Supporting Criminal Justice Reform and Strengthening Anticorruption Efforts in Moldova
Evaluation Period of Performance Start and End Dates:
The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is a non-profit organization that implements legal reform programs in roughly 50 countries around the world. ABA ROLI has nearly 500 professional staff working abroad, and in its Washington, D.C. office. ABA ROLI’s host country partners include judges, lawyers, bar associations, law schools, court administrators, legislatures, ministries of justice and a wide array of civil society organizations, including human rights groups.
ABA ROLI seeks an Evaluator (Local Consultant) for its Supporting Criminal Justice Reform and Strengthening Anticorruption Efforts in Moldova program
The Supporting Criminal Justice Reform and Strengthening Anticorruption Efforts in Moldova Program (from here on forward referred to as “the Program”) is a 3.5-year program implemented by the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI). The Program started in February 2021 and will end in June 2024.
The Program’s goal is to support the continued development of the criminal justice system and actors in Moldova, and to strengthen targeted anticorruption efforts. Specifically, the Program objectives are listed below:
Objective 1: Increased integrity, professionalism, and reform, within the Prosecutor General Office (PGO), Superior Council of Prosecutors (SCP) and Superior Council of Magistrates (SCM
Objective 2: Build capacity of key justice sector entities to combat corruption.
Objective 3: Support law reform initiatives meeting European standards.
Objective 4: Support legal professionals in improving professional standards and capacity
Cross-Cutting 1: Promote inter-legal profession dialogue and concerted action
Cross-Cutting 2: Support reform-oriented associations of young legal professionals and others.
I. Evaluation Objectives
Specifically, the evaluator will determine whether there is suggestive evidence that the Program contributed, in whole or in part, to outcomes prioritized for evaluation under the Program. Specifically:
The evaluation will respond to the following questions:
a. How effective were trainings, mentorship and technical assistance provided under the Project in ensuring improvements in knowledge, skills, and practices/behavior? Specific areas of inquiry include the following:
b. Where there have been observed or felt changes in individual knowledge, skills and practices/behavior, have these individual changes led to positive improvements at the institutional or societal/ community levels?
d. What implications would the findings have for future efforts to support the development of the criminal justice system and to strengthen targeted anticorruption efforts, or of projects in the same context and conditions?
I. Evaluation Method
This evaluation will contribute to better understanding of the program’s achievements and will document lessons learned and key takeaways for future programming to better inform managers on future program design efforts.
The evaluation cover program activities and results from 2021-2024.
The evaluation will utilize document reviews, surveys, and interviews to gather primary data but will also maximize the use of data collected by the Program as secondary source, especially to establish longitudinal comparisons. Program documents to be reviewed will include program progress reports, partner reports, reports on the criminal justice system and anti-corruption policy priorities, and local partner outputs completed under the Program. Post-tests and other surveys completed following training activities will be sorted and reviewed.
The evaluation requires assessments in most if not all pilot MPOs to observe changes in most if not all MPO Framework areas of excellence to address question (c). The evaluation of pilot MPOs may utilize surveys and checklist templates under the MPO Framework with other quantitative and qualitative tools for assessing outcomes that were unexpected and contributions of efforts and activities under the Program on observed results.
The consultant should be proficient in conducting mixed research and analysis, with relevant experience in conducting advocacy and policy evaluation. He/she must have:
Interested and qualified Consultants are required to submit the following as part of their application:
1. Cover Letter
2. Detailed Curriculum Vitae or team composition with CV of key team members
3. Financial proposal (Daily Rate in USD and total engagement cost proposed in USD)
4. Workplan for the assignment (timeline for delivery based on Section IV above)
5. Sample evaluation report in English (optional)
Interested applicants should submit their application package to Due to the high volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.with email subject line: “Moldova CJ Evaluation - Recruit”. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with an application deadline of January 15, 2024, at 17:00 h local Central European Time.
 American Evaluation Association Guiding Principles For Evaluators July 2004 http://www.eval.org/p/cm/ld/fid=51
 Kirkpatrick, D. (1998). Evaluating Training Programs: The Four Levels. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler.
 The nine areas of excellence in the MPO Framework include: leadership, management of resources, plans and prosecutorial policies, efficiency of criminal proceedings, quality of prosecutorial work, effective cooperation with other justice sector actors, public trust and confidence, and integrity and accessibility.