Career Opportunities - Technical Consultant (Child Protection)
“Championing the Rights, Welfare and Development of Belizean Families and Children”
Terms of Reference for Technical Consultant
Article 19 & Optional Protocol 2 Trainings & Belize’s domestic standards
1. Background/Overview of violence against children
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) Article 19 provides for protection of
children from violence, exploitation and abuse. “State Parties shall take all appropriate
legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms
of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment
or exploitation, including sexual abuse, whiles in the care of parents, legal guardians or any
other person who has the care of the child”
The Government of Belize has been continuously working on the national child protection
system, to better protect children and end violence against them. In 2013, Belize passed two
pieces of legislation that better protect girls, boys and other vulnerable persons in Belize:
Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Act and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of
Children (Prohibition) Act. The Criminal Code Amendment Act that treats with sexual
offences perpetrated against children is about to come into force.
2. Purpose of the consultancy
Now that stronger legislation exists to better protect girls and boys, it is important to
strengthen the country’s capacity to implement these new laws. To ensure that all officers
implementing the law and working with perpetrators and victims of abuse have a clear
understanding of the revised laws, and the processes necessary to fulfill their responsibilities,
and in the context of the CRC, particularly Article 19 and Optional Protocol 2 the NCFC
plans to carry out the following major activities:
1. Train all frontline personnel in the child protection system countrywide on the new
laws and the attendant implementation issues.
2. In collaboration with key focal points from respective government departments
Revise protocols and standard operating procedures to ensure alignment with the
3. Build a cadre of key personnel (at community level) skilled enough to offer the
training on an ongoing basis.
3. Scope of the Consultancy & Specific Tasks
In consultation with key experts, the consultant will develop training modules. The
consultant will also facilitate the training to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to
support the implementation of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Act, the Commercial
Sexual Exploitation of Children (Prohibition) Act and the amendments to the Criminal
Code. This is within the context of Article 19 of the CRC and Optional Protocol 2. To
support countrywide training, key presentations will be video recorded to ensure that all
participants have access to all relevant presentations, both to reduce cost and to limit any
problems with logistics.
Training of relevant personnel: justice, health, social work officers, labour officers, customs
officers & immigration officers will be undertaken in the following locations:
Toledo (Punta Gorda)
As a result of the training the consultant will have gathered information from the groups
about what needs to change in the protocols that guide their work. The consultant will work
with NCFC and relevant expertise in each agency to redraft the protocols so that they align
with the revised laws. The consultant must link with the relevant expertise in drafting the
protocols in order for it to be successful. Finally, the consultant will draft an implementation
plan for rolling out of the protocol.
To further build capacity and ensure sustainability, key government and non-government
organizations will be invited to nominate personnel to attend training workshops for
trainers. The consultant will develop a training module and materials for trainers, and a
master set will be provided to each participant. To facilitate this, key presentations from the
training will have been professionally filmed and edited so that there is a set of high quality
resources to support training.
For 2014 it is planned to conduct 16 general training sessions per district and one specifically
with Mayan Alcade. It will also include the development of a training module for trainers
(including an evaluation strategy and tools) and the delivery of two trainer training sessions
for community organizations and relevant government agencies.
1. Training Modules (presentations, activities, case studies)
2. 16 General Training Sessions per District
3. 1 report per district outlining outcomes of trainings
4. Redrafted Protocols and implementation plan
5. Train the Trainer Module
6. 2 Train the Trainer Sessions
The consultant will be contracted for ten months (March- December) 2014 with possibility
for extension based on performance.
Qualifications and experience
Good knowledge of the child protection system in Belize
Sound understanding of human rights-based approaches, specifically the Convention
on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
Facilitation skills, particularly for the training sessions
Excellent analytical and communication skills
Demonstrated writing skills in English
Computer literacy with specific regard to Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Advanced technical knowledge of theories, principles and methods in the following:
Belizean law as it relates to the protection of children &
strengthening child protection systems
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Deadline for all application is March 14th, 2014 at 4:00pm.