSHIPS

The Position Reports to, and provides programming and administrative support to the Program Manager. The Program Assistant will engage with key program partners and other Dallaire Initiative staff, with support from the Program Manager.

WORKING CONDITIONS

The position works in a typical office setting and the incumbent may be required to sit for long periods of time. The position may also involve lifting and moving materials that weight approximately 25 pounds.

RATE OF PAY AND DURATION OF CONTRACT

This position is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs grant program. The successful application will be paid $15.00/hr for 35 hours per week for a total of 7 weeks of work. The anticipated start date is June 19th, 2017 (flexible).

APPLICATION

Please send a cover letter and resume to Joëlle Badman, Program Manager at [email protected] by May 12, 2017.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates selected for a follow up interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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Contract Opportunity: Software/Website Development

Contract – Paid Opportunity: Software/Website Development

 SCOPE OF WORK:

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.

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND:

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.

KEY DELIVERABLES

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

PROJECT TIMELINE

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

QUALIFICATIONS AND SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE:

  • 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

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

 

 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.
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Statement to Commemorate Red Hand Day

Dr. Shelly Whitman

Letter from Dr. Shelly Whitman

Executive Director of The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative

Some 250 million children are affected  armed conflict around the globe. Today, in every conflict that exists, children are vulnerable to being recruited and used by adults. Their tactical and strategic use sustains and increases the severity of conflict while tearing at the fabric of societies affected by war.

This February 12th, the International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers (Red Hand Day), offers us an opportunity to reflect on this sober reality and discuss how we can ultimately work towards ending the use of children as soldiers.

The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative continues to be at the forefront of this fight, developing innovative tools and training for the security sector – military, police, prison personnel and peacekeepers—while creating ground-breaking research and high-level advocacy to create new solutions.

To mark Red Hand Day we are launching the third edition of our landmark publication, Child Soldiers: A Handbook for Security Sector Actors and the first edition of our maritime handbook, Children Used in Maritime Piracy: A Handbook for Maritime Security Sector Actors. These two handbooks aim to proactively and positively engage the security sector actors to prioritize the prevention of the use of child soldiers as a critical element to the protection of children and conflict prevention measures.

Canada has now taken the lead to ensure this ethos and approach is undertaken by the Canadian Armed Forces through the development of a Doctrine on Child Soldiers. The significance of this doctrine cannot be understated. Within its lines, not only is a baseline set for how Canada understands and actively assists in preventing the use of child soldiers, but how we will better prepare the men and women who face this reality in the field. Read our full statement on this important step forward here.

In a world of competing priorities, it is important we elevate the need to protect children from violence and abuse. A Children’s Rights Upfront approach will build points of collaboration and create momentum on the international peace and security agenda.  The concerted efforts of many are required to create a world where children are no longer used as weapons of war.

All forward together,

Dr. Shelly Whitman

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Islamic State uses ‘Nazi-style indoctrination’ to train generation of child fighters

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Islamic State is using Nazi-style indoctrination methods to groom a generation of children it hopes will be “more lethal” than today’s fighters, a study has found.

Around 50 British children are among the thousands of youths going through military training and ideological indoctrination inside the group’s so-called caliphate across Iraq and Syria, according to a report by the Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism think tank.

Young boys are being groomed to be fighters, spies, suicide bombers and executioners and feature prominently in Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) propaganda, the analysis found, while girls are being moulded as wives and mothers of future soldiers.

“The current generation of fighters sees these children as better and more lethal fighters than themselves, because rather than being converted into radical ideologies, they have been indoctrinated into these extreme values from birth, or a very young age,” the report concludes.

The Quilliam analysis looked at six months of Isil propaganda released between August 2015 and February 2016 and found 254 instances in which children were featured.

In 12 of those cases, children were used to murder prisoners. Among them was Isa Dare, a four-year-old British boy, who was used to blow up a car in which alleged anti-Isil spies were trapped.

Child fighters are groomed from a young age that the caliphate is superior to any other nation. Violence and jihad are always present – for example, in counting lessons children tally up guns or tanks instead of apples or oranges.

Children are exposed to public executions and in some reported case encouraged to hold up decapitated heads or play football with them.

“The filming of such events is an attempt to promote the idea that the general public support executions. Children have been seen to eagerly seek a front row seat, demonstrating that they are not shy to watch such killings in public,” the report found.

The intensive grooming of children has parallels with both the Hitler Youth and Saddam Hussein’s Lion Cubs, the Ba’ath youth movement under the ousted Iraqi dictator. There are also parallels with the use of child soldiers in Liberia and Angola.

“Elements from Nazi Germany can be glimpsed in the systematic indoctrination of children through schools and training camps in [Isil], while abductions and forced recruitment employed by armies in Africa have been observed throughout Iraq and Syria,” the report found.

However, there are key differences. In most cases African child soldiers were abducted from their families and forced to fight, while Isil enlists radicalised parents to help indoctrinate the young.

“Mothers are given books instructing them how to bring up jihadi children, suggestions include telling bedtime stories about martyrdom, exposing children to graphic content through jihadi websites, and encouraging them to play sports and games which improve their fitness and hand-eye coordination,” the report found.

“In this way, children are brought up exposed to Islamic State ideology by those they trust and love, consequently making them more likely to trust Islamic State itself.”

Quilliam lays out suggestions for how indoctrinated Isil youth could be de-radicalised drawing partially on the lessons of demobilising child soldiers and of bringing young men out of gang culture.

Younger children who have not directly been involved in violence could hopefully be reintegrated into society fairly quickly with the help of counselling and debunking of jihadist ideology, the report suggests.

However, older children who were exposed to or involved in violence would require a much more intensive de-radicalisation programme.