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Interpreter/Translator (Guatemala)

Location: Guatemala City

Hours: Approximately 97.5 hours per month   

Reports to: Business Manager

 

ABOUT JES

The Justice Education Society of BC (JES) is a non–profit organization with over 25 years of experience providing public legal education and justice system capacity building in Canada and overseas. In Canada, the Society helps more than 700,000 British Columbians learn about our justice system and address their legal issues. Internationally, JES has programs in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Guyana which work with national institutions to strengthen justice systems, access to justice and citizen security. JES has offices in Guatemala, Honduras and Guyana and has diverse sources of funding including private donors and provincial, federal and overseas governments. More information about JES is available at http:// justiceeducation.ca.

The Position

Under the general supervision of the Business Manager, you will primarily be responsible for providing consecutive or simultaneous interpretation between Spanish and English at seminars, speeches, meetings, teleconferences, and internal/external meetings. In addition, you will be translating and proofreading a wide variety of documents from Spanish to English and English to Spanish. Your particular language and linguistics skills in addition to your subject matter expertise in the justice/government sectors will allow you to ensure accuracy of content, quality of form and correctness of terminology while respecting tight deadlines. JES is a busy non-profit organization providing a professional team environment, which makes it an exciting role that allows for great achievement and success.

Key areas of responsibilities

  • Serves as interpreter at seminars, speeches, meetings, teleconferences, and internal/external meetings, providing consecutive or simultaneous translation between Spanish and English or, to a lesser extent, English to Spanish.
  • Translate, proofread and review a wide variety of content (Spanish / English), ensuring quality, accuracy and consistency while ensuring that the meaning of the source text is retained.
  • Reads and rewrites documents in specified language, following established rules pertaining to factors such as word meanings, sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Receives briefing or prepares through reading and study on subject to be discussed prior to interpreting session.
  • Juggle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Make recommendations on ways to improve any processes, etc. as part of JES’ commitment to continual improvement.
  • Act as an expert for any linguistic or translation questions.

Qualifications

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • 3-5 years of working experience as an Interpreter and Translator.
  • Written and verbal fluency in English and Spanish are required (native fluency in Spanish and near-native fluency in English).
  • Experience in the justice/government sectors (preferred).
  • Sound knowledge of translation techniques and practices.
  • Sound ability to review, proofread and/or rewrite internal materials for accuracy of content, terminology, grammar and spelling, etc.
  • Knowledge of most recognized terminological databases, dictionaries, specialized vocabularies and translation-related on-line resources.
  • Strong text comprehension and analytical skills.
  • Strong critical and logical judgment.
  • Strong organizational and methodological skills.
  • High competency in the use of Microsoft Office applications

Personal characteristics

The interpreter/translator should demonstrate a track record of the following:

  • Team-oriented with superior interpersonal skills.
  • Proven ability to perform duties independently, efficiently and quickly.
  • Ability to multitask, set priorities, work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Cultural sensibility.

Education

University degree in Translation / Interpretation or equivalent is required.

Remuneration

JES offers competitive compensation, including full benefits. Candidates should indicate expected compensation when applying.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter and resume in English to jobs@justiceeducation.ca indicating “Interpreter / Translator” in the subject line.  The deadline to apply for this position is Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

We thank all candidates who apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Public Legal Educator - Indigenous Program (Prince George)

The Position

The Justice Education Society (JES) has an opening for a part-time Public Legal Educator. Working out of the Prince George office working 15 hours per week, the candidate will support the delivery of two programs: Justice System Education Program – Indigenous Peoples  (JSEP-IP) and Communities Against Sexually Exploited Youth Program (CASEY). 

JSEP-IP

The purpose of this program is to provide culturally sensitive public legal education outreach to Indigenous youth throughout northern BC, as well as to provide instructional workshops to Band members, Elders, community service workers, teachers and others. (11 hours per week)

CASEY

The purpose of this program is to build awareness in Prince George regarding the impact of the sexual exploitation on youth. In addition, it is to help parents, friends, Band members, Elders, community service workers, teachers and others to be more able to recognize individuals who are victims of sexual exploitation. (4 hours per week)

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Plan, organize and deliver educational programs
  • Facilitate educational sessions to students and community groups in Prince George and across Northern BC
  • Support the First Peoples Principles of Learning
  • Conduct professional development sessions with teachers, Elders, etc.
  • Monitor participation and engagement in the program
  • Work with the PLE Team Lead and PLE Manager to ensure program deliverables are met
  • Promote JES educational resources

The Person

  • Proven ability to coordinate and deliver education presentations to youth
  • Two years’ experience as an educator, preferably for high school students
  • Familiarity with the struggles of Indigenous Peoples regarding justice issues
  • Familiarity with the BC justice system, especially courts and legal procedures
  • Desire to provide legal education to youth and community members
  • Demonstrated experience organizing events, communicating with stakeholders and positively engaging with the community
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong time management skills and professionalism
  • Ability to travel, including over-night travel to communities across Northern BC
  • A valid driver’s license is required
  • Proficient in the use of common business applications: MS-Office, email, internet

