The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UNICEF, in partnership with the Government of The Gambia are implementing a Joint Strengthening Community Access to Justice, Community Policing and Effective SGBV Response Project. The Joint Project endeavors to implement a holistic and comprehensive program which addresses both the supply and demand sides of justice delivery. The joint project seeks to strengthen rule of law institutions to deliver quality services, to empower citizens in the exercise of their rights and to increase access to justice.
The Joint Project’s implementing partners are the Ministry of Justice, the Judiciary, the Gambia Police Force, the Gambian Prisons Service, the National Agency for Legal Aid (NALA), CSOs, the ADR Secretariat and the Gambia Bar Association. The Project has three outcomes and these are: improved access to justice especially for women and children who are victims of serious human rights violations; establishing community policing initiative for the prevention of serious human rights violations and protection of survivors; strengthened justice service delivery system for citizens, particularly victims of human rights abuses.
The former regime built an abusive state security apparatus as a means for repression, undermining the role of the Gambia Police Force (GPF) in charge of internal security service and as a key institution of the criminal justice system. In general, GPF lacks adequate quantity and quality of human resources as well as scientific training and equipment for criminal investigation, which is a major impediment to access to fair justice service delivery. The Police Training School also faces budgetary and human resource capacities to be able to provide trainings in key policing areas. Under the previous regime, the GPF lost the confidence and trust of the Gambian citizens and communities they are meant to serve as such Community Policing is key to providing Gambian communities a police service that is more visible, accessible, and service-oriented.
a. Academic Qualifications:
- Advanced university degree in security studies, political science, public administration, international relations, law or a related field.
- A combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- Professional background as police officer in country of origin highly desirable.
- Minimum 7 years of progressively responsible professional experience in police reforms in developing countries with preference for regional experience and crisis contexts, including experience in a senior position in an international development role in police reform.
- Minimum 3 years working on community policing including developing community policing strategies, implementing community policing projects and monitoring, and evaluating results of community policing projects.
- Prior experience working for UNDP and knowledge of its programmatic structures and processes is strongly preferred; experience working for other parts of the UN system also an asset.
- Experience in interacting with regional and international stakeholders/donors in a multicultural environment.
- Experience in conducting trainings at community level.
- Extensive knowledge in Community Policing.
- Demonstrable competency in drafting of manuals, policies and conducting trainings.
d. Language and other skills:
- Excellent knowledge of English, including the ability to set out a coherent argument in presentations and group interactions.
- Capacity to communicate fluently with different stakeholders.
- Computer skills: full command of Microsoft applications (word, excel, PowerPoint) and common internet applications will be required.
The duration of the assignment will be 60 working days to be completed within 90 working days from the signing of the contract.
Submit Technical snd Financial Proposals to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email subject: Community Policing