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Kampala, Uganda

Full-time

Deadline: 

January 8, 2024 at 2:00:00 PM

About the Organisation

The International Rescue Committee is a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development nongovernmental organization.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. The International Rescue Committee provides vital support to Ugandans who are rebuilding from decades of war while hosting a growing influx of refugees from South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (www.rescue.org) is a world leader in relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict development services for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. The IRC is currently working in over 40 countries around the world, addressing both the immediate and lifesaving needs of conflict affected people in emergencies and the reconstruction needs of post-conflict societies.

The IRC began programming in northern Uganda in 1998 in response to mass displacement and devastation wrought by rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army. In 2002, the IRC expanded to the remote, conflict-affected region of Karamoja and in 2011, began working with refugees in Kampala. Monitoring the influx of South Sudanese refugees at the end of 2015, the IRC began scaling up its response to refugees arriving in the West Nile region. By promoting durable solutions that deliver on the interdependent aims of saving lives, strengthening institutions, and supporting social cohesion, the IRC in Uganda is laying the building blocks for long-term stability and development –bringing people from harm to home. The IRC currently works in 9 districts in Uganda, including Kitgum, Lamwo, Kyegegwa, Moroto, Amudat, Yumbe, Arua, Kasese and Kampala.

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Job Title

Justice Systems Analysis Toolkit Development Consultant job at International Rescue Committee

Job Description

Background of the project
In times of crisis, access to justice by affected populations – whether to informal or formal justice systems – is often deprioritized. Access to justice is frequently considered a development issue or a very sensitive type of programming. During crisis, particularly those characterized with rights violations, there are often perceptions by humanitarian actors that the existing systems may not be of interest or even harmful to victims of violence, and can reinforce discrimination, inequality and practices of violence.[1] And yet still, even in these situations,women, girls, boys, men, person with disabilities and LGBTQIA+ continue to seek justice through these structures which in some instances can lead to more harm. Because humanitarian actors are either unwilling or lacking capacity and understanding on how to navigate the justice mechanisms, humanitarian action tends to exclude access to justice or include it in a very limited way at the onset of a crisis and in humanitarian response plans.
The IRC has launched a new two-year initiative entitled, ‘Strengthening capacity to deliver access to justice programmes for crisis affected populations’ funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) – from April 2023 – March 2025. This project aims to strengthen capacity to deliver A2J programming in crisis. The project will support analysis of formal and informal A2J systems with linkages to operational action in prevention and response to protection risks in crisis contexts. This initiative will deliver improved protection to crisis affected people through strengthening legal protection programming and ensuring that tools are available for A2J programming in humanitarian responses that are grounded in high quality needs analysis.
The project will take the global conceptual framework of A2J programming and develop operational crisis response A2J tools reinforcing community driven approaches for A2J programming. The project aims to achieve two major results:
Result 1: Strengthened capacity to understand justice systems in times of crises.
• Deliverable: Access to Justice Toolkit that enables in-depth analysis of justice systems.
Result 2: Adapted paralegal approach to humanitarian crises.
• Deliverable: Community Empowerment Paralegal Toolkit and Training Manual

Scope of Work:
The Consultant will develop a suite of global legal analysis tools to support the analysis of justice systems (result 1 of Project) in times of crisis, and translating analysis findings into action.
Under this contract, the consultant’s support will help achieve the following objective and deliverables:

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Deliverable 1: Core global tool to support launching & piloting of a legal framework and legal needs analysis tools are developed.

  • Outputs:

  • Develop methodologies and resources package to support legal framework and legal needs desk review processes in country

  • This will include and is not limited to:

  • Legal analysis methodology and framework briefing notes.

  • Legal analysis report template to guide and orient desk review.

  • Legal analysis risk factsheet.

  • Develop data collection and legal assessment tools, which can include and is not limited to

  • Legal analysis question bank (with support of IM staff)

  • Customary and Informal Justice Analysis Guidance and Template

  • Develop tools, guidance and template to support data analysis process.

  • Legal analysis dashboard / key indicators

  • Deliverable 2: The consultant will develop tools to guide the development of a legal context and needs-based access to justice strategy, guided by the result of the legal analysis.

Qualifications and Competencies

Qualifications

Consultant qualifications and experience

  • Advanced degree in humanitarian law, international law or related field.

  • At least five years of experience implementing and managing Protection, rule of law and Access to justice programming in humanitarian contexts.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop technical access to justice tools that support legal analysis processes.

  • Experience developing access to justice strategies for crisis and post crisis contexts, including access to justice for women and girls, children, persons with disabilities and minorities.

  • Demonstrated experience developing justice systems analysis frameworks in crisis contexts.

  • Experience delivering similar consultancies for rights focused international NGOs or development organizations, preferably in similar contexts. (MENA, East Africa and West Africa preferable)

  • Good communicator with strong organizational, time management and analytical skills

  • Excellent inter-personal, cultural and diplomatic skills

  • Flexibility to adapt to changing requirements.

  • Fluency in French and English, with strong working knowledge in both

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How to Apply

Qualified consultants are encouraged to submit financial and technical proposals to Tito Byenkya tito.byenkya@rescue.org by January 8, 2024, specifying:
i. Methodology for implementing the assignment, including estimated number of days to deliver the assignment.
ii. Workplan for implementing the assignment.
iii. Budget, including daily consultant rate.

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