Avocats

TOR Consultancy – Development of a training manual PTD project.

Job Summary

The principal objective of the activity is to mobilize and build the capacity of LASPs for tailored intervention on procedural and constitutional rights.

  • Minimum Qualification: Masters
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 7 years

Job Description/Requirements

Project

Protecting procedural and constitutional rights through Access to Justice 


Project Objective 

The principal objective of the activity is to mobilize and build the capacity of LASPs for tailored intervention on procedural and constitutional rights. 


Profile of the consultant

The consultant should have the following skills and experience: 


FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES  

• Expert Knowledge of human rights, criminal justice substantive, and Procedural legal framework

• Experience in the development of training manuals/ facilitation guides

• Ability to research and conduct interviews with key informants

• Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (Ms. Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages.

• A good knowledge of the roles and functions of different actors involved in criminal justice in  Uganda

• Familiarity, contextual knowledge of and experience working in Uganda.

 

CORE COMPETENCIES

• Ability to produce high quality outputs in a timely manner while understanding and anticipating the evolving client needs; 

• Ability to work independently, produce high quality outputs; 

• Sound judgment, strategic thinking and the ability to manage competing priorities;


REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE 

• Proficiency in English, knowledge of local languages is a comparative advantage; 

• Master’s degree in law, justice, detention and/or human rights; 

• Experience working on detention, rights-based programming and access to justice themes in the context of Uganda; 

• Experience in drafting training manuals 

• A good knowledge of the roles and functions of different actors involved in criminal justice in  Uganda

• Familiarity, contextual knowledge of and experience working in Uganda. 

• Excellent interpersonal skills

• Proven ability to Multitask and work under a tight deadline. 


Experience: 

• Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience is required. 


Language: 

• Excellent written and spoken English.


Availability

• 30 working days from  1st November 2021


ASF Contact and deadline

Application must be submitted by 15th October 2021. A cover letter expressing interest in carrying out the consultancy. 

• A CV demonstrating relevant skills and experience and names of at least 2 references, preferably from organizations with which the consultant has conducted similar types of work. 

• Indicative budget for consultant fees, detailing the activities, number of days, and daily rate (Fees should be inclusive of all taxes as per the Income Tax Act Cap 340 and quoted in UGX)

• Technical proposal

• Sample of similar work done in the past (optional) 

• Declare availability in November and December 2021. 


For further information on the project, you can reach out to the contacts listed below. A full version of the project proposal along with relevant documents will be shared with the selected candidate.

The documents should be submitted to rbunya@asf.be  and sjlucima@asf.be under the subject line Consultancy – Development of a training manual PTD project. 


Over View of Avocats Sans Frontières 

Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) is an international NGO specializing in the defense of human rights and support for justice. ASF has field offices in Burundi, Chad, the Central African Republic, Indonesia, Morocco, the Central African Republic, DRC, Tunisia, and Uganda. Website: www.asf.be


ASF brings over 25 years of experience in delivering legal aid worldwide. On issues of detention, ASF has consolidated an institutional strategy that combines a legal approach offering people in custody access to justice and a review of the legality of their detention, with a contextual analysis of the social, economic, and political approaches to detention that lead to excessive deprivation of liberty. 


About the Project 

In Uganda, the administration of justice has developed negative practices and attitudes that limit the realization of the rights for people in conflict with the Law. In spite of a protective legal framework, systematic deviations from the legal standards of arrest, remand, and pre-trial detention have become ordinary practices in the work of law enforcers and magistrates. 

The project is built on the following Theory of Change: The Administration of Justice in Uganda can abide by the Rule of Law, if and only if (1) Constitutional and procedural rights are protected in the administration of justice, in particular in situations where individuals in conflict with the Law are most vulnerable, i.e. in detention before trial. This implies that (2) Civil society, i.e. the general population and its intermediaries (CSOs, CBOs, Academia, media, trade-unions, clan, and other traditional structures, etc.) are willing and able to demand the protection of these rights and that (3) justice-seekers can access justice mechanisms. Those mechanisms are made responsive by (4) the accessibility of Legal Aid Service Providers for justice seekers in situations of pre-trial detention and (5) a positive change of behavior and attitude among criminal justice actors, who reconcile their practices with (6) a policy and legal framework designed by institutional stakeholders that respect national and international legal standards. 


