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Consultant on digitalization in war crimes case processing and cross-border legal co-operation (Western Balkans region)
|Localidad :||Home Based with travel within the region, Bosnia-Herzegovina|
|Fecha límite de postulación :||18-Feb-19 (Medianoche Nueva York, Estados Unidos)|
|Tipo de contrato :||Individual Contract|
|Nivel de puesto :||International Consultant|
|Idiomas requeridos :||Inglés|
|Duración del contrato inicial :||25 February - 31 March 2019|
|Duración esperada del puesto :||Approximtely 25 days|
The purpose of the consultancy is to help facilitate and develop more efficient cross-border co-operation in war crimes cases, specifically between four countries of the Western Balkans region (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia) by, i.a., supporting and enhancing digitalization of their shared legal cases and information exchange in these cases, with particular focus on exchange between the four countries’ prosecutors’ offices.
The main objectives of the consultancy is to produce a needs assessment and feasibility study within the four Western Balkan countries on how cross-border co-operation in war crimes cases, and processing of such cases, can be improved through digitalization of mutual communication, shared data/information and documentation sharing and management. The study should provide an expert assessment and recommendations from the perspective of digitalization and electronic management, but not necessarily limited to the following: data/information management and analysis systems within prosecutor’s offices but also within other institutions involved in war crimes proceedings (courts, police investigation units); digital communication and exchange of data between these institutions, as well as with institutions from other sectors (e.g. institutions for the search for missing persons); cross-border exchange among the four countries of relevant documents and information between such institutions, especially prosecutors’ offices, including digitalization of processing requests for international legal assistance; regional database for exchange of information, case files, and other relevant documents, including judgments, jurisprudence digests, etc.; any other aspect of war crimes case processing, search for the missing, and cross-border legal assistance and co-operation that may be improved or addressed through enhanced digitalization. The study will assess the current situation and capacities in the four countries in relation to the aforementioned areas and issues, identify gaps, problems, areas for improvement of the existing or introduction of the new technologies and resources, needs and possibilities for harmonization of prosecutor’s offices data management systems, and estimate required technical and human resources and possible associated costs, as well as provide recommendations.
The consultancy is planned within the Regional War Crimes (RWC) Project– Western Balkans, implemented by UNDP.
The overall aim of the RWC Project will be realized through the achievement of the following project outputs:
Overall, the project aims to contribute to maximizing societal impact of criminal proceedings and other transitional justice processes supporting a conducive environment for reconciliation and sustaining peace in the region. It will do so through expediting the prosecution of war crimes, enhancing support, especially cross-border, to victims and witnesses, facilitating regional dialogue among POs and other relevant institutions and victims’ associations, while also promoting transparent and data-based communication and public outreach on processing of war crimes cases, search for missing persons and other transitional justice processes.
One of the issues that the project will seek to address is the need for introducing digitalization or improving use of, by prosecutors’ offices and other competent institutions in collection, management, analysis and sharing of data and documents in war crimes cases, especially in those with cross border elements. The project will, through this consultancy, identify such needs, assess feasibility and potential costs of digitalization, and recommend follow up actions, some of which may be implemented at later stages of the project.
Travel requirement-up to 10 days: BiH: Sarajevo (2 days), BiH elsewhere (1 day); Croatia: Zagreb (2 days), Croatia elsewhere (1 day); Serbia: Belgrade (2 days); Montenegro: Podgorica (2 days).
Deberes y responsabilidades
The Consultant will be tasked to first propose a plan and an approach, and then to gather necessary information from available sources and all the relevant institutions, stakeholders and individuals, following the objective of the consultancy. The Consultant will prepare a needs assessment and feasibility study analyzing and summarizing findings, assessing and proposing options, and issuing specific recommendations to UNDP for possible interventions and support to judicial and other state authorities. Particular attention will be paid to a need for and feasibility of digitalization of cross-border exchange of documents and information, including processing of requests for mutual legal assistance and to creation of a regional database for exchange of information, case files, and other relevant documents, including jurisprudence. The Consultant will present the study to IRH in the form of a report.
While the consultancy will focus specifically on digitalization in data management and sharing of information in war crimes cases (which also includes cases of crimes against humanity and genocide), the consultant will consider any previous, current or planned developments and activities in digitalization of criminal justice and international legal assistance in the four countries.
The needs assessment and feasibility study will be conducted through Consultant’s direct communication with the representatives of the relevant national institutions in BiH, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia, including their IT sectors (prosecutors’ offices, courts, law enforcement agencies, ministries of justice and other ministries, missing persons institutions, and others), international stakeholders and development agencies which implement similar digitalization projects or activities and other relevant collocutors. Such communication should be carried out through the consultant’s direct visits to the countries of the region, interviews and meetings, and remote communication (skype, e-mail, phone). In addition, the consultant will review relevant and available reports, documents and literature on the matter.
More specifically, the Consultant will undertake the following main tasks:
Task 1: Design and planning of a needs assessment and feasibility study
Under this task the Consultant will:
The level of effort for this task will not exceed 2 expert days.
Task 2: Collecting information for the study
Under this task the Consultant will:
The level of effort for this task will not exceed 10 expert days.
Task 3: Producing the needs assessment and feasibility study
Under this task the Consultant will:
The level of effort for this task will not exceed 13 expert days.
Deliverables and Timeline
Consultant is responsible for the following deliverables:
Task 1: Design and planning of a needs assessment:
Task 2: Collecting information for the study:
Task 3: Producing the needs assessment and feasibility study:
Habilidades y experiencia requeridas
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 50% would be considered for the technical evaluation.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 60% of the technical evaluation score would be considered for the financial evaluation.
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
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:
Applicants are required to submit an application including:
2. Completed and signed the Offeror’s template Confirming Interest and Availability (please follow the link: https://popp.undp.org/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc=/UNDP_POPP_DOCUMENT_LIBRARY/Public/PSU_%20Individual%20Contract_Offerors%20Letter%20to%20UNDP%20Confirming%20Interest%20and%20Availability.docx&action=default);
3. Latest personal CV, including past experience from similar projects, and email, telephone and any other contact details for references;
4. Financial proposal – breakdown of the consultancy fee for 25 working days and 10 days of travel expenses;
Please scan all above mentioned documents and upload as one attachment only online through this website.
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