Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Call for Expression of Interest for Civil Society Observatory on the Administration of Criminal Justice in Nigeria

Date of EOI: 19th May, 2017

Closing Date of the EOI: 31st May, 2017

Email EOI to: cleen@cleen.org

1. Purpose of Expression of Interest(EOI)
CLEEN Foundation is seeking Expression of Interest (EOI) from qualified organizations (civil society organizations, individual media correspondents and media association) working in the area of Administration of Criminal Justice in Nigeria to be part of a 10 member Civil Society Observatory on the Administration of Criminal Justice in Nigeria.

2. Background
The passage of the new Administration of Criminal Justice Act(ACJA) in Nigeria in 2015, significantly now alters the environment within which criminal justice would be administered in Nigeria as well as how criminal justice actors – Police, Lawyers, Directorate of Public Prosecution(DPP), Judges, Courts and Anti-corruption agencies operate. Through the innovative provisions in the Act which clarify the roles of criminal justice institutions/agencies and sets options for strategic collaboration and coordination, the new Act, if properly implemented is expected to raise efficiency in the criminal justice procedure in Nigeria.

Despite the passage of the Act since 2015 there still remains, low level awareness about the Act amongst the civil populace and even amongst criminal justice actors/agencies whose service delivery and efficiency it seeks to improve. The lack of awareness about the Act amongst the general public and critical stakeholders therefore puts at risk, the full and effective implementation of the Act. Additionally, limited efforts are known to have been undertaken and/or put in place to closely monitor the Administration of Criminal Justice reform process, its key actors/agencies and the fulfillment of their new roles under the Act. It is against this background that the Civil Society Observatory is proposed in CLEEN Foundation Project on Monitoring the Criminal Justice Administration Reform Process in Nigeria, to mobilize individuals and group working on the criminal justice issues and support them to raise attention to the challenges and progress in the implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) in Nigeria.

3. Objective of Civil Society Observatory
Drive Advocacy for the effective implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) through monitoring progress of its implementation and drawing attention to violations/challenges when identified.

4. Scope of Work
The Civil society Observatory would be responsible to
• Contribute to the development of an Indicator System for monitoring the implementation of the ACJA
• Hold 8 rotational quarterly meetings to review progress and challenges in implementation of the ACJA
• Report and create public awareness on the provisions and implementation of the ACJA
• Drive Advocacy with relevant stakeholders in the criminal justice process to encourage compliance with the Act

5. Requirements
All interested organizations and individuals must submit
1. EOI/Proposal: Explaining why they are most suitable to be part of the Civil Society Observatory giving evidence of relevant past work experience(s) in the area of criminal justice administration;
2. Certificate of Registration in Nigeria(Civil society Organizations/media association only)
3. A recent Personal CV/Resume and at least 3 references (Individuals only)
4. A recent annual report/newsletter(Civil society Organizations/media association only)

6. Submission of Expression of Interest(EOI)
The closing date for this expression of interest is no later than close of business on Friday, 26th May, 2017. All submissions should be sent to cleen@cleen.org . This Call for Expression of Interest does not amount to a commitment on the part of CLEEN Foundation. A response to this Call for Expression of Interest does not automatically ensure that you will be selected to participate in the Civil Society Observatory. CLEEN Foundation reserves the right to accept or reject any or all the proposals without any obligation to inform the affected applicants of the ground for acceptance or rejection.

If you have any additional questions about this Call for Expression of Interest (EOI), please email cleen@cleen.org

We thank you for your interest.

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

CLEEN Foundation launch the second phase of the Fostering Civil Military Relations (FCMR) Project in Nigeria

CLEEN Foundation will today launch the second phase of the Fostering Civil Military Relations (FCMR) Project in Nigeria in Abuja. The project is implemented in collaboration with National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR). The objective of the CMR project is to strengthen civil-military relations by fostering sustained dialogue and improved understanding between the civil society and the Armed Forces. This is aimed at improving accountability, security, national cohesion and respect for human rights throughout Nigeria.
The CMR project was borne out of our past challenges bordering on tensions between civilians and the military occasioned by over three decades of military rule and the current insecurities in various parts of the country. This has given rise to active deployment of the military to many states and geopolitical zones of the country to contain different security challenges. The use of the Armed Forces in virtually every internal operations including elections, e.t.c. has seen a change of role for the military operating within the framework of a constitutional democracy. Some military engagements have created an atmosphere of mistrust and fear on the part of the civilians towards the military necessitating many Nigerians to see the military more as occupying forces than as providers of their security. This has unfortunately made the work of securing lives and property difficult for the military who are supposed to also depend on citizens’ support for intelligence gathering in containing the numerous security challenges confronting the nation.
In today's democratic dispensation, the culture and orientation of the Armed Forces in relation to civilians needs to change significantly. There is need for trust between civilians and the Armed Forces. We are at a critical period in our nation’s history where the need to win hearts and minds of the people has never been so significant. The CMR project by CLEEN Foundation seeks therefore to create avenues for sustained dialogues between the civilians and the security agencies while working at addressing the numerous challenges in interpersonal relationship of both parties.

CLEEN Foundation believes that the CMR Road Map produced in Phase one is a strategic document that will address most of the issues we face while offering broader opportunities to improve the existing relationship between civilians and the military. These include accountability and transparency, lack of effective communication strategies, lack of knowledge on CMR, duration of internal operations and many others are among the issues contained in the road map for further engagement. Phase two of this project will work strategically with the Military, the National Assembly, Police and other civil security agencies at different levels to advocate for more accountable Armed Forces that respect the rights of the people, prioritizes safety and security and is subject to civilian oversight.  

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