Juvenile Justice System Strengthening (Senior NKE)

Apply by 28 July 2018
Posted on 28 June 2018

Job Description

Project title: Technical assistance for the development of a social protection system in Swaziland

Brief description of the assignment: The Non-Key Expert (NKE), working under the Team Leader of the SPS TAT and in collaboration with KE 2, as well as the Juvenile Justice Training Expert will assess the situation of Juvenile Justice, in line with the legal framework and the Child Protection Strategy for Swaziland. S/He will contribute to the following:

  1. Specific Objective 1: Institutional capacity, regulatory, and oversight functions of government are strengthened to deliver social protection for the most vulnerable
  • Result 1.4: Reinforced synergies between the government and civil society organisations and other non-state actors and donor agencies playing a role in the delivery of social services.
  1. Specific Objective 2: Social protection provision is more efficient, sustainable and accountable throughout the lifecycle
  • Result 2.4: In addition to other results from work across Departments, the Department of Children Services is empowered to coordinate child protection services, delivered by different ministries, departments and units, as well as non-state actors and civil society and to strengthen family and community to contribute to social protection.

Activities and outputs under the assignment

  • Ensure that delivered Children services programs comply with the provision of international instruments that guide the comprehensive basic needs and rights of all children
  • Review and evaluate all National legal instruments on the treatment of Children and appraise their relevance or compliance to the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and African Convention RWC and cause the enactment of suitable domestic laws, regulations, guidelines, ethics and standards
  • Liaise with Juvenile Correctional Services (HMCS) to ensure successful implementation of:
  • Review draft curriculum and classroom training of Juvenile Correctional Services on relevant topics related to the basic rights and dignity of youth in conflict with the law, diversion correctional practices to avoid detention, positive discipline, re-integration of youth at risk, (HM Correctional Staff Training College)
  • Support implementation of training modules for correctional officers who will effectively engage in alternative ‘diversion’ services for juveniles in conflict with the law
  • Support improved juvenile justice administration (legal aid, pro-bono legal support, pre-sentencing social worker report supporting diversion sentences)
  • Support links between child protection actions of local CSO-NGO with local government (LA), decentralised social protection services, local community volunteers, and up to regional and central social services
  • Support the organisation of the cooperation with other Departments on other Results
  • Support links with civil society organisations active in prevention and early detection of vulnerabilities, and strengthening of the capacities of the vulnerable groups in the communities
  • Support a focal person in DPMO to map the existing CSO/NGO and advise and monitor them to improve the impact of their actions
  • Support the Department of Children Services to establish a register of all organizations/institutions that provide social protection services to vulnerable children/youth in Swaziland
  • Set minimum standards of care, safety, quality and protection. Implement an inspection service for quality control and adherence to standards
  • Organize a stakeholders’ workshop on strengthening the Juvenile Justice System in Swaziland, focusing on practice rules, standards, guidelines and a Juvenile Justice coordination mechanism
  1. Output 1: Brief summary report, highlighting areas of strengthening.
  2. Output 2: A strategy document of improving and strengthening the Juvenile Justice system in Swaziland, highlighting a coordination mechanism, practice rules, standards and guidelines to be adhered to.
  3. Output 3: Strategy paper for Government to reform the Juvenile Justice System, articulating therein a Juvenile Justice Coordination mechanism based on Commitments from Juvenile Justice Institutions in Swaziland.
  4. Output 4: Quality standards developed for juvenile justice operations

Duration of the assignment: 90 working days within the period 1st Aug 2018 – 31st Dec 2018


Essential criteria

A minimum of 10 years general professional experience and independent and free from conflicts of interest in the responsibilities they take on. In particular:

- At least 10 years relevant work experience, out of which 5 years practical experience working on Juvenile Justice Administration and Criminal Justice, including traditional diversion systems and community alternatives to custodial sentencing

Qualifications and skills

- Advanced University degree (MA or PhD) in Law, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Social Work or another relevant field

- Strong interpersonal and negotiating skills, including excellent written and oral skills and cross-cultural sensitivity

- Ability to work under pressure, prioritise tasks, take initiative, meet deadlines and remain tolerant, with capacity to develop participative and inclusive team-work

- Computer literacy skills (MS Office / MS Project)

General experience

- Extensive experience in designing and delivering social work services in a range of settings

- Experience at community level in service provision for the poor

Specific experience

- Proven expertise in analysis and policy formulation in the area of Juvenile Justice

- Solid knowledge and understanding of International Human Rights laws and standards on Juvenile Justice

- Experience in working on the interaction of statutory and customary/traditional laws in respect of children

- Knowledge of Child Protection strategies, including policy and guidelines on Juvenile Justice

- Ability to draft clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form

- Competent in writing training curricula and course materials

- Proven experience in teaching and training in the area of Juvenile Justice

- Strong communication skills; including fluency in written and spoken English

Desirable criteria that would be an added advantage

- Experience in the sub-region as well as internationally, with experience in Swaziland desirable

- Knowledge of SiSwati will be an added advantage

- Experience in delivering Social Work training

* eSwatini nationals are strongly encouraged to participate

About the Organization

Human Dynamics is a leading European provider of consulting services for the public sector with more than 120 projects implemented in 30 countries worldwide. Currently, Human Dynamics and its 300 experts and consultants advise more than 40 ministries and public/government agencies worldwide. You are welcome on our website for more details: www.humandynamics.org

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