Rise Again Project Officially Launched

UP Zambia and Build It International officially launch Rise Again Project. This was done at an event held on the 17th of September, at Lusaka Central Correctional facility. Funded by the European Union, the Rise Again Project is in response to the current recidivism problem faced in Zambian juvenile justice system.

 

Rise Again aims to equip Zambian juveniles in conflict with the law with the skills and support they need to successfully re-enter their communities upon their release.

 

Speaking at the launch UP Zambia executive director Sara Larios said, " While we have already been working throughout this year to lay the foundation for three years of work together, we felt like we should still come to launch the project officially and let the other stakeholders that are key to having a successful project know about our project and look for ways we can work together. "  

 

Rise Again builds on the legal work already being carried out by UP Zambia in correctional facilities through the Programme for Legal Empowerment and Enhanced Justice Delivery (PLEED) which is funded by the European Union and the Federal Republic of Germany.

 

Rise Again provides juveniles with vocational training, educational support, life skills, counselling and wellness intervention. Also speaking at the launch was Build It International Country Director, Sughra Hussain, " Our role in this project is to take the training approach that we have developed over the last 13 years and deliver it within Katombora where will be training juveniles in rough carpentry and bricklaying," she further said, " we don't think that technical training alone is what helps the young people  we train to succeed in the workplace so we have got a life skills project that is being utilized as part of this project and it is being extended both within Katombora and across the Lusaka facility and Kamwala prison. "

 

Rise Again is one of four projects funded by the European Union through their civil society funding stream to support the reintegration of inmates in Zambia. European Union, Rise Again, Project manager, Patricia Kapolyo commended Zambia on its efforts in the protection of the rights of inmates. She also emphasized the European Union's commitment to such projects, she said: "We view all human rights as universal, indivisible and inter-dependent and will continue to reaffirm our commitment to protect and promote the universality of human rights where they are violated or questioned inside and outside our borders."

 

Through the project, UP Zambia and Build It International hope to reach 1560 juveniles between 15th January 2019 and 15th January 2022..

This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of Undikumbukire Project Zambia and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union

Legal Clinical Skills Workshop

The Making a Difference Conference took place at the University of Lusaka on the 27th of September. As a part of the conference, some law schools from universities across the country nominated students to be involved in a Clinical Legal Skills Workshop.

 

The workshop trained students on how to approach their work with the core values of UP Zambia: problem solving, proximity, passion and professionalism. They were also trained on how to interact with clients, how to resolve conflict, and how to recognize common criminal law problems.

 

The content of the workshop was substantive and far-reaching. The workshop was opened by Aaron Machiya, an UP Zambia Legal Assistant. The training officially started with Mapange Nsapato, associate in the litigation department of Chibesakunda & Co. Advocates, who trained the students on Legal Ethics. As he said, “The legal profession in Zambia is a regulated profession in which lawyers must act with independence and integrity, keeping clients affairs confidential. People must be able to have confidence in the legal profession."

 

Other topics that the students were trained on at the workshop were Fact Finding and Legal Research by Sarah Claassen, Mediation in the Legal Clinic Setting by Pamela Kayuma, Legal Case Studies and Hypotheticals by Mwinji Siwale and Professionalism by Dr. Davies Malembeka.

 

After the workshop, Northrise University student Doria Mashota said, “This is one of the most worthwhile certificates I have ever received. You should bring these workshops to the Copperbelt."

 

This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of Undikumbukire Project Zambia and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union

Rise Again Project  

UP Zambia is currently putting structures in place to carry out an exciting project funded by the European Union.  The project, named “Rise Again”, focuses on rehabilitation of juveniles in conflict with the law, and will be carried out in partnership with Build It International.  Built It provides vocational training courses with recognised qualifications in construction, and allocates work placements for trainees. 

 

The partnership between UP Zambia and Build It International on the Rise Again Project will see a range of services provided to juveniles in Lusaka Correctional Facilities and at Katombora Reformatory School.  The services all contribute to aspects aiming to promote the successful reintegration of juveniles back into society. 

 

Build It will provide vocational training and subsequent work placements for juveniles in order to give them opportunities to earn an income and become self-sufficient after release from custody.  Simultaneously, juveniles in custody will have access to a professional counsellor and will include individual and group counselling services in preparation for their release. 

 

There is also an education programme under this project, in which education supplies will be provided for educational needs in the facilities, and juveniles will be assisted with guidance and coordination regarding their education desires after release. 

 

Another component of this project is the area of life skills: juveniles will have access to life skills courses, and will be assisted with guidance and direction to ensure that each juvenile understands what options are available after release in order to use their time constructively to build their futures. 

