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IC/034/2020-CONSULTANT ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND DRUG USE IN PRISON SETTINGS - UNODC
|Location :||Tripoli, LIBYA|
|Application Deadline :||01-Dec-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||50 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||50 working days|
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.
There are 8,813 individuals held in 28 official prisons under the authority of the Ministry of Justice, of whom an estimated 60 per cent were in pre-trial detention. In total, 278 women were detained, including 184 non-Libyans, and 109 juveniles and children were also being held in prisons in judicial police custody. Health sector in prisons is directly supervised by the Ministry of Justice. There is a number of medical staff hired by Judicial Police and deployed in prisons but under direct supervision of the MOJ Medical. It is reported by Ministry of Justice and Judicial Police that the number of medical staff is not sufficient. In addition, there is a lack of medical equipment and essential medical supplies and disposables for inmates in prisons clinics. Inmates depend on their families to provide required medication while in prison. Vulnerable groups, like women, children, and foreigners, may not have the same support from the outside world or the community. Also, budgets allocated to prisons do not cover provision of medical vehicle; ambulances to transfer inmates to public hospitals. This situation was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the government’s decision to release about 3500 prisons, overcrowding remains a problem and is still impacting the health situation of prisoners in general and vulnerable groups in particular.
UNODC is currently supporting Libya in its prison reform efforts under the framework of UNODC project “Supporting prison reform in Libya, under the guiding principle of rehabilitation and social integration”. One of the project’s objectives is to support the national authorities and Judicial police institution in Libya to develop and improve health care services provided in prison settings as one of the key components of prison reform/development process in Libya. The aim is to ensure that prison inmates of both genders have accessibility to appropriate integrated overall health care services related to sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis, non communicable diseases and Mental health care and to ensure the continuum of care for released inmates.
Accordingly, UNODC plans to support the Libyan MOJ and Judicial police to develop an Operational Manual for the Minimum Package of Health Services for people in prison and people living in closed settings in Libya including a continuum of care guide for the released inmate to ensure continuity of health care services provision regarding communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases and sexual and reproductive health. This will be developed in line with the international standards relating to the treatment of prisoners, such as the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, the Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment and the Basic Principles for the Treatment of Prisoners, the WHO manual “Preparedness, prevention and control of COVID-19 in prisons and other places of detention”, and the tools developed under this thematic area such as the Operational Manual of Minimum Package of Prison Health services.
On the other hand, drug markets are expanding and diversifying worldwide with severe adverse health consequences. Some 35 million people suffer worldwide from drug use disorders while only 1 in 7 receive treatment. Cocaine, opioids, and cannabis continue to be major drugs of consumption with fentanyl and its analogues pose new serious challenges. Accordingly, UNODC ROMENA aims to build a regional programme on Prevention of Drug Use, Treatment and Care of Drug Use Disorders and related health challenges grounded in regional and national priorities based on needs and gaps identified. ROMENA also aims at addressing drug use in conflict/post-conflict situations, where significant drug use has been reported among refugee and displaced populations.
Under this project, UNODC is conducting an assessment and will produce a regional situational report regarding drug use across 13 MENA countries detailing specific vulnerable groups and their needs identifying existing institutional responses and their effectiveness. The objectives of the assessment are: (1) to generate a more accurate and updated picture of the drug use situation in each country highlighting key patterns and trends, current responses (2) to understand where gaps may exist relating to DDR responses and HIV prevention, treatment and care for PWID at both the policy and programme levels (3) identify the specific needs of vulnerable groups who use, who are at increased risk of using or face adverse health effects as a result of using drugs. The study will also provide recommendations regarding necessary steps and scaleup in drug demand reduction policy and programming.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Head of UNODC office in Libya and the overall supervision of ROMENA in Cairo. The consultant will work in close coordination with the national authorities such as Ministry of Justice, Interior, Heath and others. The purpose of the consultancy is to: (1) Operational Manual for the Minimum Package of Health Services for people in prison and people living in closed settings in Libya that includes a continuum of care guidelines for released inmates. The procedural manual will be for prison management and senior staff and will guide and improve the delivery of integrated health services in the country prisons; (2) to collect, analyse and report on the necessary information on drug use and DDR responses in Libya, guided by a developed methodology for this situational assessment.
Required Skills and Experience
Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree in public health, medical sciences, social sciences, psychology, social work and or international affairs related field.
A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience (at least 13 years may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree).
Years of experience:
Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the international or national level in the field of public health, drug use prevention, treatment and care, social work, psychology is required. The experience of working in a prison setting will be highly valued.
Fluency in Arabic and English, with excellent drafting and communication skills.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
(i) Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work;
(ii) Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work (if applicable);
Detail Terms of Reference, P11 Form and Financial Proposal Form can be found in the following link: