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In the Pacific we work in Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu: These 14 Pacific island countries are home to 2.3 million people, including 1.2 million children and youth, living on more than 660 islands and atolls stretching across 17.2 million square kilometers of the Pacific Ocean, an area comparable to the combined size of the United States of America and Canada. Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu are classified as Fragile States according to World Bank/OECD criteria.
All 14 Pacific Island countries and territories have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, but only a third are on track with reporting obligations. Explore the different areas of our work in the link provided here www.unicef.org/pacificislands.
Background of Assignment:
Across the Pacific, tens of thousands of children interact with justice systems every year. These children include victims and witnesses, as well as those accused or convicted of having committed a crime. While data on the number of children deprived of their liberty is limited, we do know that 181 per 100,000 children are deprived of their liberty in Kiribati, nearly six times higher than the global rate (36 per 100,000 children).
Unfortunately, justice systems in the Pacific are not currently equipped to respond to the needs of children in contact or conflict with the law. These systems often are completely out of reach for children, especially the most vulnerable. And when children do interact with the justice system, justice actors, such as police, prosecutors, legal aid, and the judiciary, are not equipped with the resources, capacity, and knowledge to promote child-friendly interactions. This results in revictimization of child victims and witnesses and unnecessary and avoidable confinement of alleged child offenders.
Promoting children’s access to justice is crucial to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly SDG 16 on promoting just, peaceful, and inclusive societies, and the targets 16.3 (access to justice for all) and 16.2 (prevention of violence against children).
Numerous challenges are present in promoting access to justice for children across the Pacific, and specifically in Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. The cornerstone of this work is putting into place the legal and normative frameworks that provide the basis for children to fully enjoy their rights. While there has been some progress in updating Child Protection and Juvenile Justice legislation to bring it in line with international standards, gaps remain. For example, in each of Fiji, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, and Vanuatu there is pending legislation that would fill crucial gaps, such as promoting family-strengthening and reducing institutional care, establishing special measures for child victims and witnesses, and promoting alternatives to detention for children in conflict with the law.
Meanwhile, both Kiribati and Solomon Islands also have recently updated relevant legislation in line with international standards, where there is a need for dedicated focus to ensure these new laws are fully and effectively implemented. This same support for capacity building of justice actors, with a specific focus on National Police, on updated provisions will also be necessary once the draft laws are passed.
Beyond legal frameworks, it is also crucial to ensure that when children come into contact with the justice system, either as victims, witnesses, or if accused, child-friendly justice procedures and services are in place. This includes the development and implementation of standard operating procedures and other resources at all points where a child may interact with the justice system. Across the Pacific, Police are a key first responder who interact with vulnerable children and families. Support is needed to ensure Police provide child-specific and child-friendly services to these children.
How can you make a difference?
Under the direction of the Child Protection Specialist (Child Justice), the consultant will further map and identify specific needs within National Police services across four countries (Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Kiribati) related to the provision of child-friendly services. This includes developing and delivering a training package to Police across these countries building the capacity of Police to carry out child-sensitive investigations of crimes against children (including sexual assault, utilize child interviewing techniques, make appropriate referrals of children in need of support to other service providers including social welfare and MHPSS professionals, and ensure child-safe emergency accommodation where appropriate.
Please refer to the TOR for further information on the deliverables and the timelines
GUIDANCE FOR APPLICANTS
Please submit a separate financial offer along with your application. The financial proposal should be a lump sum amount for all the deliverables and should show a break down for the following: o Monthly Daily fees– based on the deliverables in the Terms of Reference above
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