Project title: Technical assistance for the development of a social protection system in Swaziland
Brief description of the assignment: The overall objective of the project is defined for the priority area of social protection in the NIP for the 11th EDF in Swaziland: ‘by providing a higher level of social protection, to enhance the capacity of the poor and vulnerable to live their lives free from hardship and indignity, to better manage shocks, and to overcome poverty and vulnerability’.
The two Specific Objectives of the project are fully aligned with the NIP and its sequencing:
- Specific Objective 1: Institutional capacity, regulatory, and oversight functions of government are strengthened to deliver social protection for the most vulnerable;
- Specific Objective 2: Social protection provision is more efficient, sustainable and accountable throughout the lifecycle.
In particular, the JNKE will contribute to the following sub-component:
- Result 1.3: Greater the organisational strength, with improved coordination, service delivery and oversight functions of the DPMO and Departments, operating effectively at central, regional and community level on issues of social protection.
Activities under the assignment:
- Reviewing the policies, legislation and regulations (including those relating to complementary services such as the Police domestic violence and child protection mandates and responsibilities for children and young persons in Correctional Services and Education) which relate to the mandates of DPMO with respect to the protection and welfare of children, the welfare of those who are vulnerable, including those with disabilities, those affected by emergencies, women and the elderly to determine anomalies and gaps and to determine the need for guidelines for implementing services;
- Designing or scoping new laws such as the Welfare Act, the Elderly Act and the Social Workers Act, not to review laws that are existing. So the TORs should change to focus on issues that we need.
- Making recommendations for amendments to existing policies, legislation and regulations to ensure consistency and completeness;
- Working with the Social Welfare Expert and the In-Service Social Welfare Trainer to develop manuals and training modules for the Department of Social Welfare to meet its obligations under existing policy, legislation and regulation;
- Working with all departments within the DPMO
- A consistent set of Recommendations on Legislative Revision and Regulations that define the functions, roles and responsibilities of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office, particularly the Department of Social Welfare, and its staff and complementary agencies to deliver services and protection for the vulnerable and those at risk, covering CPWA (2012), the new Disability Bill, commitments on gender equality and prevention of violence against women, in line with the National Social Development Policy;
- Draft Social Welfare Law
- Draft NGO registration Law
- Documents to review the provision of the UN72 concluding observations and the UN and UA State Party reports 2017
- Document to Review the TORs for the CPWA regulations and make contributions
- Document to Review the current model for engaging in the International Conventions
Duration of the assignment: 75 working days within the period 1st Aug 2018 – 31st Dec 2018
- A minimum of 5 years general professional experience, independent, and free from conflicts of interest in the responsibilities they take on
Qualifications and skills
- Master’s degree in law and the professional requirements to practise in law
- Fluency in written and spoken English with sound communication, 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)
- Extensive experience in welfare law
- Legal experience in Swaziland
- Evidence of competence in drafting legislation and regulations
- Experience of delivering training in law
Desirable criteria that would be an added advantage
- Knowledge of Swaziland welfare law
* eSwatini nationals are strongly encouraged to participate