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United Nations Advert : Consultant, Judiciary Capacity Needs Assessment
Jul 2, 2010, 17:00
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United Nations Advert : Consultant, Judiciary Capacity Needs Assessment
Terms of Reference

POSITION: National Consultant, Judiciary Capacity Needs Assessment
Location: Freetown, with travel to provinces
Type of Contract: Special Service Assignment (SSA), National Consultant.
Duration of Contract: 20 working days (4 weeks) full-time, renewable Start Date: Immediately upon notification of appointment


After 11 years of civil war, Sierra Leones Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recommended that true reconciliation would require "promoting a culture of good governance" with a "well-functioning Judiciary."

Many justice sector actors echoed the findings of the TRC and the need to support the Judiciary as a mitigating factor to future conflict. To this end, in July 2007, UNDP began implementing the Peace Building Funds (PBF) Justice Sector Reform Project.

In collaboration with United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL), the PBF Justice Sector Reform Project supported various national institutions including the Judiciary, police, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Childrens Affairs and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Local Government and Community Development. This initiative was geared towards better justice delivery, including ensuring adequate human and material resources for overcoming an accumulated backlog of cases. Specifically, such assistance included logistical support, which facilitated the movement of judges and magistrates around Sierra Leone, and strategic support on backlog reduction. Its overall effect - through systematically tackling the backlog - was increased access to justice and enhanced human rights protection. The PBF project completed its operations in March 2009.

A key actor during the post-conflict justice sector reform is the Justice Sector Development Programme (JSDP). JSDP was created by the Government of Sierra Leone (GOSL) in 2005 and receives funding from the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The purpose of JSDP is to increase access to justice, support the rule of law and improve safety and security in Sierra Leone. In so doing, JSDP has also been highly engaged with Sierra Leones Judiciary, spawning a budgetary sector coordination body known as the Justice Sector Coordination Office (JSCO) as well as launching the Justice Sector Reform Strategy Investment Plan (JSRSIP), 2008-2010.

The JSRSIP itself draws upon, in part, Sierra Leones Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP). Following the end of the war in 2002, GOSL committed itself to promoting good governance, peace and security as a pillar of its PRSP. Under this pillar, GOSL developed the JSRSIP. The purpose of the JSRSIP is to provide a "single framework for all significant funding for the sector (recurrent and development and from both Government and donors) to be aligned to support a single sector policy and coordinated expenditure framework, under Government leadership." Amongst the JSRSIPs four goals is the need for increasing access to justice; strengthened rule of law; and improved justice service delivery.

UNDPs current Improving Access to Justice in Sierra Leone Project (A2J Project), initiated in 2009, falls under the umbrella of the overarching JSRSIP. The Project draws from the JSRSIP, ensuring coordination and coherence with other justice sector players, while assessing UNDPs comparative advantage in its practice areas and building on previous PBF interventions.

One of the A2J Projects main outputs is to strengthen the national justice system for effective and timely delivery of justice services. A significant number of activities falling under this output concern capacity development of the Judiciary, which needs further strengthening. To this end, and in compliance with its annual work plan, the Project plans to conduct a capacity needs assessment of magistrate and high courts in Makeni, Bo, Kenema and Freetown. This assessment will form the basis of a training plan for the Judiciary and other justice actors as identified. By ultimately enhancing the capacity of the courts to deliver justice speedily, such an assessment will strengthen the Judiciarys ability to efficiently and effectively discharge its duties to the people of Sierra Leone. It is envisioned the assessment will also be widely made available to all justice sector partners and stakeholders. To implement this activity, the Project wishes to hire a national consultant to conduct a needs assessment of the Judiciary. The national consultant will be paired with an international counterpart for a comparative perspective.


The Consultant, with an international counterpart, shall work very closely with the Rule of Law Officers for the Western area (based in Freetown), while under the overall supervision of the Programme Manager. The Consultant will also work in close collaboration with the Judiciary.The Consultants (international and local) shall undertake the following duties and responsibilities:

Take stock of any recent past and ongoing projects by different actors to strengthen the capacity of the Judiciary;
Via a survey and other research methodologies, (i) undertake a literature review (i.e. any extant studies) on judicial capacity; (ii) meet with all relevant actors in the justice sector for perspectives on judicial capacity (both inside and outside of the Judiciary, e.g. JSCO, JSDP, Bar Association); (iii) identify the capacity needs, specifically vis--vis future training for Sierra Leones Judiciary and (iv) prioritize such needs in order to fully maximize resources;
After active engagement with the Judiciary, make recommendations on how capacity can be strengthened and provide a training needs assessment matrix

Results/Expected Outputs:

Final report of needs assessment, presented to key justice actors and partners, with recommendations and a training needs assessment matrix

Masters Degree or equivalent in law, plus a minimum of 5 years experience in a relevant area; or

a Bachelors Degree in a relevant area of expertise, with a minimum of 10 years experience in a relevant area


Must be a Legal Practitioner;

Must have a minimum of 3-5 years of specific experience working in the justice sector, preferably with the Judiciary

Must possess significant experience in capacity building and ability to handle confidential and sensitive information.


Excellent command of written and spoken English (including analytical and writing skills);

Excellent command of MS Office Applications (including Word, Excel and PowerPoint);

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with ability to work in a multi-cultural team environment.


Applications should be clearly marked (Judiciary Capacity Needs Assessment, Consultant, National) and addressed to:
Head of Project Implementation Support Unit(PISU)

United Nations Development Programme
76 Wilkinson Road, Freetown

All applications MUST be submitted on or before

Wednesday 14 July, 2010 at 16:00 hrs prompt.

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