Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 18 Jul 2018
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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.
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Purpose of theConsultancy
To support the Department of Social Welfare and stakeholders to pilot the National Framework for Diversion in three Districts in Zambia.
Lusaka with frequent travel Kapiri Mposhi and Kitwe.
Child Protection Specialist- Justice for Children; with regular reports also submitted to Focal Point in Ministry of Community Development and Social Services.
Brief Background of the Consultancy
The minimum age of criminal responsibility in Zambia is set at the very low age of 8 years. Detention of children is not used as a last resort, and there is no specific law that provides for and fosters the implementation of diversion. In Zambia, it is an established practice to incarcerate children below 18 years in detention facilities and for a prolonged period. First -time child offenders, accused of misdemeanor are imprisoned or given custodial orders in children’s correctional institutions such as a reformatory school. Although the law provides for some alternatives to detention, such as probation, conditional sentence to community service and suspended sentences, there are no explicit provisions for diversion programmes as diversion is not yet entrenched in the Zambian laws. This situation causes several challenges, not only to the effective implementation of diversion but to child protection in general.
Rationale and key aspects of the overall context of the assignment;
The National Consultant will support the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) in the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services (MCDSS) to pilot the National Framework for Diversion (NFD) in the 3 selected districts of Lusaka, Kapiri Mposhi and Kitwe. In order to guide and inform the pilot process, the national consultant will support the District Social Welfare Officers, and District Technical Working Groups (DTWG) comprising representatives of Police, Social Welfare, Public Prosecutors, Magistrates and NGO service providers. The roll out of the pilot phase will be a participatory process, promoting maximum input from all the relevant stakeholders. At National level, the consultant will support the Senior Social Welfare Officer responsible for Statutory Services and will liaise with the National Technical Working Group (NTWG) with representatives from the Child Justice Forum (CJF) and relevant government and non-government agencies, including Ministry of Justice and its agencies, Ministry of Community Development and Social Services (MCDSS), Zambia Police (ZP), Human Rights Commission (HRC), National Prosecutions Authority (NPA), the Judiciary, Zambia Law Development Commission (ZLDC) and Human Rights Commission. The National Consultant will work from the offices of the MCDSS and regularly visit partners and stakeholders in pilot districts.
The purpose of this consultancy is to provide technical assistance to the DSW in the set up and operationalization of the pilot of the National Framework for Diversion in three Districts of Lusaka, Kapiri Mposhi and Kitwe for a period of 11.5 months effective July 2018.
Description of the assignment (Scope of work) / SPECIFIC TASKS
The National Framework for Diversion aims to assist all stakeholders, including the Police, Social Welfare, Public Prosecutors, Magistrates, NGO service providers and traditional mediation structures to respond to child offending by way of diversion out of the formal criminal justice system, in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The pilot of the National Framework for Diversion seeks to initially roll out the framework in 3 districts of Lusaka, Kapiri Mposhi and Kitwe with the aim of drawing lessons with regard to the relevance, feasibility, and scalability of framework to national level. Under the joint supervision of the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services and UNICEF, the National Consultant will provide technical assistance to the National and District level staff of the MCDSS and stakeholders in the set up and operationalization of the pilot. In particular, the consultant will be expected to perform the following tasks:
Working Days (Duration)
Mapping of diversion service providers and provide technical guidance for addressing gaps and weaknesses noted in the mapping exercise
Develop mapping tools
2 weeks per
Conduct a mapping of all key stakeholders including service providers to carry out the diversion pilot within the selected districts
Report of the mapping exercise per district, with identified stakeholders/partners (including contacts) and with recommendations for next steps.
Based on the results of the mapping exercise, identify strengths and potential as well as gaps and draw a roadmap of implementation
Roadmap for capitalizing on existing strengths and potential and addressing gaps for implementation
Support District Social Welfare Officers and the Diversion TWG of Lusaka, Kapiri Mposhi and Kitwe district to coordinate implementation of the pilot
Develop terms of reference (ToRs) for the District TWGs of the Diversion Pilot
Teams of reference developed and endorsed.
