SHORT TERM CONSULTANCY: TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO NATIONAL ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING TASKFORCE (NATT) AND COUNTY-LEVEL NATT STRUCTURES TO ESTABLISH SYSTEMS FOR BETTER COORDINATION AND INFORMATION SHARING ON TIP RESPONSES
Organization: IDLO – International Development Law Organization
Location: Liberia (Liberia)
Grade: Single Engagement Agreement – Consultancy
Legal – Broad
Closing Date: 2020-03-29
IDLO is an inter-governmental organization exclusively devoted to promoting the rule of law. Starting in September 2019, IDLO has been implementing a project that focuses on ¬¬ “Fighting Trafficking in Persons (Tip) In Liberia”, with support from the United States Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). Given its mandate, IDLO focuses on providing technical and capacity building support to the Government of Liberia to counter trafficking in persons through enhancing the effectiveness of law enforcement and justice actors in their response to trafficking in persons in Liberia. This work builds on current efforts by the Government of Liberia to combat trafficking in persons and expand on the joint achievements of the previously IDLO-implemented: “Strengthening the Capacity of the Police and Other Law Enforcement Agencies to Effectively Respond to Trafficking in Persons Project” (TIP Project).
IDLO’s current project is supporting the efforts of the Government of Liberia to combat trafficking in persons in all its forms, given that Liberia is classified as “Tier 2 Watch List” by the 2019 U.S. State Department report on trafficking in persons. As the report points out, Liberia, sadly, remains both a source and destination country for trafficked persons, especially women and children. The Government of Liberia is cognizant of the challenges of trafficking in persons and has taken some steps to address the issue. For example, in 2018/19, the National Taskforce on Trafficking in Persons’ developed a five-year National Action Plan 2019-2023 (NAP) to address trafficking in persons. The current NAP focuses on four key areas: prevention, protection, prosecution and partnership. With the support of IDLO, the Government of Liberia’s new NAP is a sign of the Government’s commitment and exertion of political will to mount an increasingly robust response to the problem of trafficking in persons (TIP).
While the Government continues to make strides in fighting TIP, convictions are still low and challenges remain in implementing an effective response to TIP in Liberia. For instance, according to the 2019 U.S. State Department report on TIP, the Government of Liberia investigated 5 cases, initiated prosecutions of 2 defendants, and convicted 1 trafficker, compared with 4 investigations, 4 prosecutions, and 4 convictions in the previous reporting period. In other cases, prosecutors may have pursued other charges, including rape, in lieu of sex trafficking. Another challenge has been the lack of effective national and local structures to coordinate effective anti-TIP responses and also implement and institutionalize the National Action Plan/National Referral Mechanism in order to combat TIP. Essential to the effective implementation and institutionalization of the National Action Plan/National Referral Mechanism to Combat TIP are better national and county-level National Anti-Trafficking Taskforce structures and systems for coordination and information sharing on TIP responses.
Against this background, IDLO intends support strengthening of sectoral response to TIP through improved coordination between government authorities, international organizations, and CSOs. This will be realized through the provision of technical support to National Anti-Trafficking Taskforce (NATT) and county-level NATT structures (border counties and counties with ports of entry) for establishment of systems for effective coordination and information sharing. This assignment will therefore involve the development of tools and procedures to facilitate coordination, information sharing and monitoring of TIP activities. The tools for coordination and monitoring of TIP response will include reporting templates, information-sharing procedures, etc. Also, as part of the assignment, emphasis will be placed on working with NATT to develop a simple but user-friendly database/spreadsheet for data compilation, and analysis, since NATT does not currently have a database.
IDLO therefore seeks the services of an expert to provide technical support to the NATT in developing a set of TIP monitoring tools, reporting templates and development of a database to improve coordination and information sharing between national and county-level platforms in responding to TIP cases.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Review existing tools, reporting templates or tools to ensure that they remain well suited to the task of improving coordination and monitoring of anti-TIP initiatives at both the county and national level.
Develop and submit an inception report highlighting proposed strategy, approach and key deliverables.
Conduct 10-days fieldwork with NATT, the Ministry of Labor and law enforcement agencies including national police, immigration, etc. to develop, and where necessary, revise tools and templates to improve coordination and monitoring of anti-TIP initiatives. The tools should be useable at the different levels. The fieldwork will focus on identifying current reporting tools; gaps in collecting, compiling and presenting information on TIP; assessing current approaches used in coordination, etc., and will consider working with NATT to understand current TIP data gaps, institutional challenges on information management, etc.
Develop a (PPT) facilitation guide on how to utilize the tools and reporting templates and facilitate a 3-day training with NATT staff at the national and County-levels on tools and templates utilization.
Finalise and submit tools and templates.
Develop a final assignment report highlighting key deliverables, lessons learned, challenges observed and recommendations.
The consultant shall deliver the following deliverables;
An inception report detailing the understanding of the terms of reference, a proposed methodology, workplan and proposed budget etc.
Provide a clear work plan indicating clear timelines and milestones.
Draft of all tools and reporting templates
PPT facilitation guide on how to utilize the tools and templates.
One final report of assignment with pictures and annexes of tools and templates, including reporting templates.
These Terms of Reference will at all times, guide the Expert:
Carry out the services and perform his or her tasks with reasonable care, skill and in an efficient and professional manner.
Ensure a high degree of quality in his/her output.
Observe strict confidentiality.
Carry out tasks, presenting outputs to IDLO on/or before agreed deadlines.
Be guided by these terms of reference.
IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE
1. Required: The ideal candidate must have the following qualifications and experiences;
Hold and advanced University degree in Law/Social science/Social Works and Social Administration/ Education.
The assigned candidate must have advanced skills in, at a minimum, Excel and creating complex and user-friendly spreadsheets.
Experience working in post conflict country, preferably in West Africa.
Demonstrate experience in developing institutional systems and processes to support coordination and information sharing.
Experience working with stakeholders in identifying appropriate and practical processes, feedback loops, tools and templates to facilitate accurate and effective documentation and reporting.
Experience in developing knowledge management platforms, repository and databases to compile, analyze and disaggregate data.
2. Desirable: The following attributes would be an added advantage;
Expertise in justice sector reform, prosecution, rule of law and human rights, with knowledge and experience on trafficking in person an added advantage.
Experience developing coordination tools and resources for law enforcement agencies, etc.
REPORTING AND SUPERVISION
The Consultant will report to the IDLO Liberia Country Manager and/or to any other reporting line as may be determined by IDLO Liberia.
The assignment will commence on 20th April to 15th June 2020. The work will be undertaken over a period of 45 (forty-five) working days spread over the course of three months. The assignment will be undertaken on an output basis at lump sum rate to be spread across the delivery period for the services rendered in furtherance of these terms of reference.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Terms and conditions will be set according to the program implementation needs. Candidates should prove their ability to work and travel to and in Liberia.
DISCLAIMER AND CLOSING DATE
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Contractor assigned to this work. This may not be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.
The Director-General of IDLO reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities or even to cancel the recruitment to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.
Application is opened from 2nd March 2020 to 27th March 2020.