National Individual Consultant/ Law Enforcement Officer


Location : Wau -Western Bahr El Gazal
Application Deadline :29-May-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
15-Jun-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Background

  1. Background

Many people in South Sudan have unmet justice and security needs countrywide for both everyday disputes and severe abuses and threats. After decades of war, the country was left with a barely functioning justice and policing system, and institutions are unable to provide the coverage, accessibility and effectiveness of services people require. Where they are delivered, services are unequal, untimely and outcomes are often unfair. Despite security improvements, crime rates are high, SGBV remains prevalent; and human rights violations are regularly reported. The delays to implement the R-ARCCS widens the justice gap and human rights deficit, as the review of essential laws, security concerns, as well as conflict-related abuses of the past and root causes of conflict remain unaddressed in the absence of transitional justice, accountability, reconciliation, healing, and other constitutional and security sector reforms.

The Western Bahr Ghazal State (WBGS) being an multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-lingual, and multi-religious State with an area of 93,900 km square, has three counties, namely Raja, Jur and Bagare/Wau County. The police rank and file have a military background. Most have received no professional police training, especially those in the Raja and Jur River County making them fall short of democratic policing principles. Similarly, the National Prisons Service of South Sudan and other justice institutions which form part of the main institutions involved in the administration of justice and maintenance of law and order in the State also has limited capacity and are constrained due to a nonexistence of progressive policies, laws and strategies for inclusive justice and security reforms at the state level, weak state justice institutional coordination and  management, lack of accountability and absence of infrastructure development. Where there is infrastructure, it is often ill-furnished, inadequately funded, and inaccessible to the rural

population. As such, the most prevalent crimes such as Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) are not reported or prosecuted, also in part by stigmatization, lack of legal aid, psychosocial support or due to religious, traditional, and cultural factors. 

 

UNDP’s Access to Justice, Security and Human Rights Programme responds to this by supporting the Judiciary of South Sudan; the Ministry of Justice; and the Ministry of Interior, including the South Sudan National Police Service and the National Prisons Service of South Sudan, the Law Reform Commission and the South Sudan Human Rights Commission to increase access to justice, strengthen security including law enforcement and promote human rights as enablers for sustaining peace and development. Using a sector wide approach, UNDP’s strategy in achieving this is twofold. Firstly, by providing support to the priorities of the rule of law institutions as articulated in their institutional strategic and/or action plans. This includes both infrastructural and institutional development support. Secondly, it is by promoting access to justice and safety, linking the rule of law institutions with community and civil society initiatives. Additionally, the Program accompanies the government to implement its rule of law-related commitment in the Revitalized Agreement on the Conflict Resolution in the Republic of South Sudan, 2018.

Under the guidance of the Chief Technical Advisor and Programme Manager for Access to Justice, Security and Human Rights Strengthening and working closely with the State Rule of Law Specialist, the National Consultant/ Law Enforcement Officer will work closely with the other members of the Access to Justice team and in coordination with the State-level justice actors that include the state Police Commissioner, Prisons Director, Prosecutor, Lawyers, Traditional leaders, community security platforms, other justice actors and Transitional Mechanisms to improve justice and security services using a client-oriented approach consistent with UNDP (United Nations Development Programmes) rules and regulations to develop and implement policy and legal reforms, strengthen policing, law enforcement and prison management and initiate inclusive community security activities to improve security in the WBGS.

 

 


Duties and Responsibilities

Tasks and Scope of Work 

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Chief Technical Advisor for Access to Justice, Security and Human Rights and Program Manager, the National Consultant will perform the following tasks:

  • Establish new Police Community Relations Committees (PCRCs) and provide support to their monthly meetings to develop the new community policing approaches, good practices and sustainable security plans;
  • Train the new PCRCs members and empower them to discharge their roles with regard to responding to crime hotspots and conflict resolution processes in collaboration with key State-level justice actors;
  • Organise radio talk shows and community policing outreaches at the county level to identify crime trends especially those impacting on and involving women, youth and IDPs to reinforce security and respect for human rights in all undertakings;
  • Develop a policy brief on alternatives to imprisonment at the state level to decongest prisons.

 

Expected deliverables

  • Six (6) new PCRCs are established in Bagare, Raja and Jur Riva counties and at least 50% of them are women and youth led;
  • Twelve (12) PCRCs meetings are held to develop at least 12 sustainable security plans, and 50% of issues emanated out of the meetings are tackled within six months;      
  • Thirty (30) new PCRC members - Police, community leaders including youth and women are trained on community policing tactics;  
  • Three (3) community policing outreaches and three (3) radio talk shows are conducted to raise awareness on crime prevention and at least ten thousand (10,000) people including youth, women and IDPs are reached;
  • One (1) policy brief on alternatives to imprisonment is developed and discussed with key State level justice and security actors.

