|Title of Assignment||Capacity building of the staff of Probation Service of the Ministry of Justice on juvenal probation practices
|Purpose||Building sustainable institutional capacity on juvenal probation services at the Probation Service of the Ministry of Justice|
|Contracting type||National institutional contract|
|From: 10 June 2019||To: 30 November 2019|
The transition processes after independence have brought large-scale legal and judicial reforms in Azerbaijan. Justice for Children and Juvenile Justice have been considered as priority areas of reforms in justice sector. It is remarkable that, a number of principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on juvenile justice are reflected in the national legislation. Thus, the prohibition of life imprisonment with and without the possibility of parole, application of arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child only as a last resort, as well as the principles of presumption of innocence were all taken into account in the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Existing practices, particularly absence of the fully-functional specialised system for children in prevention, reporting, referring and addressing main causes of juvenile delinquency, provision of meaningful access to child-friendly justice, including specialised and free legal aid, diversion, and probation services are areas requiring urgent action and measures. Although noting some progress during its most recent review in 2012, the Committee on the Rights of the Child has called Azerbaijan to bring its juvenile justice system in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child on several occasions.
The Government of Azerbaijan has consistently demonstrated its interest in reforming justice sector and undertaking specific measures to enhance rights of children and adolescents in justice sector through close cooperation with UNICEF and other international development partners. The Order of the President of Azerbaijan Republic “On improvement of operation of penitentiary, humanization of penal policies and extension of application of alternative sanctions and non-custodial procedural measures of restraint” particularly focused on reform of judicial system to introduce more alternative procedures to sentencing. Probation Service by the Ministry of Justice was established in 2018 to implement the probationary measures. Social adaptation and reintegration of persons under probationary control is one of the main functions of the Service. In this context, the work with juveniles requires capacity building of the staff on international standards of probation services for children.
The objective of this project is building sustainable institutional capacity on juvenal probation services at the Probation Service of the Ministry of Justice through trainings and supervision.
- Description of tasks
Within this assignment, the following tasks should be fulfilled:
Stage 1. Develop a training package (methodology, presentations and handouts) in Azerbaijani language on internationally recognized good practices in probation services for juveniles with a focus on social reintegration and case management which will include minimum:
- Juvenile justice concept;
- International standards in probation services;
- Social work and ethical principles in probation;
- Social inquiry report, monitoring and evaluation of the status of a juvenile in probation;
- Reintegration, community-based services, psychological support to juveniles.
Stage 2. Conducting 2 days basic training program for all staff members of the Probation Service in Baku (40 persons in 2 groups) and 3 days ToT program for selected staff (app. 10 persons);
Stage 3. Provide 2 days supervision for each ToT trainer;
Stage 4. Provide recommendations on the further improvement of capacity and practices of the Probation Service.
All logistical arrangements (coffee breaks, printing handouts, training tools, etc.) for training sessions should be provided by the contractor. Venue will be provided by the Probation Service.
- Deliverables and time-frame
In the period June 10 to November 30, 2019 the following deliverables are expected:
|Expected deliverable||Suggested delivery duration|
|Description of deliverables using result language||Number of working days|
|1.||Draft training package (methodology, presentations and handouts) on juvenile probation practices||10 days|
|2.||Final draft version of the Training package incorporating feedbacks from UNICEF||3 days|
|3.||Capacity building program on juvenile probation practices, including pre and post tests||7 days|
|4.||Supervision to the TOT trainers in Baku through consultancy and counselling||20 days|
|5.||Provide recommendations on the further improvement of capacity and practices of the Probation Service.
|Total days:||42 days|
- Qualification requirements
- Civil Society Organization (CSO)/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) or National academic institution with:
- minimum 5 years of experience in juvenile justice services for children in conflict with law (diversion, reintegration, etc.);
- Having team members with:
- advanced university degree in Social Work, Psychology, Law, Social Policy or related field;
- in-depth knowledge of social reintegration services (diversion, social rehabilitation) in juvenile justice systems, social work and psycho-social services for children in conflict with law and their families;
- minimum 3 years’ experience as a trainer in juvenile justice services for children in conflict with law;
- strong presentation skills;
- strong understanding of UNICEF’s mission and mandate;
- proven ability to demonstrate initiative, flexibility and drive for results;
- native Azerbaijani, knowledge of English is advantage;
The services will be directly supervised by the Child Protection Specialist of UNICEF Azerbaijan with overall supervision of the Deputy Representative.
Interested organizations must submit the following documents/information to email@example.com for application:
- a) CSO Identification Profile (template attached);
- b) A full project proposal including budget (template attached);
- c) CV-s of key staff to be involved in the project
Incomplete application missing any of the key components above will not be considered. Please use title of assignment (Capacity building of the staff of Probation Service of the Ministry of Justice on juvenal probation practices) as a Subject line of your email application. Applications with missing or irrelevant subject line will not be considered.
Budget is to be proposed by potential applicants and agreed with UNICEF in line with UN rules and regulations and based on optimal cost of services. UNICEF does not provide or arrange health insurance coverage. Payments will be processed based on satisfactory completion of the tasks and submission of narrative and financial reports.
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.
Deadline: 10 June 2019 (18:00 pm)
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