 

There will be a project social worker that will engage with the families of the juveniles to determine the best care plan for each juvenile, and provide coordination across all services of the project under social support.

 

The Rise Again Project aims to provide comprehensive rehabilitation services by combining vocational training with social and educational support. The various programmes will strive to bridge the gaps that prevent juveniles from successfully reintegrating into society, and provide the support that they need for a bright future.

 

This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of Undikumbukire Project Zambia and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union

WE ARE HIRING

JOB DESCRIPTION: Psychosocial Counsellor

 

EU funded ‘Rise Again:

Supporting juveniles in conflict with the law for a successful reintegration into society’

 

Introduction:

Undikumbukire Project Zambia (UP Zambia) is a specialist provider of legal and social services to juveniles in conflict with the law, providing legal assistance to hundreds of juveniles each year and visiting facilities across 4 provinces on a regular basis. Build It International is an NGO creating opportunities for young people and their communities through building skills training, work experience and essential community building projects. UP Zambia in partnership with Build It International is embarking on a newly funded, three-year EU project supporting juveniles in conflict with the law to successfully reintegrate into society through vocational skills training and holistic wellness programmes.

 

Role:

We are now seeking a Psychosocial Counsellor to implement a counselling programme for juveniles in conflict with the law.  The Psychosocial Counsellor will be responsible for providing quality counselling services to juveniles in the Lusaka Correctional Facilities, and to develop suitable care plans for juvenile clients.  This is a full time position.

 

Location: Lusaka

 

Key Areas of Responsibility:

 

1.    Psychosocial Counselling

·         Carry out individual assessments of juveniles in conflict with the law in Lusaka

·         Provide individual and group counselling to juveniles in Lusaka Correctional Facilities, utilising appropriate techniques and approaches

·         Implementation of an art therapy programme

·         Ensure that all juveniles in Lusaka Correctional Facilities have contact with counselling services

·         Training and coordination with correctional facility counselling staff

·         Case management

·         Work with Social Worker to develop effective care plans for each juvenile in detention and post release

·         Network with other organisations that provide specialised therapy programmes for juvenile clients

 

2.    Communications and Reporting

·        Develop a working relationship with other project staff members to ensure project targets are met

·        Ensure timely reporting and clear case records are kept throughout the project

·        Provide monthly reports to the Director of Social Work

 

Line Management: Director of Social Work, Project Manager

 

Other Key Relationships

·        Social Worker

·        Education Officer

·        Life Skills Officer

·        Project Manager

 

Skills and Experience:

 

·        Minimum of 3 years of experience in psychosocial counselling

·        Experience in counselling for vulnerable populations is desirable

·        The ability to utilise a range of counselling techniques and approaches

·        A degree in a relevant field

·        Competent computer skills in MS Office

·        Excellent communication and reporting skills

·        The ability to self manage own workload and anticipate priorities

·        The ability to work in, and adapt to, challenging environments

·        Experience in developing and implementing care plans

·        An approachable style of working with others to achieve successful outcomes

·        Fluent in English and Nyanja, additional local languages are an added advantage

·        Preparedness to work outside normal working hours when required

·        Valid driver’s license preferred

 

 

To apply, send a covering letter and CV to upzambiahr@gmail.com with subject line “Psychosocial Counsellor - Lusaka” by 12 April 2019.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted

WE ARE HIRING

JOB DESCRIPTION: Psychosocial Counsellor – Katombora Reformatory School

EU funded ‘Rise Again:

Supporting juveniles in conflict with the law for a successful reintegration into society’

 

Introduction:

Undikumbukire Project Zambia (UP Zambia) is a specialist provider of legal and social services to juveniles in conflict with the law, providing legal assistance to hundreds of juveniles each year and visiting facilities across 4 provinces on a regular basis. Build It International is an NGO creating opportunities for young people and their communities through building skills training, work experience and essential community building projects. UP Zambia in partnership with Build It International is embarking on a newly funded, three-year EU project supporting juveniles in conflict with the law to successfully reintegrate into society through vocational skills training and holistic wellness programmes.

Role: We are now seeking a Psychosocial Counsellor to implement a counselling programme for juveniles in conflict with the law.  The Psychosocial Counsellor will be responsible for providing quality counselling services to juveniles at Katombora Reformatory School, and to develop suitable care plans for juvenile clients. This is a full time position.

