Democratization Programme needs the services of an International Expert who will conduct a needs assessment on structural, procedural and performance capacities of selected committees in Parliament of Montenegro (Legislative Committee, Committee for Political system, Judiciary and Administration and Administrative Committee) and prepare a report with specific recommendations for required actions towards meeting international parliamentary standards. This will be done through interviews with all relevant stakeholders in the Parliament, and the assessment of the existent legislation and rules and regulations. The international expert, jointly with another selected relevant expert and practitioners, will design and implement at least three thematic one-day workshops relevant for the committees which underwent the assessment and for potential additional members of other committees:
1) Best practice in legislative and oversight practice for the parliamentary working bodies with the focus on the roles of the chair and secretaries of the committees;
2) Improving the communication with citizens, media, civil society and general public (i.e. open parliament, outreach visits, hearings) – best practices and lessons learned;
3) Advancing the co-operation with the independent institutions and better utilising their reports within their oversight role (i.e. State Audit Institution, Ombudsperson).
The Parliament plays a crucial role in maintaining oversight over the state institutions established under the constitution and is also the main forum for political debate, for dialogue and exchange between the elected majority and the opposition. The Parliament of Montenegro consists of 81 MPs, elected by citizens in direct and secret ballot, and in the current convocation there are 19 women. Parliament has 14 standing Committees, one Commission and a parliamentary service consisting of circa 150 staff members. Despite problems with premises and lack of space, as well as number of support staff, the Parliament shows a continued willingness and commitment to further advance and reach the high standards required in the modern parliamentary practice. Parliamentary working bodies are crucial for the work of the parliament. Well-functioning committees allow a parliament to work more efficiently. That is why this activity will focus on the advancement of work of the selected committees.
The Democratization Programme therefore invites applications from highly qualified, energetic and experienced international professionals for the temporary consultancy post of International Parliamentary Support Expert who would be tasked to conduct a needs assessment on structural, procedural and performance capacities of selected committees in Parliament of Montenegro and prepare report with specific recommendations for required actions towards meeting international parliamentary standards.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
The objective of this activity is to further advance the work of the selected Committees, by designing new approaches and activities, especially in the area of their transparency, legislative and oversight role, as well as communication with institutions and citizens.
The envisaged engagement in duration of 25 days would be divided as follows:
By thus, the International Expert will be tasked to:
The Expert/Consultant will be remunerated commensurate with his/her experience and qualifications in accordance with the OSCE established rates.
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