Legal Specialist - Training of Trainers Expert

  • Senior-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 19 April 2021

Job Description

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Request for Quotation

RFQ # 1801- 49

USAID Government Accountability Initiative

The Government Accountability Initiative (GAI) implemented by Checchi and Company Consulting, Inc. (Checchi) is a four-year United States Agency for International Development-funded project with the overall objective to strengthen the capacities and connections of key Serbian stakeholders resulting in increased government accountability at the national and local levels. The project is structured around three components: Local Government Accountability, Independent Oversight Institutions, and Adjudication of Corruption Cases. GAI counterparts include the State Audit Institution (SAI), the Agency for Prevention of Corruption (APC), local governments, specialized anti-corruption courts and public prosecutors offices, and civil society organizations.

Contract Type

It is Checchi’s intention to award a Firm Fixed Price (FFP) type subcontract for this work. Under an FFP subcontract, the Subcontractor is responsible for providing specified deliverables by a stated completion date, and for a fixed price.

Subcontractor shall provide all materials, labor, equipment and facilities and shall do all that is necessary for the satisfactory and timely performance of the Statement of Work as set forth below.

Statement of Work

Legal Specialist – Training of Trainers expert

Background

The Government Accountability Initiative (GAI) is a four-year United States Agency for International Development-funded project with the overall objective to strengthen the capacities and connections of key Serbian stakeholders resulting in increased government accountability at the national and local levels. The project is structured around three components: Local Government Accountability, Independent Oversight Institutions, and Adjudication of Corruption Cases. GAI counterparts include SAI, APC, local governments, specialized anti-corruption courts and public prosecutors’ offices, and civil society organizations.

APC is an independent state body accountable to the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. According to the Law on Prevention of Corruption, the APC is mandated to:

  • Supervise the implementation of strategic documents;
  • Institute and conduct proceedings to determine the existence of violations of this Law;
  • Pronounce measures, file criminal charges, submit requests to misdemeanor courts to initiate proceedings, and address issues involving
    • Conflict of interest,
    • Financing of political parties and
    • Integrity plans.

APC is also responsible for supporting initiatives to amend and enact regulations in the field of fighting corruption, coordinate state bodies in the fight against corruption, and maintain registers of officials and officials’ property and income.

Technical assistance to APC is designed to increase the likelihood that APC will combat corruption in government through actions taken to detect and mitigate conflicts of interest and illegal accumulation of assets or misrepresentation on financial disclosures. GAI looks to achieve this through support to the APC to enhance its policies, procedures, and effective working relationships with stakeholders.

GAI recently supported a series of roundtable discussions between APC officials and Misdemeanor Court (MC) judges to develop APC Plea Agreement Guidelines to harmonize the implementation of this tool between the APC and MCs. An additional outcome from the roundtables was identified of the need to train MC judges on the Law on Prevention of Corruption to assist in the harmonization of the institutions’ legal practices. GAI, in coordination with the Judicial Academy (JA), plans to facilitate Training of Trainers for MC judges on this Law to address the agreed upon objective. The aim is to ensure sustainability by training the selected small group of judges who will become trainers and who will transfer knowledge and skills to a wider group of MC judges.

Tasks

The subcontractor is expected to undertake the following tasks:

  • Development of a Training of Trainers (ToT) Curriculum and training material on the Law on Prevention of Corruption, with a special focus on practical aspects of adjudication of APC filings and prescribing measures for a misdemeanor offence, including negotiating Plea Agreements and harmonization of the implementation of this tool between the APC and MCs. ToT curriculum shall include modules that will prepare instructors to present information effectively, respond to questions from trainees, and lead activities that reinforce learning. The curriculum and modules will also serve as reference material for future trainers. The ToT curriculum will consist of two main components
    • The first component will describe the nature of the ToT methodology. This includes outlining specific tasks of future trainers, describing soft skills that trainers should have such as high motivation, dedication, commitment, integrity, maintaining eye contact, a positive attitude, speaking in a clear voice, gesturing appropriately, maintaining interest, and dispelling confusion.
    • The second component will cover all aspects of consideration of misdemeanors and relevant measures stipulated by the Misdemeanor Law, the Law on prevention of corruption, the Law on lobbying, and the Law on financing political activities with a view to enhancing MC judges’ effective implementation of these laws as it relates to MCs’ adjudication of APC filings, including those that may result in Plea Agreements or other measures.
  • Delivery of a three -day training based on a ToT curriculum accepted by GAI in consultation with JA, the Agency for Prevention of Corruption, and Presidents of the cognizant MCs. The training will be delivered for MC judges selected by the Presidents of the cognizant MCs in consultation with JA.
  • Creation of a written report covering topics presented in the training and any recommendations to sustain application of the training and knowledge delivered.