Location: Katombora Reformatory School, Kazagula District, Southern Province.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

1.    Psychosocial Counselling

·         Carry out individual assessments of juveniles in conflict with the law

·         Provide individual and group counselling to juveniles at Katombora Reformatory School, utilising appropriate techniques and approaches

·         Implementation of an art therapy programme

·         Ensure that all juveniles in Katombora Reformatory School have contact with counselling services

·         Training and coordination with correctional facility counselling staff

·         Case management

·         Work with Katombora Reformatory School staff and project staff to develop effective care plans for each juvenile in detention and post release

·         Network with other organisations that provide specialised therapy programmes for juvenile clients

2.    Communications and Reporting

·          Develop a working relationship with other project staff members to ensure project targets are met

·          Ensure timely reporting and clear case records are kept throughout the project

·          Provide monthly reports to the Director of Social Work and Project Manager

 

Line Management: Director of Social Work, Project Manager.

 

Other Key Relationships

·        Education Officer

·        Life Skills Officer

·        Social Worker

·        Katombora Reformatory School Staff

·        Other service providers

 

Skills and Experience:

 

·        Minimum of 3 years of experience in psychosocial counselling

·        Experience in counselling for vulnerable populations is desirable

·        The ability to utilise a range of counselling techniques and approaches

·        A degree in a relevant field

·        Competent computer skills in MS Office

·        Excellent communication and reporting skills

·        The ability to self manage own workload and anticipate priorities

·        The ability to work in, and adapt to, challenging environments

·        Experience in developing and implementing care plans

·        An approachable style of working with others to achieve successful outcomes

·        Fluent in English, Nyanja, and Bemba, additional local languages are an added advantage

·        Preparedness to work outside normal working hours when required

·        Valid driver’s license preferred

 

 

To apply, send a covering letter and CV to upzambiahr@gmail.com with subject line “Psychosocial Counsellor – Southern Province” by 12th April 2019.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted

WE ARE HIRING

JOB DESCRIPTION: Project Manager

EU funded ‘Rise Again:

Supporting juveniles in conflict with the law for a successful reintegration into society’

Introduction:

Undikumbukire Project Zambia (UP Zambia) is a specialist provider of legal and social services to juveniles in conflict with the law, providing legal assistance to hundreds of juveniles each year and visiting facilities across 4 provinces on a regular basis. Build It International is an NGO creating opportunities for young people and their communities through building skills training, work experience and essential community building projects.

UP Zambia in partnership with Build It International is embarking on a newly funded, three-year EU project

supporting juveniles in conflict with the law to successfully reintegrate into society through vocational skills training and holistic wellness programmes.

Role:

We are now seeking a Project Manager to manage the successful delivery of the Rise Again project. The project manager will be responsible for ensuring all activities are carried out according to the implementation plan on time, within budget, and in accordance to the project targets and quality expectations.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

1. Project Management

 Lead on the successful implementation of all EU project deliverables.

 Develop and manage the implementation timetable for the project. Ensure that further detailed work

plans are in accordance with the overall implementation plan are developed and actioned by team

members.

 Ensure delivery of project targets to a high quality and within the contracted time frame and budget.

 Ensure that monitoring and evaluation of the project takes place in line with contract requirements as

well as internal requirements

 Document good practice as well as lessons learnt and ensure this is communicated to all team

members throughout the project implementation period.

 Ensure quality and timely reporting of the project in line with EU requirements. To include interim

reports as well as the final project report.

 Work closely with Finance and Procurement team members to support project delivery.

 Ensure the wider team understands the regulations and conditions of the EU funding, as well as the

core objectives of the project.

 Work with the Country Director’s of UP Zambia and BII Zambia to implement delivery of the project’s

events.

 Manage external stakeholders and experts to deliver the project to the highest standard.

2. Communications

 Develop and oversee implementation of project visibility and communication strategies, ensuring that these are cost effective and cover the requirements of the contract.

 Prepare summaries of events and reports to use in press and website materials.

 Ensure sufficient and appropriate marketing materials for the project are produced, adhering the EU’s

visibility requirements.

3. Staff Management

 Assist with project staff recruitment, leave planning and performance management.

 Organise and supervise the project team.

 Develop staff capacity where required.

4. Financial Management

 Work closely with Finance to manage payment requests.

 Work closely with Finance to ensure responsible use of project funds in line with UP Zambia and BII

policies and procedures.

 Monitor expenditure against budget lines to ensure expenditure is within budget, and ensure funds are

properly utilized to meet project objects.

 Work with procurement to ensure a good understand of EU’s procurement policies and requirements.

Line Management: Country Director, UP Zambia; Country Director BII Zambia

Other Key Relationships

 Project Accountant

 Training Coordinator

 BII Head of Finance

 Director of Social Work

Skills and Experience:

 Minimum of 3 years of experience of project management and coordinating projects.

