A pool of 4 National Consultants to carry out the training needs assessment on investigation and documentation of torture and other ill-treatment cases for forensic doctors, prosecutors, lawyers and medical personnel from places of detention

Vacancy Number: 205 /Pr-2011


Location : Chisinau, MOLDOVA
Application Deadline : 21 October 2011
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Reference to   the project :

Strengthening forensic examination of torture and other forms of ill-treatment in Moldova

Period of assignment/services: 40 working days during the period November - December 2011
Terms of Reference 3  
Individual Consultant Procurement Notice 2  
Personal History Form (P11) 1  
UNDP General Conditions of Individual Contract 1  

Proposal should be submitted at the following email to vacancies-moldova@undp.org with the mark "205 /Pr-2011 A pool of 4 National Consultants to carry out the training needs assessment on investigation and documentation of torture and other ill-treatment cases for forensic doctors, prosecutors, lawyers and medical personnel from places of detention" in the subject field.

Any request for clarification must be sent by standard electronic communication to the e-mail alexandru.cocirta@undp.org. The latter will respond by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants.

Important: Applications without Financial proposal will be disqualified.



All forms of torture or other ill-treatment are unequivocally prohibited under international human rights law. Moldova being party to the main UN, international and European treaties and other relevant instruments, ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture by the Law nr. 66-XV dated 30 March 2006. The respective Law entered into force on 24 July 2006 and with this a National Preventive Mechanism for the prevention of torture was established in Moldova. However, concerns related to torture and other forms of ill-treatment in detention in Moldova are long-standing and have been the subject of extensive scrutiny by international and European human rights monitoring bodies.

Human rights concerns were heightened to the level of emergency in April 2009 after the authorities detained hundreds of people in the wake of demonstrations which turned violent. Abuses included arbitrary detention, widespread ill-treatment, as well as apparently malicious prosecution of a number of individuals. As of September 2009, the prosecutor office has opened criminal proceedings in a handful of cases. However, close to half of over 100 complaints submitted to the prosecutor offices have reportedly been dismissed, many of them because of a lack of basic documentation, including forensics evidence. Therefore, the forensic documentation is crucial for documenting torture cases, and is generally treated as a central component of any effort to prosecute torture.

In order to effectively address torture and other related forms of ill-treatment in Moldova in a comprehensive, integrated and holistic approach, UNDP with support of the European Commission and in partnership with Centre for Forensic Medicine launched the project “Strengthening the forensic examination of torture and other forms of ill-treatment in Moldova”. The overall objective of the Project is to strengthen the forensic examination of torture and other forms of ill-treatment, as a key strategic element in comprehensive, integrated, holistic efforts to end torture and related forms of ill-treatment in Moldova.

One of the Project's priorities is to to strengthen the institutional and operational capacity of the Centre of Forensic Medicine in the examination of the torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment cases at the national level and heighten the quality of forensic documentation brought before courts and to other public review instances in cases where torture or other forms of ill-treatment is alleged. The capacity building component is crucial for achieving this goal. In this context, the Project intends to design and provide specialised trainings on examination techniques and relevant documentation standards when dealing with torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment cases. A special attention shall be paid not only to the physical consequences, but also to the psychological implications when investigating and documenting torture.


The objective of this consultancy service is as follows:

  • To perform the assessment of the training needs on investigation and documentation of torture and other ill-treatment cases for the forensic doctors, prosecutors, lawyers and medical personnel from places of detention. Based on the fact findings of the capacity and needs assessment, a training plan and module-based programme shall be designed to increase the capacities of the beneficiary groups to respond to and promptly investigate torture and other ill-treatment cases.

In order to achieve objectives the Consultants shall:

  • Undertake a comprehensive desk review of the relevant international and national legal frameworks, relevant studies, research, reports in the area, relevant civil society assessments and other resources;
  • Get acquainted with the Report on Feasibility Study of Forensic Services in Moldova and External Audit of the Center of Forensic Medicine (2011);
  • Prepare a detailed work plan to be applied for the assignment;
  • Develop the instruments (templates, questionnaire, etc.) required for carrying out the assignment;
  • Perform the training needs assessment by using the most suitable instruments depending on the specifics of the group;
  • Synthesize the identified training needs for each beneficiary group;
  • Draw up the training needs assessment report. The report shall inter alia include the context of the assignment, the methodology used, the findings and the recommendations, as well as the strategy recommended to be followed for the trainings development;
  • Perform other assignment related tasks.



  • University or MA degree in Law, Public Administration, Psychology, Social Sciences and/or other relevant fields.

Experience and Skills:

  • Extensive experience (at least 3 years) in carrying out training needs analysis, policy/strategy development in/for the public administration;
  • Strong abilities in designing questionnaires, development of methodology for training needs assessment;
  • Qualification and proven skills in training curriculum development, as well as training of trainers;
  • Proven experience in conducting instructional and participatory trainings, workshops and presentations. Focus on torture issues is a strong advantage;
  • Proven experience in working with the international organizations (successful experience in working with UN agencies is an asset)
  • Strong leadership abilities and excellent (diplomatic) communication presentation skills, ability to facilitate discussions;
  • Skills in analysing, generalizing, and systematizing information;
  • Skills in developing analytical and informative materials;
  • Excellent IT skills including word processing, database applications, presentation software and use of other relevant applications;
  • Proficiency in written and spoken Romanian and Russian.
Personal qualities: responsibility, creativity, flexibility and punctuality.

For more details, please read the Terms of Reference and Individual Consultant Procurement Notice.


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
(ii) Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work (if applicable)
2. Financial proposal
3. Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references


Lump sum contract

The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount. Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR.  In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).  


All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel.  In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.

In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.