Announcements Archive
31 March 2020
EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR THE CALL FOR PROPOSALS:Terms of Reference for the end of the project evaluation.CLOSING DATE:LRCM hereby extends the bids submission deadline to 14 April 2020.BUDGET CEILING:The total budget for the overall assignment activity should not exceed the amount of USD 10,000 (including any relevant travel, accommodation or consultancy costs).N.B. Should travel bans or movement restrictions not be lifted by the time of carrying out evaluation activity, the LRCM and Consultant shall mutually agree upon a new timeline to accomplish the purpose of assignment.The Legal Resources Centre from Moldova (LRCM) is a non-profit organization that contributes to strengthening democracy and the rule of law in the Republic of Moldova with emphasis on justice and human rights. Our work includes research and advocacy. We are independent and politically non-affiliated.The LRCM promotes an independent, efficient, and accountable judiciary, respect of human rights, an enabling environment for civil society and democracy. For that end, we identify problems with systemic impact, bring them into the public agenda, propose solutions, react to abuses and mobilize partners for changes in good. More information on LRCM activity is available at www.crjm.org. BACKGROUNDIn October 2016, the LRCM started the implementation of the project “Promoting the Rule of Law in Moldova through civil society oversight”, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (hereinafter the USAID funded project). The project purpose is to improve rule of law and accountability of the justice system in Moldova via active civil society oversight and participation in decision-making processes. The period of implementation of the project is October 2016 – September 2020. Total budget of the project - USD 1,200,000.The project objectives are the following:to promote an enabling environment for civil society organizations (CSOs) - to achieve this result, LRCM aims to reach the following sub-results: (i) Legislation on the creation and operation of CSOs and their public utility status will be improved and CSOs will be informed on the new legal requirements; (ii) A new legal framework on the percentage designations (2%) will be adopted and applied since 2017 and CSOs and taxpayers will be informed on the procedures to designate and -to access the mechanism; (iii) Legislation will be amended to improve the process of legislative public consultation at the Parliamentary level. The legal framework will be improved for ensuring fiscal and financial sustainability of CSOs. CSOs will be empowered to make use of the new fiscal regulations and participation in drafting laws/public policies at the level of the Parliament.to increase the accountability and transparency of the Moldovan justice system - to achieve this result, LRCM aims to reach the following sub-results: (i) The general public and donor community will be informed of the current activity and problems in the judiciary; (ii) Transparency of SCM will increase as a result of consistent CSO and media attention; (iii) The criteria, mechanisms and practice of selection and promotion of judges will be amended to lead to merit based decisions; (iv) The impact of the reforms will be assessed and proposals made to the public authorities to increase; (v) Transparency, efficiency and accountability of the justice system. The plan for building of courthouses to implement the 2016 Law on reorganization of the court system (optimization of judicial map) approved by the Parliament.to promote effective implementation of European human rights standards in Moldova - to achieve this result, LRCM aims to reach the following sub-results: (i) The public will be informed of ECHR violations regarding Moldova and the need for change; hence social pressure on Moldovan authorities will determine them to comply with the ECHR standards; (ii) The skills of trained judges, prosecutors and lawyers will be improved to apply in practice the ECHR standards; (iii) A new system of effective execution of the ECtHR judgments by Moldova will be set up; (iv) The Law on ensuring equality will be amended to strengthen the status of the Non-Discrimination Council, in particular the power to apply sanctions for discrimination. Analysis of court cases on discrimination will be carried out and weaknesses in interpretation highlighted for further improvement; (v) In the long term, the principle of equality and non-discrimination will be fully implemented via Non-Discrimination Council jurisprudence and judicial practice.to strengthen the institutional capacity and to ensure the sustainability of LRCM - to achieve this result, LRCM aims to reach the following sub-results: (i) LRCM’s ability to monitor and react promptly to important decisions related to rule of law and human rights in Moldova will be improved; (ii) LRCM will be able to effectively cooperate with mass media and opinion leaders to promote qualitative debates and media coverage on justice, human rights and civil society participation; (iii) Annual activity reports will be drafted and distributed to partners, donors and posted on the LRCM website; (iv) A new LRCM Strategy for 2018-2021 will be adopted, which will include new methods for ensuring LRCM’s financial sustainability; (iv) Communication skills will be enhanced that will allow better collaboration within LRCM and with relevant stakeholders, improving LRCM’s activities in general; (v) The internal policies and staff performance will be improved to allow LRCM to effectively carry out its mandate.Direct beneficiaries:Civil society organizationsJudges, prosecutors, lawyersSuperior Council of MagistracyParliament, GovernmentIndirect beneficiary:Society of the Republic of Moldova3 years (2016-2019) of project implementation (in numbers)68SCM sittings monitored 48Legal opinions submitted to authorities8Working group memberships 31Public reactions launched27Public events & workshops organized14Publications on relevant topics 4Infographics on issues of public interest11Newsletters in Romanian, Russian and English 3Strategic litigation cases & 1 amicus curiae1Case won before the European Court4Survey for CSOs8Press clubs with journalists5Briefs to IGOs (Council of Europe & UN SR HRD)5Meeting with Moldova’s development partnersPURPOSE OF ASSIGNMENT LRCM seeks to contract a consultant / team of consultants (hereinafter referred to as - the Consultant) to undertake the external evaluation of the implementation of the project mentioned above.  Objectives of the Evaluation The objectives of this evaluation are to:Undertake an evaluation to assess the project’s: Relevance – the extent to which the objectives were consistent with beneficiaries’ needs and priorities;Effectiveness – the extent to which the targeted project objectives were achieved (or are expected to be achieved);Efficiency – how economically resources/inputs were converted into results;Sustainability – the extent to which the benefits are likely to continue after the project;Impact – where possible, the long-term effects produced by the project (directly, indirectly, intended, unintended, positive and negative);Provide recommendations for future improvements / planning. Illustrative questions directed at evaluating the project activities, in each of the project objectives, might include (but are not limited to) the following domains:To what extent the activities undertaken by the project team lead to a more conducive Legal framework for a more effective and sustainable CSO sector?;To what extent the activities undertaken by the project team increased the ability of CSO to participate in the decision process, particularly at the parliamentary level?;How has the