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Vacancy notice for Junior non-key expert

Vacancy notice for Junior non-key expert

General description of the project

The Consortium comprising of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), the Center for International Legal Cooperation (CILC) and GIP Justice Coopération Internationale (JCI) - hereinafter ‘the Consortium’) won the bid for the Increased Efficiency, Accountability and Transparency of Courts Project in Moldova (ATRECO Project). The ATRECO Project Consortium partners CILC and JCI are both strongly linked to the justice sector of their respective countries – the Netherlands and France – and have access to high-level experts from various judiciary institutions which can provide first-hand knowledge and expertise for the Moldovan authorities in their respective fields of expertise. The strong institutional background will help to tackle any specific need for support, while the different country backgrounds of all three-consortium partners will offer a choice of 

practices and perspectives the Moldovan partners can benefit from. Finally, the Consortium is aware that justice sector reforms are one of the most complicated reform areas. A real positive change in the system of administration of justice can only be achieved by a marked improvement in mentality to accompany the statutory and institutional changes.

Thus the ATRECO Project is designed to help implement certain parts of the Justice Sector Reform Strategy and Action Plan 2011-2016 of the Republic of Moldova, with the overall underlying objective of building an accessible, efficient, independent, transparent, and professional justice sector, and the particular aim to increase the efficiency, impartiality, accountability and transparency of the courts in Moldova. 

The Strategy for Justice Sector Reform (SJSR) 2011-2016 is a major undertaking for reform in the area of the administration of justice, aimed at improving judicial transparency, impartiality and independence, as well as tackling corruption. In the framework of this SJSR, the Parliament passed a package of ambitious legislative amendments in 2012 which have introduced a number of changes, including bringing the composition of the Superior Council of Magistrates closer to European standards, expanding training for court and probation staff, abolishing provisions concerning the statute of limitations for torture and prohibiting granting of amnesty to persons sentenced for torture. The SJRS is accompanied by an Action Plan, which outlines strategic directions, actions to be carried out, and implementation costs. 

Rationale for the Mission

The Superior Council of Magistrates plays a crucial role for the independence, impartiality, efficiency and transparency of the judiciary, as addressed under pillar I of the SJSR.

The objective of this mission is to help all stakeholders and especially the Ministry of Justice as coordinating institution, to get a clear and objective picture of the status quo of implementation of the legislation, which is governing the work of the Superior Council of Magistrates.

The expert will do an analysis of the degree of implementation of the competences of the Superior Council of Magistracy, provided in Art. 4 of Law no.947 of 19.07.1996 on the Superior Council of Magistracy and an assessment of the degree of implementation of the duties of the subordinate bodies of the Superior Council of Magistracy, provided in Law no. 

947 of 19.07.1996 on the Superior Council of Magistracy.

He/she will further assess the degree of implementation of the provisions on the transparency of the Superior Council of Magistracy, duties stipulated in Art. 81 of Law no. 947 of 19.07.1996 on the Superior Council of Magistracy.

His/her findings the expert will present in form of a comprehensive report, which will include a section with clear cut recommendations/proposals on strengthening the activity of the Superior Council of Magistracy and its subordinate bodies and, where necessary, recommendations/proposals on reviewing the legal provisions regulating their activities.

Thus, the expert will contribute directly to the implementation of the sub-component 1.1 “SJSR fostered activities”.

Against this background the expert will contribute to the following concrete sub-activities that are planned:

1.1.1.1 Assessment of the implementation of SJSR in respect of Pillar I and Pillar IV.

Main expected outcomes advisory services:

  • Comprehensive report on status quo of legislation, which is governing the activity of the Superior Council of Magistrates and its subordinate bodies including recommendations for improvement if and where necessary
  • Roundtable to present the report

Qualifications of Expert

 

  • University degree in law
  • At least 3 years of working experience within or for the justice sector

 

 Specific Skills:

 

  • Proficiency in written and spoken Romanian and English
  • Experience in reform of the judiciary
  • Fully familiar with self-governance principles for the judiciary and relevant European standards
  • Excellent reporting skills
  • Good analytical and communications skills; 

 

Activities to be carried out/supported by the Consultant

The expert will contribute under supervision of the Team Leader to the implementation of the Component 1, and related activity as follows:

1.1.1 Support the consolidation of Pillar I activities of the SJSR

Expected Results/Outputs

The expert input will support project team in achieving the following expected results:

Expected result 1: The efficiency, impartiality, accountability and transparency of the courts in Moldova, particularly in the context of the reforms proposed in the Justice Sector Reform Strategy and Action Plan are increased;

 Expected result 2:  The regulatory framework of the Superior Council of Magistracy is 

strengthened, is functioning and is in full compliance with the principle of judicial independence;

Input and Timetable

The total estimated input is 8 working days, in the period of October - December 2016. All working days shall be spent in the Republic of Moldova.

Logistics and On-site support for the STE

The project office in Chisinau will provide logistical support to the expert.

Location

The Job is based in Chisinau/Moldova

Please send your application via e-mail to: carsten.mahnke@giz.de

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