Organisation: Swiss Philanthropy Foundation
Position: Director - Tanya's Dream Initiative
Location: Preferably based in or near Brussels (other locations within Europe will also be considered)
Salary: Competitive salary and benefits
Closing date: 03/11/2019 (day/month/year)
Swiss Philanthropy Foundation
Tanya’s Dream is an initiative originally created by
the Oak Foundation in honour of Tanya Kovacheva, a former Programme Officer for
Oak’s children’s programme, who passed away unexpectedly in 2017. The
initiative is inspired by her passion to build a Bulgarian society where all
children grow up with their families and where the next generation does not understand
the meaning of the word “institution”. (Watch Tanya’s video here).
Tanya’s Dream is in line with the Government strategy
“Vision for deinstitutionalization of children in institutions – 2010-2025”. It
is aimed at shifting the focus from institutional care for children to family-
and community-based care by 2025. Significant progress has been achieved.
Between 2010 and 2017, 97 of the 137 large-scale institutions were closed. This
was facilitated by rapidly developing or expanding alternative care,
principally through EU funds. Despite these achievements, much work remains to
The special initiative seeks to trigger renewed action
and leverage new resources and commitments in a reform already backed by
significant funding from the EU and the Bulgarian government. Looking for a
strategic position in a wider national effort, the initiative aims to: (1)
refocus public commitments on keeping families together first and foremost; (2)
focus on catalysing and building a new movement of care-leavers and parent
advocates to hold the government and EU accountable; and (3) scale what works
to prevent family separation and evaluate promising interventions to keep
families together. For more information on the initiative and the Prevent Child
Sexual Abuse Programme, please see our website.
In order to carry on this project, a philanthropic
fund has been created within the Geneva-based independent public-utility
umbrella foundation Swiss
Philanthropy Foundation. Consequently,
SPF is the legal entity hosting the Tanya’s Dream Initiative Fund, which is
time-bound with an expectation to fulfil its mission over the next 7-10 years.
The Fund’s governance body is a Steering Committee, compromising of the
Director of Oak’s Prevent CSA Programme, Oak’s Administrative Director, the
dedicated Oak’s Programme Officer, and a representative of Swiss Philanthropy
Philanthropy Foundation is recruiting a Director to lead Tanya’s Dream
Initiative. We are looking for a passionate leader with a strong background and
expertise in children’s rights and EU level advocacy (child protection/
supporting families/ alternative care/ reforming child protection systems) to
serve as experienced strategist and funder. The Director will work closely with
the Fund’s Steering Committee to develop and implement a grant making strategy
to achieve the initiative’s vision and will be networking with a range of NGOs
and donors working in Bulgaria, at EU level and globally. S/he will be tracking
and considering strategies to influence EU funding and policy in the field
through grant making, advocacy and learning generation. The Director will set
up the initiative, including building and supporting a senior level advisory group
– a consultative body composed of independent international and Bulgarian care
reform experts to advice the decisions of the Fund’s Steering Committee.
We are seeking a senior level, strategic professional who can build and
oversee this exciting new initiative.
Strategic responsibilities include (not listed in a specific order):
Key areas of work include:
development and execution
set up and management
building, advocacy and communication, representation
The Director will report to the Steering Committee of the Fund. For daily
operations, he or she will report in particular to the designated person
(Programme Officer) within the Steering committee. The Director will legally
report to Swiss Philanthropy Foundation who has the authority to take legal
commitments for the initiative.
send BY EMAIL ONLY a letter of application stating the skills and
approach that you would bring to the post including any relevant insights into Tanya’s Dream initiative with your CV/resume
(no photos) in strict confidence by email only to: Karem Armstrong at (see email below)
ensure that they are sent as Word or PDF documents with the titles “your
name cover letter” and “your name CV”. Please put “Tanya´s Dream Director” in the email subject line.
The deadline for applications is Sunday November 3rd,
Contact person: Karem Armstrong
Response email: Click here to email the recruiter
Preferred method of response: Email
Closing date: 2019-11-03
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