project influenced the CSO sector, and what capacities has it built, if any?;To what extent active monitoring of judicial institutions, such as the Superior Council of Magistracy, by LRCM increased the institutions transparency?;   To what extent the studies and policy proposals drafted by the project team contributed to ensure a more transparent and accountable justice system in Moldova?To what extent the activities undertaken by the project team enabled professionals to use and apply human rights standards in their daily work?;To what extent the research and written submissions drafted under the project objectives have informed the national stakeholders and international fora?To what extent the implemented activities under the institutional program component strengthened LRCM’s watchdog and institutional capacities?Is there evidence that the initiatives started under the project are likely to grow – scaling up and out – beyond the project life?The evaluation shall focus on the period of October 2016 – 30 September 2020 (the date of completion of the project). METHODOLOGYThe evaluation assignment is expected to be conducted in a consultative and participatory way. LRCM expects the Consultant to use the following methods: desk study and review of LRCM regulatory documentation including project documents, activity reports, interviews with the staff, donors and direct beneficiaries (face-to-face interviews when possible), as well as other methods as deemed appropriate by the Consultant. The Consultant shall draft the methodology and consult it with LRCM prior to initiating the evaluation. Critical reflection and learning is integral to this process. The Consultant is expected to plan and ensure the engagement of the LRCM staff in evaluation process. KEY DELIVERABLESThe Consultant shall provide the following deliverables:Methodology / action plan, including evaluation tools;A draft evaluation report of the USAID supported project implementation, to be submitted to LRCM for comments;A final evaluation report on the implementation of the USAID supported project, which will cover at least the following: executive summary, brief project background, main findings relating to the evaluation questions and including detail of any unintended outcomes that are resulting from project activities, recommendations for future action.All deliverables shall be presented in English. The exact report format will be agreed upon with the Consultant prior to commencing the assignment. TIMELINEThe evaluation shall be conducted between 15 July – 31 August 2020, with the final Evaluation report to be delivered by 15 September 2020. REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CONSULTANTThe Consultant (company or individual) shall have proven experience in project evaluation with at least 5 years of experience. Additional requirements include:good knowledge of Moldovan or regional rule of law context;record of participation in minimum two assignments of similar evaluation or degree of complexity;solid experience in project cycle management;experience in evaluation of the projects implemented by civil society organizations. Previous experience in evaluation of the USAID funded projects is an advantage;excellent writing, reporting and communication skills;university degree in Law, Political Sciences, Democracy, Public Policy, International Development. Master’s degree in the same fields is an advantage;proficiency in English. Knowledge of Romanian or Russian is an advantage.Persons who directly benefited from the implementation or provided services within the project are not eligible. EVALUATIONThe cumulative method will be applied in the evaluation of the applications. The contract will be awarded to the candidate achieving the highest cumulative score from the technical and financial parts of the proposal. The technical proposal accounts for 70% of the total score and the financial proposal will account for 30% of the total evaluation score. The calculation criteria of the Financial Offer will be based on a percentage proportion, awarding 100% (equivalent to 30 points) to the lowest financial bid submitted. The offers will be evaluated based on the following criteria:CriteriaMax. pointTechnical  Envisaged methodology and action plan, including evaluation tools for the assignment25Knowledge of Moldovan or regional rule of law context10University degree in Law, Political Sciences, Democracy, Public Policy, International Development5Experience in project cycle management5Experience in evaluation of the projects implemented by the civil society organisations / in evaluation of the USAID funded projects15Record of participation in minimum two assignments of similar evaluation or degree of complexity10Financial offer30TOTAL100APPLICATION PROCESSOffers may be submitted by individual candidates and/or legal entities. The signed and dated offer shall be sent by e-mail to application@crjm.org by 14 April 2020, including the following components:the copy of the registration certificate/extract for the legal person and the updated CV of the candidates, together with a Cover letter, which will contain: (1) interest in the assignment and a short description of previous portfolios/beneficiaries, including links or attached two most relevant similar assignments; (2) the name and contact details of two reference persons;An outline of the envisaged methodology for the assignment (outlining the overall approach and suggested methods ), including a proposed plan of action to achieve the key deliverables with timelines;financial offer in USD, with the breakdown of costs (consultancy fee per number of anticipated working days, including costs for per diems, accommodation, local travel and travel to Moldova (1(one) return trip). Offers submitted in any other currency will be converted at the official exchange rate of the National Bank of Moldova at the deadline date for submitting the offers;For local resident candidates: (a) legal entities are invited to send their financial offers with the application of the VAT exemption with deduction right. The confirmative documents for VAT exemption will be presented by the beneficiary; (b) individual candidates – net amounts.For foreign individual candidates/legal entities, if selected, the tax resident certificate issued by the relevant tax authority of the origin country will be requested. Upon presentation of the certificate of residence for tax purposes based on the Convention for the avoidance of double taxation, the Consultant will have the sole responsibility for the payment of all applicable taxes relating to Expert and Expert’s employees arising from payments to be received.(!) Individual successful candidates should justify the requested fees by filling in a form (Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet in line with USAID requirements) indicating the fees received for similar services from at least three contractors, with the attachment of the supporting documents.declaration on conflict of interests. In case of a conflict of interests, real or potential, with the members or employees of the LRCM, the candidate is obliged to declare it in a written document enclosed with the application.Disbursement and payment modalities will be agreed upon by both parties and specified in the contract with the Consultant. For any clarifications on the assignment, please e-mail at application@crjm.org.NOTE: LRCM reserves the right not to choose any candidate in case the offers received do not meet the desired requirements mentioned in this ToR. LRCM is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage application from all qualifying candidates. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital or parental status or other category protected by law.
