International Consultant to Provide Technical Advice to the Multi-Sectorial Committee Appointed to Review and Amend Existing Legislation for Probation and Aftercare Service. at United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) February, 2024

For two decades, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been helping make the world safer from drugs, organized crime, corruption and terrorism. We are committed to achieving health, security and justice for all by tackling these threats and promoting peace and sustainable well-being as deterrents to them. Because the scale of these problems is often too great for states to confront alone, UNODC offers practical assistance and encourages transnational approaches to action. We do this in all regions of the world through our global programmes and network of field offices.

Specific tasks to be performed by the consultant:  

Under the overall supervision of the Regional Representative in the UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA) and the direct supervision of the UNODC ROEA Head of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme, and in close cooperation and consultation with PACS and the appointed multi-sectoral committee, the consultant will perform the following substantive duties and responsibilities:

  • Development of an inception report
  • The consultant, in consultation with Committee and PACS, will prepare an inception report which shall detail his/her understanding of the assignment founded on the terms of reference.
  • The inception report will also provide detailed timelines and methodology to be applied to ensure a smooth process of the development of Probation Bill.
  • Work jointly with PACS, the Committee and UNODC to present the inception report to the Principal Secretary for the State Department of Correctional Services (this can be done after the inaugural workshop).
  • Inaugural Workshop for the Committee  In consultation with UNODC and PACS, facilitate the inaugural workshop with the multi-sectoral committee to define and explain the responsibilities of each partner participating for clarity of purpose.  Finalize and reshare the agreed upon terms of reference outlining the scope of work for the committee as a basis for operational framework.
  • Produce the workshop’s report detailing the main outcomes of the deliberations.
  • Provide technical advice to PACS and the committee in preparing a brief for the Principal Secretary for the State Department of Correctional Services on the agreed upon operational framework.
  • Conduct a desk-review of the community corrections.
  • Carry out a desk review, collect, collate and analyze and make recommendations on promising practices that may require legal provisions to inform decisions and for consideration by the Committee.
  • Identify international legal instruments and standard minimum rules that promote human rights including those that are gender responsive and can be applicable to probation practice in Kenya.
  • Review various literatures and justice sector policies touching on community corrections as well as legal and regulatory framework relevant to the assignment.
  • Review and make presentation to the committee on specific aspects of Probation, Community Service, Parole, Probation bail work and victims work and other relevant areas.
  • Review relevant PACS’ outputs and reports and identify possible legislative issues relevant therein.  Undertake review of strategic plans, operational instruments and other policy instruments from various local and other jurisdictions that have a bearing with noncustodial work in Kenya.  Present the desk review report to PACS, UNODC and the Committee.
  • Provide technical advice to PACS and the committee in preparing a brief for the Principal Secretary for the State Department of Correctional Services on the outcome of the desk review highlighting main points.
  • Development of the tools for public engagement  Lead the process of developing public engagement tools for collection of views on the envisioned Bill such as questionnaires, among other appropriate tools and methodology for data collection.  Present to UNODC a report on the data collection methodology agreed upon by PACS and the Committee including the tools to be used for data collection.
  • Provide technical advice to PACS and the committee in preparing a brief for the Principal Secretary for the State Department of Correctional Services on the agreed upon data collection tools.
  • Public participation process in line with the Constitution of Kenya, 2010  and the Statutory Instruments Act, 2013 .  Facilitate the holding of consultative meetings with stakeholders to identify gaps, perspectives and legislative proposals.   Make field visits to key institutions, offices and engage relevant actors and justice sector service users and conduct interviews and consultations.
  • Hold focus group discussions and elicit the views of senior officials of PACS, Judiciary, POMAC, citizens and civil society organizations working in the area of administration of justice.
  • Lead in the compilation and analysis of the feedback from the field stations, questionnaires and memoranda from stakeholders  Lead the drafting of public participation status report with findings and recommendations.
  • Provide technical advice to PACS and the committee in preparing a brief for the Principal Secretary for the State Department of Correctional Services on the public participation report including its findings and recommendations.
  • Development of the Probation Bill  Draft a suitable service delivery structure in line with approved policy documents on personnel that is desirable for delivering effective probation work including that which can promote positive relationship with Police, Judiciary, Prisons, Prosecutions and other relevant non state actors.
  • Identify noncustodial practices that have no proper legal and or policy anchorage and make legislative proposal for consideration by the committee.
  • Draft briefs, on selected topical areas, as will be assigned, bearing on aspects of probation work to enlighten scope of understanding and decision making by PACS, the Committee and the Principal Secretary for the State Department of Correctional Services.
  • Support the development of a comprehensive legal framework to provide anchorage to effective noncustodial practice for Probation and Aftercare Service (PACS) covering its current and envisaged functions in Kenya.
  • Provide technical advice and expertise on matters of probation and noncustodial measures during the legislation drafting process of the Probation Bill.  Make a process report containing other necessary operational and procedural recommendations as necessary.  Provide technical advice to PACS and the committee in preparing a brief for the Principal Secretary for the State Department of Correctional Services on the draft Probation Bill and the development process report.

Stakeholder validation process  

  • Lead the process of circulating the draft Probation
  • Bill for second stakeholder participation and deliberation and incorporation of their comments to the draft Bill.
  • Preside over the verification and validation workshops aligned to this task.
  • Lead the process of incorporation of views from validation process including producing reports related to this task.  Provide technical advice to PACS and the committee in preparing a brief for the Principal Secretary for the State Department of Correctional Services on the validated draft Probation Bill and the validation process report.
  • Reporting and other requirements  Complete a final, comprehensive and output oriented report, submitted not later than three working days prior to the end of the consultancy


Qualifications/special skills

  • An advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminology, criminal justice or related field is required. A first level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Minimum 10 years relevant work experience in criminal justice field preferably including development of policy and legislative instruments is required.
  • Experience in probation work and in capacity building for criminal justice agencies is required.
  • Experience in legislative development and in providing technical advice to multidisciplinary teams in government or national stakeholders in the areas of criminal justice, probation and victim services is desirable.
  • Proven understanding of probation practice in a commonwealth criminal justice system and experience in working with offenders on noncustodial sanctions is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

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