The project’s rationale is to restore procedural rights in the practice of criminal justice, as an entry point for greater adherence to human rights and the Rule of Law in Uganda. Therefore, the project’s approach is a holistic one, going beyond addressing detention issues in the administration of justice in silo. 


The overall goal of the project is to contribute to the realization of the Rule of Law in the administration of Justice in Uganda. 

To do this the following specific objectives and results are expected: 

• Specific Objective: To foster the protection and promotion of constitutional and procedural rights in the administration of justice, with a focus on situations of detention

• Expected Result 1: Enhanced capacity for civil society to advocate for the protection of constitutional and procedural rights 

Expected Result 2: Strengthened provision of legal aid services to uphold procedural rights in the administration of Justice

• Expected Result 3: A stronger engagement with central institutions to influence policy 

 

Activity Objectives 

The objective of this activity is to mobilize and build the capacity of LASPs for tailored intervention aimed at enforcing procedural and constitutional rights in the administration of criminal justice. 

 

Specific objective of the Assignment

To develop a training manual and facilitators’ guide for the training of a pool of lawyers on the enforcement of procedural rights in the administration of criminal justice.   

 More specifically, the training manual will cover the following: 

 • Arrest and Detention: trends and patterns in Uganda

• Historical Significance of Procedural and Constitutional Rights Uganda

• Doctrines of Criminal law with a Special Focus on Procedural and Substantive Law.

• Procedural and Constitutional Rights in the Administration of Criminal Justice in Uganda 

• Barriers to Observing/Enforcing Procedural and Constitutional Rights in Uganda.

• The Role of Lawyers in Enforcing Procedural Constitutional Rights 

• Tips/Tools for Changing Mindsets in litigating criminal procedural rights in the administration of justice ;

• Best Practices (national, regional, and international) among others. 

 

Methodology 

The consultant will present the selected methodology in an inception report. This will detail the objectives, the selected participants, the methodology as well as the tools used for data collection. All of these will be reviewed and approved by designated persons at ASF. 

The consultant will be responsible for designing the training module. The development of the training module will be undertaken between (September and October 2021). The consultant will use both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods such as semi-structured interviews (for example with focus groups, key informants, individual interviews, etc.) as necessary. 

 

Phase I will include a desk review assessment of relevant documents. The consultant will make an assessment of the pre-existing training resources in Uganda to identify the gaps in relation to the activity’s objectives.  


Phase II will adopt a consultative and participative approach. This will include interviews with key stakeholders. The consultant will conduct an analysis of the findings. This will be done in consultation with ASF. The consultant will conclude the draft module based on the finding. The field study will be carried out in 4 of the project's targeted districts. 


Timeline and Deliverables

The selected consultant will be expected to deliver the following:  

• Develop an inception report 

• Analysis of the data collected and production of a draft training manual and facilitation guide   for review by ASF and partners; 

• A Final training manual and a facilitation guide to accompany the training manual.

• A draft manual with the facilitator's guide. ASF will provide comments on the drafts and the consultant will finalize the guide in view of these comments.


The final training Manual shall include the following: 

1. Table of contents 

2. Abbreviations 

3. Executive summary 

4. Background information

5. Methodology

6. Definition of the scope, structure, and basic elements of the training manual especially in terms of applicable laws and standards.

7. Reviewing the regional and international human rights framework and standards.   

8. Conclusion

9. Recommendations

10. Appendices, which include all associated documents

• A PowerPoint presentation highlighting the key highlights of the training manual. 

• The consultant will thereafter conduct a training of trainers (TOT) for ASF staff, lawyers and partners on all the key topics highlighted in the Manual and on use of the guide.


NOTE: Due to Covid-19, there are current travel restrictions to enter Uganda. Depending on the situation, the consultant may have to carry out some interviews online and consult with the organization to hire data collectors already based in Uganda. It is encouraged to reflect both of these options in the proposed budget.


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