2 March 2020
2 March 2020The Legal Resources Centre from Moldova (LRCM) is a non-profit organization that contributes to strengthening democracy and the rule of law in the Republic of Moldova with emphasis on justice and human rights. Our work includes research and advocacy. We are independent and politically non-affiliated.The LRCM promotes an independent, efficient, and accountable judiciary, respect of human rights, an enabling environment for civil society and democracy. For that end, we identify problems with systemic impact, bring them into the public agenda, propose solutions, react to abuses and mobilize partners for changes in good. More information on LRCM activity is available at www.crjm.org. BACKGROUNDIn October 2016, the LRCM started the implementation of the project “Promoting the Rule of Law in Moldova through civil society oversight”, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (hereinafter the USAID funded project). The project purpose is to improve rule of law and accountability of the justice system in Moldova via active civil society oversight and participation in decision-making processes. The period of implementation of the project is October 2016 – September 2020. Total budget of the project - USD 1,200,000.The project objectives are the following:to promote an enabling environment for civil society organizations (CSOs) - to achieve this result, LRCM aims to reach the following sub-results: (i) Legislation on the creation and operation of CSOs and their public utility status will be improved and CSOs will be informed on the new legal requirements; (ii) A new legal framework on the percentage designations (2%) will be adopted and applied since 2017 and CSOs and taxpayers will be informed on the procedures to designate and -to access the mechanism; (iii) Legislation will be amended to improve the process of legislative public consultation at the Parliamentary level. The legal framework will be improved for ensuring fiscal and financial sustainability of CSOs. CSOs will be empowered to make use of the new fiscal regulations and participation in drafting laws/public policies at the level of the Parliament.to increase the accountability and transparency of the Moldovan justice system - to achieve this result, LRCM aims to reach the following sub-results: (i) The general public and donor community will be informed of the current activity and problems in the judiciary; (ii) Transparency of SCM will increase as a result of consistent CSO and media attention; (iii) The criteria, mechanisms and practice of selection and promotion of judges will be amended to lead to merit based decisions; (iv) The impact of the reforms will be assessed and proposals made to the public authorities to increase; (v) Transparency, efficiency and accountability of the justice system. The plan for building of courthouses to implement the 2016 Law on reorganization of the court system (optimization of judicial map) approved by the Parliament.to promote effective implementation of European human rights standards in Moldova - to achieve this result, LRCM aims to reach the following sub-results: (i) The public will be informed of ECHR violations regarding Moldova and the need for change; hence social pressure on Moldovan authorities will determine them to comply with the ECHR standards; (ii) The skills of trained judges, prosecutors and lawyers will be improved to apply in practice the ECHR standards; (iii) A new system of effective execution of the ECtHR judgments by Moldova will be set up; (iv) The Law on ensuring equality will be amended to strengthen the status of the Non-Discrimination Council, in particular the power to apply sanctions for discrimination. Analysis of court cases on discrimination will be carried out and weaknesses in interpretation highlighted for further improvement; (v) In the long term, the principle of equality and non-discrimination will be fully implemented via Non-Discrimination Council jurisprudence and judicial practice.to strengthen the institutional capacity and to ensure the sustainability of LRCM - to achieve this result, LRCM aims to reach the following sub-results: (i) LRCM’s ability to monitor and react promptly to important decisions related to rule of law and human rights in Moldova will be improved; (ii) LRCM will be able to effectively cooperate with mass media and opinion leaders to promote qualitative debates and media coverage on justice, human rights and civil society participation; (iii) Annual activity reports will be drafted and distributed to partners, donors and posted on the LRCM website; (iv) A new LRCM Strategy for 2018-2021 will be adopted, which will include new methods for ensuring LRCM’s financial sustainability; (iv) Communication skills will be enhanced that will allow better collaboration within LRCM and with relevant stakeholders, improving LRCM’s activities in general; (v) The internal policies and staff performance will be improved to allow LRCM to effectively carry out its mandate.Direct beneficiaries:Civil society organizationsJudges, prosecutors, lawyersSuperior Council of MagistracyParliament, GovernmentIndirect beneficiary:Society of the Republic of Moldova3 years (2016-2019) of project implementation (in numbers)68SCM sittings monitored 48Legal opinions submitted to authorities8Working group memberships 31Public reactions launched27Public events & workshops organized14Publications on relevant topics 4Infographics on issues of public interest11Newsletters in Romanian, Russian and English 3Strategic litigation cases & 1 amicus curiae1Case won before the European Court4Survey for CSOs8Press clubs with journalists5Briefs to IGOs (Council of Europe & UN SR HRD)5Meeting with Moldova’s development partnersPURPOSE OF ASSIGNMENT LRCM seeks to contract a consultant / team of consultants (hereinafter referred to as - the Consultant) to undertake the external evaluation of the implementation of the project mentioned above.  