Individual consultant to develop judges/prosecutor’s performance appraisal and evaluation methodology


Location : Ramallah, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
Application Deadline :31-Mar-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Other
Post Level :Other
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-May-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :10 working days over two months period
Expected Duration of Assignment :2 months

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.


Background

The Sawasya II joint UNDP/UN women/UNICEF programme: Promoting the Rule of Law in Palestine represents the primary programmatic vehicle of the United Nations for advancing the rule of law, integrity, gender justice and human rights in Palestine for the period 2018-2022. Bringing together the main UN entities mandated and invested in these areas in an integrated programme framework (three years, with provision for a further two optional years), Sawasya II seeks to elevate the state building enterprise for a progressively functioning and increasingly inclusive State of Palestine that respects, protects and fulfils human rights and gender equality, and promotes development, peace and security.

Within outcome 2, Sawasya supports justice sector duty-bearers to strengthen the quality and efficiency of the services they provide to Palestinian rights holders, and institutions supported to overcome, where necessary, entrenched behavioural/attitudinal shortcomings. Under output 2.1, Sawasya supports the institutions, including High Judicial Council (HJC) and Public Prosecution (AGO), in improving the quality and efficiency of their services. As part of the support the inspection departments in HJC and AGO, the programme is supporting a technical assistance for developing and drafting Judges/ Prosecutors performance appraisal and evaluation methodology. To that end, Sawasya II is seeking an international consultant on judiciary inspection to develop the evaluation methodology and to enhance the capacities of the inspection departments in assessing judges/prosecutor’s performance.


Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities:

The expert will perform his tasks under the supervision of the Sawasya II Human Rights Coordinator and The Program Specialist on Access to Justice and in close collaboration with the HJC inspection department and planning unit. The Consultant’s main tasks will be the following:

  • Review relevant laws, instruments, documentation, and reports on HJC, AGO mandates in general and on judiciary inspection departments.
  • Develop a work plan that includes all activities to be conducted during the assignment including interviews, consultations and focus group discussions as well the final workshop.
  • Assess the existing evaluation / grid methodology used by inspection department in HJC/AGO.
  • Identify a key performance indicator to be used by the Inspection Departments of the HJC and AGO to track judges/ prosecutor’s performance.
  • Review and suggest improvement to the performance evaluation methodology currently used by the Inspection Departments, drawing on international good practice in judicial evaluation as well applying human right based approach.
  • Draft and develop an evaluation grids for judges and prosecutors based on best practices models internationally taking in consideration human rights standards.
  • Train the members on the inspection departments on the new evaluation and performance methodology including reporting.
  • Submit a final report on the assignment and the workshop results.

Deliverables:

  • A work plan that will include all activities to be conducted during the assignment.
  • The evaluation performance appraisal templates, grid and the guidelines of conducting the evaluations
  • 2-days training workshop.
  • The final narrative report in, including recommendations.

Payment terms:

Deliverable

Length

Approval

Payment

Workplan and methodology

-

Sawasya II CTS

 

Evaluation performance templates and the guidelines for conducting and reporting

6 working days

Sawasya II CTS

70%

Final narrative report and the workshop

4 working days

Sawasya II CTS

30%

 

 


Competencies

Corporate Competencies

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism
  • Excellent analytical and organisational skills

Functional Competencies

  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors
  • Demonstrates ability to manage complexities
  • Communicates effectively with staff at all levels of the organisation
  • Acts with tact and diplomacy
  • Proves outgoing and comfortable in handling external relations at all levels 
  • Demonstrates compelling communication skills and cross-cultural effectiveness
  • Possesses the ability to convey difficult issues and positions to senior officials and counterparts.


Required Skills and Experience

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Education

  • A university degree in law, criminal law, gender studies or any other related field

Experience

  •  At least 7 years of professional experience in the legal field;
  • Familiarity with Palestinian legal context
  • At least 3 years of experience working on strengthening judicial inspection functions, preferably in the MENA region;
  • At least two prior experiences in training/coaching of members of the judiciary;
  • Experience working with UN-implemented rule of law programmes constitutes an advantage;

Languages

  • Fluency in English and Arabic is essential
  • Excellent writing skills in English  

INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS

1. Introduction

UNDP/PAPP seeks technical proposals from qualified individual consultants to provide technical support to the AGO and HJC Judicial Inspection Units as outlined under the Terms of Reference.

