Head of the Children at Risk Unit in the Council of the Baltic Sea States

The Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS)

The Senior Adviser and Head of the Children at Risk Unit reports to and works under the thematic supervision of the CBSS Expert Group on Children at Risk. Administratively the position is part of the International Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) where the Head of the Children at Risk Unit reports to the Director General.

The Senior Adviser and Head of Unit assists the CBSS Expert Group on Children at Risk with technical and administrative support and manages the budget and staff of the unit.

The Senior Adviser and Head of Unit suggest projects, initiatives and fundraising opportunities in the field of children at risk, following the mandate and the strategy document agreed upon by the Expert Group. She/he identifies and builds partnerships with ministries, ombudspersons for children, organisations, researchers and agencies in the region to develop and implement projects and actions to strengthen children’s rights including their right to protection.

Promoting the well-being of children strengthens the sustainability, safety and security of the Baltic Sea Region. For more than 20 years Member States of the CBSS have addressed challenges and shared knowledge, models and good practices to support children’s right to protection from abuse, exploitation, trafficking and violence with the CBSS Expert Group on Children at Risk as the hub of cooperation.


Main responsibilities:

  • Provides technical and administrative support to the CBSS Expert Group on Children at Risk. Coordinates and consult with the Chair and Vice-Chair about strategic choices.
  • Suggest strategic directions for work within the portfolio of Children at Risk.
  • Draft an updated Mandate, Strategy on Cooperation on Children at Risk and Terms of Reference for Members of the Expert Group (2020 -2023).
  • Develops annual plan, plan of activities, annual report and budget.
  • Prepare and coordinate the bi-annual meetings of the Expert Group.
  • Keep the members of the Expert Group updated about achievements, the implementation of projects and important events.
  • Prepare high-quality background papers and strategic policy documents.
  • Identify fundraising opportunities and relevant partners, develop and design proposals, implement projects and ensure narrative and financial reporting.
  • Networking and liaising with governmental organisations, non-governmental organisations, parliamentarians, ombuds’ offices for children, academia and international organisations such as the Council of Europe, the EU, WHO, the UN and the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children.
  • Initiate and maintains relations with relevant experts, professionals and policymakers on issues relevant to the priorities of the Expert Group.
  • Organise conferences and meetings on behalf of the Expert Group and represent the Expert Group at external conferences and meetings.
  • Hire and supervise staff to the secretariat.
  • Update the website for easy access to the work of the Expert Group and to showcase the achievements for others.
  • Promote social media, twitter and media coverage of important events.
  • Cooperate with other parts of the CBSS Secretariat where appropriate and participate in common activities as proposed by the Director General.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


The job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the incumbent of this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and activities required of the position. Responsibilities may vary and change over time, depending on the development of the CBSS and of the Secretariat in the general framework of Baltic Sea Cooperation.

Complete applications should be submitted not later than 3 March 2019. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered