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Montenegro: International Consultant to support the Ministry of Justice of Montenegro in assessment of administrative data on children in justice system and development of a country-specific indicators on children

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Montenegro: International Consultant to support the Ministry of Justice of Montenegro in assessment of administrative data on children in justice system and development of a country-specific indicators on children

Deadline for application: 
14 Mar 2019
Organisation: 
UN Children's Fund
Job type: 
Consultancy

Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Montenegro
Closing date: 14 Mar 2019

Job title: International Consultant to support the Ministry of Justice of Montenegro in assessment of administrative data on children in justice system and development of a country-specific indicators on children, to be integrated into new judicial information system (ISP)

Background and Context

Montenegro made considerable progress in the reform of the country’s judicial system and juvenile justice as an integral component. The comprehensive juvenile justice system reform started in early 2004 with a strong commitment of the Government of Montenegro, under the leadership of the Ministry of Justice and with the UNICEF technical assistance.

One of the very important interventions during the juvenile justice reform process was improvement of juvenile justice data collection and information system as an integral part of the overall Judicial Information System (PRIS). In that sense, a uniform and feasible methodology for improvement of data collection on monitoring situation of children in conflict with the law, children victims and witnesses of crime was developed based on internationally recognized indicators developed and agreed among the UNODC and UNICEF and integrated into Judicial Information System (PRIS).

As the existing Judicial information system (PRIS) proved to be outdated from both technical and functional point of view and is not covering current needs of judiciary, the Government of Montenegro (Ministry of Justice) adopted the Strategy on information and communication technology for judiciary (2016-2020) with a mission to establish new, modern and user-friendly customized, unique information system for the judiciary of Montenegro (hereinafter ISP). ISP was conceptually conceived as a unique information system that will cover the needs and key business processes of the Ministry of Justice, courts, State Prosecutor’s office including misdemeanour court and the Institute for execution of criminal sanctions.

In line with Montenegro`s commitments deriving from its international treaties, it will be necessary to develop a set of indicators related to children in justice processes (criminal, civil and administrative). These indicators should be an integral part of the new ISP so that progress in justice for children area can be measured, documented and related policies created on the basis of evidences.

In December 2018 UNICEF Montenegro became part of the sub regional initiative ‘Equitable Access to Justice for Children in the West Balkans States of Albania and Montenegro™ (2019 -2020) funded by the Government of Norway. This initiative is focused around two key result areas: 1) The justice and social welfare systems are adapted to the rights of children participating in justice processes and b) Children especially the most vulnerable have knowledge and support to enable them to access justice. Great emphasis of this initiative is dedicated to strengthening of the administrative data in the country, primarily data related to children in justice system.ÂÂ

UNDP supports Ministry of Justice in the process of development new ISP system and their intervention will be focused on development of two subsystems of Judicial information system (Courts and Institute for the enforcement of criminal sanctions), Business intelligence module for analytics and statistics and provision of technical assistance in the area of business continuity and integrity of the data.

Accordingly, in partnership with UNDP, UNICEF will provide technical support to the Ministry of Justice in assessment of the existing juvenile justice for children indictors and development of full set of indicators related to children appearing in all court proceedings (criminal, civil and administrative), so that CR related module may be developed and integrated into the ISP. Once the indicators are proposed and agreed with the Ministry of Justice IT Department and Judicial Council, it will be necessary to adjust definitions proposed for new ISP system with MONSTAT definitions, so the two systems correspond to each other and report the same data on children in contact with the law.

Purpose and Objective(s)

The purpose of this assignment is to support the Ministry of Justice and judicial institution to improve data collection on children participating in all justice proceedings so that decisions are made in the best interests of children;

The objective of this assignment is to:

  • identify, assess and develop sector relevant set of indicators on children participating in justice processes with reference to international standards and guidance;
  • Integrate indicators concerning children appearing in all court proceedings, as an integral part of the new Judicial Information System (ISP) that are to be used by the Ministry of Justice, courts and state prosecutors’ offices;
  • Enhance evidence-based planning and monitoring of the situation and trends concerning children in all court (including misdemeanor courts) and administrative proceedings.
  • support National Statistical Office -MONSTAT in adjusting definitions on children in justice proceedings with data/indicators developed for ISP

Methodology and Technical Approach

The methodology will include:

  • desk review of the relevant legislative and policy documents and available statistics, surveys, and publications/reports on access to justice available through administrative data sources,
  • interviews with representatives of relevant sectors at the national level (primarily judiciary, Ministry of Justice, MONSTAT and others), UNDP and insight into reporting mechanisms and registries (without identifiable data) (interviews will be scheduled with UNICEF support),
  • assessment of the current situation and preparation of the report with proposed indicators to be integrated into the new judicial information system -ISP;
  • validation of the proposed indicators and the methodology for data collection by national stakeholders.ÂÂ

The Consultant is expected to work both in the field and from home.

Further details are presented in the section below Activities and Tasks.

Activities and Tasks

The activities of the assignment will be conducted in close cooperation with the relevant representatives of the Ministry of Justice, Judicial Council and UNICEFs Child Protection Team.

The consultant is expected:

  • To use as a reference relevant international instruments (UN CRC and other UN, CoE and EU instruments), and in particular CoE Guidelines on Child Friendly Justice, UNICEF Strategic Plan – Goal Area 3 (internal UNICEF document, will be provided by UNICEF) and related Manual/Guidance for the implementation of the Strategic Plan (Goal Area 3); MONSTAT™s Transmonee Country analytical report on Access to Justice (2016), both regional Synthesis Report and the Report for Montenegro; INSPIRE Indicator Guidance and Results Framework - Ending Violence Against Children: How to define and measure change (https://www.unicef.org/protection/57929_102933.html), UNICEF Manual for the Measurement of Indicators on Violence against Children (internal UNICEF document, will be provided by UNICEF), a set of Juvenile Justice indicators and sub-indicators developed by UNODC/UNICEF during the juvenile justice system reform in Montenegro, UNICEF MNE internal documents containing all indicators proposed globally and regionally, etc.;
  • To review available MoJ/UNDP project documentation related to ongoing process of development of the new ISP system;
  • To use as a framework: Act on the Treatment of Juveniles in Criminal Proceedings (2010), Criminal Code of Montenegro (2017); Amendments to the Family Law of Montenegro (2016), Bylaw on the education of the Support Persons to the Child in Family Law related proceedings, Law on Free Legal Aid; Law on civil proceedings; Law on Administrative Proceedings; Law on Misdemeanours, Law on Police and other relevant policy documents such as: Strategy on Informational and Communicational Technologies of judiciary (2016-2020); National Plan of Action for Children (2014-2018); Strategy on the Reform of Judiciary (2014-2018);
  • To assess current situation of existing indicators related to children in conflict with the law, children victims and witnesses of crime that already exist in the old PRIS, collection of data and reporting;
  • To develop a uniform and feasible methodology of data collection with list of country-relevant-specific indicators that will refer to children in all court proceedings (civil, criminal and administrative):
    • Children in conflict with the law
    • Children victims and witnessed of crime
    • Children parties in civil proceedings
    • Children parties in administrative proceedings
  • To produce draft report and present the main (draft) findings to national stakeholders;
  • Based on received feedback, produce final report, validate and present final findings to the national stakeholders;
  • Based on developed methodology od data collection and indicators, propose list of definitions and indicators to MONSTAT so they correspond to the proposed methodology with list of indicators developed for ISP.

Key Deliverables and Timeframe

This assignment is expected to commence on 10th April 2019. The consultant is expected to spend a total of 36 working days on this assignment. He/she will spend up to 10 working days in Montenegro while rest of the time s/he will be home based.

Under the supervision of the Child Protection Officer, the Consultant is expected to produce the following key deliverables:

Key Deliverables

Number of days

Timeframe

 

Desk review (of legal texts, international documents, existing data collection methodologies and indicators for children in judicial system in Montenegro and docs related to establishment of ISP system)

7 days (home based)

By end of April 2018

Assessment of current situation of existing indicators related to children in court proceedings exist in the old PRIS, collection of data, availability of data and reporting;

5 days (in Montenegro)

By mid of May 2019

Develop a uniform and feasible methodology of data collection with list of country-relevant-specific indicators on children participating in justice proceedings (civil, criminal and administrative) that will be integrated into new Judicial Information System (ISP)

15 days

By end May 2019

Present the main (draft) findings to national stakeholders

1 day (in Montenegro)

By end May 2019

Based on received feedback, finalization and validation of the final report

1 day

By end June 2019

Based on developed methodology od data collection, propose list of definitions to MONSTAT so they correspond to the proposed methodology with list of indicators developed for ISP

7 days, out of which 2-3 days in Montenegro

By end August 2019

Submission of report, including recommendations of proposed list of definitions to MONSTAT so they correspond to the proposed methodology with list of indicators developed for ISP

By 15 September 2019

Total number of days

36 days

Management and Organisation

  • Management: The Consultant/s will be supervised by the UNICEF Child Protection Officer.
  • Organization: International Consultant/s will be required for this consultancy. If more than one consultant is engaged for the assignment, the fee for each consultant will be negotiated depending on their qualifications, the scope of work required from each consultant and the duration of their engagement.
  • Schedule: This assignment will commence on 10 April 2019.

Qualifications/specialized knowledge/experience required to complete the task:

The Consultant is expected to have the following qualifications/specialized knowledge/experience required to complete the task:

Education:

  • An Masters degree in law or other related social science;

Experience:

  • Five (5) or more years of experience in child rights and justice system reforms;
  • Familiarity with the local context in Montenegro in particular with respect to the justice, access to justice is a strong asset;
  • Have demonstrated experience in child rights indicators and interpreting various data sources pertaining child rights, e.g. administrative data, household surveys etc;
  • Proven experience in report writing and data compilation;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Excellent command of English, whilst knowledge of Montenegrin language will be considered as an advantage;
  • Previous work experience with UN/UNICEF or other international organizations will be considered as an advantage;

Application procedure

To apply for the vacant position please submit P-11 form through apply button;

  • Candidates are requested to submit a financial offer as a separate document consisting of a daily professional fee, travel costs of three visits to Montenegro and DSA costs for up to 10 days to be spend in Podgorica, Montenegro.

Selection Method:

All applicants will be screened against qualifications and requirements set above. Candidates fully meeting all the requirements will be further evaluated based on the criteria below.

  • Technical Criteria - Interview 70 % of total evaluation max. 70 point
  • Education: 10 points
  • Previous experience: 20 points
  • Technical questions at the interview: 30 points
  • Other: 10 points

Only candidates who obtained at least 70% of points from the technical part (who will score at least 49 points) will be qualified for considering for financial proposal evaluation.

2. Financial Criteria - 30 % of total evaluation – max. 30 points.

  • Financial scores will be calculated using the formula [lowest offer / financial offer of the candidate x 30].

REMARK:

Mandatory learning: Upon concluding the recruitment process and prior to signing the contract, all Consultants and Individual Contractors, including those working from home, mustcomplete the following three online courses

  • Ethics and Integrity at UNICEF
  • Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Abuse of Authority
  • Sexual Exploitation Abuse (PSEA)

In addition, Consultants and Individual Contractors must completethe following coursebefore commencement of any travel on behalf of UNICEF.

  • BSAFE security training

The courses can be found on the following link: UNICEF Mandatory Training/Learning Classes .

Budget and Remuneration

  • Payment schedule: The payments will be made upon successful completion of the deliverables and submission of invoices.
  • Recourse: UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.
  • Budget and Remuneration: Interested contractors are requested to submit their financial offer consisting of fee for the services to be provided, travel and subsistence costs, as applicable.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities to apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process;

How to apply:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=520290

 

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