|Overview : |
UNDP, through the Access to Justice, Security and Human Rights Programme, and within the framework of the Joint UN Team on AIDS (JUNTA) in South Sudan, is supporting the provision of legal aid, legal empowerment, as well as service provision to women, girls, and PLHIV. In this call for proposals, UNDP is seeking competent and reputable registered organisations (including CSOs, NGOs, CBOs, etc.) to establish a Justice and Confidence Center (JCC) in any of the following locations, in order of priority
- Western Equatoria State (WES)
- Central Equatoria State (CES)
- Eastern Equatoria State (EES)
Organization must have a presence in the proposed state of implementation, as well as be able to demonstrate capacity to identify PLHIV and other relevant, key vulnerable groups such as persons at risk of infection. The JCCs will provide direct legal counsel and representation, legal empowerment, as well as service provision for PLHIV. These activities will include supporting case registration, referral, and adjudication in statutory courts PLHIV. Further, the implementing partner will provide legal advice, training, awareness raising, as well as counselling, trauma-healing, and/or psychosocial support to these groups. Qualifying CSOs must be able to clearly demonstrate how they plan to identify beneficiaries in an innocuous manner.
The period of implementation is three months, with a possibility of extension upon meeting or exceeding delivery-related expectations
The main objective of the grant is to identify national organizations – whether civil society organizations (CSO), national non-governmental organizations (NNGO) community-based organizations (CBO), or the like – with operational presence and capacities in one of the ten states of South Sudan – to:
- Establish and operationalize a sustainable, victim-sensitive Justice and Confidence Center (JCC), that is capable of fully disposing or concluding cases undertaken within the three-month operational period. In addition, the JCCs will;
- Provide legal counsel and representation in both civil and criminal cases, as well as administrative matters for PLHIV. The organization must demonstrate clearly how they plan to identify PLHIV and other key priority groups, such as persons at risk of infection.
- Action legal awareness-raising, including on key justice issues, relevant proceedings, human rights, as well as legal referral pathways and their navigation;
- Provide other support services, including counseling and psychosocial support. If not made available within the JCC, provide clear and accessible referral mechanisms for these services;
- Undertake regular visitation to police and prison facilities and detention centers to identify PLHIV and other key priority groups, as well as their respective legal needs with a view to ensure early release on bail or bond, support with legal representation, monitor legal procedures for fairness, and so forth, where relevant.