International Consultant, Training of prison staff
Albania (Colombia) | Tirana
The project aims to support national authorities, institutions, and citizens to better understand, protect, promote and respect human rights in Albania. Building upon its work on prison reform in Albania and the approval of the most recent legal package on the penitentiary system, the Presence will continue to focus on protecting and promoting human rights in prisons. Specifically, based on the findings and recommendations of its 2020 Needs Assessment report in the Special Regime in high security prisons, the Presence will build the capacities of the special regime staff in working with high risk prisoners. The special regime for the high security prison units in Albania was recently introduced. The concept and the application of the special regime for high security prisoners was first introduced in Albania with the adoption of the Law 108/2018. The adopted legislation was largely based on the experience of Italy in fight with mafia and related organized crime. More specifically, Law 108/2018 of Albania was largely based on the Section 41 bis of the Prison Administration Act of Italy, which gives the Minister of Justice of Italy the power to suspend the application of the ordinary prison regime in whole or in part, by means of a reasoned decision, on the grounds of public order and security, in cases where the ordinary prison regime would conflict with these requirements.
The categories of offenders included in this special regime in Albania include offenders sentenced or awaiting trial for criminal offences related to terrorist acts, criminal offences as part of structural criminal gangs, trafficking of narcotics, etc. The special regime puts several restrictions on the offenders, which might lead to violations of human rights, with a special focus on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
A two-day training seminar divided into two groups (20-25 participants each) will be organized in Tirana for prison staff of the Special Regime in high security prisons. The course will provide the trainees with the concepts, tools and skills that are needed to manage the high risk offenders in the Special Regime. In addition, the course will focus on relevant international standards on the Special Regime, including ECHR standards as well as lessons learned from other countries that have a similar regime, such as Italy, etc.
For this purpose, the Presence will hire one International Expert with extensive experience in similar training sessions of this topic. The international expert will be hired on SSA for six days (for both preparatory home-based work and delivering the training).
Objective of Assignment:
International Expert to deliver a two-day training (divided into two groups) to the prison staff of the Special Regime in Albania on the human rights compliant management of high-risk prisoners
Duration of Assignment::
Tentatively September – October 2021
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of OSCE National Legal Officer, the consultant will perform the following tasks:
- Preliminary discussion/meeting with the OSCE National Legal Officer and representatives of the Ministry of Justice and/or General Directorate of Prisons to collect input for the training session.
- Compile a draft programme for the training of prison staff of the Special Regime on the human rights compliant management of high-risk prisoners.
- Realization of the training of the prison staff of the Special Regime. The focus of the training will be on the concepts, tools and skills that are needed to manage the high risk offenders in the Special Regime. In addition, the course will focus on relevant international standards on the Special Regime, including ECHR standards as well as lessons learned from other countries that have a similar regime, such as Italy.
- Prepare hand-out materials for training participants, including at least a case study;
- Collect feedback and recommendations from participants in the training;
- Prepare a report for the training with recommendations for future training needs of the prison staff of the Special Regime. The report on the training should be at least 5 pages long, Times New Roman 12, 1.5 space, justify.
The international expert is expected to travel to Tirana, Albania for the training.
- Draft the twoday training programme of prison staff of the Special Regime to take place in Tirana, Albania, tentatively in September-October 2021 prior to the training;
- Submit to the OSCE National Legal Officer handout materials for training participants, including at least one case study at least one day prior to the training;
- Train and interact with 4050 prison staff on the the human rights compliant management of highrisk prisoners;
- Deliver a report on the training session as specified in the Tasks section by 30 October 2021.
- Advanced university degree in law, criminal law, human rights, forensic psychology or similar fields;
- At least 5 years of professional experience as an academic or practitioner in the criminal justice system and/or human rights;
- At least 3 years of professional experience with the 41-bis prison regime in Italy;
- Professional experience in conducting similar training sessions;
- In-depth knowledge of the European Court on Human Rights cases;
- Very good knowledge of English and Italian including excellent communication and drafting skills.
Remuneration will be based on the selected consultant’s/expert’s qualifications, experience, the tasks and deliverables for this position and in accordance with the OSCE established rates.
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