Call for Consultancy

Published 30.06.2017
Forward-looking review of DIGNITY - Prison Watch collaboration (2015-17) on preventing torture and protecting human rights in places of detention in Sierra Leone

1. Background

Following the decade long rebel war in Sierra Leone (1999-2001) the population continued to suffer from its after effects and the criminal justice apparatus remained weak. Places of detention failed to live up to international norms and standards and the rights of incarcerated persons were insufficiently protected.

The goals of the Danish Institute against Torture (DIGNITY) are to prevent torture, to ease human suffering after torture, and to be a global driving force in the development of new knowledge about torture and its causes and consequences. DIGNITY’s approach integrates human rights, health and development. DIGNITY’s work is both national and international. On the national level, DIGNITY provides highly specialized and multi-disciplinary treatment to severely traumatised refugees. On the international level, DIGNITY works under 3 themes: Prevention of Torture in Detention, Rehabilitation of Torture Survivors, and Prevention of Violence in Poor Urban areas.

Under the theme of ‘prevention of torture in places of detention’, DIGNITY have been engaged in a series of collaborations with Prison Watch - Sierra Leone for around ten years. The most recent and substantive collaboration began in 2015 and is due to end in 2017.

With a view to assessing how best to continue the work on torture prevention in places of detention in Sierra Leone we seek an external review of the work to date (covering all phases) and an assessment of the current climate for torture prevention work including a mapping of relevant civil society actors.

2. Assessment Objectives

1. Objective 1:
To assess the overall coherence/choice of objectives, expected outcomes and activities of the collaboration, and their relevance and effectiveness in preventing torture, promoting human rights and ensuring compliance with international norms and standards in places of detention in Sierra Leone.

2. Objective 2:
To analyse and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Prison Watch - DIGNITY partnership with respect to strategies, goals, and achievements and with special reference to local contextual factors (including risk factors) and the impact of the work at the level of policy and practice.

3. Objective 3:
To present recommendations for DIGNITY’s consideration about potential next steps including reference to whether the time is ripe for further consolidation of activities or for innovation and expansion and inclusion of other civil society actors active in torture prevention and human rights promotion.

3. Scope of Work and Activities

1. Desk study based on documents made available by DIGNITY pertaining to the above objectives and the various phases of collaboration to collect as much information as possible in response to the above objectives.

2. Briefing interviews with key DIGNITY staff with experience of the Prison Watch - DIGNITY partnership.

3. 10 - 14-day field visit to witness Prison Watch Sierra Leone at work and interview key stakeholders and beneficiaries (for example, prison authorities, the parliamentary human rights committee, the police, ex-prisoners, other civil society representatives etc.). Most activities expected to be in Freetown but time/security situation permitting there may be visits to the provinces.

4. Deliverables and Timeline

1. Inception report by 28th Aug 2017
2. Desk study report by 25th September 2017
3. Draft assessment report by 15th October 2017
4. Final assessment report by 31st October 2017
Fees for approximately 20 days.

5. Application

DIGNITY is seeking registered consultant(s) to perform this assignment. West-Africa based consultants are preferred, however applications from consultants with experience in West Africa, and preferably Sierra Leone or Liberia are welcome. Other requirements include knowledge of and experience of prisons and criminal justice systems in Africa, torture prevention, access to justice, justice sector reform etc.

Experience of working in resource-starved, underprioritized sectors would be an advantage as would experience in conducting situation assessments.

Qualified and interested consultants or consulting firms should send an offer that includes the following:

1. Summary of relevant experience and qualifications
2. Consultant(s) CVs
3. Proposed approach and workplan
4. Proposed detailed cost
5. If more than 1 consultant will be involved, include role description

Send applications to with ref: “PWSL Consultancy” no later than 30th July 2017.

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