Project Identification for an EU programme to support the reform of the Justice Sector in Guinea Bissau

04/01/2016 - 30/06/2016

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The EU Delegation in Guinea Bissau (GB) requests the support of ISSAT to undertake two interlinked mandates.

Mandate 1: Project identification for a new programme of support (September 2015)

Mandate 2: Project formulation (foreseen Q1 2016)

The detailed EU Delegation / ISSAT Terms of Reference for the second mandate will be completed after the first mandate in order to take into account the knowledge gained. As such, the information hereafter refers only to Mandate 1.

The first mandate will focus on determining options for EU support to the GB justice sector.

In order to ensure that the project identification is based on the experience gained by the EU Delegation’s previous support to the justice sector, the mission will firstly examine lessons identified through participatory workshops and interviews where possible with persons previously associated with the Programme d'Appui aux Organes de Souveraineté  et à l'Etat de Droit (PAOSED). 

In addition, the project identification will take into account the Programa de Reforma de Justice of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the formulation made in 2011 during the PAOSED mid-term evaluation[1], as well as the preliminary analysis already carried out by the EU Delegation to identify broad areas of interest.

The identification of possible areas of engagement will also be based on the needs voiced/observed during the field mission.

Possible linkages and coordination with other programs and initiatives will be studied, in particular the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Program to support the Rule of Law in the Portuguese-speaking African Countries (PALOP)  and Timor Leste, the Government of Brazil’s efforts in support to Justice and Security in Guinea Bissau (on-going assessment mission), and the UNDP programmes.

In line with the EU Action Document template, as well as discussions between ISSAT and the EU Delegation regarding the division of responsibilities, ISSAT will focus during the first mandate on the following:

  • Context
  • Risks and assumptions (these will remain at the overarching level at this stage and will need to be revisited during the second mandate)
  • Lessons learned, complementarity and cross-cutting issues (in particular in relation to the PAOSED programme)
  • Options for the future programme (and areas to be developed during the second mandate)

The methodology for project identification will consist of a document review, focus groups, individual interviews, and direct observation where possible. In order to ensure that views are gathered from a wider range of stakeholders, it is anticipated that the mission will also involve travel outside of Bissau. 

Team composition:

The lesson learning and project identification will be undertaken by a three-person team with the following composition:

  • Justice Expert (expert 1)
  • Senior Justice Expert (expert 2)
  • Context and Methodology Expert (expert 3)

[1] This was for the PROJUST programme, which was not implemented.

Mandate outputs / products

  • Project identification report in French according to the EU template (identification section of the Action Document);
  • Copy of executive summary in Portuguese;
  • Terms of Reference for the Project Formulation Mandate (Mandate 2).

Outcome objectives of mandate

The outputs produced in Mandate 1 (namely the Project identification report according to the EU template -identification section of the Action Document)  will provide a solid base for designing a new programme of support by the EU Delegation to the justice sector in Guinea Bissau.

In line with ISSAT’s mandate and mode of operation, the ISSAT team will be an integral part of the EUDEL Guinea Bissau team for the duration of the mandate. The ISSAT team will work directly with the EU Delegation officials, who are responsible for providing the necessary key documents relating to the context for the ISSAT team to both prepare for the mission and deliver the necessary support on the ground. The EU Delegation will establish contacts with the national authorities and prepare the ground for carrying out the mandate, as well as facilitating any interviews or meetings required for the mandate. A list of interlocutors will be developed jointly by the ISSAT team and the EU Delegation.

In line with good practice in supporting security and justice reform, the mandate is to be carried out taking into consideration the overall national ownership of the reforms, the need to achieve a balance of effectiveness and accountability for the security and justice providers and the political, technical and holistic nature of the reform.

The team should pay attention to ensuring the engagement of all relevant stakeholders, including state and non-state security and justice providers, oversight actors including political actors, civil society, and development partners.  The team should also pay particular attention to the process used to undertake the mandate to ensure that it reinforces good governance of the security and justice sector.

Political responsibility for the mission will lie with EU Delegation (EUDEL) in Guinea Bissau. This includes leading any supporting negotiations required with the national authorities.

Overall responsibility for coordination of the ISSAT team activities with other donor or multilateral engagement, in line with Paris Declaration principles, will rest with the EUDEL.

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