Dallaire Initiative 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

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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We are hiring a Director of Research and Education

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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Press Release: There is Nothing Basic about this Training

The Dallaire Initiative launches latest call for educational program designed to help military and police veterans end the use of children as weapons of war.

For Immediate Release

November 8th , 2017

There is Nothing Basic about this Training

The Dallaire Initiative launches latest call for educational program designed to help military and police veterans end the use of children as weapons of war.

Halifax NS—Today, the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative launches its latest call for applications for the Wounded Warriors Canada Veteran Trainers to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers (VTECS) Program. For the first time, the program will be open to federal, provincial and municipal Police Veterans who will join their Canadian Armed Forces Veterans counterparts in building their capacity to end the use of children as weapons of war.

“The inclusion of police will bring a unique domestic perspective to the VTECS program and build upon the innovative approach of equipping those who served to protect with the tools and knowledge needed to help us end the use of children being used and recruited as soldiers, both domestically and internationally” states Dr. Shelly Whitman, Executive Director of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative.

Scott Maxwell, Executive Director of Wounded Warriors Canada, commented, “We are proud of what VTECS has been able to accomplish over the last two years. The program is a force multiplier – leveraging the skill set of our highly trained Veterans while providing access to an academic environment, credits/accreditation possibilities, and employment opportunities. The inclusion of police Veterans will only strengthen the program’s ability to make a significant impact both domestically and internationally, enhancing our shared mission to end the use of children as weapons of war.”

The VTECS program delivers education and skills transition training for Canadian military and police veterans by combining academic, fully-credited university classes with specialized training on the skills, knowledge and attitudes required of security sector actors to legally, humanely and effectively interact with child soldiers in domestic or foreign operational areas.

“The Dallaire Initiative has provided me with the tools to be a better advocate, researcher, and trainer in a community of practice that is working to progressively eradicate the recruitment and use of child soldiers through a security sector approach. I am proud to be a ‘VTECS grad’” states Lieutenant-Colonel Dr. Ian MacVicar.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 VTECS program. Interested Canadian Veterans can apply online between November 8, 2017 and January 10, 2018. The program is open to any Canadian Armed Forces Veteran and any federal, provincial and municipal police force Veteran with a good conduct release who can meet the program requirements. Program requirements and application information are available online at childsoldiers.org/vtecs

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Twelve Veterans Graduate Program at Dalhousie University

Program Supports the Dallaire Initiative’s Mission to End the Use of Child Soldiers.

Twelve Veterans Graduate Program at Dalhousie University

Program Supports the Dallaire Initiative’s Mission to End the Use of Child Soldiers.

For Immediate Release

August 1, 2017

HALIFAX—On July 28th, the Dallaire Initiative graduated its second cohort of twelve veterans into the Wounded Warriors Canada Veteran Trainers to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers (VTECS) program at Dalhousie University. This year’s cohort consists of twelve Canadian Armed Forces Veterans and, in a first for the program, an RCMP veteran.

“We are excited to build upon the success of our graduates who through their unique set of skills and perspectives are well placed to help support and grow our mission of ending the use of children as weapons of war,” states Dr. Shelly Whitman, Executive Director of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative.

The gradation was attended by a number of Members of Parliament including, The Honourable Andy Fillmore, MP for Halifax, along with representatives of Dalhousie University, Wounded Warriors Canada, the Air Canada Foundation and others.

The VTECS program provides an opportunity to receive focused education in the field of children affected by armed conflict and assist in developing instructor and facilitation skills that will be a benefit in all areas for Veterans transitioning from military to civilian life employment. Through the completion of the VTECS program, participants will become community educators and advocates, championing the Dallaire Initiative’s vision of a world where children are no longer recruited or used as weapons of war.

LCol Michael Rostek, commented, “”VTECS is a truly unique program leveraging the skills and knowledge of Veterans who continue to serve their country by contributing to the mission of ending the use of children as weapons of war. I am honoured to have been afforded the opportunity to work with such an inspiring team at the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative and look forward to making many future contributions to such a noble cause.”

Scott Maxwell, Executive Director of Wounded Warriors Canada, commented, “We continue to work with Veterans who are struggling to transition their specialized skills to the civilian workspace. We believe the VTECS program is a force multiplier – leveraging the skill set of our highly trained Veterans while also providing skills transition training; access to an academic environment; credits/accreditation possibilities and employment opportunities. On behalf of Wounded Warriors Canada, we congratulate the second cohort on their graduation and wish them the very best as they progress through the program in the months and years ahead.”

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Nous avons enfin vu la lumière !

Nous avons enfin vu la lumière !
Déclaration du lieutenant-général Roméo Dallaire et de Mme Shelly Whitman au sujet de monsieur Omar Khadr

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Nous avons enfin vu la lumière !

Déclaration du lieutenant-général Roméo Dallaire et de Mme Shelly Whitman au sujet de monsieur Omar Khadr

Aujourd’hui, le gouvernement canadien a enfin présenté à Omar Khadr des excuses qu’il a longtemps méritées.

L’attente aura duré 15 bonnes années.

