International Expert on Risk Assessment for Kosovo Chamber of Advocates


Location : Prishtina, Kosovo, UNSCR 1244 (1999)
Application Deadline :18-Mar-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
02-Apr-2018
Duration of Initial Contract :02 April 2018 – 30 June 2018 (20 w/ days within this period)
Expected Duration of Assignment :02 April 2018 – 30 June 2018 (20 w/ days within this period)

Background

The Support to Anti-Corruption Efforts in Kosovo project (SAEK II) has contributed to the increase of efficiency of the judicial and prosecutorial discipline mechanisms through direct support to the Office of the Disciplinary Prosecutor. This support has been designed based on the recommendations of the 2014 United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Judicial Integrity in Kosovo Report, as commissioned by the UNDP Kosovo.

In addition to the UNODC report, the judicial and prosecutorial sector has been subject to analyses by a number of institutions including Council of Europe, KDI, FOL, and others. However, these reports have had a limited focus on the third, complementary, part of the justice sector – the work of legal practitioners, specifically lawyers licenced by the Chamber of Advocates to carry out legal representation, thereby leaving a critical and important segment of the justice system outside of any corruption-risk analysis or recommendations.

To this end, SAEK seeks to engage an international consultant to conduct an analysis on how corruption manifests itself in this sector, and where corruption risks potentially exist, in order to devise strategies to address the underlying governance and bottlenecks to effective anti-corruption measures.

[1] This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

Objectives of Assignment

Deliver a Corruption Risk Assessment Report related to Kosovo legal practitioner’s profession in line with international anti-corruption standards.


Duties and Responsibilities

The international expert, under the direct supervision of the Project Manager will deliver the following:

  • Review the preliminary report corruption risk assessment and completed questionnaires and interviews;
  • Review the existing legal framework, strategies, policies related to the legal practitioner’s sector;
  • Develop set of questions as a means for conducting a corruption risk assessment which, subject to SAEK II PM approval, will be utilised for interviews;
  • Conduct preliminary meetings with the project and introductory meetings with representatives of institutions subject to this corruption risk assessment, 
  • Conduct targeted interviews with relevant representatives and stakeholders including the Chair of the KCA, Secretary, KJC, KPC, other lawyers, branches heads, court presidents, head prosecutors, judges, and prosecutors, as well as the MoJ and the Free Legal Aid Agency;
  • Analyse the institutional set up and process on licensing, professional development and discipline of lawyers, through reviewing organisational structure (including budget and human resources management), training, examination procedures, procedures and decision-making processes, record-keeping, transparency, access to information, the ethics and integrity framework and accountability mechanisms and disciplinary procedures and sanctions;
  • Validate findings with a focus group composed of representatives of institutions as above (see item #5)
  • Produce a report (minim 25 pages) assessing the risks for corruption, identifying bottlenecks hindering anti-corruption measures in place, and providing recommendations for procedural, legislative and institutional changes with an emphasis on identified entry points for SAEK interventions.

Expected Deliverables/ Outputs

  • Review the preliminary report to corruption risk assessment
  • Review existing legal framework, strategies, policies related to the legal practitioner’s sector
  • Develop questions as a means for conducting a basic corruption risk assessment which, subject to SAEK II PM approval, will be utilised for interviews
  • Conduct preliminary meetings with the project and introductory meetings with representatives of institutions subject to this corruption risk assessment
  • Analyse the institutional set up and process on licensing, professional development and discipline of lawyers, through reviewing organisational structure (including budget and human resources management), training, examination procedure, procedures and decision-making processes, record-keeping, transparency, access to information, ethics and integrity framework and accountability mechanisms and disciplinary procedures and sanctions
  • Validate findings with a focus group composed of representatives of institutions as above (see item #5)
  • Produce a report (minim 25 pages) assessing the risks for corruption, identifying bottlenecks hindering anti-corruption measures in place, and providing recommendations for procedural, legislative and institutional changes with an emphasis on identified entry points for SAEK interventions.
     

Scope of price proposal and schedule of payments

Recommended Presentation of Offer

The following documents are requested:
Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability;
Personal P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Offeror and at least three (3) professional references;
Technical proposal indicating a methodology for approaching the required tasks;
Financial Proposal in one lump sum that includes the daily professional fee; travel and accommodation and incidentals.


Competencies

Corporate Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism

Functional Competencies

  • Plans, prioritizes, and delivers tasks on time.
  • Ability to work independently and takes initiative in addressing problems encountered.
  • Ability to establish effective working relations in a multicultural team environment; supports effective and efficient team work.
  • Result oriented and constructive attitude.
  • Analytical and strategic thinking / results oriented;
  • Ability to design and manage coordination processes, including with multiple stakeholders; 
  • Good knowledge of organizational policies and procedures related to the position and ability to apply them consistently in work tasks;
  • Good knowledge of information technology and ability to apply it in work assignments;
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others;


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Degree in Law.
  • Bar Exam.

Experience:

  • At least 10 years of experience in the legal profession either in private practice, the judiciary or for an international organization.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting risk assessments and drafting analytical reports.
  • Current or former membership in a bar association.

Language requirements:

  • Fluency in both oral and written English.  Knowledge of Albanian or Serbian an asset.

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  • Please make sure to submit all the requested documents/information; otherwise, your application will be considered incomplete.
     


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