Gender & Family Violence Adviser - Pacific Judicial Strengthening Initiative

The Government of New Zealand is funding the Pacific Judicial Strengthening Initiative (PJSI), which will be implemented by the Federal Court of Australia between June 2016 and June 2021.
The goal of PJSI is to build fairer societies by supporting the courts in 14 Pacific Island Countries (PICs) to develop more accessible, just, efficient and responsive justice services. These PICs are the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Re-inclusion of Fiji in PJSI activities will also be explored over the course of the Initiative at MFAT’s direction. PJSI reports continuously to the Chief Justices of these PICs and to the Pacific Judicial Conference which convenes biennially.
PJSI will address numerous and diverse needs of the courts that relate to three major development challenges. These are: (i) expanding access to justice to and through the courts; (ii) building competent provision of substantive justice outcomes; and (iii) increasing efficient delivery of procedural justice services. To address these challenges, PJSI will focus on supporting two long-term objectives, or components: a) Judicial Leadership  courts are capable of leading and managing change. b) Performance  court services are accessible, responsive, fair and efficient.
PJSI will deliver services to support the courts to attain these objectives using strategies to transfer, build, devolve and localise capacity. These strategies will consolidate five thematic areas, being: judicial leadership, access to justice, professionalisation, substantive justice and procedural justice.
a. Aim: The aim of this thematic cluster of activities is to measurably improve the accessibility and responsiveness of court services to victims of gender and family violence (GFV), and victims’ satisfaction with courts and justice outcomes according to law.
b. Purpose: Noting the severe and pandemic levels of GFV across the region as measured against global benchmarks, the purpose of this specific activity is to address the need for courts to apply the rule of law, be more accessible and responsive in delivering improved substantive justice outcomes.
c. Duration and location: This short-term assignment requires the Adviser to work up to 146 input-days in and remotely with at least 6 PIC(s) between September 2016 and March 2019.
d. General approach: The Adviser will adopt the following general approach to completing this assignment:
a) To transfer, build, devolve and localise capacity in all interactions with counterparts and mentor counterparts where appropriate in a culturally appropriate and respectful manner.
b) Produce high quality, concise and accurate documentation, reports, and correspondence as required in a timely fashion and written in plain English.
e. Outputs: Prior to mobilisation, the Adviser will undergo a briefing from the Technical Director and the Team Leader. The Adviser will then develop an implementation plan for the assignment and finalise this under the direction of the Team Leader.
On completion of this assignment, the Adviser will deliver the following outputs:
  1. Judicial leaders from all PICs agree to proactively lead judicial attitudes towards ensuring appropriate legal treatment of victims of GFV aligning with codified norms.
  2. Regional leadership and / or Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop on GFV conducted.
  3. Continued support to and / or utilisation of the Family Violence Toolkit developed during the Pacific Judicial Development Programme (PJDP).
  4. A GFV Toolkit or regional resource developed that has been refined in light of the Adviser’s experience with piloting and implementation.
  5. Local GFV nominated trainers are equipped with the tools (Toolkit) and ability to deliver GFV activities locally.
  6. Local workshop(s) / activities on GFV conducted.
  7. All PICs collect gender-disaggregated data and work towards the collection of GFV data.
  8. PICs already active in addressing GFV issues provided with nuanced support.
  9. Linkages established with Non-government Organisations / Community Based Organisations established to: empower vulnerable groups and victims, and increase awareness about the criminality of GFV.
f. Inputs: The Adviser will use a 2-step regional to local capacity-building modality to deliver inputs as follows:
• 1 x Regional leadership workshop undertaken in coordination with the Regional Leadership Output to craft an approach to the region’s judicial leaders to garner commitment for proactivity in the area of GFV.
• 1 x development of a regional GFV resource / toolkit and 1 x testing of that GFV resource with counterparts in-PIC.
• Up to 5 x 2-week visits to PICs to localise and deliver GFV / toolkit activities locally.
• Provide follow-up remote mentoring to local counterparts.
h. Reporting:
In addition to regular email updates to the Team Leader, the Adviser will supply the following reports in writing (in both MS Word and Acrobat versions) to the Team Leader by a date to be agreed:
a. Activity Completion Reports following the completion of each in-PIC activity; b. Project Completion Report after the completion of all inputs; and c. Contributions to the Mid-term Evaluation Report and End-of-Initiative Evaluation Report as required.
The format of the above reports will be provided prior to commencing implementation, and will in addition to reporting on the aforementioned results, indicators and targets need to include: 1) Details of the activity process and methodology. 2) How the inputs and outputs have contributed to achieving the outcomes and targets identified for this thematic cluster of activities. 3) Critical reflection of the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and impact of the activity and its outcomes. 4) Results from training assessments / other monitoring undertaken as part of activities. 5) Data on all individuals participating or receiving support from the Adviser’s activities broken down by: gender; role; and nature of their involvement. 6) Recommendations for ongoing support if/as required.
The Adviser will be a senior development professional who meets the following criteria:
a. Essential -
• A minimum of a Masters-level degree in an area directly relevant to the role.
• At least 10 years’ professional experience in undertaking GFV-related activities in the international development context.
• High-level interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills in cross-cultural environments.
• Ability to effectively build counterpart capacity in a culturally appropriate and respectful manner.
b. Highly Desirable -
• Extensive knowledge and experience of justice, judicial culture, and courts.
• Significant experience with working in, and knowledge of, the Pacific context.
• That the Adviser is located within the Pacific / Oceania region.
Assessment of applications for the GFV Adviser position will include consideration of value for money and comparative costs. Remuneration rates will be based on the Expression of Interest received by the PJSI up to the maximum fee-rate and benefits stipulated by MFAT for PJSI technical adviser positions.
Please see below link for the Terms of Reference:

Application Process
To apply, please email:
  • Cover Letter (maximum two pages) addressing the Qualifications and Experience requirements (as outlined in the terms of reference);
  • an Indicative Approach to the Assignment (maximum two pages) summarising the applicant’s vision for implementing this key thematic cluster of activities (as explained in the terms of reference); and
  • a recent Curriculum Vitae (maximum four pages) that has been tailored to these Terms of Reference.
    Please address all queries and completed applications to: Ms Nicole Cherry, Project Manager (nicole.cherry@fedcourt.gov.au).
    Applications must be received by 5.00pm (Sydney-time) on 10 July, 2016.
(as outlined in the terms of reference)