2. Documents comprising the Technical and Financial Proposals

Interested individual consultant must submit the following documents/information, which comprises the Technical& Financial Proposals:

  1. Provide Curriculum vitae including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees;
  2. Proposed methodology to achieve the tasks included in the ToR (not more than 5 pages) 
  3. Submit a sample of one similar work (capacity and needs assessment report).
  4. Completed financial proposal form, found under Annex III: the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant while fulfilling its mission (e.g. transportation cost…). 

Evaluation

Preliminary examination

UNDP/PAPP will examine the Proposals to determine whether they are complete, and whether they are substantially responsive to the qualification and experience minimum requirements. A Proposal determined as not substantially responsive will be rejected by UNDP/PAPP and may not subsequently be made responsive by the Applicant by correction of the non-conformity.

Detailed examination

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal. 

Only those candidates who will obtain min. 70 points for the technical evaluation will be assessed for the financial proposal evaluation.

Individual Contractor (IC) will be evaluated based on Cumulative Analysis. The respective weight of the proposals are:

  • Technical Criteria weight; [70%]
  • Financial Criteria weight; [30%]

Criteria

Weight

Allocated Points

Technical competence

70%

 

Level of Expertise:

Criteria 1: Advanced university degree in law or related field

  • Bachelor……………………….…5 points
  • Master…………………………….10 points                                                                                      
  • PHD…………………………………15 points                                                                                                

Criteria 2: At least 7 years of professional experience in the legal field

  • 7 years: …………………………...5 points                                                                                    
  • 10 years: …………………………10 points                                                            
  • More than 10 years: …........15 points                                                         

Criteria 3: At least 3 years of experience working on strengthening judicial inspection functions, preferably in the MENA region

  • 3 years: ………………………………5 points                                                                                         
  • 3 to 5 years: ……………………10 points                                                                               
  • More than 5 years: ………………15 points                                                                    

Criteria 4: At least two prior experiences in training/coaching of members of the judiciary

  • 2 experiences…………………………5 points                                                                                  
  • 3 experiences…………………………10 points                                                                                 
  • More than 3 experiences…………15 points                                                           

 

60

Methodology

To what degree does the methodology demonstrate the applicant’s ability to complete this assignment?

20

Sample of Written Work

To what degree does the sample of similar capacity and need assessments report demonstrate the applicant’s ability to complete this assignment?

20

Financial

30%

 

TOTAL SCORE                              Technical Score * 70% + Financial Score * 30%

4.  Award of Individual Contract

The procuring UNDP entity reserves the right to accept or reject any Proposal, and to annul the solicitation process and reject all Proposals at any time prior to award of contract, without incurring any liability to the affected applicant or any obligation to inform the affected applicant or applicants of the ground for the UNDP’s action.

The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

b) 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%]

* Financial Criteria weight; [30%]

Highest score / combined score calculation methodology:

100 points shall be allocated to the lowest total fees proposed among those invited candidates which were successful in the evaluation of the technical proposal (i.e. obtained a technical score of 70 or more).  All other fees proposals shall receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest total fees; e.g. [100 Points] x [US$ lowest total fees] / [US$ other] = points for other proposer’s fees.

The General mark or combined score for each proposal will be arrived as follows:

Rating the Technical Proposal (TP):

          TP Rating = (Total Score Obtained by the Offer / Max. Obtainable Score for TP) x 100

Rating the Financial Proposal (FP):

          FP Rating = (Lowest Priced Offer / Price of the Offer Being Reviewed) x 100

Total Combined Score:

Combined Score = (TP Rating) x (Weight of TP, 70%) + (FP Rating) x (Weight of FP, 30%)

FINANCIAL PROPOSAL FORM

Your financial offer in USD shall specify a lump sum figure all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred during the contract period and shall form the amount of the resulted contract between the winning Consultant/Contractor and UNDP. No other entitlements will be considered after submission of financial proposals.

The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (number of anticipated working days, all envisaged travel (such as but not limited to all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel), per diems/daily allowances). Fee Breakdown should be attached under a separate sheet.

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 confidentiality.



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