Objectives of the Evaluation The objectives of this evaluation are to:Undertake an evaluation to assess the project’s: a) Relevance – the extent to which the objectives were consistent with beneficiaries’ needs and priorities;b) Effectiveness – the extent to which the targeted project objectives were achieved (or are expected to be achieved);c) Efficiency – how economically resources/inputs were converted into results;d) Sustainability – the extent to which the benefits are likely to continue after the project;e) Impact – where possible, the long-term effects produced by the project (directly, indirectly, intended, unintended, positive and negative);Provide recommendations for future improvements / planning. Illustrative questions directed at evaluating the project activities, in each of the project objectives, might include (but are not limited to) the following domains:To what extent the activities undertaken by the project team lead to a more conducive Legal framework for a more effective and sustainable CSO sector?;To what extent the activities undertaken by the project team increased the ability of CSO to participate in the decision process, particularly at the parliamentary level?;How has the project influenced the CSO sector, and what capacities has it built, if any?;To what extent active monitoring of judicial institutions, such as the Superior Council of Magistracy, by LRCM increased the institutions transparency?;   To what extent the studies and policy proposals drafted by the project team contributed to ensure a more transparent and accountable justice system in Moldova?To what extent the activities undertaken by the project team enabled professionals to use and apply human rights standards in their daily work?;To what extent the research and written submissions drafted under the project objectives have informed the national stakeholders and international fora?To what extent the implemented activities under the institutional program component strengthened LRCM’s watchdog and institutional capacities?Is there evidence that the initiatives started under the project are likely to grow – scaling up and out – beyond the project life?The evaluation shall focus on the period of October 2016 – 30 September 2020 (the date of completion of the project). METHODOLOGYThe evaluation assignment is expected to be conducted in a consultative and participatory way. LRCM expects the Consultant to use the following methods: desk study and review of LRCM regulatory documentation including project documents, activity reports, interviews with the staff, donors and direct beneficiaries (face-to-face interviews when possible), as well as other methods as deemed appropriate by the Consultant. The Consultant shall draft the methodology and consult it with LRCM prior to initiating the evaluation. Critical reflection and learning is integral to this process. The Consultant is expected to plan and ensure the engagement of the LRCM staff in evaluation process. KEY DELIVERABLESThe Consultant shall provide the following deliverables:Methodology / action plan, including evaluation tools;A draft evaluation report of the USAID supported project implementation, to be submitted to LRCM for comments;A final evaluation report on the implementation of the USAID supported project, which will cover at least the following: executive summary, brief project background, main findings relating to the evaluation questions and including detail of any unintended outcomes that are resulting from project activities, recommendations for future action.All deliverables shall be presented in English. The exact report format will be agreed upon with the Consultant prior to commencing the assignment. TIMELINEThe evaluation shall be conducted between 15 July – 31 August 2020, with the final Evaluation report to be delivered by 15 September 2020. REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CONSULTANTThe Consultant (company or individual) shall have proven experience in project evaluation with at least 5 years of experience. Additional requirements include:good knowledge of Moldovan or regional rule of law context;record of participation in minimum two assignments of similar evaluation or degree of complexity;solid experience in project cycle management;experience in evaluation of the projects implemented by civil society organizations. Previous experience in evaluation of the USAID funded projects is an advantage;excellent writing, reporting and communication skills;university degree in Law, Political Sciences, Democracy, Public Policy, International Development. Master’s degree in the same fields is an advantage;proficiency in English. Knowledge of Romanian or Russian is an advantage.Persons who directly benefited from the implementation or provided services within the project are not eligible. EVALUATIONThe cumulative method will be applied in the evaluation of the applications. The contract will be awarded to the candidate achieving the highest cumulative score from the technical and financial parts of the proposal. The technical proposal accounts for 70% of the total score and the financial proposal will account for 30% of the total evaluation score. The calculation criteria of the Financial Offer will be based on a percentage proportion, awarding 100% (equivalent to 30 points) to the lowest financial bid submitted. The offers will be evaluated based on the following criteria:CriteriaMax. pointTechnical  Envisaged methodology and action plan, including evaluation tools for the assignment25Knowledge of Moldovan or regional rule of law context10University degree in Law, Political Sciences, Democracy, Public Policy, International Development5Experience in project cycle management5Experience in evaluation of the projects implemented by the civil society organisations / in evaluation of the USAID funded projects15Record of participation in minimum two assignments of similar evaluation or degree of complexity10Financial offer30TOTAL100  APPLICATION PROCESSOffers may be submitted by individual candidates and/or legal entities. The signed and dated offer shall be