Terre des Hommes Netherlands (TdH-NL) is looking for a lawyer on pro bono basis, who will work closely with the TdH-NL and SAPCONE teams to provide legal aid services/ counsel for beneficiaries in the Ending Commercial Sexual Exploitation project in Turkana County, Kenya.

Start date: Immediate

Expected duration: June 2019- November 2020

Location: TdH-NL Office in Lodwar town, Turkana County

Time: During office working hours (8-5pm) on need basis

Due to urgent need of the consultancy, proposals will be shortlisted on a rolling basis and we may offer the consultancy before the closing date. Only short-listed consultants will be contacted.

1. Background

Terre des Hommes Netherlands (TdH-NL) is an international child rights organisation that works to create a world free from child exploitation. Since 1965 the organisation has protected children from violence, trafficking, sexual exploitation and abuse. The main target group of TdH-NL consists of children at risk of and victims of exploitation and abuse. Vulnerable children who are marginalised by various social, cultural, economic, physical and environmental factors are mostly at risk of becoming victims of exploitation and abuse.

Child exploitation involves serious violations of the rights of the child. TdH-NL’s definition covers the worst forms of child labour, child trafficking, sexual exploitation, child abuse and violations of the sexual and reproductive health rights of adolescents. TdH-NL in East Africa works around four themes: prevention of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL), Child Trafficking and unsafe-Migration (CTM), and Child Abuse (CA)/ Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights, mainly addressing child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Guided by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), TdH-NL uses a multi faceted and holistic 5Ps approach (partnership, promotion, prevention, protection and prosecution) in taking action to expose and address the violation of children’s rights. According to the TdH-NL Theory of Change different actors are involved in the protection of children; these include children, families and communities, private sector, government, law enforcement agencies and CSOs.

Through collaboration with local civil society organisations (CSOs), TdH-NL implements development, humanitarian/relief and advocacy interventions in various parts of Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda, supported by own TdH-NL funding, various foundations and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dutch Government.

Since October 2018, TdH-NL in partnership with St. Peters Community Network (SAPCONE) has been implementing a 3-year project which aims to have a lasting impact​ on the lives of children and their families in Turkana County (Turkana Central - Lodwar and Kalokol and Turkana South - Lokichar) by contributing to the reduction of commercial sexual exploitation of children. TdH-NL’s unique and holistic approach​ includes the active involvement of children, families & communities, civil society, government, law enforcement agencies and the private sector to address root causes of the phenomenon. The CSEC intervention focuses on identification, recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration of victims of CSEC.

Supporting proper prosecution of perpetrators will be key in ensuring access to justice for child survivors of CSEC by working closely with law enforcement agencies and the judiciary. To seek justice for the victims, we encourage children and their families to report abuse, offer legal aid and social protection, and train and assist police, public prosecution offices and justice departments in child-friendly methods and age-appropriate procedures. Victims will also be supported by the project and its partners through assistance provided during police investigation and legal proceedings.

2. Objective of Assignment

The objective of the consultancy within the project is to:

  • Provide legal counsel and representation of at least 5 CSEC-related cases in Turkana County
  • Provide legal advice (including self representation sessions) for survivors/ vulnerable beneficiaries and their families, including the project partner
  • When called upon, provide support to the development of an access to justice concept note for TdH-NL’s Kenya Programme.

3. Scope of Work & Responsibilities

In consultation with the TdH-NL Kenya Country Programme the pro-bono lawyer shall:

  • Provide professional legal services to the requisite standards that include legal advice, counsel and representation to the project and its beneficiaries.
  • Provide legal advice and court representation for 5 survivors of CSEC.
  • Conduct or oversee legal intakes and the provision of information to clients.
  • One on one legal counseling and preparation of clients for court and interpretation of court documents (including self representation). This involves liaising with court to have efficient and expeditious prosecution of children cases that come through our organisation.
  • Perform case work including gathering facts and evidence, searching records and documents, conducting research, and/or contacting potential clients and witnesses to gather information.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records and notes in a case management file concerning cases and beneficiaries supported.
  • Prepare and submit regular reports on the specific cases under the judicial system and their status.
  • Participate in case management meetings to give advice on various cases.
  • Support in the delivery of activities that are geared towards seeking justice against perpetrators and call upon the responsibility of authorities to strengthen legal frameworks to end CSEC such as the provision of legal information in forums, meetings and trainings.
  • (as need arises) Work closely with the SAPCONE psychosocial counselor to offer legal advice to survivors of CSEC on need basis.
  • Support research and learning on the cases including developing a publication for advocacy.
  • Support the Kenya Country Office in developing a concept note for access to justice for projects in Kenya.

4. Expected Deliverables

The lawyer will report to and liaise with the Lodwar-based Project Officer and SAPCONE Program Coordinator for support on a regular basis. The selected consultant should deliver the following:

  • 5 cases related to CSEC identified and filed in court.
  • Legal representation and advice provided to 5 survivors of CSEC and their families.
  • Case filing system developed and maintained with up to date case reports.
  • Quarterly progress reports on the legal cases submitted to TdH-NL.
  • 1 publication developed for advocacy.
  • 1 handover report at the end of the contract period.

5. Proposed Timeline

It is expected that the work will start shortly after the signing of the contract in June 2019. The initial assignment is planned for one and a half years which is renewable based on the delivery of legal services and on the progress of the legal proceedings. The assignment is expected to be finished completely (final report submitted) not later than 30th November 2020.

6. Reporting

The lawyer will work under the direct and overall supervision of the Project Officer based in Lodwar. TdH-NL will be responsible for the provision of all the resources and support necessary for carrying out the assignment.

7. Requirements and Qualification

  • Undergraduate Degree in Law
  • Masters Degree in Law will be an added advantage
  • Have five (5) years experience as legal officer including experience in child rights
  • Must be able to work effectively and independently with minimum supervision
  • Possession of a valid Certificate of Good Conduct
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proven research, writing and communication capability
  • Demonstrable commitment to social justice
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Swahili

Terms and Conditions

The lawyer must be available to commence work immediately. The lawyer should adhere to general principles of professionalism and maintain confidentiality while handling sensitive information.

Proprietary rights

Outputs delivered under this contract will remain the property of TdH- NL as per TdH-NL’s General Conditions of Contract for Consultants and Individual Contractors.

Ethics and child safeguarding

The lawyer and associates must sign and demonstrate commitment and strictly adhere to TdH-NL’s Child Safeguarding Policy. It is also the responsibility of the lawyer to ensure that all persons hired by her/him sign the policy and agree to abide by it during the execution of this work.

Application Process

Interested applicants who meet the required profile are invited to submit an expression of interest (EOI) which must include the following:

  • A suitability statement (the firm's/Individual) for the assignment, current contact information and CVs of participating consultant(s) with details of qualifications and experience.
  • Financial proposal providing a breakdown of the expected stipend for the assignment.
  • Work references- contacts of three organisations that have recently contracted you to carry out similar assignment.

The Expression of Interest documents should be submitted to: recruitment.africa@tdh.nl with the subject Consultancy: Provision of Pro bono Legal services for CSEC intervention, Turkana County latest by COB 18th June 2019.

Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their proposals.

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