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.
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.
The objective of the consultancy within the project is to:
In consultation with the TdH-NL Kenya Country Programme the pro-bono lawyer shall:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Interested applicants who meet the required profile are invited to submit an expression of interest (EOI) which must include the following:
The Expression of Interest documents should be submitted to: email@example.com 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.