Background and Rationale:
Musahlihat- i - Anjumans (MAs) are Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) councils set-up at Union Councils (lowest Local Government tier). A MA constitutes three neutral notables of the community, whose judgment through reconciliation hold force of law. MAs have successfully demonstrated to provide a window to the poor and vulnerable for accessing cheap and effective justice. Operating in collaboration with the Local Government Departments, Gender Justice through Musalihat Anjuman Project (GJTMAP) envisages a comprehensive strategy for implementing an ADR framework for curbing gender violence through formation, strengthening and capacity building of the MAs.
The MA mechanism provides significant advantages both, to the formal legal systems, and to the poor. Efficiently working MAs significantly reduce the burden of case work on the judicial system, which would result in higher case resolution ratio for the judiciary. The poor gain to save substantially, not only monetarily, but also in terms of time spent in trails which can be used in productive activities. The ADR system through MA has practical significance in the traditional societies and promotes poverty reduction through social empowerment of the poor at the grass roots level.
The project has been implemented through Local Government and Rural Development (LG&RD) and provincial Local Government (LG) Departments with the support of UNDP and Government of Pakistan. As the project duration is from 2007 – 2011, the project is about to reach its conclusion. As per the Rules of Business, UNDP is compiling a Project Terminal Report for GJTMAP.
The consultancy will have the following objectives:
· To compile project overall progress against the targets set for the entire life of the project. This will entail review of the so far progress reports of each provincial unit of the project and to compile them in a single report. However, all the data analysis and reporting will be done in a bifurcated manner clearly indicating progress in each province. The UNDP standard format for Project Terminal / Final Report will be used.
· To analyze and compile progress against the project results framework. This will include reporting results against each indicator related to project outputs, outcome and impact.
· To summarize the main findings of the project Mid Term Review Report and include them in the project final report. This should also include a brief analysis of project actions against the recommendations of the MTR review.
· To compile lessons learnt and best practices of the project. This should also include an analysis of the risk and issues confronted by the project during its period of operation and an assessment of how these risks and issues were addressed by the project management. The lessons leant and best practices should be analyzed and compiled in a such way so that these could feed into any similar future programming / interventions.
· To summarize and compile project knowledge products and success stories, if any, from the field. The report will include pictures from the field related to the concerned activity / output.
Output / Deliverable:
There is a single deliverable expected from this consultancy – to produce a Project Terminal / Final Progress Report as per UNDP standard format.
The consultant will compile the secondary data available at each provincial unit. This will entail extensive travel to the four provinces and consultations with the provincial counterparts. Where needed, the consultant may also meet the project beneficiaries / stakeholders to collect information. The project will facilitate the consultants’ visits to the different units as well as meetings with stakeholders.
NOTE: Duration of the consultancy is 20 days spread over a period of one month.