Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 22 Mar 2018
Title of consultancy: Curriculum Development on Child Protection for the Zambia Police Service (National Consultancy)
Possible start date: May 2018
Closing date: 22 March 2018
Duration: 90 working days
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The UNICEF Programme in Cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) is designed to address and mitigate the triple threat of poverty the country’s children face, while responding to the needs with interventions addressing the multiple causative factors.
In response to the combination these threats involve the Programme supports national efforts to improve service delivery in the key areas of: child health and nutrition and HIV and AIDS, quality basic education, water, sanitation and hygiene education, child protection and social policy, advocacy and communication.
Background of the Consultancy
The Zambia Police Act Chapter 107 of the laws of Zambia provides for the general duties of the Police – prevention and detection of crime, apprehension of offenders, the preservation of law and order, the protection and due endorsement of law and order.
The police have a duty to safeguard and protect children and their families and they are often the first line of contact when a crime has been committed. The reporting of violence or abuse of children to the Police incurs obligations at every stage of the police response. These obligations extend from initial deployment and response of the first officer on the scene, through the whole process of the investigation and the multi-agency processes for the protection and care of children. Therefore, training police officers to apply child sensitive procedures during investigations and the child’s continuum of care is critical. The training must cover the knowledge to ensure the Police are aware of the special needs of and protections due to children in contact with the law – as victims, witnesses or perpetrators. It must also cover the competencies necessary to ensure impartiality, child friendly interviewing, effective listening and non-judgmental engagement with children.
Since 2003, UNICEF has been supporting the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ), through the Ministry of Home Affairs, to implement police reforms by training designated district police officers responsible for child protection cases and victims of violence (specifically the Victim Support Unit). However, these workshop oriented trainings are not certified and attendance is not linked to performance and career progression thereby limiting the impetus of police officers to implement new knowledge or skills. Other issues include: trainings are short and often one-off; limited number of officers are trained; high turnover of those trained when they get promoted, retire or change duties resulting in skills leaving the police force.
Looking at the kinds of cases referred to the Police, coupled with little specialization in child protection and rights at the police training academies, it was felt that all police officers should receive basic training on how to manage child protection cases and children in contact with the law before they are deployed to serve. With support from UNICEF, Zambia Police conducted several stakeholder consultative meetings and a child protection course outline was developed and synthesized into 10 modules. All modules should be tailored to address police attitudes and practices in relation to child rights and child protection. The course outline is as follows:
Justification for the Consultancy
Within Zambia Police (ZP) there is a Technical Committee comprising UNICEF, Zambia Police, (ZP) Curriculum Development Centre (CDC), Ministry of General Education, Ministry of Community Development and Social Services (MCDSS), Ministry of Justice (MoJ), National Prosecution Authority (NPA), Legal Clinic for Women and Zambia Law Development Commission (ZLDC). The Technical Committee will oversee and guide the process of developing the training modules. The official approval of the training course lies with TEVETA which has the mandate of accrediting Trade Certificates and Diplomas.
The time involved and the competencies required to develop 10 child protection training modules for the Police training colleges requires the services of dedicated and specialized human resources. Thus a consultant with specialized training development skills and knowledge in child protection is required for completion of the tasks at hand.
Objectives and Targets for the consultancy
The purpose of this consultancy is to support the Zambia Police to develop ten child protection training modules specified in the course outline. The consultant must produce the following materials:
Description of Assignment and Scope of Work/Specific Tasks
Working under the guidance and supervision of the Child Protection specialist the consultant is expected to carry out the tasks below. The scope of the consultancy involves designing and developing tailored training modules to develop and enhance the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills of police officers so that they are able to deal with children in contact with the law and child protection cases in a sensitive manner taking into consideration the age, gender and specific needs of the child.
The specific tasks include:
The modules should be tailored to enable police to work with child victims, witnesses and perpetrators; and have practical sessions to allow the trainees to implement the learning and ensure child sensitive approaches within the police force.
Plan and co-facilitate, in cooperation with Zambia Police, a validation meeting and submit the report on the feedback and update the training modules accordingly.
The consultant is expected to deliver the following;
Expected Output / Deliverables
Estimated No of Days
Review course outline, gather and assess existing child protection training manuals used by the Police.
Develop detailed work plan detailing how the consultant will conduct the following: development of the ten child protection modules – Trainer’s Guide and Student Handbook.
Inception Report and detailed workplan
15 days after signing of contract
Draft the ten training modules and all associated materials
Draft copy of the ten training modules with all associated materials
Facilitate pre-testing of the draft modules with serving police officers
Revised modules incorporating comments from the field testing
Organise and conduct validation meeting with stakeholders, make necessary revisions and finalise the training modules. Submission of the Training package. (Student Guide, Instructors Guide with necessary references and course evaluation tools)
5 sets of hard (bound) and soft (on CD) copies of the training modules and all associated materials submitted to UNICEF and ZP
The deliverables defined in the above table and monthly progress reports will meet the reporting requirements. The overall process will be overseen by the UNICEF Child Protection Specialist (child justice) whom the selected consultancy will be answerable to for the fulfilment of this assignment.
The Child Protection Specialist (child justice) under the supervision of the Chief of Child Protection will be responsible for managing the consultancy. The Technical Committee at Zambia Police comprising UNICEF, ZP, the ZP Curriculum Development Centre, Ministry of General Education, TEVETA, MCDSS, MoJ and NPA will hold fortnightly progress meetings. The consultant will participate in the fortnightly meeting and provide updates on progress, sharing drafts of work produced for review.
The start date of this assignment is the 1 May 2018 and the duration of the contract is 90 days. UNICEF considers a month as comprising of 22 working days.
The consultant will be paid on a monthly basis upon submission of a monthly report and invoice. The monthly report will show evidence of progress towards the deliverables.
UNICEF holds the right to withhold payments if deliverables are not met or not to expected quality standards.
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