About the Programme
The Government of the Republic of the Philippines with the support of the European Union is implementing the Justice Sector Reform Programme: Governance in Justice II (GOJUST II). GOJUST II is funded by the European Union and implemented by the British Council and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). GOJUST II builds on and continues the work of the predecessor programme, GOJUST, which was implemented from April 2016 to September 2020. GOJUST II is implemented in joint co-financing with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation.
The overall objective of GOJUST is to contribute to inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development through improved access to justice for all in the Philippines. Specifically, it aims to develop more responsive and accountable justice services. It includes two components focusing on justice and human rights, respectively. The programme is being implemented from December 2020 to June 2025.
Background of the Assignment
On 28 June 2022, the Supreme Court en banc approved the policy document “A Strategic Plan for Judicial Innovations 2022-2027”. The strategic plan aims to “establish new frameworks and adopt new approaches, but at the same time, build on and re-purpose existing ones, to achieve the longtime aspiration of delivering justice real time.” In the next five years, the Supreme Court is seizing the opportunity to prepare the courts for a technology driven future. The strategic plan will focus on three main outcomes, namely:
Outcome 1: EFFICIENCY through streamlined courts systems, both adjudicative and administrative, and effective monitoring and evaluation of the performance of justices, judges, and court officials and personnel.
Outcome 2: INNOVATION through the creation of an Information and Communications Technology Infrastructure for the Judiciary.
Outcome 3: ACCESS through inclusivity, transparency, and accountability in court adjudicative and administrative systems and procedures.
Resources are crucial in any strategic plan. A multi-year public investment program needs to be generated for the purpose of ensuring that the Strategic Plan will be implemented as envisioned given the numerous projects and activities with their target timeline.
This Mission aims to provide support for the development and implementation of the public financial investment plan for the strategic plan of the judiciary.
The overall objective of this mission is the preparation and drafting of a multi-year public financial investment plan to implement the Strategic Plan for Judicial Innovations (SPJI) 2022-2027. The objective of this mission contributes to Result 4 focusing on evidence-based justice policy and practice.
Specifically, the non-key expert is expected to achieve the following objectives:
- Conduct an analytical review and prepare a narrative description of all the programs and projects included in the SPJI
- Identify the most appropriate implementation modalities for each of the programs and projects included in the SPJI
- Assess the budget for each program and project and prepare a total budget estimate that can be used by the Judiciary as part of its annual budget proposal to Congress