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National Consultant on Juvenile Justice Legislation and its implementation in Tbilisi, Georgia

Apply now Job no: 526321
Work type: Consultancy
Location: Georgia
Categories: Child Protection, Consultancy

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  1. Background

Georgia is a party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The Convention requires State Parties to develop and implement a comprehensive juvenile justice policy in the best interest of the child. 

Reforming the justice system for children is part of the overall justice sector reform in Georgia. The reform was initiated in 2009 and concerned children in conflict with the law. The scope of the reform was gradually expanded and nowadays, it covers all children in contact with the justice system including child victims and witnesses of crime and children participating in civil and administrative proceedings.

The adoption of the Juvenile Justice Code in 2015 was one of the most tangible results of the Juvenile Justice system reform.   The Code is a comprehensive document covering issues concerning children in conflict with the law, child victims and witnesses of crime as well as children participating in administrative violations proceedings and brings Georgia's Juvenile Justice legislation close to international standards.

At the same time, the implementation of the Juvenile Justice Code is the most important and challenging phase, as it must guarantee application of a child friendly approach in practice. The implementation process implies the establishment of a common understanding of the new approach and principles, development of secondary legislation, protocols and guidelines for professionals, establishment of different mechanisms, as well as strengthening the capacities of justice and other involved professionals.

In order to support the implementation process, UNICEF assists the government of Georgia in several major directions: the development of a Commentary to the Juvenile Justice Code, strengthening  multidisciplinary  mechanism  comprising 8 regional and central working groups; monitoring of the case-law of the courts of Georgia with the participation of juveniles in conflict with the law, juvenile victims and juvenile witnesses and creating child-friendly environment in the justice system.  

UNICEF supports the process of the implementation of the code in cooperation with all involved actors and stakeholders. For this purpose, UNICEF seeks to engage a local consultant to provide technical and logistical support to this process.  

  1. Assignment Objective

The consultant will assist UNICEF in the provision of technical assistance to Ministry of Justice and other national counterparts in further advancing legislation and multidisciplinary mechanism in the area of Juvenile Justice.

  1.  Tasks and Responsibilities: 
  • Work closely with the Ministry of Justice to finalize the commentary to the Juvenile Justice Code which implies:
  • Collecting, review and providing feedback on the inputs of drafters to ensure that the Commentary helps practitioners use the Code by interpreting its most important aspects;
  • Harmonizing the final structure and the content of the Commentary, ensuring consistency among the different parts of the document so that the norms are presented in a systematic, interpretative context;
  • Revising English translation of the text;
  • Support relevant agencies to organize and attend Juvenile Justice Multidisciplinary WG meetings at central and local level (if needed consult practitioners individually) to identify established practice and challenges related to the interpretation of various articles of the Code, prepare analytical reports reflecting outcomes of discussions, inform the group of drafters thereon; 
  • Contribute to the development of the child-friendly justice system in Georgia through providing technical inputs for the development of the legislative framework concerning children in the justice system;
  • Contribute to planning and effective implementation of the justice related child protection activities;
  • Contribute to the preparation of narrative reports;
  • Perform other duties as required.
  1.  Deliverables
  • Monthly progress reports;
  • Final draft of the Commentary to the Juvenile Justice Code;
  • Analysis of local practice, reports of the JJ multidisciplinary meetings and individual consultations;
  • Other deliverables as required.
  1. Timeframe and Duration

The consultant will be hired for 5 months part time. It is expected that the assignment will take place in the period 01 October 2019 - 01 March 2020.

  1. Remuneration and Entitlement

The consultant will be paid a daily fee negotiated between UNICEF and the consultant based on an initial offer of the consultant to be submitted with the application.  The fee will be paid against the provision of timesheets and submission of monthly reports to be approved in written by the supervisor.

The consultant has no entitlement for annual leave, sick leave, maternity, adoption or paternity leave or any other kinds of special leave. UNICEF will not undertake any liability for tax, duty or other contribution payable on payments made under this contract. UNICEF will not issue a statement of earnings.

The assignment may involve travel. A lump sum offered by a candidate will be included in the contract to cover travel expenses - approximate total number of 5 days. 

  1. Health Insurance

UNICEF does not provide or arrange health insurance coverage for this position. The consultant will be required to provide a proof of health insurance for the duration of the contract.

 8. Qualification Requirements:

  • Advanced university degree in law or International Human Rights Law;
  • At least 5 years of professional work experience in the justice, including juvenile justice/justice for children, child's rights and related fields at the national and/or international levels.
  • Excellent knowledge of the national legislation, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international instruments on children rights;
  • Excellent analytical, negotiating and writing skills;
  • Excellent team working skills and respect for diversity;
  • Computer skills, including internet navigation, and various office applications;
  • Fluency in Georgian and English;
  • Ability to work through networking and in partnership.
  1. Performance Indicators

The performance of the consultant will be evaluated against the following criteria: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, and quality of the products delivered; also drive for results and a willingness to work within a team environment will be essential and will contribute to the performance evaluation.

 9.Supervision

The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the UNICEF Child Protection Officer and under the guidance of the Chief of Child Protection.

  1. Application Documents

The application must include:

  • Cover letter including the applicant's motivation to apply to this position;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Proposal of the daily consultancy fee and lump sum for in-country travel for up to 5 days;
  • Names and contact details (email and tel. number) of two persons, who can provide reference feedback.

Advertised: Georgian Standard Time
Applications close: Georgian Standard Time

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