The Council of the Foundation is made up of representatives of volunteer networks as well as specialists in humanitarian work, public health, finance, law, marketing and economics.
After growing up in Italy, studying law in German-speaking Switzerland and spending time in the United Kingdom, I decided to be a lawyer in Geneva. I am involved in all kinds of cases, and appear before the national and arbitration courts. I often look after creditors and debtors in difficulty.
Outside the business world, it seemed natural for me to make a modest contribution to the humanitarian sector. I wanted to share my knowlege and time with those who needed it most, showing my solidarity with them. This is why I have made my services available to the Tdh foundation for the past 15 years. I am honoured to have presided the foundation's Council for the past several years.
For many years I directly witnessed what words like protect, reassure, care, ease, soothe and aid meant to children in difficult and sometimes appalling situations. Tdh’s presence at turning points in these young people’s lives is a key factor in them being able to build trust in a fragile existence.
This trust is an essential step in building or rebuilding a decent life and social awareness. This process requires a lot of heart, commitment and courage, but also methods, professionalism and wide coverage to directly benefit children, their parents and their entourages.
My life has been shaped by the knowledge I have gained of others through traveling (ARTOU), working in humanitarian management and finance (SDC and Swiss Solidarity) and managing media organisations (radio stations and the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation), as well as my role as a father and grandfather. This has given me the distance, faith and trust necessary to believe in the meaning, knowledge, knowhow and actions of my colleagues at Tdh.
I joined the Tdh Council in 2006 as a member of the audit committee. I wanted to experience life inside a humanitarian organisation by making my financial and accounting knowledge available to the Council. In 2008, I joined the Supervisory Board in order to play a greater role in the organisation’s management. I am now in regular contact with the financial department and auditors.
During these years, delegation visits have allowed me to witness the high standard and importance of our colleagues’ work in the field, often in extreme and dangerous situations. I have been impressed by their unfailing motivation and commitment to supporting destitute children and their families. This has in turn given me even more reason to invest in Tdh.
Defending the most vulnerable children is about dignity and action. This is why Tdh exists. We put all our strength and knowledge towards ensuring that these children obtain better living conditions and respect for their rights on a long-term basis.
I am honoured to be part of the Council of the Foundation. Its priorities and values correspond with my own. I am a social worker, trade unionist and Member of Parliament. I was the State Councillor for Public Instruction, Culture and Sport in the Geneva Canton between 2003 and 2013. I am currently the Chairman of the Pro Helvetia foundation and a lecturer at Geneva’s Haute École de travail social (graduate school of social work).
I work alongside Tdh's professionals and volunteers to protect children and support the application of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This helps me further my commitments. It is a duty, a desire and a privilege!
Terre des hommes initiatives are all about geopolitics. Committing to the largest Swiss NGO for child welfare is an obvious choice for a father of three. At Tdh we react in a practical way to what’s happening in the world, and our core concern is children. Deploying projects in health, education, legal defence, that type of applied geopolitics impresses me. What are we doing in Iraq, in South Sudan, in Dadaab? How should one behave in a dictatorship? It’s hard to be more concrete than that. As a former presenter of “Géopolitis”, I’m particularly interested in projects linked to humanitarian crises.
I am currently the director of a company that specialises in management training. I have spent most of my career working in communications (written, spoken and visual). This has allowed me to meet many people who have strengthened my humanist view of the world.
What happens on this planet concerns me. For this reason, I refuse to give up in the face of selfishness, cynicism, indifference, intolerance and violence, which I have all too often witnessed in different countries and different fields. I have long contributed to causes that work towards politically “libertarian”, social or humanitarian goals. The focus of these causes has often been the weak, fragile, destitute and defenceless. I feel I have a duty to put my modest abilities and my energy to good use for children here and abroad – they are our future.
In Switzerland and around the world, children are vulnerable and at risk of abuse. They must be protected as much as possible. This is the main reason I chose to specialise in paediatric medicine. In addition to working at Lausanne University Hospital, since 1983 I have also taken part in many emergency humanitarian operations run by the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SDC-FDFA) in response to major disasters. When I retired in 2008, I wanted to continue my humanitarian activities supporting children in developing countries. For this reason, I offered my services to Tdh. I joined the medical group and, as a health resource person, I take part in many overseas missions. I have also actively participated in the development of nutritional programmes and activities in the fields of emergencies and humanitarian crises.
As a former judge for minors, I evaluated several of Tdh’s juvenile justice projects and programmes. Later, when I became a member of the United Nations’ Committee on the Rights of the Child, I realised how much impact the organisation had in the field. Generally it operated in very vulnerable countries where humanitarian aid, protection activities and support for children were characterised by difficulties in accessing sites and politico-administrative hurdles. Despite this, Tdh was a benchmark – and sometimes the last NGO still operating.
I have a deep respect for the work this organisation has performed for such a long time. I also have a deep respect for the people who work there, who seek to create a better existence for thousands of children, to include children in decision-making processes and to support these children’s families.
It was not a difficult decision to become one of the people who contribute their time and skills to the foundation’s Executive Board, playing their part in this joint effort.
Meet the executive team that leads our staff in Lausanne, Zurich - and in more than 40 countries around the world.
“Involved in humanitarian action since 1999, I have coordinated operations and managed human resources in around fifteen countries, predominantly in Africa and Asia, but also in Switzerland where I live with my family since 2008.
These experiences have convinced me of the importance of developing effective and coherent human resources management, which is adapted to the mission of an organisation and respectful of its values and the commitment of its workers.