In drafting the training curriculum, the Subcontractor will closely consult with JA in coordination with the GAI project team.

Note: Due to Covid-19 related health situation and measures, it is expected that the work and training will be conducted remotely via Zoom platform.

Deliverables

  • Draft the ToT curriculum for use in workshops on the following topics: the nature of the ToT methodology; specific tasks of future trainers; soft skills that trainers should have; and implementation of the Law on Prevention of Corruption, including all aspects of consideration of the misdemeanors and relevant measures stipulated by the Misdemeanor Law, the Law on prevention of corruption, the Law on lobbying, and the Law on financing political activities, delivered by June 15, 2021;
  • Delivery of three one-day training sessions on the above topics based on a training curriculum accepted by GAI in consultation with JA delivered by July 30, 2021;
  • Final Report resulting in technical assistance and recommendations for JA to sustain application of knowledge (up to 10 pages) delivered by August 15, 2021;

All products to be submitted in Serbian to GAI for review before final issuance.

Period

The work must be completed by August 30, 2021.

Qualifications

NOTE: These are cumulative qualifications that can be met by one or multiple individuals included in the proposal

  • Education – A University law degree.
  • Prior Work Experience – A minimum of 10 years of professional-level experience, of which at least 5 years in developing training curriculum and delivery of training in the public sector. Experience working in or with a government oversight agency will be considered as an asset.
  • Language Proficiency / Communication Skills – Must have excellent communication and training skills; knowledge of English language will be considered an advantage.
  • Job Knowledge – Demonstrated knowledge and experience in developing training modules/curriculum and training materials, delivery of trainings in the legislation field and in implementation of misdemeanor related legislation in practice. Knowledge of Serbian legal system required.
  • Skills and Abilities – Good facilitation skills and ability to bring a wider perspective in developing the training plan. Ability to use various computer software (e.g. PowerPoint, Word).

Evaluation Criteria

Quotations will be evaluated on the following criteria in order of importance:

  1. Qualifications for the technical assignment. Finalists may be interviewed, and interview results will be considered in evaluation.
  2. Successful completion of similar assignments and overall past performance.
  3. Total cost.

Instructions to Offerors

Offerors must:

  1. Agree to the completion date
  2. Submit a curriculum vitae and description of the offeror’s directly relevant experience, including a brief description of similar work done indicating the date, nature of exercise, client and three references
  3. Submit a total cost for the assignment (in US dollars). DBA insurance is required for all subcontractors. DBA insurance is 2% of labor costs. This must be included in your total cost for the assignment. The subcontract will be for the amount submitted. DBA insurance cannot be added to the cost afterwards
  4. The application should reflect the contracting party - company or individual; the subcontract will be signed with the entity/individual indicated in the application
  5. Offers should be submitted electronically to GAI Project Office in Belgrade, Serbia, to the email address: GAI-Belgrade@checchiconsulting.com, no later than May 5, 5 p.m. (CET).

NOTE: Submission of a resume/CV alone IS NOT a complete application. OFFERORS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT COMPLETE DOCUMENTATION WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER EVALUATION. Only the short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Requests for clarifications may be sent to gai-belgrade@checchiconsulting.com by April 27, 2021 and the answers will be posted on https://www.odgovornavlast.rs by April 23, 2021.

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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.

More information

RFQ 1801-49 Legal Expert.docx

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