HWSETA Accreditation Consultant


The UNODC Project Management Unit (PMU) seeks to recruit a 'HWSETA Accreditation Consultant' who shall - in close collaboration with UNODC/DSD -


(a)   align the victim empowerment training that is currently being developed and piloted with DSD and CSO staff, with existing SAQA approved unit standards;

(b)   facilitate the registration of the different training courses into a programme complying with the relevant HWSETA standards and requirements;

(c)   develop of a Terms of Reference (ToR) document to be announced publicly in the near future, for inviting South African Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to request grant support for getting their organizational or VE education products accreditated through corresponding HWSETA.


The Government of South Africa's Victim Empowerment Programme (VEP) aims to address the high rates of criminal victimization, in South Africa. Victim Empowerment was identified as one of the Governments' priority programmes in the 1996 National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS). According to the NCPS, the main purpose of the VEP is to facilitate the establishment and integration of interdepartmental/inter-sectoral programmes and policies for the support, protection and empowerment of victims of crime and violence. In order to support the VEP, the European Union has funded a three-year Victim Empowerment Project in support of the overall Programme, to be implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The overall project objective has thus been defined as follows:  "The Victim Empowerment Programme has contributed to building safe and peaceful communities, strengthening a human rights culture and provides more effective, multi-sectoral, coordinated responses to victims of crime and trauma, particularly children. The project is funded by the European Union and implemented by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime [UNODC] in partnership with the Department of Social Development [DSD]. Both the DSD VEP program and the UNODC VEP project have provincial coordinators mandated to implement the project across the nine provinces.


The goal of the UNODC program of assistance is to contribute to the process of turning the victim empowerment policy documents into concrete action benefiting victims of crime and thereby contributing to the building of safe and peaceful communities.


A total of five outcomes, associated outputs and performance indicators have been identified:

Outcome 1:  Implementation plans for VEP policies developed, VE policies and implementation plans disseminated and mass awareness on VE policy created by the end of the project.

Outcome 2:  Improved coordination between victim empowerment government departments both vertically and horizontally and with CSOs.

Outcome 3: The capacity of government staff to implement policies and comply with minimum standards in all relevant Government departments is strengthened.

Outcome 4:  The capacity of the National and Provincial Departments of Social Development and Victim Empowerment Coordinators of other government agencies to manage, coordinate and lead the governments VEP is strengthened.

Outcome 5: Improving the capacity of CSO's in delivering services to victims of crime.



A. Accreditation of DSD Capacity Development Curriculum and Materials

In conjunction with Outcome 3: ' The capacity of government staff ... is strengthened', the PMU is currently developing a DSD Victim Empowerment Management Curriculum as well as corresponding training materials, which will assist DSD staff to monitor, mentor and evaluate VE service projects facilitated by emerging civil society organizations.

The consultant to be recruited shall assist the PMU over a ten months period to align the victim empowerment management training with existing SAQA approved unit standards; and also facilitate the registration of the different training courses into a programme compliant with relevant HWHWSETA requirements. The purpose of this initiative is to enable DSD to continue to use training materials developed through the VEP project to train DSD staff, and to offer due certification points to those staff members who comply with course regulations.


B. Development of a Terms of Reference [ToR] for CSOs Requesting Financial Support for Accrediting Products and Education Packages under HWSETA

In conjunction with Outcome 5: Improving the capacity of CSO's in delivering services to Victims of Crime',  UNODC shall launch a Call for Grant Applications to fund technical assistance services to CSOs wishing to register either as (a) VE technical service providers under HWSETA guidelines, rules and regulations; or (b) register materials and educational products which have already been developed and tested under under HWSETA guidelines, rules and regulations.

It is understood that Victim Empowerment practices tested and pioneered by South African civil society organizations often present innovative, effective and efficient responses to Victim Empowerment challenges. Yet, as many CSOs are not registered under HWSETA or HWSETA patronnage, they lack the structure and authorization to train other victim empowerment service providers who might benefit from their education products or mentoring capacity.

The consultant will assist the PMU to draft a 'Terms of Reference' [ToR] which will serve as a guidance document for CSOs wishing to request grants for recruiting technical support for HWSETA registration. The ToR shall be disseminated throughout South Africa, and ToR summaries will be published in major South African newspapers. The ToR must be drafted by an expert familiar with HWSETA capacity development regulations, in consultation and close collaboration with the PMU Capacity Development and Grants Experts. The final ToR product will enable grant applicants to submit project proposals to UNODC, in which the type of registration request is being competently presented and justified, and in which the requested budgetary support will be convincingly outlined.

The amount of time allotted for the above-mentioned tasks is 100 consultancy days over a period of 10 months.



In order to execute the above-mentioned activity, the successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the following achievements and characteristics

a)     Registration with HWHWSETA

b)    Thorough understanding of HWHWSETA frameworks and systems, and their workings.

c)     Experience in training; alignment of training courses to SAQA approved unit standards.

d)    Experience in facilitating HWSETA training programme approval.

e)     Curriculum development expertise.

f)     A thorough understanding how VE leadership capabilities relate to other socio-economic development education frameworks currently accredited through HWSETA systems.

g)    Appreciation of the need to translate VE policy priorities into HWSETA education standards.

h)     Experience in drafting Terms of References for grants applicants requesting technical support.

i)      Good comprehension of the challenges CSOs face who wish to register as VE Technical Service Providers; or who wish to register VE training products.

j)      Planning and time management skills

k)     Prolific writer

l)      Ability to work in a multicultural team of governnment-, UN- and Civil Society Organization staff.

m)   Team work and consultation skills

n)     A high standard of professionalism

o)    Ability to perform in sometimes challenging social environments


Interested Service Provider(s) are requested to present a letter expressing their interest in this consultancy to


United Nations Development Programme [UNDP]

Attn: Nokufa Matiloane

Operations Associate

Metro Park Building

Schoemann Street 351

P.O. Box 6541,

Pretoria 0001

South Africa

Phone: 012-354-8003

Fax: 866-364-967



Your application letter must contain the following components:

1.)      Explain / justify why you consider yourself best suited to serve as a HWSETA Accreditation Consultant.

2.)      Your CV, highlighting (a) experiences with HWSETA registration processes; (b) experience assisting CSOs in the process of registering themselves as service providers.

3.)      Propose your 'daily rate'. Kindly note that it is UN policy to negotiate fee ranges for National Consultants / Individual Contractors based on the following salary scale



Qualifications / Experience








Univ. degree; 1 year professional experience

ZAR 29,322.-

ZAR 41,535.-

ZAR 1,348.-

ZAR 1,910.-


Univ. degree; 2 year professional experience

ZAR 35,907.-

ZAR 51,130.-

ZAR 1,651.-

ZAR 2,351.-


Advanced Univ. degree; 5 year professional experience

ZAR 45,922.-

ZAR 64,951.-

ZAR 2,111.-

ZAR 2,986.-


Advanced Univ. degree; 8 year professional experience

ZAR 58,441.-

ZAR 82,227.-

ZAR 2,627.-

ZAR 3,781.-


5. Selection of Candidates

A panel of UNODC experts will review application letters received. Applications that reflect best the scope of this ToR will be shortlisted for an interview, after which the most qualified candidate will be determined. Professionals from historically disadvantaged groups are encouraged to apply. If you want to read the newspaper summary please click here.