 Experience of managing EU projects is highly desirable

 A degree in a relevant field is an advantage

 Competent computer skills in MS Office

 Experience with QuickBooks is an advantage

 The ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders

 The ability to self manage own workload and anticipate priorities

 Proven experience of managing a team

 Experience in managing and developing a communications strategy

 An approachable style of working with others to achieve successful outcomes

 Fluent in English, local languages fluency is an advantage

 Preparedness to work outside normal working hours when required

 A valid drivers license

To apply, send a covering letter and CV to upzambiahr@gmail.com

with subject line “Project Manager” by 1 st March 2019.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted

A Pre Prison Gift

Since 2014, in what has become UP Zambia tradition, the organization has conducted Saturday prison visits to Kamwala emand prison for juveniles at the facility. So like most Saturdays, January 26th was all planned out. This time was different though, as we had people joining us from a partner organisation.

Nevertheless, the routine remained the same for me - prison visit, then town, and then home (or so I thought).

I decided to get on a cab to avoid the hustle and time delays of Lusaka's minibuses.  I headed for the nearest taxi rank. Immediately the cab drivers saw me, everyone but one cab driver was shouting for me to use their cab. I went to that one man who didn't seem bothered by what was going on around him.

I got on and put on my seat belt in readiness to start off.                                                                                              

"Good Morning, where to?" he asked.                             

"Morning, Kamwala Remand Prison," I responded.  And off we went. I was trying to figure out what topic of conversation to break the awkward silence.

"Are you visiting amyone in particular at the prison?"  He asked with a smile (I was probably his first client).                                                     

"No, I actually work there as part of our organization’s work with the juveniles…"    

"With Sara (UP Zambia director) right? " he interrupted. 

Surprised at his question I responded in the affirmative and asked him how he knew her.

“My name is Gift,” he responded. "Once you said you said you work with juveniles in conflict with the law, I knew it was Sara. Because you guys are always at the facilities every week unlike other organizations that come once a month and others during festive celebrations."

He then went on to tell me how UP Zambia has had an impact with their work and how he had only been released from prison 3 months ago. 

Gift was arrested on drug related offence and was eventually convicted and sentenced to 1 year and 6 months in prison. After being released he found a job as a taxi driver and has been working ever since.                                                                        

His story gave me a sense of satisfaction in the work we do as an organization and the environment we do it from.

So often you find yourself mentally drained from hitting closed doors when you chase up cases or files at court, or from clients not being truthful and messing up your whole case plan.  

Encounters with someone like Gift gives us a renewed sense of energy and hope, that the work we do does not go unnoticed. And that there are people out there who appreciate our efforts.

So dear colleagues, as we go around these streets of Lusaka and we notice people stare at us and murmur to themselves. Or as we go shopping in Lusaka’s many malls and we see people gaze at us for no apparent reason, be not uncomfortable or scared, It could be one of your many former clients.

Humanity is in all of us but very few of us are willing to sacrifice our comfort and pleasures so that others can find meaning from our experiences.

This was my pre-prison visit “Gift”.

Written by Salimu Mwalukasa.


WE ARE HIRING

Lusaka PLEED Change Project – Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

Lusaka PLEED Change Project: Undikumbukire Project Zambia (UP Zambia) is partnering with the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) as part of the Programme for Legal Empowerment and Enhanced Justice Delivery (PLEED) to carry out the Lusaka PLEED Change Project. This Project will operate legal desks within correctional facilities in Lusaka to provide services to juveniles and other vulnerable populations. Phase 3 of the Change Project will run from February 2019 to January 2019.

Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Officer Description: The M&E Officer will be responsible for collecting, storing, analyzing and reporting on data from the casework being carried out by the Legal Desks across three Lusaka correctional facilities. The M&E Officer will be required at times to work onsite within correctional facilities. This position is a full time position, and report to the Project Manager. The initial contract offered will be for 8 months – February 2019 to September 2019.

Responsibilities:

- Developing data collection tools and systems - Collect data in collaboration with legal and social work staff - Process, clean and store data - Conduct analyses to inform Project activities and inform GIZ communication - Support additional M&E activities for other UP Zambia projects as needed - Supervise any M&E intern(s)

Qualifications:

- Graduate in statistics, economics, or related field - Previous experience collecting, analyzing, and reporting project data - Available to work full time - Experience with Microsoft Excel - Experience managing data collection is a plus

Application:

Please send a covering letter and CV to upzambiahr@gmail.com with the subject line “M&E Officer”.