The Organization

The Justice Education Society of BC (JES) is a non–profit organization with over 25 years of experience providing public legal education and justice system capacity building in Canada and overseas. In Canada, the Society helps more than 700,000 British Columbians learn about our justice system and address their legal issues. Internationally, JES has programs in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Guyana which work with national institutions to strengthen justice systems, access to justice and citizen security. JES has offices in Guatemala, Honduras and Guyana and has diverse sources of funding including private donors and provincial, federal and overseas governments. More information about JES is available at http:// justiceeducation.ca/.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter including your compensation expectations and your resume to jobs@JusticeEducation.ca by August 31, 2019. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


 

Consultants


Llamada a Propuestas de Consultoría Internacional: "Peritajes Científicos y su aporte a la investigación en casos de femicidio"

Fecha a desarrollarse: SEPTIEMBRE  2019

Introducción           

La Justice Education Society de Columbia Británica (JES) es una organización sin fines de lucro con más de 25 años de experiencia brindando educación legal al público y capacitación a funcionarios de los sistemas legales de Canadá y otros países. En el marco del proyecto “Justicia para Víctimas de Violencia Sexual y Violencia Basada en Género” se espera brindar acompañamiento a organizaciones de sociedad civil que trabajan en respuesta a la violencia contra las mujeres, especialmente dirigido a la investigación y esclarecimiento de hechos de la muerte violenta de mujeres y de las víctimas de femicidio.

Justice Education Society (JES) colaborará junto con el Centro de Estudios de la Mujer en Honduras (CEM-H) y la Secretaría de Derechos Humanos en brindar conocimientos a la Comisión Interinstitucional de Seguimiento a Muertes Violentas y Femicidios en Honduras, quienes brindan seguimiento de casos orientado a la reducción de la impunidad y mejora en la investigación criminal en coordinación con entes Estatales en el esclarecimiento de hechos y promoción de la justicia para las mujeres en el país.

Sobre la Comisión Interinstitucional de Seguimiento a Muertes Violentas y Femicidios en Honduras

Se instaura en agosto de 2018 en Honduras, la Comisión Interinstitucional de Seguimiento a Muertes Violentas y Femicidios en Honduras como respuesta al problema de violencia que afecta a las mujeres en el país. Su objetivo es mejorar los procesos de rendición de cuentas y coordinación Interinstitucional con el objetivo de darle seguimiento a las muertes violentas y femicidios en Honduras, forma parte de los acuerdos del Decreto 106-2016 que reformó la ley del Ministerio Público (MP), como un logro de la lucha de mujeres y feministas organizadas.

La Comisión Interinstitucional de Seguimiento a las Investigaciones de Muertes Violentas de Mujeres y los Femicidios tiene como funciones:

  1. Revisar los informes presentados por la Agencia Técnica de Investigación Criminal (ATIC) de los casos de muertes violentas de mujeres y femicidios.
  2. Generar niveles de mayor eficacia y eficiencia en la atención de la problemática de la muerte violenta de mujeres y femicidios en el país, a través de la coordinación y articulación interinstitucional.
  3. Analizar y determinar las circunstancias de las causas de la muerte violenta de mujeres y los femicidios en el país.
  4. Recomendar políticas, estrategias, programas, planes, reformas de Ley y proyectos para prevenir, atender, sancionar y erradicar la muerte violenta de mujeres y los femicidios y demás tipos de violencias contra las mujeres, adolescentes y niñas, que sean presentadas al Ministerio Público, a la Secretaría de Estado en el Despacho de Seguridad, Congreso Nacional y al Poder Judicial, con el fin de implementar procesos para mejorar el sistema de investigación y atención de la problemática de la muerte.

Está integrada por representantes de las instituciones siguientes:

  1. Ministerio Público, a través de la Agencia Técnica de Investigación Criminal ATIC y la Fiscalía de Delitos Contra la Vida
  2. Secretaría de Estado en el Despacho de Seguridad
  3. Secretaría de Estado en los Despachos de Derechos Humanos, Justicia, Gobernación y Descentralización
  4.  Instituto Nacional de la Mujer (INAM)
  5. Comisionado Nacional de los Derechos Humanos (CONADEH)
  6. Tres (3) representantes y tres (3) suplentes de organizaciones de mujeres vinculadas al tema de femicidios en el país.

Sobre Justice Education Society (JES):

Es un ONG canadiense con sede en Vancouver, Canadá que lleva más de 15 años trabajando alrededor del mundo en el acceso y el apoyo a los sistemas de justicia. Iniciando actividades en Centro América desde el año 2000 en Guatemala y en Honduras desde el 2007. Justicia para las víctimas de violencia de género en Honduras es un proyecto con financiamiento provisto por Asuntos Mundiales Canadá (AMC), que operará hasta el 23 de noviembre de 2022.

