National Consultant to undertake An Audit of the Legal Aid Services, Monorovia 303 views


Background

The GOL/UNDP/OHCHR Joint Programme entitled Strengthening the Rule of Law in Liberia: Justice and Security for the Liberian People (2017-2019) aims to support the Government of Liberia in its efforts to build a society based on the principles of rule of law, human rights and justice. The Programme is geared towards enhancing the capacities of, and public confidence in, rule of law institutions, as well as strengthening access to justice and security, especially for women and girls. Interventions are designed with a view to ensuring sustainability and linking activities to ‘system-level’ policy development.

Support rests on a supply and demand equation that combines enhanced service delivery by resilient justice and security institutions with the public’s ability to access such services and hold duty-bearers to account. By increasing public confidence in the sector, support is designed to be catalytic, strengthening state-society relations and creating an enabling environment for development. As such, the Programme is oriented around the following four mutually reinforcing interventions:

  • Capacity of justice and security institutions strengthened and linkages forged
  • Civil society contribution to rule of law and community access to justice enhanced
  • Gender responsiveness of justice, security and legislative actors strengthened and women and girls’ access to justice and security improved
  • Capacity of key actors and stakeholders to monitor progress and results in rule of law development increased

The outcomes and outputs are based on a clearly defined theory of change, building on the lessons learned during the UN system’s engagement with the Liberian rule of law sector since 2003. Capitalizing on the comparative advantages of each of the implementing partners, activities have been carefully designed to achieve outputs and contribute to outcome level change that impacts the lives of beneficiaries and engenders systemic resilience and human development

Duties and Responsibilities

Audit Scope and Objectives

As part of the interventions, the programme is providing support to selected CSOs/CBOs to deliver quality legal aid services to disadvantaged individuals and communities. As the first phase of the Joint Programme is drawing to a close, UNDP and OHCHR intend to commission an audit of the legal aid services provided to measure performance and clients’ satisfaction. In addition to accessing the overall impact of the legal aid services of the Joint Programme, the audit is expected to capture key lessons learned, and to provide concrete recommendations for implementation during the second phase of the Joint Programme.

In particular

  • Provide a comprehensive assessment of the overall impact of the legal aid services of the Joint Programme;
  • Assess citizens awareness of the services provided;

To provide recommendations to UNDP and OHCHR government institutions civil and society organisations on how to improve, sustain and expand the programme’s legal aid intervention; and

Capture key lessons learned and provide concrete recommendations for implementation of legal aid during the second phase of the Programme

Audit Questions

To properly define the information that the audit intends to generate, the following questions have been developed and agreed-upon:

  • What type and quality of legal aid services have been provided?
  • Which group/type of people have benefitted from the legal aid services?
  • Who were the legal aid service providers?
  • To what extent did services provided enhance the rights of citizens, including reduction of pre-trial detention (including measuring number of days), securing redress in court, ensuring protection of other constitutional rights?
  • To what extent does legal representation reduce overcrowding in police and prisons cells and reduce case backlog in courts?
  • To what extent are women accessing the justice system through the provision of legal aid services?
  • To what extent are beneficiaries satisfied with services provided?

What progress has been made towards achieving legal aid services as listed in the outputs and outcomes in the programme document?

Methodology

In line with UNDP’s guidelines, the incumbent is expected to:

  • Review all documentation related to the Joint Programme, and records of legal aid providers and produce an inception report which includes a methodology etc;
  • Interview relevant actors and stakeholders, including relevant legal aid providers such as CSOs, Liberian National Bar Association and legal aid clinics. In addition, the incumbent is expected to make several field trips to meet with selected beneficiaries and;
  • Draft a comprehensive report in publishable quality.

Deliverables

  • Develop and present inception report totaling 5-8 pages plus annexes, which outlines methodology and includes a proposed schedule of tasks, activities and literature review (3 days, 10%)
  • Conduct interviews and consultations with stake holders and beneficiaries of legal aid (12 days, 50%)
  • Prepare an audit report, totaling 15 pages plus annexes, with an executive summary of not more than 3 pages describing key findings and recommendations. The incumbent will be expected to present the (draft) review during a stakeholder meeting (7 days, 40%).

Competencies

Corporate Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN values and ethical standards
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism

Functional Competencies

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • In-depth knowledge of development issues
  • Ability to provide and advocate for policy advice
  • Sound analytical skills

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Ability to lead and manage audits
  • Up-to-date knowledge of capacity development principles and approaches
  • Familiarity with UN/UNDP processes and procedures

Interpersonal Skills

  • Focuses on impact and results for the client and responds positively to feedback
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors
  • Remains calm, in control and good-humoured even under pressure

Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills

  • Acts with tact and diplomacy
  • Remains calm, in control and good-humoured, even under pressure.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • An advanced university degree in law or related field.

Experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years of progressive experience in managing, implementing and/or assessing justice and security sector reform processes;
  • Extensive expertise and experience in conducting and managing audits;
  • Outstanding analytical skills; up-to-date knowledge of capacity development principles and approaches, with a focus on rule of law and access to justice;
  • Extensive experience of working in countries affected by conflict, violence and fragility;
  • Extensive experience of working with government authorities as well as civil society organisations and academic institutions
  • Familiarity with the UN system.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English, including outstanding writing skills.

Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:

Consultant shall quote an all-inclusive Daily Fee for the contract period. The term ‘all-inclusive’ implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, etc.) that could be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment are already factored into the daily fee submitted in the proposal. If applicable, travel or daily allowance cost (if any work is to be done outside the IC’s duty station) should be identified separately. Payments shall be done on a monthly basis based on actual days worked, upon verification of completion of deliverables and approval by the IC’s supervisor of a Time Sheet indicating the days worked in the period. In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.

In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications: (Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF attachment as the system only allows upload of one document):

  • Personal CV or P11 including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references
  • (blank form can be downloaded from http://www.eurasia.undp.org/content/dam/rbec/docs/P11_modified_for_SCs_and_ICs.doc);
  • Cover Letter, outlining the main methodological approaches planned for the assignment
  • Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the assignment
  • Two (2) samples of previous work (in English) similar to the assignment (links can be shared as well)

Technical proposal:

  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment
  • A methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment

Evaluation

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies: Cumulative analysis

Award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial
  • Technical Criteria; [70 points]

Technical Criteria – Maximum 70 points

Criteria

  • Technical skills, given by qualifications and training record 15 points
  • Overall experience in the provision with the services given above 35 points
  • Adequacy of competencies & skills responding to the Terms of Reference, (TOR) 20 points
  • Methodology relevance to the TOR 30 points

Financial Criteria – 30% of total evaluation – max. 30 points.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and requested to provide a financial offer

Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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