Published on March 4, 2014
“Championing the Rights, Welfare and Development of Belizean Families and Children” Terms of Reference for Technical Consultant Juvenile Justice Legislative Reform 1. Background The National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) has a legislative responsibility to promote, monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in Belize. The NCFC does this work through coordination and planning with key stakeholders and implementers. In 2013, the NCFC began to focus its work on three strategic areas; Child Protection, Parenting and Juvenile Justice. In all areas where applicable the NCFC is actively promoting legislative change or amendments where needed. In the area of Juvenile Justice, Belize does have domestic standards relating to the treatment of Juvenile Offenders, however, there are still some shortcomings that require attention. The NCFC, in particular is concerned about the lack of specific legislation for children to remain in contact with their families whilst in the juvenile justice system, overcrowding in detention facilities, the holding of children in adult detention facilities and lack of solid data on the number of children in the juvenile justice system. To this end, the NCFC, in collaboration with key partners is in the process of developing proposals for legislative reform; this process started in 2007 and we hope that the recommendations that we are proposing for change encompass the wide range of issues that face Juvenile Offenders in Belize. 1
2. Scope of Work The Consultant will be hired to finalize a comprehensive policy paper setting out the reasons for juvenile justice reform and the outcomes that the new law intends to achieve. Based on wide consultation session that will take place in April, the consultant will be required to develop the comprehensive policy paper that will include a model budget and implementation plan for the proposed legislation. This policy paper will highlight that legislative reform in the area of juvenile justice must include consideration of policy, budget, human resources, institutional capacity, professional practice, implementation planning and where appropriate transitional arrangements. The policy paper will provide estimated costs associated with processing, transporting and detaining children arriving at each stage of the juvenile justice system in Belize. The policy paper developed by the consultant will be reviewed by the NCFC Policy and Legislative Reform Subcommittee. Ultimately the policy paper should also clearly set out the intended aims and objectives of the new law and what action will need to be taken to implement the new law fully. 3. Timeline This consultancy will span over 2 months (April-May 2014) 4. Qualifications Good knowledge of the juvenile justice system in Belize Sound understanding of human rights-based approaches, specifically the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) Facilitation skills Excellent analytical and communication skills Demonstrated writing skills in English Advanced technical knowledge of theories, principles and methods in the following: Belizean law as it relates to the protection of children Juvenile justice systems 2
Law Degree with experience in Human Rights, or Post-graduate degree in any of the social sciences with strong grasp of human rights. Interested applicants can send applications via email to email@example.com or by mail to 62 Cleghorn Street, Belize City, Belize. Please address all applications to the attention of the Executive Director. For Further information please call 223-1180. The application deadline is March 14th, 2014, 4:00pm 3
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