Objetivo del Taller:

Capacitar a la Comisión Interinstitucional de Seguimiento a Muertes Violentas y Femicidios en Honduras sobre análisis de resultados de los peritajes científicos y su aporte a la investigación en casos de femicidio.

Objetivo específicos:

  1. Brindar conocimientos específicos sobre las diversas técnicas y peritajes de investigación forense
  2. Generar comprensión y análisis del aporte de las técnicas y peritajes forenses en el seguimiento de investigaciones de muertes violentas de mujeres y femicidios.

Temas por abordar:

  1. Conocimiento de técnicas forenses de investigación (Ejemplos: activación de antenas, GPS, análisis de video forense, bitácoras, extracción de información, autopsia psicológica, etc.)
  2. Uso de la técnica forense como valoración de pruebas (ejemplo: prueba indiciaria, prueba directa, etc.)
  3. Alcances y limitaciones de las técnicas
  4. Análisis y comprensión de las técnicas en el seguimiento de casos de investigación criminal y de femicidios.

Dirigido a:

Integrantes de la Comisión Interinstitucional de Seguimiento a Muertes Violentas y Femicidio, que brindan seguimiento a la investigación criminal de muertes violentas de mujeres y femicidios. Integrantes de organizaciones de sociedad civil como Centro de Estudios de la Mujer en Honduras (CEM-H), Asociación Calidad de Vida, Visitación Padilla, Grupo Sociedad Civil, Vía Campesina y
Organización Intibucana de Mujeres Las Hormigas, así como Secretarias de Estado como Derechos Humanos, Comisionado Nacional de los Derechos Humanos (CONADEH) e Instituto Nacional de la Mujer (INAM).


Call for International Consultancy: “Training in investigation and prosecution of corruption in Honduras”

Project: “Strengthening Criminal Investigations and Evidence Sharing in Central America”

Introduction

The Justice Education Society of British Columbia (JES) is a non-profit organization with over 25 years of experience providing public legal education and justice system capacity-building in Canada and overseas. JES works with partners to deliver practical, integrated and impactful projects that promote effective and accessible justice systems which are key to sustainable development, individual security and human rights.  

Justice and security institutions in the Central American region are strengthening their skills and capacity to tackle the extremely high levels of criminality and insecurity they face. Almost all countries suffer endemic corruption at all levels making this difficult task even harder.

In 2015 the Honduran government agreed to establish the Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH) which offers an entry point for more effective international assistance in relation to anti-corruption. Its main counterpart is the Attorney General’s Special Unit against Corruption and Impunity (UFECIC). The positive collaboration that UFECIC and MACCIH have achieved over their first years investigating and presenting high-impact cases provides a critical opportunity to strengthen skills and capacity in investigation and prosecution of corruption offences in Honduras that the current consultancy will allow JES to take.

Objective of the Consultancy

JES will hire two consultants to provide UFECIC coaching and training services on complex corruption cases with an emphasis on financial forensic investigation.

Timelines and sequencing

The following table shows indicative dates and activities. The specific dates and contents will be agreed upon during the first phase of implementation in coordination with national institutions.

Phase

Date

Activities

Deliverables

# Days

1.

July

2019

Planning phase: In coordination with JES and national institutions the consultants will confirm training needs and plan the mission to Honduras. Educational goals for the process will be collaboratively established. Contents, training strategies, dates, participants and operational needs will be confirmed. Location: Home-based.

Plan for the training program

2

2.

July

2019

Prep for first week of training. Produce didactic materials (with support from JES’ Education Specialist). Materials may include, but are not limited to: syllabus (topics & content), lesson plans, facilitator’s guides, PowerPoint presentations, class handouts, and assessment criteria for learners. Location: Home-based.

Training materials

2

3.

Aug

2019

First week of training on financial forensic investigation.

Location: Honduras.

Mission report

7.5*

4.

Sep

2019

Preparation for second week of training.

Location: Home-based.

Training materials

1

5.

Sep

2019

Second week of training on financial forensic investigation.

Location: Honduras.

Mission report

7.5*

6.

Oct

2019

Preparation for third week of training.

Location: Home-based.

Training materials

1

7.

Oct

2019

Third week of training on financial forensic investigation.

Location: Honduras.

Mission report

7.5*

8.

Jan

2020

Review workshops.

Location: Honduras.

Final report w/ recommendations

4**

 

Total consultancy days:

32.5

* Includes 5 training, 2 travel and 0.5 reporting days.

** Includes 1 workshop, 1 reporting and 2 travel days.

Period of assignment

32.5 days within the span of seven months from July 2019 until January 2020.

Location of the consultancy

Tegucigalpa and home-based.

The candidates

The ideal candidates combine direct experience in the investigation, preparation and presentation of complex cases of corruption and of training of investigators and other justice system personnel on these issues. The services of two consultants will be contracted opening the possibility to combine complementary capacities from each. Candidates must apply individually. The consultants must have the time availability to produce all the necessary inputs and the possibility to travel to Honduras for week-long missions in August, September and October 2019, and in January 2020.

