Monrovia, April 27, 2020: CONSULTANT NEEDED

PROCUREMENT NOTICE INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT: Individual Consultant- Support to Land Authority

PROCUREMENT NOTICE. No. IC/UNDP/LLA/SOP /2020/021

Country: Liberia

Duty Station: Monrovia

Description of the assignment: Contract for Individual Services (comprehensive mapping and assessment of ADR mechanism and the gender sensitiveness of semi-formal land dispute resolutions bodies in targeted counties).

Project Name: UNDP/Support to LLA

Duration: 45 Working days over a period two Months

Field Mission: 5 days in each County Mentioned in the TOR

Starting date: Immediate

Contract type: Individual Consultant Languages: English

Proposals should be submitted at the following address: by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Note: Please include procurement notice number in the subject area. PROCUREMENT NOTICE No. IC/UNDP/LLA/SOP /2020/021) when submitting.

All bids should be submitted no later than Friday 1ST May 2020 at 4:00 PM (GMT).

Any request for clarification must be sent by standard electronic communication to the address or e-mail indicated below: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Background The Liberia Land Authority (LLA) is the Agency of Government of Liberia with the primary mandate to develop policies on a continuous basic, undertake actions and implement programs in support of land governance, including land administration and management. The passage of the Land Right Acts of 2018 has empowered the LLA to strengthen it abilities and capacity to ensure the implementation of land reform programs which focus on women’s land rights, communities’ rights to land ownership, increased awareness, etc. To achieve this the LLA is partnering with UN Women, UNDP and WFP for the implementation of the project: Sustaining Peace and Reconciliation through strengthening Land Governance and Dispute Resolution Mechanism which is being funded by the Liberia Multi-Partner Trust Fund (LMPTF). The project is targeting four (4) counties (Grand Cape Mount, Maryland, Nimba and Sinoe Counties) respectively. The project has two outcomes that propose interventions to tackle major problems identified by government, CSOs and Donor Partners and response to issues identified through the existing conflict analyses and land related assessments. The first outcome responds to the limited capacity of the Government to prevent land related conflicts and aims at strengthening the effectiveness, transparency and inclusiveness of land administrative structures at national and county levels. The project envisions strengthening the capacity of County Land Offices and linking them up with the existing government structures at county level, and in targeted counties in order to foster collaboration with local government.

This project will also support commencement of the formalization of customary land as a measure to prevent disputes and ensure land rights for customary owners and users. The project support the strengthening of County Land Offices and the creation of County Land Boards as well as the Community Land Development and Management Committees in targeted counties. The second outcome aims at strengthening the existing land disputes resolution mechanisms. It will strengthen the capacity of existing semi-formal and informal land dispute mechanisms to facilitate resolution of land disputes in a more transparent and inclusive manner. Additionally, the project will strengthen the prevention and management of potential conflict drivers, including environmental hazards as well as limited livelihood opportunities in concession areas, as a strategy for resolving disputes. This will be done by building on existing community-based systems such as MSPs and mechanisms of managing natural resources and environmental hazards.

The project will contribute to the implementation of the UNSDCF 2020-2024 for Liberia, notably Outcomes 2. 3 and 4. Particularly, Output 2.2 aims that “by 2024, national and subnational capacity to deliver sustainable natural resource management and climate-aware initiatives is strengthened”. The proposed initiative is aligned with National and International legal and policy frameworks and specifically, with the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) which were ratified by Liberia in 1984 and 2004 respectively. The proposed initiative will also contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically 5, 10 and 16. At national level the initiative supports the implementation of the 2017 Peace-building Plan, which was integrated into the Pillar 3: Sustaining Peace of the Government’s national development plan – the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD). PAPD also calls for improving socio-economic human rights by passing and implementing the Land Rights Act to improve land tenure security; developing a regulatory framework for the actualization of the Liberia Land Authority Act; securing access to land by harmonizing of customary and statutory land tenure systems; and strengthening community land administration and governance framework (ensuring the inclusion of youth, women, and marginalized community members).

Likewise, it is aligned with the 2018 National Gender Policy which clearly calls for supporting women, land tenure and property rights including advocating for and promoting women’s access and control over land/land-based resources, and other forms of property and assets. In addition, there is alignment with the Liberian National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security (2019-2023), which emphasizes the importance of land, inheritance and property rights for women. Moreover, the proposed intervention has been designed to support the Government of Liberia to implement the LRA and LGA including the Legal Aid Policy (2019) and the Land Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Policy. Land issues in Liberia has from time-to-time being one of the hubs and foundation of conflicts in Liberia, ranging from families to towns, clans and to some extent even at counties levels. This is truthfully backed by the fact of the potential contributions land conflicts made to the fourteen years civil war in Liberia and the current evidences of eminent conflict it could trigger in the near future. Despite the many efforts by everyone (Government, citizens, local and international partners) it is still evidenced that much works in this sector need to be done. The Land Rights Act has shifted the paradigm and broadened the scope of management and control, now giving indigenous people the right to ownership, provide options of handling grievances regarding their lands, etc. Currently, several establishment and interventions are being made to help the local communities actualize their dreams of ownership and management of their customary land. This include the establishment of CLDMCs in land owning communities to help manage their land; the setting up of various ADR bodies, peace hubs, etc. by International partners to aid in curbing and alleviating land dispute around the country. Whilst it true that these auxiliary bodies are playing great roles in land dispute management and resolution, it is obvious that there is a clear need to have a collage ADR system which can be fully adopted by everyone that are practicing this semi-formal dispute resolution mechanism. Also, a complete mapping system need to be put in place that will house a full inventory system of the activities of ADR practitioner, including CSOs, Community, NGOs, etc. Such system will enable the LLA and its partners keep track and records of all activities surrounding.

