Justice Without Delays (‘JWD’) project was conceived to improve the efficiency of district court proceedings in Albania, through the implementation of practical measures and improvement of justice professionals’ knowledge on how to conduct efficient proceedings. The project is implemented between May 2016 and February 2019 by the OSCE Presence in Albania (‘the Presence’), with extra-budgetary funding from the Austrian Development Co-operation (‘the donor’), in partnership with USAID’s Justice For All Project. Beneficiaries include current and future judges, court administrators, lawyers and prosecutors, Ministry of Justice, High Council of Justice and agencies working with the courts and Albanian citizens. The Presence requires the services of one national consultant to offer the services as a court clerk for a temporary 3 months period with the possibility of extension for additional 3 months in Permet District Court. The Court Clerk will be the first contact point of the court visitors and will inform them about the measures and internal instructions taken by the court to increase the efficiency of the court proceedings. The court clerk will be located at entrance of the court and will act as an information desk for the court visitors by disseminating legal information materials for purposes of project implementation. In addition, the clerk will assist with the collection of initial, periodic and final data on the processing of cases and the progress of the initiative in the court.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the Project Coordinator, the court clerk will be expected to:
- Collect periodical data regarding the length of the proceedings, reasons for postponement of court session, unproductive sessions, etc. as advised by the Presence and USAID Justice for All Project.
- Act as the Court’s first contact person for parties, lawyers, prosecutors, State representatives and other interested parties, orienting them on the internal rules of the court;
- Inform them, by briefing them orally, on the practical measures implemented by the court under the Justice without Delays initiative
- Provide copies of the informative materials, including those containing measures implemented by the court
- Receive training by the Presence and USAID Project to collect data on length of court proceedings
- Serve as a data collector for the information maintained by the court on length of proceedings before and after the implementation of Justice without delays project
- Enter the gathered information in a database and maintain such database on length of concrete cases adjudicated by the judges
- Send a summary of the court clerk’s activities on a weekly basis
- Send a narrative monthly report on the active case management measures taken by the court
- Collect and report data on the rate and reasons of appeal of cases, percentage of appealed cases, number of overturned cases in the court
- Other duties assigned by the Chief Judge of the Court.
Court visitors are informed on the measures implemented by the Court in the context of the Justice without Delays initiative. Data on the length of the proceedings are gathered periodically and summary of the court clerk’s activities to be sent to Presence project staff on a weekly basis. In addition a narrative monthly report on the active measures taken by the court accompanied with an excel database containing data from the court files sent to the Presence project staff. In the long run, the process will help to shorten civil and criminal proceedings in the Court and reduce the number of hearings overall.
- University degree in law;
- A minimum of one year’ experience in the field of law;
- Active attorneys working in any court are ineligible to apply due to conflict of interest issues;
- Good knowledge of court rules and procedural rules in Albania;
- Excellent knowledge of Word and Excel;
- Working language Albanian.
Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving the purpose of the initiative in Permet District Court – raising the efficiency of court proceedings Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and court’s ethics Diversity: Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds and different gender Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with the court visitors, judges and other court staff Collaboration: Works effectively with the staff of the Presence, USAID/Justice for All Project and court staff, on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances
The remuneration will be in the monthly gross amount of 400 EUR. The Presence undertakes no liability for taxes, duty or other contribution that may be or become payable by the beneficiary of this contract. As this is a service contract social insurance payments will not be covered.
How to Apply:
All applications are due by 12 September 2018. If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's on line application link found under link https://jobs.osce.org/ or send to our e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org the following, stating the vacancy notice number in the subject:• CV and Cover Letter indicating the motivation.The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer a contract with modified Terms of Reference or for a different duration. The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the organization. Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.