Mid-term evaluation of the Access to Justice through village Mediation and Paralegal Services Project

Location : Lilongwe, MALAWI
Application Deadline :23-Sep-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
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 days
Expected Duration of Assignment :30 days Spread across 2 calendar months


The Paralegal Advisory Service Institute PASI is implementing the Access to Justice through Village Mediation and Paralegal Services Project. The project is funded by the European Union EU under the Chilungamo (Justice and Accountability) Programme and the United Nations Development Programme UNDP. This is a four-year project running from 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2021.

The Paralegal Advisory Service Institute PASI and United Nations Development Programme UNDP signed an Agreement on 19th February 2018 which sets out the commitments and responsibilities of the two institutions regarding the management and implementation of the Access to Justice through Village Mediation and Paralegal Advisory Services Project under the Chilungamo (Justice and Accountability) programme. The four-year project seeks to avail appropriate paralegal services in communities, district courts, police and prisons across the country as well as provide village mediation services in communities, and support diversion of minor cases out of the formal criminal justice system so as to substantially reduce the number of people entering pre-trial detention and reduce the duration of their detention pending conclusion of their cases.

Under the agreement, PASI is to provide national paralegal advisory services in police stations, courts, and prisons as well as provide village mediation services in selected communities. PASI will also facilitate diversion of minor cases out of the criminal justice system through paralegal officers and village mediators. The project will provide legal assistance to over 317,000 persons as well as provide mediation services to resolve at least 58,000 local level disputes. The two major PASI interventions will therefore have significant benefit to the value of Malawi’s justice system.   PASI is planning to engage a consultant to conduct a mid-term evaluation.

Duties and Responsibilities

The main purpose of the mid-term evaluation is to provide an independent project assessment of the progress made towards the achievement of the expected results and identify challenges to improve project implementation and make necessary course corrections. In addition, to fulfilling UNDP’s accountability requirements, the midterm evaluation will also document lessons for improving project effectiveness

More specifically, the objectives of the MTE will be to assess:

  • The progress made towards the achievement of the expected results and performance.
  •  Relevance of the project strategies to development needs of the people and global, regional and national development goals.
  • To assess effectiveness of the project in achieving the specific expected results and analyse any factors contributing and hindering its progress. 
  • To what extent has the project contributed to the reduction of work load in the formal justice institutions.
  • To what extent has the project addressed the overcrowding of prisons in the targeted districts.
  • To what extent has the project contributed to the diversion of minor cases from formal to informal justice institutions.
  • To what extent was gender equality and human rights issues incorporated in project design, implementation, monitoring and reporting.
  • To make recommendations, if any, to improve the design, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and strategies and directions of the project for the remainder of the implementation period.
  • To document lessons learnt for improving project effectiveness


Corporate Competencies:

  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Demonstrate integrity by modelling the UN's values and ethical standards;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent analytical, writing, advocacy, presentation, and communications skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in multi-cultural and inter-disciplinary environments;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an independent manner;
  • Organizational Development and Management
  • Strategic thinking
  • Team work and leadership skills
  • Strong analytical, reporting and communication skills

Required Skills and Experience


  • The consultant must be a holder of a minimum of a Masters’ degree in Political Science, Social Science, Law, Conflict management or related field.


  • Extensive expertise, knowledge and a minimum of 10 years’ experience in research and programming in the fields of governance, human rights, access to justice, mediation and conflict prevention.
  • International experience in the development, monitoring and evaluation of criminal justice or alternative dispute resolution projects and programs especially in development countries.
  • Experience in gender mainstreaming.


  • Profound in leading evaluation teams.
  • Good interpersonal skills and an understanding of cultural sensitivities required;
  • Excellent analytical, interview and report writing skills.

A detailed procurement notice can be accessed through the following link: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=59278

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