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Liberia: Consultancy - Justice For Children Expert (P-4 or above)

Deadline for application: 
26 Mar 2020
Country(s) that the job is based in: 
Liberia
Organisation: 
UN Children's Fund
Job type: 
Consultancy
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

The Consultant will work under the supervision of the Chief, Child Protection, P-4; and in close coordination with the Technical Advisory Group established by Ministry of Justice and UNICEF for the child justice study and further agreed to be reinforced for the finalization of the National Strategy on Child Justice in Liberia.

The international consultant will also work closely with a national consultant especially on the development and roll out of the various trainings. The international consultant will be the technical lead and will be responsible for the overall design/drafting of the training modules. The national consultant will provide support to ensure that the training modules are developed in coordination with the Judicial Training Institute (JTI) and contextualized for Liberia while meeting international standards. The national consultant will be coached and mentored by the international consultant for the delivery of the TOT and act as a co-facilitator; and lead the roll out of the trainings with Judicial Training Institute (JTI).

Purpose of Assignment:

Following the validation and the completion of the study of the child justice system in Liberia, a situation analysis on the current landscape situation of the child justice system became evident with strengths, weaknesses as well as key areas of improvement being identified. Added to the Child Justice Study this is further being articulated through the draft National Child Justice Strategy in Liberia (2020-2024).

Given this backdrop, the overall objective of this assignment is to assist the Child Protection Programme to implement key action points and recommendations deriving from this landmark study and the draft National Child Justice Strategy in Liberia (2020-2024) for i: children in conflict with the law; and ii: child victims and witnesses in Liberia.

The study and the draft National Strategy (which was drafted through a drafting workshop in December 2019) had highlighted the following three areas that requires priority attention for improvement:

  • Strengthening the organizational framework for children in contact with the law through updating of SOPs and guidelines in line with national and international standards;
  • Strengthening institutional capacity of relevant justice and security professionals in ensuring access to justice for children in contact with the law;
  • Re-modeling the diversion/restorative justice programme, for children in conflict with the law, led by the Child Justice Section, including a component for children subject to suspended sentence.

Under the supervision of the Chief, Child Protection, the international consultant will be work with the following relevant justice and security sectors:

Child Justice Section; SGBV Crimes Unit, Prosecution Office, Human Rights Unit, and Probation Service, of Ministry of Justice; MoGCSP, Women and Child Protection Section and the Police Academy of the Liberian National Police, (Judicial Training Institute) with also an aim to provide capacity building and capacity transfer to the national entities.

Basic Objectives of the Consultancy/Contractor (assignment):

Overall Objective:

Provide technical expertise in improving the child justice system, to be more child friendly and gender sensitive in line with international standards.

This will be achieved through the following sub-objectives:

  • To support the finalization and adoption of the National Child Justice Strategy in Liberia;
  • To strengthen organization framework for children in conflict with the law amongst relevant justice and security professionals through the update and revision of the Juvenile Justice SOPs/guidelines;
  • To strengthen institutional capacity of relevant justice and security professionals and intersectoral collaboration through development of training modules on child justice i. interdisciplinary training on juvenile justice; ii: interdisciplinary training on child victims/witnesses of SGBV; iii: review/update on LNP Police Training manual), TOT and its roll out;
  • Re-modelling the current diversion programme, inclusive of suspended sentences, and restorative justice;
  • To propose legislative amendments in line with international child justice standards.

Targets/Deliverables of the Assignment:

  • Finalized and Endorsed National Strategy on Child Justice;
  • Development of a Child Justice Training Module in Liberia;
  • Conducting a TOT of the Child Justice Training Module in Liberia;
  • Drafting of an interdisciplinary SOP on Juvenile Justice in Liberia for all relevant justice and security professionals and social workers;
  • Drafting of an interdisciplinary training module on juvenile justice in Liberia;
  • Conducting a TOT of the training module on juvenile justice in Liberia;
  • Re-modelling of the diversion programme in Liberia.
  • Drafting of an interdisciplinary training module with a specific focus on child victims/witnesses of SGBV ‘Journey of the Child Victim’;
  • Roll out of the ‘Journey of the Child Victim’ in selected EU Spotlight Counties;
  • Update of the Child and Gender sensitive policing training of the LNP including WACPs and other police officers.

Objective 1: Finalization of the draft National Strategy on Child Justice in Liberia

Key Activities/Tasks

Outputs/Deliverables

Time frame:

  • Refining the draft National Strategy;
  • Finalizing the National Strategy based on the feedback of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) members;
  • National Strategy on Child Justice Liberia finalized and validated for endorsement.

2 days (2 days off site)

Objective 2: Development of a Child Justice Training Module in Liberia

Key Activities/Tasks

Outputs/Deliverables

Time frame:

  • Preparing the draft training module on child justice (including methodology, content and visuals);
  • Conducting pilot training for potential trainers of the Judicial Training Institute;
  • Obtaining feedback by trainers and incorporate comments/revisions to the training module
  • Finalise training module;
  • Training of Trainers (ToT) on training modules;
  • Training module on Child Justice developed and finalized;
  • TOT delivered.

9 days (5 days off site and 4 days on-site)

Objective 3: Development of an interdisciplinary SOP on Juvenile Justice and development and roll out of its through training (training module development and TOT roll out)

Key Activities/Tasks

Outputs/Deliverables

Time frame:

  • Preparing draft interdisciplinary SOPs on juvenile justice for all relevant professionals;
  • Adjusting the SOPs through a joint consultation with all juvenile justice professionals;
  • Finalising the SOPs on juvenile justice;
  • Preparing draft interdisciplinary training module on juvenile justice (content, visuals and methodology);
  • Training of Trainers (ToT) on the training module;
  • Feedback by trainers on content, visuals & methodology;
  • Discussing roll-out plan with trainers and management;
  • Finalize the interdisciplinary training module;
  • Conduct field visits to follow up/monitor/observe LNP/WACPs, Juvenile courts, Magistrate courts and detention facilities;
  • Interdisciplinary SOPs on Juvenile Justice developed;
  • Interdisciplinary training module on Juvenile Justice developed;
  • ToT of the interdisciplinary training module on Juvenile Justice delivered.

