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Article 19 final - Deadline extended

  1. 1. 1 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, “Championing the Rights, Welfare and Development of Belizean Families and Children”
  2. 2. 2 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 new laws. 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:  Belize  Corozal  Orange Walk  Dangriga  Toledo (Punta Gorda)  Cayo (Belmopan)
  3. 3. 3 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. 4. Deliverables 1. 1 Technical and financial proposal 2. Training Modules (presentations, activities, case studies) 3. 16 General Training Sessions per District 4. 1 report per district outlining outcomes of trainings 5. Redrafted Protocols and implementation plan 6. Training of trainers Module 7. 2 Training of trainers Sessions
  4. 4. 4 5. Timeline: The consultant will be contracted for ten months (March- December) 2014 with possibility for extension based on performance. 6. 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.  *Applicant must submit a copy of their legal qualifications Interested applicants can send a cover letters and resume with two references via email to 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 27th , 2014 at 4:00pm.