The final contents of the training process will be determined during the planning phase, but it is expected that successful applicants have knowledge of some or all of the following: criminal network analysis, investigation of money laundering in cases of corruption, international tracking of financial assets, management of documentation in complex cases, fraud in cases of corruption. During the inception phase the consultants in coordination with JES and national institutions will determine if and how trial preparation and presentation will be included in the process.

Knowledge of the Honduran justice system and the recent process of strengthening of anti-corruption efforts will be positively valued in the applications.

General Profile

Education

  • Degree (preferably post-graduate) in Law, Accounting, Auditing, Finance, or related field.

Experience

  • Minimum 7 years of relevant professional experience in the following or similar fields: anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, asset recovery, financial forensic investigations.
  • Experience in the development of training materials and a sound understanding of adult learning principles.

Professional 

Skills

  • Up-to-date knowledge and practical experience of policies, guidelines and procedures of financial crime investigations required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English or Spanish (preferably both).
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relationships in a multicultural and multi-ethnic environment, with sensitivity and respect for diversity, incorporating a gender and human rights approach.
  • Capacities to develop clear objectives, prioritize tasks, and anticipate risks.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to coordinate activities.

Coordination and supervision of the consultancy

Coordination of activities will be under the responsibility of the JES Project Director. The Project Director will be in charge of reviewing and approving the deliverables produced by the consultants.

Remuneration Scheme

The consultants are entitled to a comprehensive remuneration on a daily basis, based on the negotiated fee. JES will cover travel expenses and provide per diems according to Global Affairs Canada rates.  The consultants will be paid after the approval of each deliverable presented on time. Other extraordinary expenses must be authorized by the Project Director. The consultants are not entitled to charge any expenses to JES for work performed by other entities or individuals.

To apply

If you are interested in the consultancy please provide the latest version of your CV and a cover letter that includes:

  • Explanation of your competence for the task.
  • Your time availability according to the dates here proposed, including for travel to Honduras.
  • Your consultancy rate/fee (per day in US Dollars).
  • Contacts of two referees who can abet your competence for the task.

Send by email to jobs@justiceeducation.ca


Llamada a Propuestas de Consultoría Internacional: “Capacitación en Investigación y Persecución de la Corrupción en Honduras”

Proyecto: “Fortaleciendo la investigación criminal y el intercambio de evidencias en Centro América”

Introducción:

La Justice Education Society de Columbia Británica (JES) es una organización sin fines de lucro con más de 25 años de experiencia brindando educación legal al público y capacitación a funcionarios de los sistemas legales de Canadá y otros países. JES colabora con socios en la implementación de proyectos que fomentan sistemas de justicia accesibles y efectivos, condiciones fundamentales para el desarrollo sostenible, la seguridad individual y los derechos humanos.

Las instituciones de seguridad y justicia en la región centroamericana están fortaleciendo sus competencias y capacidad para combatir los altos niveles de criminalidad e inseguridad que sus sociedades sufren. Casi todos los países de la región padecen además de corrupción endémica a todo nivel lo que dificulta aún más sus tareas.

En 2015 el gobierno hondureño aprobó la creación de la Misión de Apoyo contra la corrupción y la Impunidad en Honduras (MACCIH) que ofrece un punto de entrada para asistencia internacional más efectiva en relación al combate a la corrupción. Su principal contraparte es la Unidad Fiscal Especial contra la Impunidad y la Corrupción (UFECIC) del Ministerio Público de Honduras. La provechosa colaboración que han logrado UFECIC y MACCIH durante sus primeros años investigando y presentando casos de alta notoriedad ofrece una oportunidad crítica para fortalecer las capacidades de investigación y persecución de la corrupción en Honduras que la presente consultoría pretende tomar.

Objetivo de la Consultoría

JES contratará dos consultores/as para proveer a UFECIC servicios de capacitación y acompañamiento en materia de casos complejos de corrupción con énfasis en investigación financiera forense.

Temporalidad y cronograma

La consultoría se realizará en 32.5 días distribuidos entre Julio de 2019 y enero de 2020. La tabla siguiente presenta fechas tentativas y actividades indicativas para la consultoría. Las fechas y contenidos definitivos serán acordados durante la primera fase de implementación en coordinación con las instituciones nacionales.

Fase

Fecha

Actividades

Productos

# Días

1.

Julio

2019

Fase de planeación: En coordinación con JES y las instituciones nacionales los/as consultores/as confirmarán las necesidades de capacitación y planificarán la misión a Honduras. Se establecerán las metas educativas del proceso de manera colaborativa. Los contenidos, estrategias de capacitación, fechas, participantes y detalles operativos serán confirmados. Localización: lugar de residencia del/a consultor/a.

Plan para el programa de capacitación

2

2.

Julio

2019

Preparación de la primera semana de capacitación. Producción de los materiales pedagógicos (con apoyo de la Especialista Educativa de JES). Los materiales pueden incluir, pero no se limitan a: programa de estudios (temas y contenido), planes de lecciones, guías de facilitación, presentaciones en Power Point, folletos de clase, y criterios de evaluación. Localización: lugar de residencia del/a consultor/a.

