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Justice Without Delays (‘JWD’) project was conceived to improve the efficiency of district court proceedings in Albania, through the implementation of practical measures to improve court efficiency and by improving the knowledge of justice professionals 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 experienced international consultant to conduct a mid-term evaluation of the implementation of the project for the time period May 2016 - September 2017. As outlined in the agreement with the donor, the evaluation assesses the efficiency of the actions carried out during the evaluation period and focuses on the achieved results (output, outcome) etc. An international project evaluation expert will carry out the assessment. The expert will also be expected to provide lessons learnt, conclusions and recommendations to enable the most effective and efficient delivery of the project in the second half of its implementation period and to identify any potential changes which should be made to the project to increase its relevance, impact and sustainability.
Duration of service: 2 October – 8 December 2017
Task and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Senior Judicial Officer, the international evaluation expert will conduct the mid-term evaluation of the Justice Without Delays Project, with the following sequence:
•Desk Review: The evaluator studies all necessary project documents; re-constructs and analyses the intervention logic theory and theory of change and its assumptions. Existing data needs to be analysed and interpreted.
•Inception-Phase: In the inception report the evaluator will describe the design of the evaluation and will elaborate on how data will be obtained and analysed. The use of a data collection planning worksheet or a similar tool is required. Data triangulation and quality control are very important and need to be discussed in the inception report.
•Field-phase: Upon official approval of the inception report, the field trip takes place. Interviews with project stakeholders in the region will be conducted based on an agreed schedule, arranged with assistance from the Presence. It is currently estimated that around 15-20 people need to be interviewed where quantitative and qualitative data disaggregated by sex and by region are gathered.
•Feedback workshop: The expert will present key findings from the field visit to the Presence, the donor and main project stakeholders at the end of the field trip.
•Evaluation Report: Submission and presentation of final draft report, inclusion of comments from partners and the Presence, and delivery of the final evaluation report.
Guidelines for Project and Programme Evaluations developed by the donor need to be considered throughout the entire evaluation process.
•Master studies in law, justice or a related field;
•A minimum of ten years’ experience and expertise in the field/sector of rule of law, trial monitoring or court administration programme design, implementation and evaluation;
•At least three project evaluations conducted in the last five years ideally in the field of rule of law;
•Knowledge of Albania with focus on topics such as rule of law and trial monitoring;
•Experience in project cycle management;
•Experience preparing and analysing a theory of change;
•Experience and expertise in evaluating cross-cutting issues;
•Experience in social science methods;
•Excellent oral and written English skill, with Albanian language skills would be an advantage;
•Sound MS Office and IT skills.
•Actively contributes to achieving the purpose of the assignment
•Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work
•Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds and different gender
•Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with the project stakeholders
•Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
•Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
•Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances
•Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
The international evaluation expert will submit the following reports:
•inception report about the design of the evaluation and on how data will be obtained and analysed, which will contain also an agreed outline of the evaluation report’s structure.
•a final draft evaluation report, including a draft executive summary (the executive summary should summarize key findings and recommendations and needs to be submitted as part of the final draft report) and the results assessment form •and the final evaluation report, the final executive summary and the results assessment form.
All reports need to be written in English.
This is a consultancy assignment of approximately fifteen working days over a period of a two months and a half. For a comprehensive analysis the consultant will be required to travel to Albania for a field visit of three to four days, consisting of several meetings of project interlocutors situated in the capital of Albania (Tirana) and other regions of the country (Shkodra, Lezha and Kukës). Special Service Agreement (SSA) fee for the working days and travel expenses for the field trip will be covered by the Presence.
All applications are due by 09 September 2017. If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's on line application link found under link https://jobs.osce.org/. The OSCE retains the discretion to re advertise the vacancy or to cancel the recruitment. 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.