Payment modality

Payment shall be done upon completion of deliverables as per below percentages:

Key Deliverables                                                                                                                                          Amount (% of the total amount)

  • Inception report covering understanding of the Terms of Reference, methodology and work plan                                   15%
  • Report on established PCRCs                                                                                                                                           20%
  • Report on training of PCRC members                                                                                                                               20%
  • PCRCs meetings and security plans reports                                                                                                                     15%
  • Community outreaches and radio talk shows reports                                                                                                        15%
  • Final policy brief on alternatives to imprisonment                                                                                                              15%

 


Competencies

Corporate Competencies

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Demonstrates diplomacy and tact in dealing with sensitive and complex situations.
  • Effective communication, team building, interpersonal, analysis, and planning skills.

 

Professionalism

  • Effective communication
  • Problem-Solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment.
  • Shows pride in work and achievements.
  • Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and achieving results.

?Planning & Organising

  • Organizes and accurately completes multiple tasks by establishing priorities while considering special assignments, frequent interruptions, deadlines, available resources, and multiple reporting relationships.
  • Plans, coordinates, and organizes workload while remaining aware of changing priorities and competing deadlines.
  • Establishes, builds, and maintains effective working relationships with staff, partners, and beneficiaries to achieve the planned results.

 

Knowledge sharing/Continuous learning:

  • Takes responsibility for personal learning and career development and actively seeks opportunities to learn through formal and informal means. Learns from others inside and outside the organizations adopting best practices created by others. Actively produces and disseminates new knowledge.

 

Valuing diversity:

  • Demonstrates an international outlook, appreciates differences in values and learns from cultural diversity. 
  • Takes actions appropriate to the religious and cultural context and shows respect, tact, and consideration for cultural differences.
  • Observes and inquires to understand the perspectives of others and continually examines his/her own biases and behaviors.

Managing Relationships:

Working in teams:

  • Works collaboratively with colleagues inside and outside of UN (United Nations) to allow the achievement of common goals and shared objectives. Actively seeks resolution of disagreements and supports the decisions of the team.

Communicating information and ideas:

  • Delivers oral and written information in a timely, effective, and easily understood manner.
  • Participates in meetings and group discussions actively listening and sharing information.
  • Frankly expresses ideas with the intent to resolve issues, considers what others have to say and responds appropriately to criticism.

Conflict and self-management:

  • Manages personal reactions by remaining calm, composed and patient even when under stress or during a crisis and avoids engaging in unproductive conflict. Expresses disagreement in constructive ways that focus on the issue not the person. 
  • Tolerates conditions of uncertainty or ambiguity and continues to work productively.

 

Working with people:

Empowerment/Developing people/Performance management:

  • Integrates himself/herself into the work unit seeking opportunities to originate action and actively contributing to achieving results with other members of the team.
  • Knows his/her limitations and strength, welcomes constructive criticism and feedback, and gives honest and contractive feedback to colleagues and supervisors. Seeks new challenges and assignments and exhibits a desire to learn. 
  • Accepts responsibility for personal performance participating in individual work planning and objective setting seeking feedback and acting to continuously improve performance

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Required Skills and Experience

Required Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree in criminology, security management, law, human rights, international relations, public administration or other relevant disciplines; with solid knowledge and experience in using computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, and Access.).

Experience:

  • A minimum of 4 years of relevant experience, at the national and international levels, in planning, developing, managing, and monitoring legal, security reforms, Police and prisons management; knowledge of United Nations or international organizations procedures will be an asset.
  • High-level planning, facilitation, communication, and capacity development skills with a demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge and skills in a complex institutional environment.
  • Experience of working in conflict/post-conflict settings.
  • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills; Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development.
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment.
  • Good knowledge of the justice institutions, transitional justice standards, human rights, conflict and community resolution and other relevant issues in South Sudan.
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines.

 

Languages:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Speaking in Arabic is a must.

Evaluation criteria  

Applicants shall be evaluated using a Combined Scoring method, where the technical evaluation (qualifications, required Skills and Experience) will be weighted 70%, and combined with the price offer weighted 30%. Contract award is to the 3 candidates who obtain the highest score; ranked 1st and 2nd in the location marked as applied and in the combined score.  

 

Technical evaluation:

The criteria to be used for rating the qualifications, required Skills and Experience is outlined below:

Relevant Educational Experience (20%)

  • Master’s degree relevant to law or international development or human rights, criminology, security studies, Women Peace and Security Studies 

Relevant Work Experience as per TOR (Terms of Reference) Requirements (50%)

  • At least 4 years of proven experience working in the rule of law or legal sector 
  • Good knowledge of justice institutions, transitional justice standards, human rights, conflict, and community resolution 
  • Working experience in post conflict countries. Local working experience or engagement with various levels of government in South Sudan is preferred.   

Competencies, Skills & language (30%)

  • Proven ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines, delivers on time and within cost
  • Excellent communication, analytical and reporting skills.
  • Proficiency and proven experience in the use of Microsoft Office suite (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is required.

    Proficiency in English and Arabic is an added advantage.

NOTE: Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the Technical Evaluation will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Financial evaluation (total 30 points)

 

The financial proposals of all the technically qualified applicants will be scored up to 30 points based on the formula provided below. The maximum points (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal. All other proposals shall receive points according to the following formula: p = y (x/z)

Where:

  • p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
  • y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal (30).
  • X = price of the lowest priced proposal
  • z = price of the proposal being evaluated.



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