Objective The major objective of the consultancy is in twofold. Firstly, the consultant will conduct a comprehensive mapping and assessment of all Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms (ADR) that are currently being used in the country. Secondly the consultant shall assess these ADR mechanisms to ensure that they are fully gender mainstreamed/sensitive to reflect all sectors (men, women, youth and marginalized groups). Additionally, the consultant shall that Ensure the engenderment of those policy where needed and assist the LLA in the roll-out process.

Scope of work Under the supervision of the Project Focal Person of the LLA and UNDP Office, the consultant is expected to accomplish the following duties: i. Acquired and review existing documentations, policies, laws, guidelines on ADR processes in the Country. ii. Identify gaps within the reviewed documents and design a strategy to/and bridge those existing gaps. iii. Develop a comprehensive consultancy work plan for the efficient implementation iv. Conduct a comprehensive analysis if the ADR Policy of the Liberia Land Authority and make critical comparison with the ones being used by the other Partners and NGOs v. Prepare interview questionnaires and conduct key informant interview with relevant actors in the implementation and usage of ADR to include Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Independent National Human Rights Commissions, Bar Association, etc. vi. Prepare a separate report/document cataloguing identified gaps in all the ADR documents vii. Design a system of viii. Organize and conduct a workshop to validate findings

Deliverables No. Activities Deliverables / Milestones No of Days 1. Desk review/inception activities Inception Report 7 2. Field activities: Data collection, ADR mapping Field activities 20 3. Data analysis, preparation of ADR monitoring mechanism and reporting Draft Monitoring Mechanism template and report on ADR mapping for comments 10 PowerPoint presentation of initial comments PowerPoint presentation 3 4 Preparation of Final Report Final Report and Monitoring Tools 5 TOTAL 45

Qualification The consultant shall hold a bachelor’s degree in law, preferably land law, land economics; Conflict Management or related fields.

Experience formulation of legal policies, laws, regulations and guidelines, strong background in working with and development of Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism (ADR), preferable in the sub-region with the following qualifications: • A minimum of 10 years’ experience with working in land policy development and practical working legal analysis field; • Proven experience of working with/in the justice system for at least 5 years in similar assignments (preferably in the sub-region), • Proven ability and experience in mainstreaming gender in policies, preferably land policies; • Strong and specific knowledge on ADR and other semi-formal dispute resolution legislation at the regional or international level, Liberia is a plus; • Strong knowledge and experience on the challenges and relationships between the traditional and formal justice systems; • Knowledge and demonstrable experience in the rule of law field and access to justice, including cross-cutting issues such as human rights, gender and capacity development; and rights-based approaches is considered an asset; • Experience in the use of computers and office software packages as well as web-based management systems. • Strong experience in drafting/reviewing laws and legal codes; • Demonstrated knowledge in relevant fields such as land law; women’s land and property rights; engendering policies, etc.; • Sufficient familiarity of the dynamics in the land sector in the sub-region with ample knowledge of land situations and history in Liberia; • Experience with working with diverse groups of people, including government actors, civil society, and development partners; • Ability to work well independently, as well as in a team-setting.

Competencies • Strong analytical and communication skills, including ability to produce high quality practical advisory reports and knowledge products; • Professional and/or academic experience in one or more of the areas of the task at stake and knowledge on the management field; • Ability to produce high quality outputs in a timely manner while understanding and anticipating the evolving client needs; • Ability to focus on impact and results for the client, promoting and demonstrating an ethic of client service; • Ability to work independently, produce high quality outputs; • Strong ability to write clearly and convincingly, adapting style and content to different audiences and speak clearly and convincingly; • Strong presentation skills in meetings with the ability to adapt for different audiences; • Strong analytical, research and writing skills with demonstrated ability to think strategically; • Strong capacity to communicate clearly and in a concise manner; • Strong inter-personal, negotiation and liaison skills; • Excellent writing, research, analysis and presentation skills.

Language requirement Proficient spoken and written English is mandatory.

Reporting The consultant will report directly to the UNDP/LLA’s Focal Point Person at the Liberia Land Authority Office in Mamba Point and to the UNDP Country Office in Monrovia

Documents to be included when submitting the proposals: Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications: 1. Proposal: (i) Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work (1 page); detailed methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work 2. Financial proposal 3. Personal CV including experience in similar projects and at least 3 references

a) Financial Proposal The financial proposal shall specify an all-inclusive daily fee. Payments will be made to the Individual Consultant based on specific and measurable deliverables as specified in the TOR upon completion of all deliverables.

b) Evaluation Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies: Cumulative analysis Award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial * Technical Criteria; 70 points] * Financial Criteria; [30 points] Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% of the maximum points would be considered for the financial evaluation

The technical revision of CVs will consider the following criteria: 1. Relevance of Academic Qualifications 2. Professional Experience in similar projects 3. Appropriateness of proposed methodology for the requirement 4. Adequacy of Competencies and Skills for the Assignment

The technical revision of CVs will consider the following criteria: 1. Relevance of Academic Qualifications 2. Professional Experience in similar projects 3. Appropriateness of proposed methodology for the requirement 4. Adequacy of Competencies and Skills for the Assignment

You can follow the below listed links for further information or other documents:

ADR MAPPING - https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=64918

County Assessment SOP - https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=64326

 

Reported By: Emmanuel Chedeh Davis - Public Relations

 

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H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah
President of the Republic of Liberia


Hon. Chief Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor

Hon. Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor
Vice President of the Republic of Liberia


Atty. J. Adams Manobah

Atty. J. Adams Manobah
Chairman - Liberia Land Authority


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Hon. Kula L. Jackson
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