sent by e-mail to application@crjm.org by 30 March 2020, including the following components:the copy of the registration certificate/extract for the legal person and the updated CV of the candidates, together with a Cover letter, which will contain: (1) interest in the assignment and a short description of previous portfolios/beneficiaries, including links or attached two most relevant similar assignments; (2) the name and contact details of two reference persons;An outline of the envisaged methodology for the assignment (outlining the overall approach and suggested methods ), including a proposed plan of action to achieve the key deliverables with timelines;financial offer in USD, with the breakdown of costs (consultancy fee per number of anticipated working days, including costs for per diems, accommodation, local travel and travel to Moldova (1(one) return trip). Offers submitted in any other currency will be converted at the official exchange rate of the National Bank of Moldova at the deadline date for submitting the offers;For local resident candidates: (a) legal entities are invited to send their financial offers with the application of the VAT exemption with deduction right. The confirmative documents for VAT exemption will be presented by the beneficiary; (b) individual candidates – net amounts.For foreign individual candidates/legal entities, if selected, the tax resident certificate issued by the relevant tax authority of the origin country will be requested. Upon presentation of the certificate of residence for tax purposes based on the Convention for the avoidance of double taxation, the Consultant will have the sole responsibility for the payment of all applicable taxes relating to Expert and Expert’s employees arising from payments to be received.(!) Individual successful candidates should justify the requested fees by filling in a form (Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet in line with USAID requirements) indicating the fees received for similar services from at least three contractors, with the attachment of the supporting documents.declaration on conflict of interests. In case of a conflict of interests, real or potential, with the members or employees of the LRCM, the candidate is obliged to declare it in a written document enclosed with the application.Disbursement and payment modalities will be agreed upon by both parties and specified in the contract with the Consultant. For any clarifications on the assignment, please e-mail at application@crjm.org.NOTE: LRCM reserves the right not to choose any candidate in case the offers received do not meet the desired requirements mentioned in this ToR. LRCM is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage application from all qualifying candidates. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital or parental status or other category protected by law.   
17 January 2020
The Legal Resources Centre from Moldova (LRCM) is pleased to invite you at the presentation of the analytical document “Transparency of the judiciary versus personal data” – An analysis on the publication of judicial decisions in the Republic of Moldova. The document analyses how the provisions of the Regulation of the Superior Council of Magistracy (SCM) on the publication of judgements in the national web portal of courts and web page of the Superior Court of Justice (SCJ), approved in October 2017, are applied in practice. The conclusions and recommendations of the document were formulated based on the research of 1,300 judicial decisions randomly identified in civil, criminal and contravention cases from January 2018 – March 2019, publicly available on the national web portal of courts and SCJ web page. The event aims at presenting the authors’ conclusions, as well as offering space for constructive discussion with interested institutions. Representatives of the SCM, judges, judicial assistants, National Institute of Justice, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the National Centre for Personal Data Protection, development partners and civil society. The event will take place on 24 January 2020 at the Jolly Alon Hotel (37, Maria Cebotari street, Chisinau mun.), 1st floor, between 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration of participation starts at 10:00 a.m.  The working languages of the event will be Romanian and English, with simultaneous translation.The event is organized within the framework of the project “Promoting the rule of law in Moldova through civil society oversight”, implemented by LRCM with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Please confirm your attendance by 21 January 2020, 5 p.m., by replying to this email: mihaela.cibotaru@crjm.org or by calling at: 022 843 601 (extension – 108).
9 October 2019
LRCM seeks to contract  a Fundraising Expert to assist LRCM team in developing a long term fundraising strategy and sustainability plan to help the organization diversify its funding baseIn continuation of the tender advertisement dated 6 September 2019, and eventually extended on 24 September 2019, LRCM hereby extends consecutively the tender submission date to 30 October 2019. EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR THE CALL FOR PROPOSALS:Terms of Reference for Fundraising Expert to assist LRCM team in developing a long term fundraising strategy and sustainability plan to help the organization diversify its funding base.CLOSING DATE:LRCM hereby extends the tender submission deadline to 30 October 2019.BUDGET CEILING:The total budget for the overall assignment activity should not exceed the amount of USD 9,000 (including any relevant travel, accommodation or consultancy costs).BACKGROUND:Legal Resources Centre from Moldova (LRCM) is a non-profit organization that contributes to strengthening democracy and the rule of law in the Republic of Moldova with emphasis on justice and human rights. Our work includes research and advocacy. We are independent and politically non-affiliated.LRCM aims to ensure a funding