Independent Specialists to support OPCAT examinations at NZ Ombudsman, Wellington
Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role
Expressions of Interest – Independent Specialists to support OPCAT examinations
OPCAT - (The United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture)
- Contract for Services
The Chief Ombudsman is is seeking expression of interest from contractors/and or consultants to establish a pool of Independent Specialists (people with professional experience and expertise) to support his National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) role in examining the conditions of detention and treatment of people being detained in places of detention such as prisons, immigration facilities, court cells and health and disability facilities, which include privately-run aged care facilities, managed isolation and quarantine facilities, mental health facilities, intellectual disability facilities.
He invites expressions of interest from people who have professional experience and/or specialisation in areas such as:
- Health, justice, or education in secure facilities and places of detention.
- Clinical Psychology, Consultant Psychiatry, Pharmacology.
- Cultural expertise (Māori and Pasifika).
- The material provided in this expression of interest document will form the basis of the role and the expectations should your application be successful.
He aha taau e mahi nei | What you will be doing
The key role of the Independent Specialist is to provide specialist advice and support the Ombudsman's examination teams on issues which arise during examinations, by:
- Being part of the examination team during an examination (onsite or remote) and/or
- Providing independent specialist advice on specific questions/concerns/information that the examination team have in relation to aspects of an examination that the team have undertaken and/or
- Co-facilitating specialised training to OPCAT staff
- Providing independent specialist advice on evidence and recommendations in reports of the Chief Ombudsman relating to the examination of places of detention
- Where applicable, provide a Te Ao Māori and cultural perspective to the examinations and wider OPCAT work.
He pūkenga pai |Ideal skills
Ideal Independent Specialists will preferably have the following experience, skills, and attributes:
- Have professional experience and specialise in matters related places of detention.
- You can bring to the role:
- Independent views and insights that are informed by professional or academic specialist knowledge;
- Ability to advise on international best practice in areas of specialisation; and/or
- Specialisation in cultural practices and norms.
Te kowhiringa me te whakatau |Selection and decision
The process for selection will involve considering your short written expression of interest including a curriculum vitae demonstrating how you satisfy the ideal skills and attributes to be considered for this pool of IS's. Please also provide information of referees who can attest to your work and specialisation. Include any information of actual or perceived conflicts of interest you may have.
The closing date for sending us your Expressions of Interest is 11 December 2022.
If you are successful, you will be placed on a list Independent specialists who can be engaged routinely on an hourly rate as outlined above.
We will work with you to understand any actual or perceived conflicts of interests and how best to manage the conflicts, in line with the Chief Ombudsman's Conflict of Interest Policy. You will be asked to swear an oath or make an affirmation under the Ombudsman Act to not divulge any information you would receive as part of this engagement for the Ombudsman.
Me pehea te tono | How to apply
If you would like to apply, please provide your expression of interest together with your curriculum vitae by email to: DirectorOPCAT@ombudsman.parliament.nz
For further information about this EOI, please contact the Director OPCAT
Please attach information that explains or describes your specialisation.
What can you expect from us
You can expect that we will proactively support you into the work by providing you with:
- Orientation to the Ombudsman office and his role
- Ongoing training on specific aspects of OPCAT examinations
- Regular communication with dignity and respect.
Ngā taipitopito tūranga mahi | Job details
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