Gender Advisor

Organization: Justice Education Society
Closing date: 21 Jun 2021

Type: consultancy

Project: “Strengthening Institutional Capacity to Combat Human Trafficking with a Focus on Corruption, Money Laundering and Transnational Organized Crime (2021-2024)” Project in Panama

Location: Remotely with possible travel to Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia

Application Deadline: Friday, June 21st, 2021

Start Date: July 1st, 2021

End Date: December 31st, 2021

I. Justice Education Society

The Justice Education Society of British Columbia (JES) is a non-profit organization with more than 30 years of experience providing public legal education and justice system capacity building in Canada and overseas. In Canada, JES helps more than 700,000 British Columbians learn about our justice system and address their legal issues. Internationally, JES has programs in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Guyana which work with national institutions to strengthen justice systems, and increase access to justice and citizen security. JES has offices in Canada, Guatemala, Honduras and Guyana and diverse sources of funding including provincial, federal and overseas governments. More information on JES is available at: www.JusticeEducation.ca.

II. Background Information

As per the United Nation’s Palermo Protocol, human trafficking is the “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation”.[1] Also known as modern slavery, trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. It is also a complex crime carried out in many cases by transnational criminal organizations with the participation of corrupt officials, and increasingly through the use of the internet to lure and exploit victims. Bias and socio-cultural norms and values held towards women, girls and LGTBQI populations require individuals and institutions to be sensitized on the vulnerability of these groups to human trafficking, the risks of re-victimization and the need for collaboration of victims in the successful prosecution of crime.

Although significant legal and political efforts have been made to address gender inequality, discrimination and sexual and gender-based violence in justice and law enforcement institutions in Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia, human trafficking remains a priority issue in the area. The three countries face transnational and local challenges that require sophisticated justice mechanisms to adequately investigate and prosecute the criminal groups that prey on vulnerable members of society, mainly women and girls in this region, and profit from their exploitation.

III. The Project

JES is expanding its successful work with justice operators in Panama improving technical skills and building stronger inter-agency collaboration for the strategic investigation and prosecution of human trafficking crimes in the region. Through its new project “Strengthening Institutional Capacity to Combat Human Trafficking with a Focus on Corruption, Money Laundering and Transnational Organized Crime (2021-2024)”, JES will improve the capacity to combat human trafficking, reduce impunity for transnational criminal networks, and provide greater protection of the human rights of victims, particularly for women and girls, in Panama, Colombia and Costa Rica.

The Project has three main outcomes/goals:

  1. Improved technical capacity and gender-responsive practices in the investigation of human trafficking cases in Panama

  2. Improved capacity to prosecute and convict perpetrators of human trafficking in a gender-responsive manner in Panama

  3. Strengthened gender-responsive mechanisms and transnational cooperation to combat human trafficking, as it affects women and girls, in Panama, Colombia, and Costa Rica

To achieve these outcomes, JES will apply a Gender-Based Analysis plus (GBA+) perspective throughout the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Project, integrating a combination of sensitivity and awareness training related to gender issues into all curricula and activities, including on:

  • Major case management and investigations
  • Criminal intelligence analysis
  • Surveillance capacity
  • Interviewing skills for victims of human trafficking
  • Forensic financial analysis for human trafficking cases
  • Cybercriminal activity and analysis
  • Preparation of human trafficking cases
  • Prosecution of criminals involved in human trafficking
  • Gender-responsive mechanisms and transnational cooperation to combat human trafficking, as it affects women and girls, in Panama, Colombia, and Costa Rica

IV. Objective

Assist JES’ with the development of activities that integrate gender-responsive approaches, which are human rights-based, victim-centered, trauma informed and culturally-relevant, in order to build gender awareness (of project and partner institutions’ staff), and integrate gender in impact evaluation and risk mitigation. The Gender Expert will also develop strategies to increase the participation of women, and ensure that activities are gender responsive in their implementation.

V. Expected Outputs

The consultancy will achieve the following results:

  1. Conduct a Gender-Based Analysis (GBA+) of the current context in the criminal justice sector, including responses and approaches to investigate and prosecute human trafficking cases, in Panama, Colombia and Costa Rica.

  2. Develop and present a Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women Charter for the project, which will be part of the essential onboarding package for all project staff and subject matter experts, thereby establishing a common understanding and guiding decision-making throughout the course of the project.

  3. Identify and develop gender-responsive and human-rights based approaches and improvements in the process used by prosecutors, investigative agents and forensic analysts to identify, target and convict human traffickers, including revision of training materials, procedures and curricula.

  4. Identify and develop gender-responsive and human-rights based approaches and improvements to surmount challenges in inter-agency collaboration and weaknesses in the technical skills of key actors, especially to understand the gendered nature of the crime while also ensuring that adequate victim protection protocols are in place to protect victims’ rights within the justice system.

VI. Scope of work

JES will hire a consultant to perform the following tasks:

  1. Act as an advisor to the project on gender and human rights issues, including on planning, communications, risk assessment and reporting issues.

  2. Contribute to the drafting of policies and procedures for analysts, investigators, prosecutors and judges to ensure a gender inclusive approach can be institutionalized in human trafficking cases.

  3. Review materials and curricula, integrate concepts, facilitate workshops and make suggestions to improve the project from a gender-responsive and human rights perspective.

  4. Collaborate in the development of innovative performance indicators in the areas of investigation and prosecution of Human Trafficking to better evaluate progress from a gender perspective.

  5. Provide monthly work plans and activity reports.

  6. Actively participate in internal and external meetings and conduct gender trainings and workshops, as needed.

  7. Summarize achievements for the quarterly and annual reports on how the project is working to be gender-responsive.

The consultant will report to the Project Director and must work with the stakeholders in the field (if public health conditions allow) including intermediaries and beneficiaries, for which JES will provide the relevant contacts and the resources to carry out field visits.

VII. Qualifications

The selected consultant must have at minimum the following knowledge, skills, experience and competencies:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent) in relevant area (gender studies, social and juridical sciences).
  • Significant experience conducting GBA+ / gender mainstreaming / assessment / evaluation tasks for social development / national institutional agencies or projects.
  • Experience training professionals, preferably government or justice sector professionals, in how to minimize bias in their work, increase gender awareness and the application of a trauma informed approach that minimizes revictimization.
  • Knowledge of analytical methods and tools for mainstreaming gender in justice sector reform or related areas.
  • Display intersectional sensibility and adaptability.
  • Ability to work remotely and to travel internationally.
  • Working capacity in Spanish and English.

VIII. Terms of Payment

A schedule of payments will be agreed upon with the consultant, based on the delivery and approval of her/his reports.

[1] United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNOCD). (2000). Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. Definition, Article 3. Retrieved from https://www.unodc.org/res/human-trafficking/2021the-protocol-tip_html/TIP.pdf.

How to apply:

Applicants must submit the following documents in English or Spanish to: jobs@justiceeducation.ca no later than Friday, June 21st, 2021 at 5 p.m. EST:

  • A letter of interest highlighting relevant experience and qualifications and describing an understanding of the assignment and challenges.
  • CV of the consultant.
  • A financial proposal, restricted to compensation for labour.
  • Two (2) examples of recently completed GBA+ analysis or gender-focused reports.


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