Terms of Reference: Consultant - Regional Training of Trainers

VSO International
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Opportunity closing date: 
Monday, 9 November, 2015
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Consultant: Regional Training of trainers on the rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners, including income Generating Activities (IGAs) / Nutrition Projects.

VSO is the world's leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place. VSO-RHAISA has been awarded a grant by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) over a period of 3 years to implement the project “Promoting Human rights and access to health services in prisons in Southern Africa”. 

1.Objective of the consultancy service 

To strengthen the capacities of implementing partners, program managers and on the effective  rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners, including income Generating Activities (IGAs)/ Nutrition Projects  by means of developing, delivering and facilitating a three day regional Training of Trainers.


Combating the stigma and discrimination faced by prisoners upon release from incarceration is a high priority at SADC level, especially for the prevention of offending behaviour and their effective re-integration back into society. Through participation in needs-based IGAs, nutrition programmes and other rehabilitative activities, prisoners are capacitated to be productive members of society and better placed for re-integration and acceptance into their communities.  VSO RHAISA outcomes are to ensure sensitization sessions of private sector employers in target prison catchment areas on ex-prisoner employability and rights to further assist ex-prisoners in securing jobs after incarceration. VSO-RHAISA also believes that support to farming and nutrition projects in prisons will also lead to the improved nutritional status of prisoners. The nutritious food grown on these farms will be key supplements to inmates’ diets, especially important given that improved diet and nutritional status is critical for ART adherence. 
VSO RHAISA Prison Project therefore aims to ensure that topics of reintegration, nutrition and psycho-social support needs are included in the peer education programmes and IGA business skills trainings. As a way to ensure that these rehabilitation and reintegration efforts are supported in the long term and scaled up where appropriate, we will also support the development of community reintegration, nutrition and IGA programme guidelines to be used long after project end.
In order to improve successful reintegration of prisoners back into families and communities in the targeted countries VSO-RHAISA will:

  • Support the establishment or strengthening of referral mechanisms with general public health system.
  • Ensure linkages with other stakeholders (including public and private sector) and CSOs created for community acceptance and succesful re-intergration of exprisoners.
  • Ensure that income generating activities and nutrition projects are supported in prisons. 

In light of this there is a need for expertise and new knowledge on methods of effective strategies for prisoner rehabilitaion and reintergration including ncome generating activities.

3.Consultancy Scope of work and key tasks 

A Proposal from a highly experienced/professional trainer is welcome for the following major tasks:
3.1. Develop interactive and detailed training modules/training session plan and all accompanying background material for the delivery of training workshops on the effective strategies on the rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners, including income Generating Activities (IGAs)/ Nutrition Projects. 
3.2. The training workshop shall include components on:

  • The detrimental effects of lack of reintegration and rehabilitation short and long term consequences (educational achievements, productivity, health issues including HIV and AIDS).
  • Provision of rehabilitation and reintegration support to prisoners, which are gender sensitive, society including family/parenting consultations and social work including family mediation, communication skills, health and well-being, inter-sectoral collaboration and coordination of various sectors in providing response and ensuring sustainable and effective IGA and nutrition projects. 
  • Special attention shall be paid to societal and cultural sensitivity in provision of necessary support for reintegration and rehabilitation. 
  • Identifying needs-based nutrition and IGA schemes and nutrition programmes, support for the established IGAs and nutrition programmes, facilitating market linkages for increased profitability of IGAs, providing technical support for sustainable nutrition projects to be established at prison farms
  • Special attention shall be paid to supporting development of IGA and nutrition programme in prison guidelines.

3.3. Deliver 3-day training of trainers for selected participants on effective strategies rehabilitation and reintegration including IGAs and nutrition projects.
3.4. Develop a detailed evaluation of the modules/workshop(s) by the participants so that the workshop/training materials can be improved/finalized according to the participant feedback. (This should include pre-post test assessment).
3.5. As part of the ToT, deliver the training guidelines in addition to content and tools. 
3.6. Develop training workshop report with recommendations for further addressing rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners by authorized bodies.

4.Possible format and sequence of the Training of Trainers Programme

Below is a suggested format and sequence of the ToT. The applicants are to submit a detailed agenda for the ToT with explanation and justification of the various broad topics included.

I. Rehabilitation strategies for prisoners and ex-prisoners.
II. Reintegration strategies for prisoners and ex-prisoners.
III.IGA and nutrition projects for prisoners and ex-prisoners.

5.Qualification/level requirements

Applicants with the following experience are welcome to apply:

  • Advanced University Degree in Psychology, Social Work and Sociology and other related field.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience on sustainable livelihoods or marginalised populations in particular prisoners.
  • At least 3 years of documented experience in developing, facilitating/delivering interactive/participatory training sessions in the area prisons health, prisoners and ex-prisoners reintegration and rehabilitation, psychosocial and legal counseling, etc. Documented experience in conducting TOT.
  • Excellent skills in presenting complex technical information in an easily comprehensible way.
  • Adaptability and flexibility in working within complex and dynamic environment.
  • Ability to deliver high quality products in a timely manner. 

6. Proposed period and duration of consultancy:

The duration of the consultancy is 5 working days for the trainer:  

  • One day preparation and development of training agenda, modules and handouts (see below deliverables for Level) – work from home;
  • Half a day for consultations; finalization of the training materials, agenda, detailed modules and handouts and preparation of final report(see below deliverables for Level 1 and Level 2) – work from duty station.
  • Three days of actual delivery of the ToT workshop (see below deliverables for Level 2).
  • Half a day report writing

Application Procedure

All interested parties should respond to the TOR by making your application by clicking Apply Now on our application system and attach your Capability Statement. To apply please go to: http://vso.force.com/jobopportunities    

Closing date: 9th of November 2015
VSO is an equal opportunity employer, values inclusion and seeks to have a diverse workforce. We welcome applicants from all sections of the community.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 

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