Application period closes Saturday, 15th February 2019.

Shortlisted Candidates will be contacted.


WE ARE HIRING

Project Accountant Job Description

Job Title: Project Accountant

Location: UP Zambia, Lusaka

Department: Finance

Reports to: Project Manager- Rise Again Project

Purpose of Job

To implement and ensure compliance to Undikumbukire Project Zambia (UP Zambia) Financial policies, systems, procedures and EU Contract Guidelines and general conditions, other related organizational policies, the national laws, international accounting standards and other statutory requirements and best practices.

Project Financial Management

 Prepare timely and accurate financial reports as required by the Project Manager and/or Project Management Team (PMT), which adhere to international financial reporting standards and donor requirements.

 To support the Project Manager in the use of the financial analysis for sound project management, including project narratives in relation to expenditure and financial risks.

 Be responsible for monitoring the budget utilisation and communicate any issues to the project management team.

 Follow up and review financial reports from all project stakeholders to ensure compliance with the reporting schedule and EU requirements

 Ensure that project cashflows are managed in a timely and accurate manner

 Manage the day to day finances, including processing invoices and following up on cash requests and payments.

 Risk analysis and recommendations of risk management strategies.

 Manage the external audit and ensure audit requirements are monitored throughout the project.

 Work with the Project Manager and PMT to ensure that audit recommendations are fulfilled.

 Ensure that all financial documents are properly stored and archived for referencing and verification during internal and external audits.

Project start up

Coordinate the initial implementation of the project budget by Project staff and national project management team.

 Develop reporting templates and other tools and run financial aspects of inception workshop in co-ordination with Project Manager.

 Work with implementing staff to establish systems that are integrated and meet donor requirements.

 Ensure all partners to the project understand the financial requirements and have systems in place to meet them.

Financial support and monitoring

 To provide information and ongoing training to project staff to ensure the financial success of the project.

 To inform the Project Manager of material issues and variances and propose and monitor actions.

 Respond to donor financial queries and recommend actions to the Project Manager as required

 To advise partner of donor specific financial rules and regulations and support staff to meet these.

 To co-ordinate the management accounts, financial reporting and accounting systems for UP Zambia.

 Oversee maintenance of accounting records with support from junior staff.

 Support external audit for UP Zambia as required.

 Supervise, coach and train junior staff to develop financial capacity at the organisation.

 To co-ordinate and supervise procurement in accordance with best practice.

Professional Educational Qualifications

Professional accounting qualifications such as ACCA strategic professional Level, Degree in Accountancy, CIMA strategic level or Final Level ZICA Chartered Accountant(CA).

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience.

 Minimum of five years’ experience with an NGO in project finance management positions.

 In-depth understanding and experience of working with donor funded contracts such as EU, DFID, and USAID

 Experience of complex planning and budgeting processes including the ability to provide clear guidance on donor policies and procedures.

 Comprehensive understanding of financial reporting, review and analysis.

 Experience of preparing financial statements in accordance with international accounting standards.

 Excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.

 Good working knowledge of computerised accounting packages and MS office (Excel), experience in Quickbooks, an advantage.

 Knowledge and experience of taxation requirements

 Ability to prioritise own workload and work with minimal supervision

To apply, send a covering letter and CV to upzambiahr@gmail.com by 8 February 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Give Hope This Christmas

GET INVOLVED

Because Christmas is an especially difficult time to be separated from family, UP Zambia carries out special celebration with teens during this period. In 2018, we hope to celebrate with 550+ teens in eight facilities across Zambia, (Lusaka, Livingstone, Kazangula, Mazbuka, Kabwe, Kitwe and Ndola.) Help us make the holidays happy by donating the following items:

 

HYGIENE & LIVING

  • Soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, facecloths

  • New or second hand t shirts, trousers and slippers/flip flops

  • Bedding mattresses, mosquito nets, brooms & cleaners

FOOD

  • Cash donations or supplies for hot meals & fresh fruits

  • Cake, candy, biscuits, crisps, & bottled juice/soft drinks

EDUCATION & RECREATION

  • Books, text books, exercise books, pens, pencils

  • Board games & card games, chess, draughts sets

  • Footballs, volleyballs, basketballs, sports kits

  • Cash donation for trip fuel/accommodation/logistics

 BANK DETAILS

First National Bank (FNB) Zambia, Commercial Branch
Account Name: Undikumbukire Project Zambia Limited
Bank Account No: 62632186872
Swift: FIRNZMLX
Lusaka, Zambia

 

Please visit www.upzambia.org/donate or contact us at 0973090759