Provide orientation to members of the TWGs on their coordination tasks and responsibilities based on the ToR and the National Diversion Operational Framework
Reports of orientation trainings/Report templates.
1 week in each district
Identify coordination mechanisms as well as gaps and bottlenecks and provide technical advice utilizing existing mechanisms or setting up new ones as necessary. Support the processes of defining referral pathways, reporting requirements and roles and responsibilities of actors involves.
Monthly reports of coordination meetings conducted and issues addressed.
Support the MCDSS to develop and implement an accreditation system for providers of diversion services such as mediation, restitution and rehabilitation,
Work with the International Consultant and the MCDSS to develop the Accreditation framework for Diversion Service Providers
Accreditation framework exists & M&E Tools
Train DSW staff and service providers in the implementation of the accreditation framework
Training reports for roll out of the Accreditation framework
Promote growth and development of diversion pilot in the 3 pilot districts
Develop Training Evaluation Form and provide targeted trainings for Diversion actors in the 3 pilot districts based on the Training Manual of the National Framework for Diversion
1 week in each district
Develop M&E tools and monitoring plan for the diversion pilot based on the Diversion Operational Framework
M&E tools and Monitoring plan completed and endorsed by key stakeholders
Conduct regular field visits to the 3 pilot districts to provide on the spot coaching and mentoring to diversion stakeholders based on identified challenges and constraints
Field visit reports of coaching and mentoring provided
2 weeks in each district
Regularly update national TWG on progress, issues and constraints related to the implementation of the pilot.
Monthly reports provided to the National Task Force
Facilitate monitoring and evaluation exercises in the implementing districts ensuring data flow based on the monitoring framework and plan
Develop and roll out Monitoring Tools for the diversion pilot in each of the 3 districts based on the monitoring plan.
Monitoring tools developed and rolled out
2 weeks per district
Support the district Diversion Task force to monitor implementation of the monitoring plan ensuring data flow.
Monthly monitoring update reports
2 weeks in each district
Submit diversion pilot implementation status reports to the National Task Force.
Quarterly report to the National Task Force
Liaise with Chief Social Welfare Officer and National Task Force and provide them with advice on policy issues regarding diversion
Provide advice on diversion policy related issues based on lessons from the piloting districts.
Quarterly reports to the National Task Force
Support key stakeholders’ meetings on the assessment of the of pilot (in collaboration with International Consultant)
Assessment Report submitted (for each pilot)
In consultation with the international consultant and key stakeholders and based on pilot results, make recommendations and develop a national plan of action for scale-up.
Support compilation and sharing findings, lessons learnt and recommendations (in collaboration with International Consultant)
Report on lessons learnt, recommendations and review of the model to scale up the programme
Support development of NPA for scale up (in collaboration with International Consultant)
Scale up plan finalized
The consultant will be expected to provide the following:
The National Consultant will report to the UNICEF Child Protection. The consultant will be expected to provide consolidated monthly progress update reports to the UNICEF Child Protection Specialist which will be reviewed technically by the National Director.
The consultant will attend the following meetings:
 No. 63 of the Concluding observations on the combined second to fourth periodic reports of Zambia adopted by the Committee at its seventy-first session (11-29 January 2016) put emphasis on the above issues.
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EVALUATION PROCESS AND METHODS
The evaluation process will include the following steps:
Technical Evaluation Criteria
Qualifications for the post
Understanding of the government interventions in the National Framework on Diversion
Previous experience in Child Protection Programming
Previous experience in capacity building
Knowledge of any training material/child justice principles
Familiarity with national and international standards on child justice
Range and depth of organizational experience with similar projects
Only proposals which receive a minimum of 55 points under a technical evaluation will be considered technically compliant.
POLICY BOTH PARTIES SHOULD BE AWARE OF
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