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The enactment of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 on 14 May 2015 is a significant milestone in Nigeria’s criminal justice reform process. Some of the key reform areas that the Act introduced relate to the time limit it sets for carrying out investigations, arraignment, and prosecutions of crime suspects; the requirement on the police to record every confessional statement given by a suspect to the police in video or the need for the statement to be endorsed by a legal practitioner thereby putting on check the incidents of use of force or torture to compel suspects to confess crimes that they perhaps did not commit.
Job Title: National Consultant to Develop Model Administration of Justice Acts and Implementation Guidelines
Administration, Secretarial, NGO, Non-Profit
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultants’ services are sought for purposes of developing Model Acts to a standard that is acceptable to the Northern and Southern States of Nigeria. The contextual adaptation of existing legal framework in the form of the Model Acts would thereafter be transmitted to the respective State Houses of Assembly for adoption. The project desires to further organize an advocacy event with the Speakers of the respective States Houses of Assemblies where the Models will be presented for discussion and commitment to table it before their respective Houses of Assemblies. Furthermore, the formulation of the guidelines will enhance implementation of the Act on which sensitization events will be organized to create awareness and ownership. The development of the Model Acts and the guidelines will contribute to the project’s broad objective of enhancing legislative and policy framework for the justice sector institutions and ensuring efficient, effective and accessible justice system.
Specific Tasks of the Sssignment
Under the direct supervision of and consultation with the Project Coordinator and relevant project staff directly responsible for this component, the consultants shall perform the following substantive
Duties and Responsibilities
Drawing from the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, develop two Model Acts that are in line with the prevailing socio-legal conditions of the Northern and Southern States;
Develop high standard implementation guidelines on the Administration of Criminal Justice Act that are to be used both at the FCT and focal states’ level;
Organise and facilitate States Houses of Assemblies Speakers’ forum in close consultation and collaboration with the Project Coordinator
Organise and facilitate sensitization workshop for relevant justice institutions on the basis of the implementation guidelines developed; and
Assist the Project Coordinator in providing strategic and expert advice on possible interventions for the onward adoption of the Model Acts by the Project Focal States’ Houses of Assemblies.
At all times, the consultants are required to provide UNODC with access to intermediate outputs of the consultancy s as outlined below In addition to submission of the work products, the consultants will report on a weekly basis to the Project Coordinator on the status of works through a means which is deemed convenient.
Potential candidates’ suitability will be assessed strictly according to the following selection criteria. Only applicants who attains 70% or more in the technical evaluation will be considered. Candidates who scale through the technical evaluation will be invited to submit a financial proposal in accordance with UN rules for procurement of individual consultants. The technical criteria will be weighed against the financial proposal on a weight of 30/70 with the technical proposal weighing 70%.
Successful candidate will be remunerated in an agreed ratio of about 5 instalments tied to different deliverables as will be stated in the contract.
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
Highest standard of integrity, discretion and loyalty.
Excellent understanding of organisational issues;
Commitment to professionalism;
Commitment to effectiveness, accessibility, accountability, transparency and fairness of the justice system;
Excellent understanding of Justice Sector Reform issues and/or fields directly relevant to the project;
Knowledge in conducting training sessions and good facilitation skills;
Good understanding of change management, including system development and organizational skills;
Commitment to quality;
Commitment to deadlines;
Objectivity, honesty and fairness;
Logic and ability to operate systematically;
Excellent oral and writing communication skills;
Timely and accurate submission of reports and other required documents;
Substantive and linguistic quality of documents prepared;
Commitment to confidentiality of the assignment and handing over of products and documents paid for by UNODC used in the delivery of consultancy outputs;
Demonstrable drafting and report-writing skills.
Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Law, Criminology, Political or Social Science, Criminal Justice, International Relations, Public Administration, or related fields. A first level-University degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience, preferably in the field of criminal justice or justice sector reform processes in a multi-cultural setting;
A good understanding of the social, economic, political and historical trends underpinning Nigerian justice administration; and experience of working on administration of criminal justice reform is essential;
Previous experience with the United Nations System, European Union funded projects or other international organisations would be an asset;
Considerable proficiency in the use of computers and related office software packages are a key requirement.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat;
For this consultancy, fluency in English both spoken and written is required.