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International Consultant, Prisoner Treatment

Belgrade (Serbia)

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Belgrade (Serbia)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-17

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Background

This vacancy is open for the applicants with the citizenship of an OSCE participating State, excluding the Republic of Serbia.

The OSCE Mission to Serbia’s is supporting the Ministry of Justice and its Directorate for Enforcement of Criminal Sanctions in strengthening the capacities of the Prison Training Centre, which plays a leading role in developing various programmes for the treatment of prisoners and prepares prison staff for their implementation. The aim of these programmes is to rehabilitate prisoners and prepare them for release in order to reduce the likelihood of reoffending. Based on a needs assessment coming from the Prison Training Centre, the Mission will assist the Directorate for Enforcement of Criminal Sanctions to develop new prisoner treatment programmes for sex offenders, with a separate part focusing on juvenile offenders. Also, a manual for the use of motivational interviewing in working with prisoners will be developed.

During 2020, with the support from the Mission, the Directorate has established a working group comprising treatment officers from various prisons, with the task to develop these programmes. It became apparent that the Serbian prison system lacks experience in developing such novel treatment programmes, hence the support of an experienced international expert would be necessary to successfully complete the task.

For the purpose of providing support to the working group established by the Directorate for Enforcement of Criminal Sanctions, the Mission requires the services of one international consultant to draft a detailed programme for treatment of sex offenders, with a separate part focusing on juvenile offenders, and a manual for treatment officers on the use of motivational interviewing in working with prisoners.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the National Programme Officer, the consultant will be responsible for:

  1. Providing expertise to and guiding the members of the working group established by the Directorate for Enforcement of Criminal Sanctions, drafting a treatment programme for sex offenders, including a specific part related to the juvenile offenders;
  2. Providing expertise to and guiding the members of the working group in drafting the manual for the use of motivational interviewing in working with prisoners;
  3. Defining key goals, structure and envisage the content of the drafted documents;
  4. Defining the duration and frequency of envisaged treatment programmes, as well as tools to evaluate a prisoner’s progress.

The consultant shall work online from home, and participate in online sessions of the working group. Exceptionally, the consultant might be asked to travel to Serbia and participate in the working group sessions.

Necessary Qualifications

  • Citizenship of an OSCE participating State, excluding the citizenship of the Republic of Serbia;
  • University degree, preferably in special education and rehabilitation, psychology, pedagogy, social pedagogy or other related discipline;
  • Minimum ten years of experience in working on prison treatment programmes;
  • Experience in designing and drafting prisoner treatment programs, peer-to-peer training curricula and training manuals;
  • Familiarity with prisoner treatment programs in the Serbian prison system, preferably through similar engagements in Serbia and the region;
  • Very good communication skills;
  • Very good writing skills.
  • Professional knowledge of English, both oral and written,
  • Knowledge of Serbian language is considered an asset;
  • Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft packages;
  • Ability and willingness to work with people of different cultural, national, social and religious backgrounds;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.

Candidates are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the OSCE Competency Model available at:  https://jobs.osce.org/osce-competency-model.

Remuneration Package

The consultant will be employed on a Special Service Agreement covering a total period of 20 (twenty) working days in the period from 1 July to 30 November 2021, and will be paid a total amount not exceeding 7,000 EUR in total, commensurate to individual qualifications and experience. The payment will be effected in five monthly instalments.

The consultancy will primarily be based on online meetings of the working group. Should the supervisor deem necessary and should the Covid 19 related situation allow, the consultant may be asked to travel to Serbia, for up to 5 working days, in which case the Mission shall cover the travel and DSA costs.

How to Apply

Please apply online through this website (https://jobs.osce.org) no later than 17 June 2021. Only applications received through this website will be considered; applications received by email, post etc. will not be accepted.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Candidates who have not been contacted by 30 June 2021 should consider there will be no follow up to their application.

The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, cancel the recruitment, or offer a consultancy at a different level or with modified terms of reference or for a different duration.

Additional Information
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