It is the employees, volunteers and partners of Terre des hommes who act and make our work possible, both at the headquarters and in the field. The main objectives of Terre des hommes´ Human Resources Department are supporting, equipping and training our diverse team, at the same time as guaranteeing good management practices.
I enjoy cooking, playing music, sailing and by force of circumstances I have become a bit of a mountaineer (all of these as an amateur). I have been very happy to play my part here at the Foundation since joining at the end of 2016.”
“Ever since my university education in Italy and Belgium, I have been fortunate to meet many inspirational people who have influenced my career choices within the NGO sector.
Different professional missions in both development and humanitarian contexts strengthened my belief in the essential role of non-governmental organisations, as the most vulnerable people are often neglected by the international community. I maintained this conviction during my years at the headquarters of an international federation working in the field of disability.
As a father, I am particularly enthusiastic about continuing my career here at Terre des hommes. Our mission to protect children is vital in a world which is sometimes too unjust and violent, but which nevertheless deserves all our efforts to contribute to humanity.”
All of Terre des hommes' around 2000 collaborators are committed to making the greatest possible positive impact on the lives of the world's children. We would like you to meet…
Before I joined Terre des hommes (Tdh) in 2009, I had been working to protect children against sexual exploitation for almost ten years. I had previously come into contact with Tdh during a campaign in Madagascar and was impressed by what I saw. When the Foundation first started working there, it didn’t try to go it alone. It drew on the experience of other organisations present in the country and sought to work with various bodies. I believe that the key to successfully protecting children depends on everyone’s involvement so this approach appealed to me.
Tdh is a courageous and innovative organisation that endeavours to keep abreast of children’s actual needs and to work as closely as possible with those on the ground despite being the largest organisation of its kind in Switzerland.
I grew up in Moldova in a challenging social and economic environment, which persists to this day. I know the hardships children face in Eastern Europe, so I always felt that this should change and everybody can contribute to this goal. But it wasn’t before I joined Terre des hommes (Tdh) in 2013 that I engaged professionally in the field of child protection. Tdh helped me learn about this field, but on the other hand, I brought my diverse background into the organisation – I had studied economics and management, lived in several countries, and worked as a PR manager in the music industry.
I’m grateful and proud to be part of this committed and extremely professional team; it is both inspiring and motivating. I also consider myself lucky, as my work allows me to apply my skills and to be creative, while having a positive impact on the lives of children and their families.
I started working for Terre des hommes (Tdh) in May 2009 as part of a project to protect children living and working in mines and quarries. Everyone told me I was crazy, that a woman shouldn’t be working in a such a rough environment full of degenerates. To tell the truth, I was pretty apprehensive on my first day. It was the first time I had been to a traditional gold mine. I rode about 100km through the bush by myself, but when I got there I immediately understood Tdh’s cause. The children were living in terrible conditions and many of them were fending for themselves. I saw 5-year-old children playing alongside their mothers. They were covered in dust and could easily have come into contact with the toxic products being used by the adults.
With the Tdh team, we set up a “bissongo” (a community day nursery) so that the children would have somewhere safe to play while their parents were at work. A week later, a fire broke out causing a lot of damage. Fortunately, no children were harmed as they were all at the nursery, away from the mine.
Soon afterwards, a large group of miners came to Tdh’s office to thank us for helping to save their children. I felt extremely happy and proud that our efforts to protect the children were paying off.
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Chargé/e de recherche de fonds
Le secteur Grand Public est un des 3 secteurs de la Division Recherche de Fonds privée au sein du Dé-partement Communication et Recherche de Fonds de la Fondation Terre des hommes Lausanne (Tdh). Ce secteur est en charge de la recherche de fonds auprès du public suisse, des donateurs privés, des...Voir l'annonce...
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Child Protection Coordinator H/F
The Child Protection Coordinator will be responsible for providing strategic direction and vision to Tdh’s Child Protection programming in Bangladesh and will be responsible for the overall quality implementation of the CP projects....Voir l'annonce...
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Coordinateur/trice Régionale- Programme Santé, Afrique H/F
Le/la coordinateur/trice régional de programme Santé en Afrique, basé(e) à Dakar, s’assure de maximiser l’impact du programme dans la région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest ou Tdh a récemment développé un rôle de leader en matière de santé digitale notamment grâce à la création de...Voir l'annonce...
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Coordinateur-trice du programme protection
Sous la supervision de l’Adjointe au Chef de Délégation en charge des Programmes et des Ressources Techniques, le Coordinateur de Programme Protection est chargée de la coordination et de la gestion de tous les aspects du programme : stratégie, expertise technique (migration, accès à la...Voir l'annonce...
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Chargé.e de Comptabilité Terrain
Sous la supervision de la Référente Comptabilité Terrain et en collaboration avec le/les contrôleurs de gestion, le/la collaboratrice/teur contribue à la bonne marche comptable des projets/pays sur son domaine de responsabilité, veille au suivi des procédures internes/bailleurs de fonds et...Voir l'annonce...
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WASH Project Manager H/F
Tdh has been present in Iraq since 2014 with NFI distributions in Dohuk Governorate and in October 2015 launched unconditional cash assistance with the support of Swiss Solidarity. Since these first interventions, Tdh is now present in eleven districts (Anah, Al-Qa’im, Haditha, Tal Afar, West and...Voir l'annonce...
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Chargé.e de Développement Organisationnel et Supports - JPO
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WASH Coordinator H/F
The WASH Coordinator is responsible for the overall management and development of WASH programming implemented in Iraq. He/she ensures the monitoring of qualitative and operational aspects of the delegation’s programs in Iraq on a day-to-day basis. He/she guarantees the smooth functioning of WASH...Voir l'annonce...