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CONSULTANT TO DEVELOP A TRAINING OF TRAINERS (TOT) MANUAL AND CURRICULUM ON LEGAL AID SERVICES

Kenya

  • Organization: IDLO - International Development Law Organization
  • Location: Kenya
  • Grade: Consultancy - Single Engagement Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Documentation and Information Management
  • Closing Date:

Overview & Responsibilities

BACKGROUND

Article 48 of the Constitution of Kenya requires the State to ensure access to justice for all persons. Access to justice is facilitated by many factors, including access to legal aid services for the indigent who cannot afford legal representation. Several laws and policies were enacted/amended after 2010, facilitating this constitutional provision's realisation. These include the Legal Aid Act, Legal Education Act, Law Society Act, Commission on Administrative Justice Act, and Victims Protection Act, among others. These laws spread the mandate for the provision of legal aid services, training of legal aid providers, accreditation and management of providers, and regulation of the quality of services across different institutions, including the Council for Legal Education (CLE), National Legal aid Service (NLAS), Law Society of Kenya (LSK). The Council of Legal Education is mandated to set and enforce curricula and mode of delivery standards. Subsequently, the National Legal Aid Service has developed a curriculum to train paralegals in Kenya. Council approved this curriculum for purposes of implementation in 2020. From a practical point of view, a curriculum is a living document that should always be the subject matter of review and revision. The current curriculum needs to respond to the changing nature of legal aid provision, exploit opportunities offered by new technology such as e-learning, shifting student demographics, the changing expectations of professional statutory and regulatory bodies, outcomes of cyclical quality assurance processes and programme drifts due to changing content and learning expectations.  Subsequently, as an output of the regulatory framework, there is a need to consolidate and develop a reference manual for paralegal education providers based on a responsive, up-to-date curriculum to enhance student learning, engagement, experience, and outcomes, as a Training of Trainers (TOT) Manual and Curriculum on Legal Aid Services.

In partnership with IDLO, the Council proposes to develop a manual to aid institutions that design and deliver paralegal programs that provide practical support to grassroots organisations, human rights and justice defenders, and policymakers in designing and implementing paralegal and legal empowerment initiatives. This manual is intended to help formulate a roadmap for the multiple decisions that must be made in initiating, maintaining, and evolving a paralegal training program. From a learning perspective, it is expected that the manual shall be developed to facilitate two ways of learning; One Shot Information Capsules: This is a one-time session for information sharing. Instead of practical elements, the manual will emphasise conveying legal knowledge to the participants. The legal information on a specific problem is provided in issue-based or comprehensive training that covers a variety of laws and processes. Secondly, training that is systematic and Long-Term and has Both Field and Conceptual Elements: Paralegal education should be a methodical, well-planned process that lasts a long time and incorporates both theoretical and practical elements. From a sequencing perspective and for good order, it is proposed that this manual is developed once the Regulatory framework has been developed and validated. The manual, it is also expected, will be written in English. However, it is paramount that consideration is borne to using Kiswahili in the small claims court and tribunals and consider translating the manual to Kiswahili. Finally, to accommodate learning disabilities and ensure inclusivity, developing the same manual using disability learning vectors or illustrative language is recommended.

THE ASSIGNMENT

In this regard, the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) has partnered with the Council for Legal Education (CLE) to engage a consultant to develop a Training of Trainers (TOT) Manual and Curriculum on Legal Aid Services. The TOT Manual and Curriculum will be used by institutions that train legal aid service providers to offer standardised training that guarantees the quality of skills, coaching, and mentorship in preparation for the accreditation of the service providers.

The Consultant’s duties and responsibilities will include the following:

  • Carry out an inception meeting with the CLE and IDLO to discuss the TORs and scope of the assignment, methodology, and expectations, and develop an inception report demonstrating an understanding of the assignment.
  • Undertake a robust and participatory training needs assessment (TNA) and trend analysis of the developments in legal aid training and service provision, including a review of the existing training curricula on legal aid services.
  • Based on the findings of the TNA, carry out desk research on the ideal models and approaches for training legal aid service providers on legal aid services, including from other comparative jurisdictions.
  • Informed by the findings of the TNA, develop a standard TOT Manual and Curriculum on legal aid services using a participant-centred training methodology.
  • Integrate the principles of equality and non-discrimination into TOT Manual and Curriculum developed.
  • Present the draft TOT Manual and Curriculum on legal aid services in stakeholder consultative meetings with key legal aid service providers, such as CLE, NLAS, LSK, paralegal networks, etc., for feedback.
  • Consider and incorporate feedback from stakeholder consultations into the Final TOT Manual and Curriculum on legal aid services, and present the same during the validation and launch.
  • Refine and submit the final TOT Manual and Curriculum on Legal Aid Services to CLE and IDLO.

DELIVERABLES

An Inception Report is detailing the understanding of the assignment, methodology, timelines, work plan, potential risks, and mitigation measures.

  1. A Training Needs Assessment Report in Legal Aid Services
  2. A TOT Manual and Curriculum on Legal Aid Services, presented in a publication format.
  3. An Assignment Completion Report and sources of information relied upon.

DURATION

The consultancy contracts will run for six months, from December 2022to  May 2023.

Job Requirements

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law, social sciences, development, or related discipline from a university recognised in Kenya.
  • A master’s degree in any of the above fields is an added advantage.

Work experience

  • A minimum of 7 -10 years of professional experience in access to justice and legal aid.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience delivering similar assignments, including training needs assessments, manuals, and curricula.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in offering professional legal aid training, peer-to-peer learning, or mentorship for legal aid service providers.
  • Sound knowledge of ongoing access to justice reforms in the justice sector.

Technical competencies

  • Demonstrated skills and expertise in curriculum development.
  • Demonstrated legal analysis and writing skills, including proof of writing.
  • Excellent organisational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Excellent work ethic founded on the principles of integrity and confidentiality.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs and other relevant computer applications.

Terms & Conditions

Applications will be screened on regular basis; a qualified applicant might be recruited before the deadline. In the interest of making most effective use of resources, only the short-listed candidates will be contacted during the selection process.

 

Applications will be screened on regular basis; a qualified applicant might be recruited before the deadline. In the interest of making most effective use of resources, only the short-listed candidates will be contacted during the selection process.


IDLO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in all areas of its operations. We welcome applications of qualified and diverse candidates.


IDLO is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance at all levels within its workforce. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for IDLO vacancies.


IDLO does not tolerate sexual exploitation or abuse, any kind of harassment, including harassment of a sexual nature, or discrimination. As such, IDLO will conduct careful reference and background checks of all selected candidates as part of its selection process.

 
 

Applications will be screened on regular basis; a qualified applicant might be recruited before the deadline. In the interest of making most effective use of resources, only the short-listed candidates will be contacted during the selection process.

 

Applications will be screened on regular basis; a qualified applicant might be recruited before the deadline. In the interest of making most effective use of resources, only the short-listed candidates will be contacted during the selection process.


IDLO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in all areas of its operations. We welcome applications of qualified and diverse candidates.


IDLO is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance at all levels within its workforce. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for IDLO vacancies.


IDLO does not tolerate sexual exploitation or abuse, any kind of harassment, including harassment of a sexual nature, or discrimination. As such, IDLO will conduct careful reference and background checks of all selected candidates as part of its selection process.

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