portfolio and mechanisms that are fairly balanced and contribute to secure the organization long term financial sustainability. Although, over the last years the organisation has undertaken some specific actions to enhance budgeting policies, the current LRCM budget still remains mostly project based.This activity is carried out under the project Promoting the Rule of Law in Moldova through Civil Society Oversight, with the financial support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).SCOPE OF ASSIGNMENT:The selected expert will help the organization diversify its funding base by proposing new fundraising approaches that work considering the profile of the organisation, the country specific context and the existing/potential available mechanisms.The Expert should: perform the desk review of the current LRCM policies, regulations and practices in place, as well as of the fundraising opportunities in the priority areas for LRCM; if necessary, consider one visit to Moldova;develop, in consultation with LRCM, the draft long term fundraising strategy, identifying funding requirements and opportunities, specific fundraising activities and their timing, as well as responsibilities for fundraising within the organisation;deliver expertise and consult LRCM on how to diversify and improve its funding base, by proposing new fundraising approaches that work, considering the profile of the organisation, the country specific context and the existing/potential available mechanisms.Key deliverables:design a clear fundraising sustainable strategy, identifying requirements and ways of funding opportunities. Recommend funding activities and their timing.The strategy shall be presented in English or Romanian.TIMELINEThe period of assignment will be up to 15 working days, depending on expert’s fees and action plan from November to December 2019, with the final strategy to be delivered by 15 January 2020.REQUIREMENTS FOR THE EXPERT:  university degree in finance or another relevant field. A master or PhD degree in these fields or any relevant fundraising studies will be considered as an advantage;record of participation in assignments of similar size and degree of complexity is as an advantage;relevant professional experience (up to 5 years; experience with non-profit organization will be considered as an advantage);knowledge of country specific context (Moldova / Central East European region) will be considered as an advantage;experience of fundraising activity;proficiency in English. Excellent writing and analytical methods and skills;good personal and corporate reputation and integrity.EVALUATIONThe cumulative method will be applied in the evaluation of the applications. The contract will be awarded to the candidate achieving the highest cumulative score from the technical and financial parts of the proposal. The technical proposal accounts for 70% of the total score and the financial proposal will account for 30% of the total evaluation score. The calculation criteria of the Financial Offer will be based on a percentage proportion, awarding 100% (equivalent to 30 points) to the lowest financial bid submitted. The offers will be evaluated based on the following criteria:CriteriaMax. pointAction plan30Relevant degree 10Relevant professional experience (experience with non-profit organization will be considered as an advantage) and fundraising experience25Knowledge of country specific context (Moldova / Central East European region)5Financial offer30TOTAL100APPLICATION PROCESS: Offers may be submitted by individual candidates and/or legal entities. The signed and dated offer must sent by e-mail to application@crjm.org or directly to the LRCM premises, 33, A. Sciusev street, Chisinau, MD-2001, by 30 October 2019, including the following components:the copy of the registration certificate/extract for the legal person and the updated CV of the candidates, together with a Cover letter, which will contain: (1) interest in the assignment and a short description of previous portfolios/beneficiaries; (2) the name and contact details of two reference persons;proposed action plan to achieve the key deliverables;financial offer in USD, with the breakdown of costs (consultancy fee per number of anticipated working days, including costs for per diems, accommodation, travel to Moldova (1 (one) return trip). The offers presented in another currency will be converted at the official exchange rate of the National Bank of Moldova at the deadline date for submitting the offer.For Moldovan candidates: (a) companies are invited to send their financial offers with the application of the VAT exemption with deduction right. The confirmative documents for VAT exemption will be presented by the beneficiary; (b) individual candidates – net amounts.For foreign individual candidates/companies, if selected, the tax resident certificate issued by the relevant tax authority of the origin country will be requested. Upon presentation of the certificate of residence for tax purposes based on the Convention for the avoidance of double taxation, the Expert will have the sole responsibility for the payment of all applicable taxes relating to Expert and Expert’s employees arising from payments to be received. (!) Individual successful candidates should justify the requested fees by filling in a form (Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet in line with USAID requirements) indicating the fees received for similar services from at least three contractors, with the attachment of the supporting documents.Declaration on conflicts of interest. In case of a conflict of interests, real or potential, with the members or employees of the LRCM, the bidder is obliged to declare it in a written document enclosed with the application. For further information, please contact us at +373 22 843601 ext.110 or e-mail: angela.caranfil@crjm.orgNOTE: LRCM reserves the right not to choose any candidate in case the offers received will not meet the desired requirements mentioned in this ToR or its budget.