Materiales pedagógicos

2

3.

Ago

2019

Primera semana de capacitación en investigación financiera forense. Localización: Honduras.

Informe de misión

7.5*

4.

Sept

2019

Preparación de la segunda semana de capacitación.

Localización: lugar de residencia del/a consultor/a.

Materiales pedagógicos.

1

5.

Sept

2019

Segunda semana de capacitación en investigación financiera forense. Localización: Honduras.

Informe de misión

7.5*

6.

Oct

2019

Preparación de la tercera semana de capacitación.

Localización: lugar de residencia del/a consultor/a.

Materiales didácticos

1

7.

Oct

2019

Tercera semana de capacitación en investigación financiera forense. Localización: Honduras.

Informe de misión

7.5*

8.

Enero

2020

Talleres de valoración.

Localización: Honduras

Informe final con recomen-daciones

4**

 

Días totales de consultoría:

32.5

* Incluye 5 días de capacitación, 2 de traslados y 0.5 de preparación de informes.

** Incluye 1 día de taller, 1 de preparación de informe y 2 de traslado.

Lugar de trabajo

Tegucigalpa y en la localidad de residencia del/a consultor/a.

El / la candidato/a

El/la candidato/a ideal combina experiencia directa en investigación, preparación y presentación de casos complejos de corrupción con experiencia en capacitación de investigadores/as y otro personal de los sistemas de justicia en estas materias. Dos consultores/as serán contratados/as lo que permitirá complementar las capacidades de ambos/as si fuese necesario.  Los/as candidatos/as deben postular individualmente. Los/as consultores/as deben contar con la disponibilidad de tiempo para producir todos los insumos necesarios y estar en capacidad de viajar a Honduras a tres misiones de una semana cada una durante los meses de agosto, septiembre y octubre de 2019 así como en enero de 2020.

Los contenidos finales del programa de capacitación serán determinados durante la fase de planificación, pero se espera que los/as candidatos tengan conocimientos y competencias sobre al menos algunos de los siguientes temas: análisis de redes criminales, investigación de lavado de dinero en casos de corrupción, rastreo de capitales, gestión de documentación en casos complejos, fraude en casos de corrupción. Durante la fase inicial los/as consultores/as en coordinación con JES y las instituciones nacionales determinarán si los temas de preparación y presentación de casos serán incluidos en el proceso.

Conocimiento sobre el sistema de justicia hondureño y el reciente proceso de fortalecimiento de los esfuerzos anti-corrupción serán evaluados positivamente en las postulaciones.

Perfil General

Educación

  •  Título (preferiblemente a nivel de postgrado) in Derecho, Contabilidad, Auditoría, Finanzas, o materias relacionadas.

Experiencia

  • Mínimo 7 años de experiencia profesional relevante en las siguientes materias o similares: combate a la corrupción, lavado de activos, recuperación de activos, investigación financiera forense.
  • Experiencia en el desarrollo de materiales pedagógicos y buen entendimiento de los principios de la andragogía.

Habilidades profesionales

  • Conocimiento actualizado y experiencia práctica de políticas, lineamientos y procedimientos de la investigación financiera criminal.
  • Excelente comunicación oral y escrita en inglés o castellano (de preferencia en ambos idiomas).
  • Habilidad para establecer y mantener relaciones de trabajo efectivas en ambientes multiculturales, multiétnicos, con sensibilidad y respeto por la diversidad, incorporando acercamientos sensibles al género y los derechos humanos.
  • Capacidad para desarrollar objetivos claros, priorizar actividades y anticipar riesgos.
  • Fuertes habilidades de relacionamiento interpersonal y capacidad para coordinar actividades.

Coordinación y supervisión de la consultoría

La coordinación de las actividades de la consultoría estará bajo responsabilidad del Director de Proyecto de JES quien estará a cargo de revisar y aprobar los productos generados por los/as consultores/as.

Remuneración

El/la consultor/a será remunerada con base en una tarifa diaria negociada antes del inicio de la consultoría. JES cubrirá los costos de viaje y estadía en Honduras de acuerdo a las regulaciones de Asuntos Globales Canadá (Global Affairs Canada). El/la consultor/a recibirá el pago luego de la aprobación de los productos que habrá presentado debidamente a tiempo. Cualquier gasto extraordinario deberá ser aprobado por el Director de Proyecto. El/la consultor/a no podrá cobrar a JES trabajo realizado por otras entidades o individuos.

Para postular

Si tiene interés en la consultoría por favor envíe una versión actualizada de su CV y una carta de presentación que incluya:

  • Una explicación de su competencia para asumir la tarea.
  • Su disponibilidad de tiempo para cumplir con la propuesta de cronograma aquí incluida tomando en cuenta la necesidad de viajar a Honduras.
  • Su tarifa de honorarios por día en dólares de los Estados Unidos.
  • Contactos de dos referentes que puedan acreditar sus competencias en el tema de la consultoría.

