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This year, Ireland will undergo the second periodic examination of our human rights record under the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The UPR is a peer-to-peer review process in which each of the 193 states that comprise the United Nations voluntarily submit themselves for a review of their domestic human rights record every four and a half years. This year, once again, it's Ireland's turn.

Request for Tender - Evaluation of Action Grant Project - "Realising the Directive on Access to a Lawyer in Criminal Proceedings"

 

Evaluation of Action Grant 
Request for Tender 
1. Introduction
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) is now seeking tenders from suitably qualified individuals / organisations to carry out an independent external evaluation of the following project:
 
Criminal Justice Programme of the European Union
Action Grant 2013-2015:
Realising the Directive on Access to a Lawyer in Criminal Proceedings:
Best Practice and Implementation
(1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015)
2. Background 
This two- year project is funded under the Criminal Justice Programme of the European Union. 
Guided by a High Level Legal Expert Group of senior criminal defence lawyers and policy advisers from the legal jurisdictions in Ireland, England & Wales and Scotland, this project has sought to educate Irish legal practitioners and policy makers on the provisions of the EU Directive on the Right of Access to a Lawyer (Directive 2013/48/EU of 22 October 2013). The ICCL has also drawn together human rights and criminal justice organisations from across Europe, through the EU JUSTICIA Network, to share outputs under the project and to promote cross-jurisdictional learning on the implementation of the Directive on the Right of Access to a Lawyer.
3. Project Objectives: 
The objectives of the project included the follow:
- Develop explanatory tools on the Directive on the Right of Access to a Lawyer in Criminal Proceedings (the “Directive”)
- Analyse best practice and lessons learnt from operational experience in the jurisdictions of England and Wales, and Scotland.  
- Provide information and training to defence lawyers in the Republic of Ireland on the rights and operational requirements under the Directive.
- Use the Irish Model as a basis for implementation plans in other EU Member States, through JUSTICIA and other networks.
- Promote awareness raising and networking amongst practitioners such as defence lawyers, judges and public prosecutors. 
- Offer mentoring and exchange of best practice (and lessons learnt) between Member States. 
4. Terms of Reference
The successful consultant will conduct a complete evaluation of the project and produce a written report in order to:  
1. Document the  key elements of the process to prepare and produce written materials in including:
A Compendium of international standards on the right of access to a lawyer and good practice guidance
The Practitioners Guide to the Directive on Access to a Lawyer
A Training Manal for Practitioners on the right of access to a lawyer
A Training Manual Template for adaptation in other jurisdictions
2. Document the key elements of the process to provide information and training to practitioners on keys aspects of the Directive through:
A series of  online training seminars (webinars) for practitioners
A series of roundtable events for practitioners
High level closing event for practitioners and key stakeholders
Increased functionality and updating of the EU JUSTICIA website to reflect the relevant information
3. Document the key elements of the approach to engage members of the High Level Expert Group convened to drive the project over its two year lifespan.
4. Highlight the key lessons emerging from the project that may be of relevance to the preparation and advocacy of future materials on this or similar topics
5. Develop recommendations for the preparation and advocacy of future materials on this or similar topics including in relation to law reform
5. Methodology 
The methodology employed may include the following elements:
Interviews with the staff members from ICCL.
Interviews with a representative sample of the other participating stakeholders including members of the High Level Expert Group 
Interviews with practitioners / stakeholders who have engaged in the project e.g. accessed materials, attended roundtable events, participated in training events
Document key activities of project management / administration
Preparation of a final evaluation report to publication standard.
6. Deliverables
The consultant will produce a report (Max 50 pages) documenting the evaluation.
The report will be finalised in close cooperation with the evaluator. It is expected to address the following matters:
The key elements of the approach adopted in developing the materials and training modules
Any changes in impact resulting from the approach adopted
The key lessons emerging from each element of the approach
Recommendations for increasing impact of future projects on similar topics
The report shall be the property of the ICCL.
7. Tender Submissions
The submission should include the following information:
An outline of the evaluation process
A summary of evaluator’s previous experience and relevant qualifications
Contact details for available referees x2,
A timeline for all evaluation activities
The expected number of days to undertake the work and details of costs.  
A copy of an up to date Tax Clearance Certificate. 
Note: Companies and Individuals tendering are expected to have proven relevant experience in conducting evaluations of externally funded projects.   If necessary a short-list of tenderers may be invited to attend for interview.  If invited, each tenderer will be required to make a presentation based on the proposal and to answer any questions arising. The ICCL reserves the right not to proceed with the awarding of a tender contract.
8. Fees
There is a limited budget available for this project. The fee will be agreed in advance. Fees will be paid in two installments - fifty per cent upon awarding of the tender and fifty percent upon submission of the final report. 
The successful tender will be awarded on the basis of the following general criteria:
Proposed methodology
Timeframe
Cost 
Qualification / Experience
References 
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties is an equal opportunities employer.
9. Closing Date
The closing date for receipt for tenders is: Friday 19 February 2016 at 5pm. Tenders received after this date will not be considered. 
10. Contact details
Tenders should be marked “ICCL Action Grant Evaluation” and submitted by email to info@iccl.ie or by post to: 
Administrator
Irish Council for Civil Liberties
9-13 Blackhall Place, 
Dublin 7 
D07 P2NX
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) is now seeking tenders from suitably qualified individuals / organisations to carry out an independent external evaluation of the following project:
 
Criminal Justice Programme of the European Union
Action Grant 2013-2015:
Realising the Directive on Access to a Lawyer in Criminal Proceedings:
Best Practice and Implementation
(1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015)
This two- year project is funded under the Criminal Justice Programme of the European Union. 
Guided by a High Level Legal Expert Group of senior criminal defence lawyers and policy advisers from the legal jurisdictions in Ireland, England & Wales and Scotland, this project has sought to educate Irish legal practitioners and policy makers on the provisions of the EU Directive on the Right of Access to a Lawyer (Directive 2013/48/EU of 22 October 2013). The ICCL has also drawn together human rights and criminal justice organisations from across Europe, through the EU JUSTICIA Network, to share outputs under the project and to promote cross-jurisdictional learning on the implementation of the Directive on the Right of Access to a Lawyer.
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