KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Generally, the responsibilities of a VWSO would involve interaction with victims and witnesses on hands – on basis, providing timely information to victims and witnesses on:
(a) Court processes and procedures (including any Special Measures Orders under the Vulnerable Witnesses and Sexual Offences Ordinances);
(b) Court schedules/dates; reminders, either in person or through other communication channel, including brochures.
- Specifically, to carry out the following responsibilities:
- Interview victims and witnesses and other persons or groups closely associated with victims and witnesses such as families, school personnel, employers or neighbors to assess service needs;
- Conduct a Needs Assessment for victims and witnesses in cases going to trial to ensure that they can give their best evidence;
- Arrange crisis and psychological counselling (through relevant professionals) and direct advocacy services to victims and witnesses by advocating for their rights and expressing their feelings and needs to prosecutors, judicial officials, the Police or other relevant Law Enforcement Agency(LEA) concerned with the case
- Acts as liaison between victims, witnesses and prosecutors, law enforcement, Prisons, medical, social workers and court personnel to convey information and assist in resolving problems related to hostile or unwilling witnesses, specific treatment plans for offenders, violations of no contact orders, and court security;
- Educates victims and witnesses and their families about the Criminal Justice system that pertain to their situation;
- Refers victims and witnesses and their families to various community resources by assessing needs, locating appropriate options and proposing available choices to victims and witnesses so that early and on-going needs are addressed and the effects of victimization are minimized;
- Monitors the progress of each assigned case by attending hearings and trials and consulting with prosecutors and police to ensure that the victim and witness interests and rights are recognized and protected.
- Where applicable and required, to arrange for safe house, courthouse waiting areas, transportation and lodging for victims and witnesses as needed;
- Such other responsibilities as may be assigned which are consistent with achieving the over-arching objective of the Victims and Witnesses Support Unit.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
Education: Associate Degree in Law, Social Work, Psychology, Counselling, the Behavioral Sciences or similar qualification and cognate experience in lieu.
Experience: Two or more years of experience in a counselling or advocacy capacity, or in dealing with victims and witnesses or members of the public as a Police Officer, Staff the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Attorney Chambers, the Judiciary, Department of Social Development, or other relevant Institutional Stakeholders of the Criminal Justice System.
SALARY: Grade 6 - $33,415.00
Resumes with current contact information must be accompanied by a Covering Letter and National Turks & Caicos Islander Status Card (where applicable) or a photocopy of your passport photo page.
Two letters of reference will be required for all shortlisted candidates, together with copies of educational certificates. Any criminal record should be declared, and further checks will be carried out on shortlisted candidates. (A Police Certificate is required if available in Country of Applicant)
Applications should be addressed to The Director, Office of the Human Resource Management Directorate, Church Folly, Grand Turk. Applications can be hand delivered, Faxed to 946-1582 or sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hand delivered and fax applications must have clearly marked on the envelope/fax cover sheet the Job Title of position being applied for. On emailed applications the subject line must reference the Job Reference Number (LWB7-21-47) and the Job Title.
Current TCI Government serving officers must apply through their Head of Department.
Applications without all supporting documents will not be processed.
“BELONGERS ONLY NEED APPLY”
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only persons selected for an interview will be contacted.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 7th January 2022