Enviar por correo electrónico a la dirección: jobs@justiceeducation.ca


 

Subject Matter Expert in Victim Services for Vulnerable Populations

National or international consultant to synthesize a comprehensive service protocol and to include the necessary elements of criminal prosecution for crimes against people with a disability, as well as the creation of the Comprehensive Assistance Guide for Access to Justice Offices at the Public Prosecutor´s Office of Guatemala, for people with disabilities, senior citizens and the LGBTIQ+ community.

1.0 INTRODUCTION AND CONTEXT

The Justice Education Society of BC (JES) is an institution with extensive experience in developing and implementing programs focused on strengthening justice systems in a holistic way. In July 2018, an Agreement between the Public Prosecutor´s Office of Guatemala and Justice Education Society was signed to implement the Guatemalan Institutional Justice Strengthening (GIJS) project, financed by the Swedish government.

Among the different components addressed by the project, JES will provide direct support to the Victim Services Coordination Department assigned to the Criminal Policy Secretariat of the Public Prosecutor´s Office, in order to improve services for people with disabilities who are victims of crime as well as for members of other vulnerable groups.

During 2017, the Public Prosecutor´s Office wrote a proposed protocol for Services for People with Disabilities, which includes recommendations in order to overcome the barriers that affect people with a disability, considering physical, auditory, visual and psychological disabilities, during primary assistance to victims of crime. 

Nevertheless, a synthesis of the protocol must be completed, as well as the inclusion of the legal basis for which prosecutors should maintain special considerations throughout the investigation and criminal prosecution of crimes against people with disabilities, including specific investigation and litigation strategies which better address the vulnerability of people with a disabilities, as part of a comprehensive protection of victims’ rights.  

Regarding the services for victims of crime, it has also been identified that there is a need for a specialized protocol for senior citizens and the LGBTIQ+ community so that within the Public Prosecutor´s Office there is a provision of more consistent specialized services. For this reason, the GIJS project will also work to develop the inputs for protocols that can be applied by the Public Prosecutor´s Office staff for improved services, investigation and criminal prosecution of the crimes against these vulnerable groups. 

2.1 FIRST GENERAL OBJECTIVE

Synthesize and adjust the proposed Protocol for Services for People with a Disability to include the legal framework for the staff of the Public Prosecutor´s Office to apply special considerations in the investigation and criminal prosecution of cases.

2.1.1 SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

  1. Adjust and synthesize the proposed Protocol for Victim Services for People with a Disability for implementation within the Public Prosecutor’s Office. 
  2. Develop the legal framework for prosecutors in the investigation and criminal prosecution of crimes in which the victim has a disability, including specialized considerations for the investigation and litigation of cases that take into account the vulnerability of these populations, as part of the comprehensive protection of victims’ rights.
  3. Support the definition of techniques or specialized information or documentation services that can be used by the Public Prosecutor’s Office, at different stages of the criminal prosecution process, derived from the Protocol for Victim Services for People with a Disability.
  4. Include practical strategies to improve the service route of the Public Prosecutor´s Office in the proposed Protocol for Victim Services for People with a Disability, by addressing the needs of people with visual, auditory, phsycological, phisycal, and cognitive dissabilities.

2.2 SECOND GENERAL OBJECTIVE

Create the necessary tools, methodologies and strategies for services to victims of crime who have a disability as well as elderly and the LGBTIQ+ community, according to international standards for Human Rights and the Rights of Victims of Crime, that have been accepted and recognized by the State of Guatemala and that take into account institutional policies and the national policy framework.

2.2.1 SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

  1. Develop a guide for the reception and assistance of people with a disability, senior citizens, and members of the LGBTIQ+ community, both victims and other users of the Public Prosecutor´s Office, taking into account a gender and culturally sensitive perspective.
  2. Provide advice in the creation, organization and functioning of the Access to Justice Offices of the Public Prosecutor´s Office, for services to victims and users of the Public Prosecutor’s Office with a disability, senior citizens and the LGBTIQ+ community.
  3. Provide training to Public Prosecutor´s Office staff, on the Assistance Guide for Victims and members of the public with a Disability, Senior Citizens, and member of the LGBTIQ+ Community.

3.0 ACTIVITIES OF CONSULTANCY

The consultant should:

