Job Title: Consultancy: Mapping and Assessment of Legal Aid Service Provision in Liberia
The International Development Law Organization (IDLO) is the only global intergovernmental organization exclusively devoted to promoting the rule of law to advance peace and sustainable development. IDLO works to enable governments and empower people to reform laws and strengthen institutions to promote peace, justice, sustainable development, and economic opportunity.
With its headquarters in Rome, Italy, a Branch Office in The Hague, and United Nations Liaison Offices in New York and Geneva, IDLO carries out policy advocacy, research, and learning, as well as rule of law and justice programs in countries through some 17 Country Offices operating in every region of the world.
In 2005, following Liberia’s first democratic elections, one of the country’s priorities was to reform its justice and security sectors. Various reform and development initiatives aimed at enhancing the rule of law and access to justice were launched by the Liberian authorities over the past 15 years, supported by a range of development partners. However, many challenges remain that impair progress towards an effective and financially sustainable justice sector that ensures the delivery of justice for all people in Liberia in a fair and transparent manner. Poor, marginalized, and vulnerable people, including women and girls, are in particular need of effective and fair delivery of justice. Further progress towards the rule of law in Liberia requires a strategic, evidence-based, and coordinated approach to justice sector development.
IDLO, with funding from the Government of Sweden, is implementing a project titled “Strengthening Liberia’s Social Contract through better Access to Justice and Increased Legitimacy of Justice and Security Providers”. As part of the project, IDLO will conduct a mapping and assessment of legal aid service providers in Liberia. Based on the Agenda 2030 and IDLO’s commitment to reach those who are the furthest behind, the mapping will identify the scope of legal aid service provision, assess the organizational capacity of legal aid service providers, and make recommendations on the further development of legal aid provision in Liberia to help ensure access to justice for those who need it the most. The mapping and assessment of legal aid service provision will be part of a broader rule of law assessment undertaken by IDLO in Liberia.
IDLO seeks the services of a consultant to support the mapping and assessment of legal aid service providers in Liberia.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the overall supervision of the IDLO Country Manager Liberia, the Consultant will be responsible for the following:
a) Conduct the mapping and assessment of legal aid service provision as follows:
- Develop the mapping and assessment methodology.
- Desk review and analysis of legal aid service providers in Liberia.
- Develop data collection plan and data collection templates.
- Conduct in-depth interviews with key informants (justice and security sector actors, including the executive, legislative and judicial authorities; civil society organizations; informal justice actors; and international development partners among others).
- Conduct focus group discussions with key informants.
b) Draft a comprehensive report that documents the geographical location of legal aid service provision, nature of services, target groups, and capacity of the legal service providers to deliver on their mandate.
c) Assist and participate in the organization of activities to present findings to project stakeholders.
d) Ensure regular and timely reporting on the implementation of the assessment work plan.
e) Ensure quality control of project deliverables.
f) Work collaboratively with IDLO staff at the country level and at Rome HQ.
IDEAL PROFILE OF CANDIDATE
Education and Experience
- Minimum of a master’s degree in social sciences, political science, law, public policy or other relevant fields.
- Minimum of ten (10) years professional experience working on issues on access to justice, capacity and institutional development and justice and security sector reform.
- Proven track record in conducting research on access to justice and legal aid in a post-conflict/developing context.
- Proven academic record, including research and writing.
- Professional experience in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Excellent written and communication skills in English are required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Solid understanding and knowledge of access to justice, legal aid, human rights, and rule of law.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work constructively with several internal and external stakeholders.
- Excellent writing and analytical skills.
- Strong technical drafting and editing skills with attention to detail including when under pressure.
- Ability to work with a high degree of accuracy and attention to quality and detail in a complex environment.
- Sound organizational and planning skills.
- Good team player, positive attitude, flexible, and comfortable working in multi-cultural settings.
- Keen sense of ethics, integrity, and commitment to IDLO’s mandate.
HOW TO APPLY
All interested applicants are encouraged to apply and submit the completed online IDLO Personal History Form (PHF), resume, and cover letter. The cover letter should include an Annex A written proposal outlining the candidate’s approach to the assignment along with a consultancy budget (maximum of five pages).
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
IDLO shall offer the selected candidate a single engagement contract for five months (15 February to 15 July 2022), with the possibility of extension, subject to performance and availability of funding.
Candidates should prove their ability to work and travel to and in Liberia.
Remuneration for the assignment will be on a lumpsum basis. Payment will be made by installment based on the satisfactory completion of the agreed tasks.
IDLO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in all areas of its operations. We welcome applications of qualified and diverse candidates. IDLO is committed to achieving a 50/50 gender balance at all levels within its workforce. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for IDLO vacancies.
IDLO does not tolerate sexual exploitation or abuse, any kind of harassment, including harassment of a sexual nature; or discrimination. As such, IDLO will conduct careful reference and background checks of all selected candidates as part of its selection process.
DISCLAIMER AND CLOSING DATE
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the employee assigned to this work. This may not be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.
The Director-General of IDLO reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities or even to cancel the recruitment to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.
CLOSING DATE: 10 January 2022