25 days (14 days off site and 11 days on- site)

Objective 4: Review and update of the Child and Gender sensitive policing training of the LNP including WACPs and other police officers.

Key Activities/Tasks

Outputs/Deliverables

Time frame:

  • Review and update the existing LNP training module (for children victims/witnesses of crime and child offenders) to ensure child friendly and gender sensitivity, including on interviewing child victim/witnesses of crime and child offenders (through reviewing of structure of the interview protocol as well as knowledge/child development);
  • Prepare a draft training module for child friendly and gender sensitive policing;
  • TOT on the training module delivered with Police Academy trainers and national consultant;
  • Feedback by trainers on content, visuals & methodology;
  • Discussing roll-out plan with trainers and management;
  • Finalize the training module.

7. Review and update of existing LNP Training module

8. ToT on the training module delivered

15 days (8 days off site and 7 days on site)

Objective 5: Re-modeling of the diversion programme in Liberia

Key Activities/Tasks

Outputs/Deliverables

Time frame:

  • Preparing the Concept Note (baseline data, measures, county, partners, indicators, etc.);
  • Orientation/training for Child Justice section, MOJ, MOGCSP Juvenile Unit and other relevant justice and security professionals on diversion, suspended sentence and restorative justice;
  • Awareness/orientation sessions for Steering Committee, referral agencies and other stakeholders;
  • Coach/supervise on awareness/orientation for general public/communities;
  • Supervise on the mapping/informing community-based services;
  • Modelling/on-the-job coaching of the team: session 1;
  • Modelling/on-the-job coaching of the team: session 2;
  • Support, supervise monitoring, reporting and documentation;
  • Revision of Diversion Guidelines and its forms;
  • Preparing Suspended Sentence Guidelines and its forms;
  • Final report writing.

9. Diversion, Suspended Sentences and Restorative Justice Model in place including forms.

38 days (11 days off site and 27 days on site)

Objective 6: Development of an inter-disciplinary practical training on SGBV child victims/witnesses (‘Journey of Child Victims/ Witnesses of Crime’ training module) for the further prevention of secondary victimization.

Key Activities/Tasks

Outputs/Deliverables

Time frame:

  • Preparing the methodology for the documentation of the 3 journeys;
  • Documenting three case studies (‘journeys’ of child victim/witnesses with secondary victimization), including traveling (2 days);
  • Preparing a briefing note with case studies and feasible practical solutions/way forward;
  • Develop training module on ‘journeys of child victims/witnesses of crime’ and practical solutions for secondary victimization;
  • Roll out of the training module on journeys plus solutions (1 girl-victim, 1 boy victim & 1 child witness) in three pilot counties;
  • Conduct feedback session to MOJ including technical advisory group members.

10. Briefing note delivered

11. Develop training module ‘journeys of child victims/witnesses of crime’

12. Roll out of training module

13. Finalize training module

15 days in total (4 days off-site, 11 days on site)

Total: 104 days (44 days off site/working from home and 60 days on-site).

Qualification or Specialized Knowledge/Experience/Expertise required for the Assignment:

The successful contractor is required to meet the following criteria:

  • Education: Advanced University degree (Master/PG) or preferably a Ph.D in a relevant field of study (Degree in law with a focus on juvenile justice) with more than 10 years of relevant experience;
  • Professional/Technical experience – 10-15 years of international consultancy experiences on justice for children, juvenile justice and child protection with UNICEF, governments etc conducting studies, assessment, needs assessments, technical support on legislative reform, juvenile justice programmes (preferably diversion programmes) and development and delivery of training modules for justice and security professionals;
  • Relevant work experience: Solid work experience i the area of child protection, in particular justice for children with engagement with justice professionals, academia, governments and UNICEF with demonstrated ability to facilitate workshops, conduct field work with demonstrated ability for logical and analytical writing for drafting reports, assessments, trainings modules, including revision of legislations;
  • Knowledge of: In-depth knowledge of international law and domestic legislation around justice for children;
  • Language skills required: Fluency in English (oral and written), knowledge of other languages is an asset;
  • Ability to work with legal experts and in a diverse environment and produce high quality work including in a team environment, within deadlines and under pressure;
  • Other attributes essential for the assignment: Facilitation and leadership skills, computer proficiency including Internet and Microsoft Office and ability to work independently;
  • This application is also open to individuals.

General Terms and Conditions of the Contract:

  • Under the consultancy agreements, payment is deliverable based as defined in the ToR;
  • All remuneration must be within the contract agreement;
  • No contract may commence unless the contract is signed by both UNICEF and the consultant or Contractor;
  • For international consultants outside the duty station, signed contracts must be sent by fax or email;
  • Unless authorized, UNICEF will buy the tickets for the consultant. In exceptional cases, the consultant may be authorized to buy their travel tickets and shall be reimbursed at the “most economical and direct route” but this must be agreed to beforehand;
  • Consultants will not have supervisory responsibilities or authority on UNICEF budget;
  • Consultant will be required to sign the Health statement for consultants/Individual contractor prior to taking up the assignment, and to document that they have appropriate health insurance, including Medical Evacuation;
  • Mention is it as per the General Terms and Conditions of the Contract;
  • Mention “Grace Period” for submission of deliverables, after which payment will not be processed.

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at:

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

How to apply:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=530773

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