24 September 2019
 EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR THE CALL FOR PROPOSALS:Terms of Reference for Fundraising Expert to assist LRCM team in developing a long term fundraising strategy and sustainability plan to help the organization diversify its funding base.CLOSING DATE:LRCM hereby extends the tender submission deadline to 8 October 2019.BUDGET CEILING:The total budget for the overall assignment activity should not exceed the amount of USD 9,000 (including any relevant travel, accommodation or consultancy costs).BACKGROUND:The Legal Resources Centre from Moldova (LRCM) is a non-profit organization that contributes to strengthening democracy and the rule of law in the Republic of Moldova with emphasis on justice and human rights. Our work includes research and advocacy. We are independent and politically non-affiliated.LRCM aims to ensure a funding portfolio and mechanisms that are fairly balanced and contribute to secure the organization long term financial sustainability. Although, over the last years the organisation has undertaken some specific actions to enhance budgeting policies, the current LRCM budget still remains mostly project based.This activity is carried out under the project Promoting the Rule of Law in Moldova through Civil Society Oversight, with the financial support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).SCOPE OF ASSIGNMENT:The selected expert will help the organization diversify its funding base by proposing new fundraising approaches that work considering the profile of the organisation, the country specific context and the existing/potential available mechanisms.The Expert should: perform the desk review of the current LRCM policies, regulations and practices in place, as well as of the fundraising opportunities in the priority areas for LRCM; if necessary, consider one visit to Moldova;develop, in consultation with LRCM, the draft long term fundraising strategy, identifying funding requirements and opportunities, specific fundraising activities and their timing, as well as responsibilities for fundraising within the organisation;deliver expertise and consult LRCM on how to diversify and improve its funding base, by proposing new fundraising approaches that work, considering the profile of the organisation, the country specific context and the existing/potential available mechanisms.Key deliverables:design a clear fundraising sustainable strategy, identifying requirements and ways of funding opportunities. Recommend funding activities and their timing.The strategy shall be presented in English or Romanian.TIMELINEThe period of assignment will be up to 16 working days, depending on expert’s fees and action plan from October to December 2019, with the final strategy to be delivered by 25 December 2019.REQUIREMENTS FOR THE EXPERT:  university degree in finance or another relevant field. A master or PhD degree in these fields or any relevant fundraising studies will be considered as an advantage;record of participation in assignments of similar size and degree of complexity is as an advantage;relevant professional experience (up to 5 years; experience with non-profit organization will be considered as an advantage);knowledge of country specific context (Moldova / Central East European region) will be considered as an advantage;experience of fundraising activity;proficiency in English. Excellent writing and analytical methods and skills;good personal and corporate reputation and integrity.EVALUATIONThe cumulative method will be applied in the evaluation of the applications. The contract will be awarded to the candidate achieving the highest cumulative score from the technical and financial parts of the proposal. The technical proposal accounts for 70% of the total score and the financial proposal will account for 30% of the total evaluation score. The calculation criteria of the Financial Offer will be based on a percentage proportion, awarding 100% (equivalent to 30 points) to the lowest financial bid submitted. The offers will be evaluated based on the following criteria:CriteriaMax. pointAction plan30Relevant degree 10Relevant professional experience (experience with non-profit organization will be considered as an advantage) and fundraising experience25Knowledge of country specific context (Moldova / Central East European region)5Financial offer30TOTAL100APPLICATION PROCESS: Offers may be submitted by individual candidates and/or legal entities. The signed and dated offer must sent by e-mail to application@crjm.org or directly to the LRCM premises, 33, A. Sciusev street, Chisinau, MD-2001, by 8 October 2019, including the following components:the copy of the registration certificate/extract for the legal person and the updated CV of the candidates, together with a Cover letter, which will contain: (1) interest in the assignment and a short description of previous portfolios/beneficiaries; (2) the name and contact details of two reference persons;proposed action plan to achieve the key deliverables;financial offer in USD, with the breakdown of costs (consultancy fee per number of anticipated working days, including costs for per diems, accommodation, local travel and travel to Moldova (1 (one) return trip). The offers presented in another currency will be converted at the official exchange rate of the National Bank of Moldova at the deadline date for submitting the offer.For Moldovan candidates: (a) companies are invited to send their financial offers with the application of the VAT exemption with deduction right. The confirmative documents for VAT exemption will be presented by the beneficiary; (b) individual candidates – net amounts.For foreign individual candidates/companies, if selected, the tax resident certificate issued by the relevant tax authority of the origin country will be requested. Upon presentation of the certificate of residence for tax purposes based on the Convention for the avoidance of double taxation, the Expert will have the sole responsibility for the payment of all applicable taxes relating to Expert and Expert’s employees arising from payments to be received. (!) Individual successful candidates should justify the requested fees by filling in a form (Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet in line with USAID requirements) indicating the fees received for similar services from at least three contractors, with the attachment of the supporting documents.Declaration on conflicts of interest. In case of a conflict of interests, real or potential, with the members or employees of the LRCM, the bidder is obliged to declare it in a written document enclosed with the application. For further information, please contact us at +373 22 843601 ext.110 or e-mail: angela.caranfil@crjm.orgThe LRCM is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage application from all qualifying candidates. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital or parental status or other category protected by law.NOTE: The LRCM reserves the right not to choose any candidate in case the offers received will not meet the desired requirements mentioned in this ToR or its budget.  
