International Consultant to Provide a Training on Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms

Location : Bissau, GUINEA-BISSAU
Application Deadline :24-Jan-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :30 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :30 working days


Guinea-Bissau has been in a vicious cycle of political instability since its independence, which primarily stems from a series of intertwined causes, including lack of access to justice and impunity. Despite the consecration of fundamental political, civil, economic and social rights by the Constitution, laws are barely implemented or enforced, resulting in limited and inequitable access to quality justice services for the population and an overall decline in confidence in the modern state system of justice institutions.

The State is unable to fulfil its mission to guarantee justice and security throughout the territory, particularly in rural areas and especially for women and children/youth. Since the independence, there has been a coexistence of both the formal justice system and forms of traditional justice system, based on customary law - which was recognized during the colonial period. The formal justice system is costly, slow and still widely discredited by the public, being viewed by many as manipulated and corrupt, serving only the needs and interests of the most powerful.

As a result, and for historical and cultural reasons, large parts of the population use Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms; most conflicts are settled by local conflict resolution entities, including the family, heads of district, village chiefs and/or tribal chiefs and, since 2012, through the Legal Aid Centers (CAJ).

Given the scope of action and the national limited training and knowledge in terms of ADR techniques and mechanisms – namely in terms of mediation and conciliation -, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through a PBF (United Nations Peacebuilding Fund) funded project, focusing on ADR and Restorative Justice (RJ), is organizing an ADR training for actors working on justice related issues in the country.


Duties and Responsibilities

Objective of the assignment

The objective of this assignment is to provide an ADR training for national actors – especially in terms of mediation and conciliation.

Duties and Responsibilities

The international consultant, together with a national expert, under the general supervision of UNDP Deputy Resident Representative and the technical supervision of the Chief Technical Adviser for Justice, is expected to perform the following activities:

  • Review available documents to adequately understand the project, the Bissau-Guinean context and this consultancy’s objectives;
  • Produce the training contents, which should take into account existing legislation in terms of ADR – both international and Bissau-Guinean;
  • Organize the training sessions and present the developed contents;
  • Draft a report summarizing the exercise and proposing adequate follow-up initiatives.


The following products are expected:

  • A concept note – with a clear methodology and training contents to be presented to the target groups;
  • 4 training sessions to national actors, including stakeholders from the formal and traditional justice systems;
  • A final report.

Duration of the assignment

The assignment should be conducted within 30 working days.


  • Demonstrable ability to produce high quality training contents in a timely manner;
  • Demonstrable ability to train justice sector staff;
  • Strong ability to write clearly and convincingly, adapting style and content to different audiences, speak clearly and convincingly;
  • Strong capacity to communicate clearly and in a concise manner;
  • Excellent writing, research, analysis and presentation skills; Professional and/or academic experience in ADR and/or RJ methodologies/mechanisms and its implementation;
  • Ability to focus on impact and results;
  • Strong work ethic;
  • Strong inter-personal and liaison skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Preferably a master’s degree in law, political science or in other relevant social sciences;


  • Proven at least 10 years of experience working in the justice system;
  • Strong experience of at least 5 years on ADR and RJ at the international level;
  • Strong knowledge and experience on the challenges and relationships between the traditional and formal justice systems;
  • Proved experience in providing trainings in general and on justice related topics particularly;
  • Experience in training and sensitization of civil society and justice systems’ staff;
  • Knowledge and experience in the rule of law and access to justice fields, including cross-cutting issues such as human rights and gender; and rights-based approaches is considered an asset;
  • Demonstrable experience in developing countries; Knowledge of Guinea-Bissau’s general country context is strongly desirable;
  • Experience using computers and office software packages as well as web-based management systems.


  • Proficiency in Portuguese is mandatory;
  • Proficient spoken and written French and/or English is preferable.

Guidelines for application:

Required documents:

  • A cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for this assignment;
  • A brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the tasks, describing the tools and workplan proposed for this assignment;
  • A financial proposal;
  • A personal CV including past experiences and at least 3 professional references.

Lump sum contracts: The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the ToR.  In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).

Travel: All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel.  In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the Individual Consultant wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.

In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

Evaluation: Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:

Cumulative analysis

When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should 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 criteria specific to the solicitation;
  • Technical Criteria weight – 70 points;
  • Financial Criteria weight – 30 points.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Evaluation criteria:

  • Education background - 10 points;
  • Experience as defined in the ToR - 20 points;
  • Competences as defined in the ToR - 10 points;
  • Understating of the ToR - 15 points;
  • Methodology and overall approach - 25 points;
  • Overall quality of the proposal (comprehensiveness, structure, language and clarity) - 20 points.

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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