  1. Coordinate and seek approval by JES and the Coordination Department of Victim Services assigned to the Criminal Policy Secretariat of the Public Prosecutor´s Office, on the schedule and content of the workshops required to produce the proposed products.
  2. Facilitate, develop and participate in meetings, focus groups or workshops for creating outcomes of the consultancy along with Public Prosecutor´s Office staff.
  3. Interview and hold meetings with beneficiaries and members of civil society.
  4. Record information gathered from working groups, workshops, interviews or meetings on the participants, technical information and agreements discussed that affect the achievement of the consultancy outcomes. 
  5. Review and evaluate the different instruments and tools proposed for improved services to victims of crime from the vulnerable populations addressed in this project.
  6. Standardise information that supports the development of the policies and guides required.
  7. Validate outputs with the staff of the Coordination Department of Victim Services assigned to Criminal Policy Secretariat and obtain the approval of the Criminal Policy Secretariat.
  8. Coordinate the logistics meetings, working groups, workshops and interviews with the Coordination Department of Victim Services, assigned to the Criminal Policy Secretariat of the Public Prosecutor´s Office, in coordination with JES.
  9. Deliver periodical progress reports to JES in coordination with the Coordination Department of Victim Services, assigned to the Criminal Policy Secretariat.
  10. Publish and present, with the prior authorization from JES, all the outputs of consultancy in MS-Word, PDF and in a printed version to the Coordination Department of Victim Services, assigned to the Criminal Policy Secretariat of the Public Prosecutor´s Office for their review and subsequent incorporation of any recommendations.
  11. After incorporating the observations by the Coordination Department of Victim Services assigned to the Criminal Policy Secretariat, the final version will be delivered in two printed copies, plus a CD with all the outputs included in Word and PDF version for the approval of the Criminal Policy Secretariat, prior to requesting the corresponding payment.

4.0 EXPECTED OUTPUTS OF THE CONSULTANCY

No.  Outputs

Outputs - Report Content

Content

1-1.

Workplan, Methodology and Activities timeline

General objective, specific objectives, validation method and detailed calendar of activities, approved by JES and the MP.

The First General Objective is adjusting the proposed Protocol for Services for People with a Disability, from the primary assistance to victims of crime to also include the legal basis to take into account the investigation and criminal prosecution of the crimes, to be used by the Public Prosecutor´s Office staff in their work.

In order to meet the First General Objective the following outputs are required:

The completion of all the outputs mentioned above, with the approval by the Criminal Policy Secretariat, is necessary in order to satisfy the required outputs to meet the Second General Objective.

No.  Outputs

Outputs - Report Content

Content

2-1.

Adjusted Protocol for Services for People with a Disability

Proposal of practical approaches for the service route of the comprehensive assistance to people with a disability at the Public Prosecutor´s Office, including the different disabilities that may be encountered.

2-2.

Legal Framework for Assistance to People with Disability in Public Prosecutions

Prosecutor´s Office staff, including investigation and litigation strategies that take into acount the vulnerabilty of victims and minimize revictimization, as part of the comprehensive protection of victims’ rights.

2-3.

Application tools for the Assistante to People with a Disability in the Prosecution Process.

Definition of techniques, specialized information or documentation services that can be used by the Public Prosecutor’s Office at different stages of the criminal prosecution process. Proposals of application tools, duly validated by prosecutors, technical and operational staff of the Public Prosecutor´s Office.

The Second General Objective is to create the necessary tools, methodologies and strategies for services to victims of crime who have a disability as well as senior citizens and the LGBTIQ+ community, according to international standards for Human Rights and the Rights of Victims of Crime, that have been accepted and recognized by the State of Guatemala and that take into account institutional policies and the national policy framework.

The outputs required to meet the Second General Objective are the following: 

No.  Outputs

Outputs - Report content

Content

3-1.

Service Guide for people with a disability, senior citizens, and the LGBTIQ+ community in the Access to Justice Offices of the Public Prosecutor's Office.

Guidelines and procedures for the comprehensive assistance to victims and users of the Public Prosecutors Office with a disability, senior citizens or members of the LGBTIQ+ community, with validation by the relevant offices and Security staff of the Public Prosecutor´s Office.

3-2.

Charted route of assistance provided in the Access to Justice Offices.

Production of a Comprehensive Assistance Guide for victims and users of the Public Prosecutor’s Office for the Access to Justice Offices, that takes into account the needs of vulnerable populations.

3-3.

Training and standardisation report of the Guide for services for people with a disability, senior citizens and LGBTIQ+ victims and users of the Access to Justice Office in the Public Prosecutor´s Office.

Workshops for socialization with staff of the Metropolitan District Prosecutor´s Office and the institution’s security staff.

3-4.

Creation, organization and approval of a procedure for opening Access to Justice Offices in regional Public Prosecutor´s Office, for people with disability, senior citizens and the LGBTIQ+ community.

Agreement proposal for the creation, organization and functioning of the Access to Justice Offices of the Public Prosecutor´s Office and its validation, focused on its implementation in two or four offices, chosen by the Public Prosecutor´s Office.

3-5.

 Final report of outputs.

Recommendations and conclusions to the Public Prosecutor´s Office for its continued improvement.

5.0 PERIOD

This consultancy will be executed over a period of nine months, starting on July 1 of 2019 to March 31 of 2020, during this period, the consultant should deliver regular progress reports as well as the outputs described in this Terms of Reference.  Each output should be validated by the authorities involved in the process, who should issue the appropriate record of recieval, reviewal and approval of each and every output from the consultancy.  The ultimate outputs should be presented to JES for analysis and final approval.

