Data Quality Analyst

Belgrade, Serbia
Apply by 16 September 2018
Mid-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 18 July 2018

Job Description

This is a local position for Serbian nationals. To apply, CVs should be submitted to gai-belgrade@checchiconsulting.com by the deadline stated above. Please put “GAI STTA - Data Quality Analyst” in the subject line.

Background and goal

The Government Accountability Initiative (GAI) is a four year, USAID-funded activity, aimed at strengthening capacities and connections of key Serbian stakeholders to increase government accountability at the national and local levels.

Component 3 of GAI, Adjudication of Corruption Cases, supports the Supreme Court of Cassation (SCC), Republic Public Prosecutor’s Office (RPPO), Ministry of Justice (MOJ), specialized anti-corruption court units and prosecutors’ offices. The project was awarded in February 2018, and is implemented by Checchi and Company Consulting, Inc.

Under Component 3 Adjudication of Corruption Cases, GAI will:

  1. Support anti-corruption specialized court units in implementing the new Law on the Organization and Jurisdiction of State Organs in Fight against Organized Crime, Corruption and Terrorism Financing.
  2. Develop procedures and methodology for data collection, record keeping and statistical reporting on corruption cases.
  3. Establish an electronic register of corruption cases (ERCC) to support information sharing between different institutions working on the investigation and prosecution of corruption cases.

The Action Plan for Chapter 23, Activity 2.3.4.3, foresees establishing a model of unique record keeping (electronic register) for criminal offenses with an element of corruption, in accordance with the law governing the protection of personal data.

It is envisioned that established specialized anti-corruption units in courts and public prosecutors` offices will be supported with appropriate procedures for quality data collection and analysis, which in turn would enable policy makers to pinpoint obstacles and bottlenecks to successful prosecution and adjudication of corruption cases. To this end, GAI will help establish a system for the collection of unified statistics on corruption, distinguishing clearly between different types of criminal offences, the length of cases, outcome of the proceedings, etc. GAI will approach the creation of an ERCC from legal, technical (hardware/software) and business process streamlining angles simultaneously.

The mechanism will draw wherever possible from the existing case management systems for courts and public prosecutors` offices (AVP, SAPO, SIPRES), and will be designed specifically to offer information meeting the needs of the SCC, MOJ, and indirectly the EU and others. Provision of this data should allow stakeholders to accurately monitor case flows and the increased number of corruption cases taken on by courts and public prosecutors` offices, among other activities.

In preparation for creation of the registry, GAI completed a needs assessment of existing case management systems based on field visits to specialized A/C units in Higher Courts and Higher Public Prosecutors’ Offices. GAI determined that there are missing functionalities and an inability of court staff to enter required data in systematic way, if at all, into the SAPO and AVP systems. Also, GAI identified that there are no repercussions for users not entering some mandatory data in SAPO and AVP, nor is there a monitoring system in place, thus limiting the use of case management systems for producing valid and complete reports.

GAI will hire a Legal Consultant on Case Management Systems and Reporting to provide an in-depth legal analysis of the existing legislation to identify necessary changes in the legislative framework and AVP, SAPO and SIPRES systems to improve case management and reporting for new set of corruption cases.

Tasks

The expert will undertake the following tasks:

  • In cooperation with Legal Consultant on Case Management Systems and Reporting, conduct analysis of data structures in SAPO and AVP case management systems used by four special departments for fight against corruption in courts and public prosecutor offices in the Republic of Serbia:
    • Define indicators and methodology for data quality analysis;
    • Conduct interviews with key users in institutions for identifying missing technical features in the case management systems (missing mandatory fields, standardized fields, etc..).
  • Conduct detailed analysis of the databases and assess quality of data in SAPO and AVP case management databases with focus on data used by four special departments for fight against corruption in courts and public prosecutor offices.
  • Collaborate with other GAI consultants working on an ERCC to ensure required comparability of recommendations.
  • Briefings on progress and results as requested by USAID and GAI.

Period

The total level of effort for the task is 40 days of work.

The work is anticipated to be completed during the period September - November 2018.

Deliverables

  • Plan for conducting activities and preparing deliverables;
  • Report consisting of:
    • Database model and data dictionary prepared for SAPO and AVP databases;
    • Data quality assessment methodology including used indicators;
    • Identification of deficiencies in data quality and missing case management features.
    • Compatibility of catalogues (šifarnika) in courts case management systems (AVP) and public prosecutor case management system (SAPO).

All deliverables should be prepared in both English and Serbian language.

Qualifications

This is Junior-level (3+ years experience) to Mid-level position (7+ years experience) or. In addition, the following qualifications are required:

  • Degree in technical sciences, organizational sciences or law, preferably MSc or equivalent and relevant expertise/specialization in IT;
  • At least 2 (two) years of relevant professional experience in software solutions architecture, database design, data analysis, and implementation of projects related to judiciary;
  • Demonstrated familiarity with the structure/functions/organization of the justice sector in Serbia as well as knowledge of relevant legislation and strategies;
  • Demonstrated familiarity and experience with the one or more case management systems used in Serbian judiciary and prosecutors office;

Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Serbian.

About the Organization

Checchi and Company Consulting, Inc. (Checchi) has worked in international development for over 40 years. The company has operated in more than 140 countries, including a number of fragile states and post-conflict zones, and has implemented nearly 300 long-term contracts. Checchi’s principal areas of specialization include rule of law, anticorruption and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Since launching one of the first international rule of law practices in the late 1980s, Checchi has provided technical assistance and training in the core areas of improving access to justice; court systems administration; legislative and policy reform; judicial training and legal education; public legal awareness; and security sector reform. The company has implemented a number of long- and short-term activities focused exclusively on anticorruption. In addition, many of Checchi’s rule of law projects have included significant anticorruption components and activities. Checchi’s M&E work encompasses projects in more than 50 countries and spans the spectrum of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches to managing and evaluating performance.

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