Final external evaluation of the project “Strengthening the Rule of Law in Zimbabwe and protection of human rights for all”

Organization: International Commission of Jurists
Closing date: 28 Jun 2021

Summary

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is seeking qualified applicants to conduct a final evaluation for its project, Strengthening the Rule of Law in Zimbabwe and protection of human rights for all. The location is home-based.

Overview of the ICJ

Composed of 60 eminent judges and lawyers from all regions of the world, the ICJ promotes and protects human rights through the rule of law, by using its unique legal expertise to develop and strengthen national and international justice systems. Established in 1952 and active on the five continents, the ICJ aims to ensure the progressive development and effective implementation of international human rights and international humanitarian law; secure the realization of civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights; safeguard the separation of powers; and guarantee the independence of the judiciary and legal profession.

Project Background

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) in collaboration with the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) has implement a three year development programme with the Overall Objective to “strengthen the rule of law for the protection and promotion of human rights for all, especially women and other vulnerable groups as enshrined in the Constitution of Zimbabwe.” The programme addresses resource and technical gaps in the implementation of the JSC strategic plan, infusing in the process international best practice, standards and norms. It also supports the development of the capacity of ancillary institutions to respond to the development agenda envisaged by the JSC. The rule of law is the vehicle for the promotion and protection of human rights in any country. It provides a structure through which the exercise of power is subjected to agreed rules, guaranteeing the protection of all human rights. This intervention proceeds on the premise that there is no rule of law within a society if human rights are not protected and vice versa; human rights cannot be protected in society without a strong rule of law. A competent and independent judiciary is essential for the preservation of the rule of law and by extension the protection of fundamental rights. The Specific Objective of this programme is therefore “to enhance the independence, accountability, competence and integrity of the judiciary to effectively work to improve access to justice for all, especially victims of human rights violations, women and vulnerable groups.

The key stakeholder groups are: The JSC, created in terms of section 189 of the constitution. The JSC is with the duty to promote and facilitate the independence and accountability of the judiciary and the efficient, effective and transparent administration of justice in Zimbabwe. The activities proposed are based on the JSC strategic plan and were conceived following a consultative process. The JSC is in full support of the interventions. The legal profession is a key stakeholder in the justice delivery chain. The action supports interventions with practicing lawyers and with law students. The intervention with students builds on previous ICJ work with the universities, global trends in legal education and requests from the universities. The ICJ will work with all sector actors on corruption and justice sector integrity. This work will build on the activities under the Against Corruption Together (ACT) platform. Although the ACT platform is not formally constituted the ICJ has endeavoured to draw up activities from the ACT actors, which feed into the project’s objectives. This has been achieved through consultation with the ACT actors collectively and draws from individual aspirations as expressed in the various strategic plans that deal with corruption. It is currently not possible to measure the impact of ACT, beyond the launch, as little that has been done under the platform. The ICJ with the support of the EU has supported the establishment of a special court dealing with corruption cases. However, this is still in the inception phase. The work that is proposed by the ICJ under this action will ensure that the platform is better structured and works in a more systematic manner. One potential challenge with ACT work is the varying levels of commitment of the sector actors to the fight against corruption.

Evaluation Overview

The primary users of the evaluation report will be the ICJ’s staff and consultants (in particular the Africa Region Programme project team) who will use the findings and recommendations to inform any adjustment to the strategies and future programming in the country, region and beyond. The secondary users will be the Legal and Policy Office, and the ICJ Program Management and Donor Relations team who may also refer to the conclusions and recommendations to respectively inform changes to the ICJ’s approach and to program management in general (from design to monitoring and closure). The institutional bilateral donor supporting this project may also use some of the findings to reflect on its support for rule of law related programs.

Objectives and criteria

The general objective is to assess the effectiveness of the project’s approach and the sustainability of the achieved outcomes; in addition, the ICJ is interested in informing its future programming in the region. As such, the evaluation should assess the achievements of the project against its stated outcomes, including a re-examination of the relevance of the expected results and of the project design. It shall also identify significant factors that are facilitating or impeding the delivery of outcomes. The evaluation should have a strong learning objective. It should reflect on what has worked and what has not worked so well, and identify lessons and ways to enhance the project relevance, effectiveness and impact. It is expected to lead to concrete, specific recommendations and lessons learned for the future. Below are some proposed evaluative questions for each stated evaluation criteria:

Relevance

  • How appropriate the project concept and design is to the current context of Zimbabwe? Where the key learnings from the previous phase taken into account?
  • How responsive the project has been to the operating environment in the region?

Effectiveness

  • Were the outputs managed properly to enable achievement of the intended outcomes?
  • What were the major factors influencing the achievement or non-achievement of the objectives?
  • How well has the project partnership worked?

Trends of impact and sustainability

  • Is there evidence that changes among the targeted judicial actors are being transferred to their daily activities as well as to the broader community?
  • How is the method of project implementation supporting, or not, the long-term sustainability of the program?

The ICJ’s Program Manager and MEL Officer will review the methodology proposed by the evaluator. Ideally, it will include (i) a desk review of pertinent project documents and records (including the project proposal, logical framework, amended project documents, quarterly reports, and various records containing monitoring data); (ii) remote data collection /: considering that field visits may not be possible due to COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions, online communication will be privileged. The primary data should involve mixed quantitative and qualitative research methods – including but not limited to interviews with project staffs, project partners, targeted CSO, event participants, lawyers and other target groups; quantitative survey with project beneficiaries. Project activities will conclude by August 31st, so direct observation of program activities may be possible.

Budget Guidelines

The estimated budget for this evaluation should not exceed 9,000 EUR. This figure includes all costs relevant to the evaluation, including the consultant’s daily rate and extra costs etc.

How to apply:

Interested applicants must provide all materials outlined below to Mathilde Careau, ICJ MEL officer: Mathilde.careau@icj.org Cc Blessing Gorejena: Blessing.Gorejena@icj.org by 28 June 2021 on or before 17:00 hrs. Candidates selected for an interview will be notified by 5 July 2021, and a final decision will be made by the 14 of July 2021.

Interested applicants should provide a current CV and a maximum 3 page technical proposal. These materials should clearly outline (i) the candidate’s key skills and experience that are relevant to this evaluation; (ii) a concise description of the desired evaluation approach and key standards and principles that will inform her/his work; (iii) an identification of possible data limitations and ways to mitigate them (recognizing that the applicant is operating with only the limited information provided herein); (iv) a short cost justification and (v) the names and contact information for two recent references. Note that the ICJ may ask for examples of previous work after reviewing the application materials.



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