5 September 2019
SCOPE OF ASSIGNMENT:The selected expert will help the organization diversify its funding base by proposing new fundraising approaches that work considering the profile of the organisation, the country specific context and the existing/potential available mechanisms.The Expert should: perform the desk review of the current LRCM policies, regulations and practices in place, as well as of the fundraising opportunities in the priority areas for LRCM; if necessary, consider one visit to Moldova;develop, in consultation with LRCM, the draft long term fundraising strategy, identifying funding requirements and opportunities, specific fundraising activities and their timing, as well as responsibilities for fundraising within the organisation;deliver expertise and consult LRCM on how to diversify and improve its funding base, by proposing new fundraising approaches that work, considering the profile of the organisation, the country specific context and the existing/potential available mechanisms.Key deliverables:design a clear fundraising sustainable strategy, identifying requirements and ways of funding opportunities. Recommend funding activities and their timing.The strategy shall be presented in English or Romanian.TIMELINEThe period of assignment will be up to 15 working days, depending on expert’s fees and action plan from October to November 2019, with the final strategy to be delivered by 15 December 2019.REQUIREMENTS FOR THE EXPERT:  university degree in finance or another relevant field. A master or PhD degree in these fields or any relevant fundraising studies will be considered as an advantage;record of participation in assignments of similar size and degree of complexity is as an advantage;relevant professional experience (up to 5 years; experience with non-profit organization will be considered as an advantage);knowledge of country specific context (Moldova / Central East European region) will be considered as an advantage;experience of fundraising activity;proficiency in English. Excellent writing and analytical methods and skills;good personal and corporate reputation and integrity.EVALUATIONThe cumulative method will be applied in the evaluation of the applications. The contract will be awarded to the candidate achieving the highest cumulative score from the technical and financial parts of the proposal. The technical proposal accounts for 70% of the total score and the financial proposal will account for 30% of the total evaluation score.The offers will be evaluated based on the following criteria: CriteriaMax. pointAction plan30Relevant degree 10Relevant professional experience (experience with non-profit organization will be considered as an advantage) and fundraising experience25Knowledge of country specific context (Moldova / Central East European region)5Financial offer30TOTAL100 APPLICATION PROCESS: Offers may be submitted by individual candidates and/or legal entities. The signed and dated offer must sent by e-mail to application@crjm.org or directly to the LRCM premises, 33, A. Sciusev street, Chisinau, MD-2001, by 19 September 2019, including the following components:the copy of the registration certificate/extract for the legal person and the updated CV of the candidates, together with a Cover letter, which will contain: (1) interest in the assignment and a short description of previous portfolios/beneficiaries; (2) the name and contact details of two reference persons;proposed action plan to achieve the key deliverables;financial offer in USD, with the breakdown of costs (consultancy fee per number of anticipated working days, including costs for per diems, accommodation, travel to Moldova (1 (one) return trip). The offers presented in another currency will be converted at the official exchange rate of the National Bank of Moldova at the deadline date for submitting the offer. For Moldovan candidates: (a) companies are invited to send their financial offers with the application of the VAT exemption with deduction right. The confirmative documents for VAT exemption will be presented by the beneficiary; (b) individual candidates – net amounts. For foreign individual candidates/companies, if selected, the tax resident certificate issued by the relevant tax authority of the origin country will be requested. Upon presentation of the certificate of residence for tax purposes based on the Convention for the avoidance of double taxation, the Expert will have the sole responsibility for the payment of all applicable taxes relating to Expert and Expert’s employees arising from payments to be received.(!) Individual successful candidates should justify the requested fees by filling in a form (Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet in line with USAID requirements) indicating the fees received for similar services from at least three contractors, with the attachment of the supporting documents.Declaration on conflicts of interest. In case of a conflict of interests, real or potential, with the members or employees of the LRCM, the bidder is obliged to declare it in a written document enclosed with the application.For further information, please contact us at +373 22 843601 ext.110 or e-mail: angela.caranfil@crjm.orgNOTE: LRCM reserves the right not to choose any candidate in case the offers received will not meet the desired requirements mentioned in this ToR or its budget. This activity is carried out under the project Promoting the Rule of Law in Moldova through Civil Society Oversight, with the financial support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
16 August 2019
CRJM anunță un concurs pentru: Funcția: Consilier juridic; Contract: pe perioadă determinată (01 septembrie 2019 – 30 iunie 2020), cu o mare probabilitate de extindere sau oferire a unui contract pe termen nedeterminat; Localitatea: Chişinău, Republica Moldova. Cerinţe: a)studii universitare în domeniul dreptului; b)posedarea cunoştinţelor bune în domeniul justiţiei şi drepturilor omului;c)posedarea fluentă a limbilor română şi engleză. Cunoaşterea limbii ruse sau a altor limbi de circulaţie internaţională constituie un avantaj; d)folosirea calculatorului în activitatea zilnică şi posedarea la nivel avansat a MS Office, Windows şi internet; e)bune abilități de comunicare, prezentare, planificare, organizare;f)posedarea dreptului de a munci în Republica Moldova.Atribuții: Principalele sarcini ale juristului țin de: a)Cercetare și analiză; b)Advocacy;c)Activități de instruire;d)Reprezentare. Fișa de post a funcției este anexată.Condiții de muncă: a)mediu de lucru confortabil; b)posibilități de dezvoltare profesională; c)salariu motivant, care depinde de calificarea şi experienţa persoanei; d)program deplin de lucru 9:00 – 18:00; e)regim de muncă cu un grad sporit de flexibilitate. Persoanele care corespund cerințelor sunt rugate să expedieze prin email CV-ul care să conțină contactele a cel puțin două persoane de referință și o scrisoare de motivare până la 10 august 2019, ora 23.59, la adresa: application@crjm.org. Selectarea va fi făcută în bază analizei CV-urilor și scrisorilor depuse, urmată de o probă scrisă și interviu. Doar candidaţii preselectaţi vor fi invitați pentru testare și interviu. Informații suplimentare pot fi obţinute prin expedierea unui e-mail la aceeași adresă. Prin depunerea dosarului, candidatul consimte implicit verificarea de către CRJM a informației furnizate de candidat. ATENȚIE – în cazul în care nu sunteți de acord ca CRJM să verifice informația la actualul angajator, vă rugăm să mențio-nați expres acest fapt în scrisoarea de motivare. Explicarea motivului nu este necesară.
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