Research Consultant – International Commission of Jurists
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is an international organisation which was established in 1952 and is active in all the continents. It works to promote human rights through the rule of law, by using its unique legal expertise to develop and strengthen national and international justice systems. The ICJ has consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization, the Council of Europe and the African Union. The organization also cooperates with various bodies of the Organization of American States and the Inter-Parliamentary Union. The ICJ aims to ensure the progressive development and effective implementation of international human rights and international humanitarian law; secure the realization of civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights; safeguard the separation of powers; and guarantee the independence of the judiciary and legal profession.
The ICJ is in a process of contextualising several of its regional and international publications on various rule of law and human rights issues to speak to the Zimbabwean context. The ICJ Publication titled; “Rights on Arrest and Pre-trial Detention in Africa a Guide to international human rights standards”. It is the purpose of this consultancy to highlight and analyze Zimbabwean law relating to rights on arrest and pre-trial detention.
The ICJ is seeking to contract a competent research consultant to conduct research and draft an adapted and contextualised version of the 2019 ICJ publication titled, “Rights on Arrest and Pre-trial Detention in Africa a Guide to international human rights standards”.
The researcher /research team is expected to undertake the following tasks: Research, analyze and draft text describing the relevant Zimbabwean legal and institutional framework and practices, for inclusion in the contextualized version of the Guide; Draft text, suitable for inclusion in the Guide or in a standalone document, as the ICJ may determine, analyzing the extent to which current Zimbabwean law, institutions and practice is consistent with regional and international standards, and recommending reforms of law, policies or practices towards achieving full consistency.
A contextualised version of the 2019 ICJ publication titled, “Rights on Arrest and Pre-trial Detention in Africa a Guide to international human rights standards”
The study information will be collected primarily through desktop research.
The draft text analyzing the relevant Zimbabwean legal and institutional framework and practices, for inclusion in the contextualized version of the Guide should be delivered within 2 months of signing the contract. Any revisions to the above versions based on feedback from ICJ, as well as the draft text analyzing the extent to which current Zimbabwean law, institutions and practice is consistent with regional and international standards, and recommending reforms of law, policies or practices towards achieving full consistency must be delivered within 3 months of signing the contract.
Minimum Expertise, Qualifications and other attributes
The consultant must have: A post-graduate degree in law; Demonstrable knowledge and experience in undertaking research on judicial independence and accountability in Zimbabwe and Demonstrable knowledge of Zimbabwe’s legal, political and socio-economic context.
How to apply
Researchers who are interested and who meet the above minimum requirements should submit: An Expression of Interest (EOI) which is not more than 3 pages. The EOI must detail the researcher’s understanding of the TORs. The EOI must also include the proposed work plan and a budget, indicating a breakdown of all costs for conducting this project; A cover letter summarizing the lead applicant’s skills and past experience relevant to conducting this kind of research; Curriculum Vitaes of the research team. Each CV must provide names of three referees and their contact details (email and phone); A sample of a research output similar to the nature of research envisaged in this Call. The lead applicant must be the sole author of those research outputs. Applications which do not contain all the above documents will be regarded as incomplete and will not be considered. Applications must be addressed to Ms Elizabeth Mangenje at email@example.com