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International Consultant, Institutional Capacity Building of the National Legal Training Center (NLTC)
|Location :||UNDP/AA2J Project, Kabul, AFGHANISTAN|
|Application Deadline :||02-May-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One and half month (with maximum 30 working days)|
UNDP Global Mission Statement:
UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with national counterparts on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.
UNDP supports the Government in achieving a number of development benchmarks of the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) in the field of security and the rule of law, civil service reform, transparency and accountability, local governance, political processes (support to the Elections Commission and the newly elected parliament), civil society empowerment, youth, gender equality, human rights, environment and rural energy, the reintegration of former combatants into society, as well as rural development and private sector development.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works with the Government to develop local capacity and provide Afghan solutions for Afghanistan. UNDP Afghanistan programmes partner with Afghan institutions to focus on crisis prevention and recovery; democratic governance, and poverty reduction and sustainable livelihoods, in line with the goals laid down by the Government in the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS).
UNDP Afghanistan’s long-term support to the justice sector has entered a new phase with the start of the Afghanistan Access to Justice (AA2J) project. AA2J draws on the lessons learned through previous UNDP justice projects– Strengthening the Justice System of Afghanistan (SJSA), Access to Justice at District Level (AJDL) and Justice and Human Rights in Afghanistan (JHRA) Phase I and phase II.
AA2J Project was initiated in April 2016. The Project will leverage on the work undertaken in phase I and phase II of JHRA and deepen the interventions at the national level and provincial levels and attempt to work across the justice sector, involving the rule of law service providers. The project should also establish links between UNDP’s work on justice and human rights and other relevant projects in the broader Rule of Law portfolio.
The project has 3 outcome areas:
Output 2 “Justice Sector Integration and Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW)” supports interventions that increase access to justice for women who are victims of (domestic) violence, AA2J is working with all relevant stakeholders in the gender justice chain to harmonize working modalities and strengthen coordination mechanisms.
The Independent National Legal Training Centre (INLTC) was established in Kabul in 2007 and has been financially supported by the governments of Italy and the USA. The Kabul branch started to conduct Stage Training (Induction courses for new judges and prosecutors), covering more than 200 trainees annually until 2011. In 2011, the presidential decree No. 2402, regulated that the center was to work under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), as to structure and budget management, and to be annexed to Kabul University. While integration of the NLTC into the structure of Kabul University has not happened within the last seven years, other advisory board members, namely the Justice sector institutions (the Supreme Court, Attorney General’s Office and the AIBA) have raised their dissatisfaction about the modality of decision making, and academic nature of courses provided by the NLTC. Therefore, they have started to initiate separate stage trainings with the support of various donor countries for the last several years.
In line with the Justice and Judicial Reform Plan a considerable political momentum is predicted among Government actors, namely the 2nd Vice President (2nd VP) Office that is to adopt a new plan for harmonization and reunification judicial education / training system for all justice institutions under the umbrella of the National Legal Training Centre (NLTC). The envisaged system will ensure sustainability, cost-effectiveness, quality, evidence based planning and knowledge transfer, and better targeting of the various needs of the trainees according to their classifications and actual needs. However, the main goal is to have a uniform understanding, interpretation and application by the justice sector actors for the one legal framework throughout Afghanistan. This will ultimately promote national and territorial unity of Afghanistan under the existing fragility, multi-ethnicity and security instability. To fulfil this mission, national partners will require an extensive package of technical assistance to help them revise and restructure the NLTC in terms of formation and roles of the advisory board, administrative hierarchy, bulaw, organizational structure and managerial hierarchy modality of decision making, curriculum design, and operational plans etc.
Objectives of the Assignment
Working under overall supervision of the AA2J Project Manager and direct supervision of the AA2J Project Management Specialist (output 2), the international consultant will provide technical expertise to the 2nd VP Office and the NLTC management.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work and Deliverables:
The International Consultant will be achieving the following tasks:
The Payments will be processed upon successful delivery of mentioned services and endorsement of the 2nd VP Office and UNDP in three (3) instalments as per the following deliverables:
Deliverables/Outputs; Timeframe and Payment Percentage:
Deliverable 1: 10 working days; 30%
Deliverable 2: 15 working days; 40%
Deliverable 3: 5 working days; 30%
The payment will be processed after the approval of the final report by the component manager and the project manager.
Knowledge Management and Learning
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Leadership and Self-Management
Required Skills and Experience
Duration of work:
The duty station of the consultant is Kabul, Afghanistan. At all times the consultant is required to observe and strictly follow UNDP security and other rules and regulations.
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:
The total professional fee, shall be converted into a lump sum contract and payments under the contract shall be made on submission and acceptance of deliverables under the contract in accordance with the abovementioned schedule of payment.
Evaluation Method and Criteria:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
* Technical Criteria: weight 70%
* Financial Criteria weight 30%
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Technical Criteria – Maximum 70 points
Criteria A: Technical Approach & Work Plan (30 points)
Criteria B: Qualification and Experience (40 marks) [evaluation of CV for shortlisting]:
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:
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.