There is flexibility in developing the work plan for the period of consultancy and the structure of meetings to be called, according to the needs of the Coordination and Victim Services Department from the Criminal Policy Secretariat of the Public Prosecutor´s Office and JES. The frequency of the meetings will depend on the agenda worked both by the MP and JES. For the consultant, it is mandatory for he/she to participate in the technical working groups and focus groups as a facilitator.

6.0 PROFILE OF THE REQUIRED CONSULTANT

Profession

  • Professional in legal sciences (necessary)
  • Studies on Human Rights (necessary)
  • Postgraduate on human rights, victimology or similar (desirable)

Proven Work Experience

  • Expertise working with people with a disability, senior citizens, and LGBTI populations (necessary)
  • Guatemalan justice system (or similar) expertise, with emphasis on vulnerable victim services (necessary)
  • Expertise in creating services, operative or technical protocols of work and management routes (necessary)
  • Knowledge in the organization and functions of the Public Prosecutor´s Office, especially in the area of victim services and criminal prosecutions (desirable)
  • Proven experience in creating guides and manuals. (necessary)
  • Expertise in facilitating processes for professionals of different disciplines (desirable)
  • Expertise on teaching (desirable)

Additional Requirements

  • Gender focus, perspective of disability, senior citizens, sexual diversity, cultural pertinence and linguistics (necessary)
  • Availability to meet the consultancy activities in the timeframe stipulated (necessary)
  • Without conflicts of interest that may impact the independence of work with the Public Prosecutor´s Office (necessary)
  • Data gathering and analysis capacity (necessary)
  • Results based orientation (necessary)
  • Teamwork experience (necessary)
  • Spanish language, high level (necessary)

Professional fees will be paid with the delivery of each output described in these terms of reference, upon approval by the Coordination and Victim Services Department, by the secretary of Criminal Policy Secretariat and by the Project Director of JES, and on receipt of the corresponding invoice.

7.1 APPLICATIONS

This call for proposals is open from 9:00 (am) on the 15 of June and closes at 5:00 (pm) on June 28 of 2019. Prospective consultants should provide a letter of interest, resume, and financial proposal before the deadline stipulated. Only those candiates who fully meet the stipulated requirements will be called for an interview. 

7.2 RECEPTION OF PROPOSALS

Interested individuals should send their proposals to the following e-mail address: consultores@justiceeducation.ca


 

Volunteers

The Justice Education Society is able to provide quality programs and services with the support of over 500 volunteers each year. These volunteers vary from the province’s Chief Justice to secondary school students.

Their diverse contributions range from speaking at our programs and being on advisory committees to helping edit our materials, staging mock trials, and stuffing envelopes.

To find out more about volunteer opportunities, please Contact Us.

To volunteer with our international program, visit the international volunteer page for more details.
 


Volunteer Board

ABOUT THE JUSTICE EDUCATION SOCIETY (JES)

JES is a non–profit organization with over 25 years of experience providing public legal education and justice system capacity building in Canada and overseas. In Canada, JES helps British Columbians learn about our justice system, address their legal issues, improve legal capability and access to justice. JES works with partners around the world to deliver practical, integrated and impactful projects that promote effective and accessible justice systems which are key to sustainable development, individual security and human rights. With extensive experience in designing and implementing international projects, our work has included a range of diverse projects on justice capacity building, the rule of law, citizen security, human rights, access to justice, gender-based violence, youth justice and public legal education. JES currently has projects in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Guyana, and offices in British Columbia, Guatemala, Honduras and Guyana. JES has diverse sources of funding including private donors and provincial, federal and overseas governments. For more information about JES, please visit our website at www.JusticeEducation.ca.

BOARD OPPORTUNITY

We are seeking one Director with senior accounting and financial management background along with a CPA designation to join our Board. In addition, the new Director will become a member of the Finance Committee, which provides fiduciary oversight of all financial matters of the organization.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of governance and director’s duties and responsibilities. Candidates should also possess high standards of ethics, proven leadership skills, be analytically minded, solutions focused and visionary. Candidates with previous board experience in the non-profit sector is highly desirable.

TERM AND TIME COMMITMENT

Board membership is for a 3-year term. Directors may be elected for up to 9 consecutive years.

The Board and Finance Committee respectively meet on average six times annually. Meetings are held in Vancouver and/or by conference call.

Interested candidates should submit their resume to Sonia Poulin at sonia.poulin@JusticeEducation.ca along with an expression of their interest in serving on the Board.


Fundraising Volunteers

The Justice Education Society is launching a major, province-wide fundraising campaign to “Sponsor Kids to Learn About the Law.”

Government funding to the Society’s Justice System Education Program is now gone. Every year, the program introduces thousands of students to the courts. Program activities include court orientations, court watching, sessions with judges and other justice system personnel and performing mock trials. This program is now at risk and we are counting on donations to sustain it.

The Society is hoping to raise $100,000 to introduce 20,000 youth to BC courts throughout the province. We are seeking sponsorship from law firms, individual lawyers, judges, businesses and the general public.

We are also seeking individuals who are interested to volunteer and help support this fundraising campaign.
Contact us at Volunteer@JusticeEducation.ca for more information.