Tout commence en 2002, sur un champ de bataille en Afghanistan, où le jeune Omar Khadr fut contraint de s’y rendre et de prendre les armes en tant qu’enfant soldat sous les ordres de son père ; il s’en suit une longue et sinueuse histoire. Après avoir été sérieusement blessé lors d’un échange de coups de feu avec les forces armées américaines qui coûta la vie au sergent Christopher Speer, un soldat et médecin des forces spéciales américaines, suite à l’explosion d’une grenade prétendument lancée par Khadr, ce dernier sera détenu à Guantanamo Bay pendant dix années.

Au moment de la détention de M. Khadr, le gouvernement canadien n’a pas agi conformément aux normes internationales relatives à la protection des enfants utilisés sans scrupules comme armes de guerre. Ce manquement a eu un impact négatif sur l’image du Canada en tant que pays protecteur des droits de l’enfant et remis en question notre engagement en faveur de la défense des droits de la personne.

Des excuses et une compensation financière ne constituent que la première étape d’un processus de guérison qui ne fait que commencer pour ce jeune homme. Ces excuses n’absolvent pas le Canada de ses nombreuses années d’inaction, mais elles lui offrent l’occasion une fois de plus de jouer enfin un rôle de chef de fil sur des questions de défense des droits de l’enfant. Lorsque M. Khadr été finalement libéré sous caution le 7 mai 2015, il a déclaré : « Il n’y a rien que je puisse faire pour le passé, mais j’espère faire quelque chose pour le futur. »

Le Canada peut et devrait se faire l’écho de ces paroles et trouver en celles-ci le ressort d’une action continue.

Nous saluons cette décision du gouvernement canadien de présenter des excuses comme une étape importante visant à démontrer une approche qui fait de la défense des droits de l’enfant une priorité absolue. Il est temps pour nous de briser le cycle de la violence à laquelle tant d’enfants sont exposés à travers le monde.

Le lieutenant-général Roméo Dallaire (ret.), fondateur de la Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative et Dr Shelly Whitman, directrice générale de la Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative

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Press Release: VTECS Program Launches in Halifax

The Dallaire Initiative

For Immediate Release

 

June 29th 2017

VTECS Program Launches in Halifax

Twelve Veterans participate in program at Dalhousie University to support the Dallaire Initiative’s mission to end the use of child soldiers.

Halifax, NS—On July 3rd, the Dallaire Initiative welcomes its second cohort of twelve veterans into the Wounded Warriors Canada Veteran Trainers to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers (VTECS) program at Dalhousie University. This year’s cohort consists of twelve Canadian Armed Forces Veterans and in a first for the program, an RCMP veteran.

“We are excited to build off the tremendous success of our inaugural graduating class last year,” states Dr. Shelly Whitman, Executive Director of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative. “Through VTECS we amplify our efforts to end the use of children as weapons of war”

In the past year, 6 alumni of the first cohort participated in the Dallaire Initiative’s world-class training to prevent the use of child soldiers in Sierra Leone, Kenya and Rwanda as trainers. Other inaugural graduates have conducted advocacy presentations across Canada on the issue of child soldiers and assisted with the development of resources and training for the Dallaire Initiative.

“The VTECS program offers former members of the Canadian Armed Forces an opportunity to repurpose their knowledge and skills that will help the Romeo Dallaire Initiative to prevent the recruitment and use of child soldiers. One can choose to ignore the problem, or you can become part of the security sector solution to make the world a better place,” states Ken Hoffer, Inaugural VTECS Alumni and Dallaire Initiative trainer.

The program will run for the month of July at Dalhousie University and consist of four classes, two-credited university courses on international politics and children and war along with two courses on the Dallaire Initiative’s training to prevent the use of child soldiers. The four classes blend the theoretical perspective and practical skills VTECS graduates will require in supporting the mission of the Dallaire Initiative.

Scott Maxwell, Executive Director of Wounded Warriors Canada, commented, “At Wounded Warriors Canada we continue to work with Veterans who find it difficult to apply their training and expertise in civilian life. The VTECS program is a force multiplier – leveraging the skills of our highly trained Veterans while also providing transition support; access to an academic environment; credits and potential employment opportunities. This, all the while working to address a critical security issue of our time: the use and recruitment of children as weapons of war. We are proud to fund this outstanding program and extend our best wishes to the second cohort.”

The program officially launches with the first of two public lectures at Halifax Central Library on July 5th at 7:00pm in the Paul O’Regan Hall with LGen Roméo Dallaire, founder of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative and Jon Somer, expert on the engagement of armed non-state actors in the protection of children. This event is free and open to the public.

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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)

Scott Maxwell

Executive Director, Wounded Warriors Canada

[email protected]

289-388- 6181

 

About the Organizations

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.

Wounded Warriors Canada

Wounded Warriors Canada is a non-profit organization that supports Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, First Responders and their families. Through a wide range of national programs and services, Wounded Warriors is dedicated to providing programs focused on mental health and, particularly, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

About Veteran Trainers to Eradicate the Recruitment and use of Child Soldiers (VTECS)

Wounded Warriors Canada VTECS is an innovative program designed to engage military veterans on the issue of child soldiers by combining university level education with world class training. As they reform their skills and experiences, Canadian Forces Veterans become community educators and advocates, championing the Dallaire Initiative’s vision of a world where children are no longer recruited or used as weapons of war.

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Canada summer Job Grants

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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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”.

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