United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

International Individual Consultant (Technical Assistance for the Development of Multisectoral Training of Professionals in the Justice System to Introduce Trauma Informed Concept)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

UNICEF Skopje is looking for an International Individual Consultant for Technical assistance for the development of multisectoral training to number of professionals in the justice system to introduce trauma informed concept, focusing on the impact of trauma, that emphasizes physical, psychological, and emotional safety of the child.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, protection

How can you make a difference?

UNICEF in the Republic of North Macedonia is devoted to ensuring that Child Protection mechanisms are in place and functioning well, and that children are protected from a full spectrum of risks and that every child lives in a supportive family environment.

In the frame of the ongoing justice sector reforms lead by the Government, UNICEF supports the justice for children system strengthening. A considerable investment in juvenile justice reform was made by the Government and partners over the past decade in the Republic of North Macedonia.

Despite the investment made in the relevant institutions for improving their capacities when dealing with children in conflict or in contact with the Law, the institutional and technical capacities are still inadequate. The Administration of child justice system remains hampered by the insufficient level of specialization and training by professionals. Numerous institutions and professionals (many of whom without proper training) deal with cases of children in conflict or in contact with the law, which additionally hinders their protection. The system should make sure that only professionals who have had specialized training deal with children’s cases. A unified child-centred and trauma informed approach and training is lacking which will including police officers, judges, prosecutors, child protection workers, to address cases of children in the justice processes in a multi-disciplinary fashion.

A different angle in the approach to support children in the justice system, which has demonstrated great results in many countries, is the trauma-informed framework. This approach aims to build a feeling of safety, a sense of empowerment and control for the child. It helps professionals understand the impact of trauma experienced by the child who is recipient of the service, to his/her physical, emotional and Mental Health.

The trauma also affects the behavior and readiness of children to engage with the services and the professionals they interact with. Therefore, it can also undermine the future outcomes for the child. It is also important to understand how the service systems can retraumatize the individuals.

To this end, UNICEF is commissioning consultancy services to Design and deliver multisectoral trauma-informed training to professionals in the justice system. This action is part of the initiative “Just(ice) children – EU for juvenile and child-friendly justice,” principally funded by the European Union.

Scope of Work: Deliver multisectoral training to number of professionals in the justice system to introduce the trauma informed concept, focusing on the impact of trauma, that emphasizes physical, psychological, and emotional safety of the child Deliverables: - Design training packages to introduce the trauma informed concept - Organize inter-sectoral training workshops for up to 150 participants from the centres for social work, police, judiciary, and correctional educational facilities - - Produce training report with recommendations for the endorsement of training institutions in the justice and social protection systems To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  •  A university degree in one of the following fields is required: social sciences, Human Rights, or other related discipline. Advanced degree is considered as an asset;
  • At least 10 years of experience and expertise in the area of juvenile justice, or justice system reform;
  • Previous experience with the trauma informed approach;
  • Knowledge of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and relevant international standards in the area of social and child protection;
  • Previous work experience with UNICEF will be considered as an advantage;
  • Excellent command of English language;
  • Strong advocacy, facilitation and communication skills;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Prior experience working with the UN system and/or international development agencies is an asset
For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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