Announcements Archive
5 November 2020
1.BACKGROUNDThe 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.This activity will be carried out under the Digital Rights Literacy Program, with the financial support of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL).2. PURPOSE OF ASSIGNMENT LRCM seeks to contract a consultant / team of consultants (hereinafter referred to as - the Consultant) to deliver a one-day online training on Digital technologies and policies that impact Civic Space for the LRCM team and partner CSOs. The training aims to enhance LRCM team’s skills and knowledge on digital rights and emerging technologies (Big Data, automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and other associated technologies), that can be used to enable or restrict civil society. The training will also tackle on how various national internet regulations and international digital policy initiatives impact civic space, and how to advocate for digital technology policies and utilize digital tools and practices that expand civic space.The training with a maximum duration of eight (8) working hours shall be conducted online, preferably in early December 2020. The exact period/date will be set by common agreement between the LRCM team and the selected consultant.The training shall mainly address the following topics / issues related to digital technologies. The list of topics is illustrative and not exhaustive. The consultant should suggest additional/other topics considered relevant to the purpose of the training:What is AI and what are other digital technologies / applications that impact Civic Space;How can CSOs use technological innovations and AI to advance their work and protect themselves from restrictions?How to avoid harmful impact of some AI technologies already in use on the civic space?How to promote adequate, meaningful and participatory human rights impact assessments of the AI systems during their entire cycle and implementation?How the current international legal framework of fundamental rights and freedoms translates into algorithmic design and is safeguarded in practice?3. KEY DELIVERABLESThe Consultant shall provide the following deliverables:Methodology / action plan;Suggested training agenda;Delivery of the training for an expected audience of +/-15 people through online means;  4. REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CONSULTANTThe Consultant (company or individual) shall have proven experience in conducting similar activities with at least 3 years of experience. Additional requirements include:Bachelor’s degree in any relevant field. Master degree is an advantage;At least 3 years of progressive knowledge and experience in at least one of the following areas:Human rights and intercultural dialogueTechnological innovations /digital technologiesDigital rights regulatory framework       3. Good understanding of human rights and civil society issues in the Eastern Europe;       4. Proven skills and ability in presentation, communication and facilitation of trainings applying interactive and participatory based approaches;       5. Proficiency in English. Knowledge of Romanian is an advantage;       6. Good personal and corporate reputation and integrity.5. EVALUATION CRITERIAThe 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. pointMethodology / action plan25Relevant degree 10Relevant professional experience10Good understanding of human rights and civil society issues in the Eastern Europe15Proven skills and ability in trainings, presentation, communication and facilitation of trainings applying interactive and participatory based approaches10Financial offer30TOTAL1006. 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 27 November 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 and any other information requested at p.4 above; (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) – maximum one page;financial offer in USD, including VAT, with the breakdown of costs (consultancy fee per number of anticipated working days). 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;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 to the application (no particular form required).For local resident candidates: (a) legal entities are invited to send their financial offers, including VAT; (b) individual candidates – net amounts.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 email at application@crjm.org.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.
30 April 2020
1. BACKGROUNDThe 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.This activity will be 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).2. PURPOSE OF ASSIGNMENT LRCM seeks to contract a consultant / team of consultants (hereinafter referred to as - the Consultant) to deliver a two-day online training on Project Proposals Writing for the LRCM team. The training aims to enhance LRCM team’s skills and knowledge on how to design competitive projects, with a particular focus on the European Commission/EU funding & tender opportunities (including the EIDHR instrument). The training with a maximum duration of sixteen (16) working hours shall be conducted online, preferably on 25-26 June 2020. The exact period/date will be set by common agreement between the LRCM team and the selected consultant.The training shall mainly address the following topics / issues related to theoretic and practical aspects of Project Proposals Writing for successful grant applications. The list of topics is illustrative and not exhaustive. The consultant should suggest additional/other topics considered relevant to the purpose of the training.The training shall be structured as follows:LOT I – Introduction to Project Proposals Writing (the first day of the training) shall focus on, but no limited to:Designing project proposals: What are the essential elements of a project proposal? How to better structure a project proposal?;How to understand the donors’ requirements and expectations? (a desired emphasis on the donors present in the Republic of Moldova is expected);Planning project proposals: How to create a project proposal needs analysis and adequate solutions with the project idea;How to plan and estimate level of effort, timing, versus the expected result;Budgeting: How to prepare accurate and realistic budgets;Partnerships & contacts – the particularity of joint applications.LOT II - EU funded Project Proposals Writing (the second day of the training) shall focus on the writing project proposals funded by the EU, but not limited to:Translation of EU priorities into our own research interests and vice versa;Awareness to award criteria;Making a workplan from a to z;How to deal with a low success rate;How to assure a high EU added value;Important steps in the writing process / specific EU criteria;Preparing an appropriate and relevant budget3. KEY DELIVERABLESThe Consultant shall provide the following deliverables:The suggested training agenda;Delivery of the training course for an expected audience of +-10 people through online means;  A project writing toolkit/series of templates designed for LRCM, which assist the team when writing project applications.4. REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CONSULTANTThe Consultant (company or individual) shall have proven experience in conducting similar activities with at least 5 years of experience. Additional requirements include:Bachelor’s degree in development studies, communications, or similar. Master degree is an advantage;Minimum of five years of relevant experience in proposals writing related to rule of law, human rights, civil society etc. Proven ability to draft/edit texts, articulating ideas in a clear and concise style, and develop theories of change, results frameworks and budgets for projects;Proven skills and ability in presentation, communication and facilitation of trainings applying interactive and participatory based approaches;Proven familiarity with EU Project Cycle Management Guidelines and EU standard grant application forms (call for proposals);Proven track record in development of successful project proposals;Proficiency in English. Knowledge of Romanian is an advantage.Good personal and corporate reputation and integrity5. EVALUATION CRITERIAThe 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. pointMethodology / action plan25Relevant degree 10Relevant professional experience in proposals writing10Proven familiarity- with EU Project Cycle Management Guidelines and EU standard grant application forms (call for proposals) for LOT II and- with General Project Cycle for LOT I15Proven skills and ability in trainings, presentation, communication and facilitation of trainings applying interactive and participatory based approaches10Financial offer30TOTAL100 6. 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 28 May 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, record in development of successful project proposals, and any other information requested at p.4 above; (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) – maximum one page;financial offer in USD, with the breakdown of costs (consultancy fee per number of anticipated working days).  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;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 to the application (no particular form required).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 Consultant and Consultant’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.The Consultant can apply for one or for both lots and submit their proposals accordingly.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.  
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).
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