CALL FOR HUMAN TRAFFICING EXPERT IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE PROJECT
“ACT TO PREVENT HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 WITHIN SHELTERS HOSTING VICTIMS/POTENTIAL VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING!”
Terms of Reference
|Position||Human Trafficing Expert|
|Location||Tiranë, Elbasan and Vlorë|
|Start of assignment||14.09.2020|
|End of assignment||01.09.2021|
|Duration of assignment||59 Working days|
Based on studies and reports compiled on the phenomenon of trafficking in human beings,
it is considered that the countries of the Western Balkans do not have all the necessary capacities for it prevent this phenomenon. The Western Balkans are impacted in two ways: on the one hand, many of its residents migrate to the European Union (EU), while on the other, people from third countries transit the region with the aim of entering the EU.
On the other hand, the situation created given the pandemic has changed many balances and impacted the all the aspects of the society. Likewise, other countries around the world, in
Albania, the COVID-19 outbreak has affected all segments of the society but mostly those social groups in the most vulnerable situations such as people living in poverty situations, older persons, unemployed individuals, persons with disabilities, women and girls, youth, refugees, migrants and minorities.
With reference to various studies and reports conducted, Albania, despite of all the efforts made, continues to be a source country for men, women, and children subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically forced prostitution and forced labour, including the forced begging of children.
The main factors identified as indicators that favour human trafficking in Albania, specifying the trafficking of women, children and members of the Roma and Egyptian community are:
- Difficult situation and unfavourable socio-economic conditions;
- Domestic violence;
- Recruitment of children by relatives for "begging", or forced labour.
Among the various services that exist for this vulnerable category, sheltering is one of the most important. Currently in Albania, there is one specialized shelter based in Tirana and three specialized NGO-run shelters based in Tirana, Elbasan and Vlora. Although there is no current data and evidence on the impact that the pandemic has caused within these environments in Albania, given the experience of other countries around the world with a better infrastructure for this vulnerable group, the situation created due to the pandemic has caused many difficulties in protecting and respecting the rights and safety of trafficking victims hosted in these shelters. Some shelters may provide limited health care services, which can introduce the risk of infection transmission. In addition, the close proximity of individuals and staff in conjunction with a decrease or lack of routine sanitary services can increase the risk of disease transmission.
Given this particular context, ALTRI proposes an initiative that has two components:
The first one aims to guarantee the victims of human beings right to safety and to prevent the spread of Corona-19 within shelters hosting these beneficiaries, given the immediate response imposed by COVID-19. It consists of some actions such as: the identification of victims of human being hosted in shelters needs and risks, provision of critical hygiene supplies for prevention; and awareness raising on the impact that the pandemic had and still continues to have on their life, risks that this vulnerable group face and the measures that should be taken.
The second one aims to contribute to the initiative proposed by Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to strengthen the resilience of (potential) victims by
empowering public authorities and civil society institutions to carry out target-group-specific
campaigns, awareness of specific risk situations is increased among service providers, the public and the target groups in Albania.
The ALTRI Center is looking for an expert on victims of trafficking, who will be responsible for drafting reports / materials / holding meetings with responsible actors within the project implementation.
Duties and responsibilities
- Will be responsible for designing interviews / questionnaires in order to gather information to understand the needs and impact that this category has during the pandemic period;
- Conducting interviews with shelter representatives; Responsible CSOs working with victims of trafficking, as well as developing questionnaires with beneficiaries;
- Collection and processing of data;
- Drafting the needs assessment;
- Drafting information materials for the development of the awareness campaign (leaflets, booklets, posters, awareness videos);
- Providing support for the preparation of 3 toolboxes for target groups; participation in a workshop; support in drafting the analysis, conducting interviews and maintaining contacts with responsible persons;
- Development of 3 toolboxes in practice based on the instructions received during the organization of the workshop.
- University degree in law;
- At least 5 years of professional experience;
- Excellent knowledge of Albanian and international standards of human rights, with a specific focus on trafficking victims;
- Very good writing skills;
- Previous experience in legal drafting;
- Ability to work with minimal supervision and under time pressure;
- Other academic qualifications in the legal area would be an asset.