USAID Community, Family, and Youth Resilience (CFYR) - Juvenile Justice Specialist
Position Location: Guyana
The USAID Community, Family, and Youth Resilience (CFYR) program takes a public-health, evidenced-based approach, providing targeted interventions to youth at three varying degrees of risk including: the general population of youth aged 10-29 in crime-affected areas (primary); youth aged 10-17 at higher risk for violence (secondary); and youth in conflict with the law (tertiary). Youth are matched with interventions based on their level of risk. The program operates in Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis and Guyana.
The USAID/Community, Family and Youth Resilience (CFYR) Program offers a holistic approach to violence prevention, using primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention interventions, along with law enforcement to reduce the rate of juvenile offenders in target countries, improve the skills of the workforce, provide positive alternatives to youth and provide specialized services to youth at the highest risk of engaging in violence, among others. The project is based in Saint Lucia, with satellite offices in St. Kitts and Guyana.
In Guyana, CFYR’s work supports GOG efforts to shift the paradigm in the treatment of youth in conflict with the law (YICL) from a punitive sentencing approach to a balanced, rehabilitative, and restorative justice model. CFYR’s work supports rehabilitation efforts for youth in detention to support the successful social and economic reintegration of youth from detention so as to reduce recidivism. CFYR has endeavored to apply lessons from USAID’s Juvenile Justice Reform Program (JJRP) implemented in partnership with OECS members states from 2012-2016 and its 2017 Guyana Juvenile Justice Baseline Study for OECS’s new Juvenile Justice Reform Project (JJR II).
The Juvenile Justice Specialist provides technical knowledge of police and juvenile justice institutions, crime and violence concerns, juvenile justice policies, and reform processes. This includes reviewing current and formulating new policies and working with local government institutions engaged in juvenile justice reform. This position is based in Guyana.
The Juvenile Justice Specialist will have oversight and provide CFYR with advice on the implementation of all juvenile justice activities. The principal responsibilities will be focused on the implementation of CFYR’s JJR work plan in Guyana which includes the following activities:
- Support the sustainability of an Interagency Committee that supports operationalizing juvenile justice reform among relevant Guyanese institutions.
- Support the implementation of administrative reforms for the New Opportunity Corps (NOC) through monthly visits to ensure progress.
- Provide technical support to the Sophia Juvenile Remand Centre; ensure the implementation of administrative and diagnostic tools that support of juvenile justice reform through monthly visits to ensure progress.
- Provide support to the office of the Director of Juvenile Justice to design specific guidelines for a diversion program.
- Support the closeout of CFYR’s JJR portfolio and play a central role in the process of handing key tools and program components to local partners (e.g. take a lead role in planning /convening events).
- Support the periodic reporting of activities within the parameters of the M&E Framework established in the CFYR Performance Monitoring Plan.
Required Skills & Qualifications:
- At least 3 years of specific experience in fields such as juvenile justice, law, or penal processes, and working with youth in conflict with the law, 5 years plus of general work experience.
- Bachelor’s degree in law or related area required. Master’s degree preferred.
- Advanced understanding of juvenile justice issues and related laws.
- Experience working with government officials, and civil society organizations working in juvenile justice.
- Demonstrated experience working in juvenile justice reform processes.
Citizens of CARICOM member states are strongly encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates should email their CV with the position designated in the subject line to: Employment@crea-cfyr.com Deadline for receipt of applications: 17th Jan 2020.
Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.