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Development of Court Protocol for Child Interviewing _ International Consultant

Yangon (Myanmar)

Vacancy announcement of consultant to support the development of court protocols for child interviewing and related capacity building of court staff in Myanmar for international applicants.

International Consultant to Support the Development of Court Protocols for Child Interviewing and Related Capacity Building of Court Staff in Myanmar

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Background

UNICEF focuses on establishing child-friendly practices in Myanmar’s justice system (police, prosecution and judiciary) by (a) capacity building of justice system practitioners and (b) supporting development of child-friendly practices and infrastructure in selected regions of Myanmar.

UNICEF’s support to the justice system strengthening promotes an inter-agency approach and increased linkages between justice and welfare systems under the umbrella of an emerging national child protection system. UNICEF is also supporting major legislative/normative initiatives related to children in contact with the justice system: Myanmar’s new Child Rights Bill is currently under parliamentary review, expected to be adopted in 2018, and UNICEF is supporting the drafting of Rules and Procedures for the new Law by line ministries.

The proposed consultancy specifically supports the capacity development of the Union Supreme Court (USC), and builds on the progress of 2016-2017 collaboration between UNICEF and USC.

In 2017, based on an agreed plan of collaboration with the USC, UNICEF supported systematic capacity building of the judiciary in the development of child sensitive judicial procedures focused on achieving longer term and immediate goals.

  • From the long-term capacity building perspective, in order to ensure the professionalization of judiciary through pre- and in-service training, UNICEF supported drafting of training curricula on child protection and child-sensitive procedures for the USC, prepared trainers’ manuals and supported to select and train judiciary master trainers. 38 master trainers have been trained in 2017 through this collaboration.
  • Responding to the pressing need to enhance the child protection awareness of judges working in areas (6 regions) with the highest caseload of child rape cases, in 2017, UNICEF collaborated with the USC to directly train 36 district and township court judges from respective courts.

One of the next phases of the plan of supporting judiciary capacity is the establishment of child friendly interviewing rooms in selected district courts in Yangon Region, Mandalay Region, Kachin and Mon States.

This requires update/modification of courtroom infrastructure, providing necessary equipment for in-camera hearings in courts, drafting of respective interviewing protocols and training court staff and other court-associated practitioners accordingly. UNICEF has already procured equipment and installation will be completed in July. This phase of collaboration will be accomplished with the overall leadership of the Union Supreme Court, and training preparation and delivery is expected to be undertaken with participation of the previously trained judiciary master trainers.

Objectives of the Consultancy

The objective of the consultancy is to develop protocols and human resource capacity to support operationalization of the newly established child friendly interviewing rooms in 4 district courts. The consultancy will also support identification of feasible options for further expanding child friendly interviewing practices in courts. Established protocols need to be in line with Myanmar’s relevant criminal legislation, directives and guidelines, as well as the expected new Child Rights Law.

Assignment Tasks and Expected Deliverables

Task 1:

Draft a protocol for judiciary on child victims’ participation in trial/child interviewing.

End Product/Deliverable 1:

  • Questionnaires and or/agendas for meetings/workshops prepared
  • Introductory meetings with stakeholders and at least one workshop with the judiciary facilitated
  • First draft of court protocol submitted for review
  • First draft of the information sheet for child victims and witnesses participating in trial submitted for review

Task 2:

Train court staff on new use of new protocol

End product/ Deliverable 2:

  • Training plan developed
  • Training agenda and resources prepared
  • Trainings on the use of the new protocol on child victims’ participation in trial/child interviewing delivered to identified training participants 4 selected Districts.

Task 3:

Draft a discussion paper with suggestions on improvement of  court practices in relation to child victims and witnesses

End product/Deliverable 3:

  • A draft discussion paper with suggestions to improve court practices in relation to child victims and witnesses
  • A consultation/information-gathering workshop with stakeholders facilitated (if required)

Task 4:

Debriefing and submission of final deliverables

End Product/Deliverable 4:

  • Materials for debriefings/presentations prepared (slides, handouts, etc.)
  • Debriefings/presentations delivered for UNICEF, Government of Myanmar and relevant development partners.
  • All expected deliverables of the consultancy reviewed, fine-tuned if necessary and submitted: 
  • Court protocol on child victims’ participation in trial/child interviewing.
  • Information sheet for child victims and witnesses participating in trial
  • Complete set of training resources (handouts, presentations, case studies, etc.)
  • Discussion paper with suggestions on improvement of court practices in relation to child victims and witnesses.
  • Complete set of final debriefing/presentation materials (slides, handouts, etc.)

Qualification and specialized knowledge/experience required for the assignment

  • Advanced university degree in law, human rights, social work, psychology or other related disciplines
  • At least 10 years of experience of working with the criminal justice system, particularly in/with judiciary.
  • At least 5 years of experience of working as an international advisor in the field of justice, including juvenile justice/justice for children, justice sector reforms, and other related fields
  • Previous working experience as a judge, or extensive experience of judiciary capacity building will be considered as a strong asset
  • Specialization in juvenile justice/justice for children will be a strong asset
  • Proven experience of developing protocols, procedures, guidelines for the justice/child protection sector
  • Experience of developing training materials on child rights/child friendly justice and undertake trainings for criminal justice practitioners
  • Excellent skills in analysis, negotiation and advocacy
  • Excellent English language (writing and oral) skills
  • Excellent ability to work in different cultural contexts and in politically sensitive situations
  • Prior experience of working with UN and UNICEF will be an asset.

Interested candidates are requested to submit the application with updated CV and completed EOI form. 

Download File 1. TOR_Consultancy to support Judiciary (protocolcapacity).docx Download File 2. EOI_Consultancy to support Judiciary (protocolcapacity).doc

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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Yangon (Myanmar)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Legal - Broad
    • Legal - International Law
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-06

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