Position: Management Consultant

Irish Rule of Law International (IRLI) seeks the services of a consultant(s) to undertake an organisational analysis of its Malawi team and programme to assess the structure and practices and to make recommendations, to better enable IRLI to deliver its important work through its flagship programme. Particular importance is to be placed on the suitability of the current management structure (and any need for diversification and amendment thereof) as an enabler or inhibitor of continued delivery and measured growth.


About IRLI

IRLI is a project-orientated, non-profit rule of law initiative founded in 2007 and incorporated in 2009 by the Law Society of Ireland and the Bar of Ireland. The Law Society of Northern Ireland and the Bar of Northern Ireland joined the organisation in 2015. IRLI has collaborated with academics, judges, legal practitioners, policymakers, and civil society around the world to advance collective knowledge of the relationship between rule of law, democracy, sustained economic development and human rights.IRLI originated in recognition of the increased emphasis placed on the rule of law in development aid and in response to the number of requests for assistance received involving the rule of law. IRLI believes that members of the Irish and Northern Irish legal professions have a significant role to play in enhancing the rule of law and shaping the progress of fragile societies. IRLI seeks to harness the skills of Irish, Northern Irish, and international lawyers to use the law as a means of tackling global injustice and empowering all people to live in a society free from inequality, corruption, and conflict.IRLI provides programmes and projects in resource-constrained countries which are designed to enhance the provision and protection of human rights, democracy, good governance, and the promotion of the rule of law. The organisation’s programmes are collaborative and responsive to local needs. IRLI works with local partners and through alliances to achieve its objectives. IRLI’s partners include government agencies, members of the legal professions, members of the judiciary, bar associations, legal academics, and civil society groups in the countries in which it operates.


About IRLI – Malawi

IRLI’s biggest programme is in Malawi, where we have been working since 2011. The current iteration of the programme works towards two specific objectives: to improve access to justice for adults and children; and to strengthen institutional capacity, coordination, and accountability throughout the criminal justice system.

Across these two objectives, IRLI works to improve access to justice for the duration of an accused person’s criminal justice journey. IRLI, therefore, promotes respect for human rights and the rule of law from the point of arrest to sentence.

IRLI lawyers are seconded to the principal institutional actors in the criminal justice system on the basis of MOUs: the Malawi Police Service, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Legal Aid Bureau, and the judiciary. The lawyers work alongside their Malawian counterparts to build capacity, provide support and to respond to gaps and areas in need of improvement.

The IRLI Malawi team, through its Alternative Justice Programme Officer, also operates a child diversion programme called “Mwai Wosinthika”, which means “Chance for Change”. During the programme, children who have come into conflict with the law come to work with social workers from the Ministry of Gender, Community Development, and Social Welfare where they learn life skills and methods of changing their behaviour.

IRLI’s holistic approach to access to justice enables the programme to target each component of the justice system and ensures that the promotion of cooperation and coordination between key institutions is a consistent thread running through all IRLI’s activities. Our work in Malawi is supported by the Embassy of Ireland in Malawi and by the European Union through the EU Delegation to Malawi.



In order to improve our capabilities, maximise the delivery of a high-quality service to our stakeholders, and be well-placed to execute our current (and potential future) work, an organisational analysis and review should be carried out of IRLI’s Malawi team. This review would consider how IRLI Malawi might increase its impact, the suitability of the current model of engagement with stakeholders, and, particularly, the appropriateness of the current management structure within the IRLI Malawi team (and how the management structure within IRLI Headquarters in Dublin feeds into that model). The organisational analysis and review would also clearly identify any challenges and risks associated with IRLI’s current operating model and management structure and provide realistic options and proposed solutions to overcome these.

The findings and recommendations from the organisational analysis and review may be used to inform management restructuring of the IRLI Malawi team, feed into design and implementation of future programming, and support efforts to secure additional funding sources.

The organisational analysis and review will look at IRLI Malawi’s present set-up while also looking forward to the next 3- to 5-year period.

The organisational analysis and review aims to:

  • assess the effectiveness of IRLI Malawi’s management structure with a view to the Malawi team’s current programmatic activities and potential future growth

  • assess the effectiveness of IRLI Malawi’s operating models

  • collate and analyse lessons learned, best practices established, and future challenges

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  • Is the current IRLI Malawi management structure sufficient to enable it to best achieve its current programmatic commitments and for potential future, sustainable growth (funding and programmatic)?

  • How can IRLI Malawi improve its work practices, procedures, and model of operation to move forward in an effective, well-structured, and sustainable way?



The organisational review will combine qualitative and quantitative data collection and evaluation techniques using the following methods:

  • Desk-based review: The organisational review will examine relevant documents and content produced by IRLI including previous evaluations, programme proposals, work plans, annual and interim reports; the consultant will also research, analyse, and compare examples of other legal organisations with similar objectives and programmes to IRLI Malawi

  • Key Informant Interviews (KIIs): A set of KIIs will also be conducted with selected relevant key informants and institutions,

  • Lessons learned/best practice workshop: Facilitate a workshop to analyse and compile lessons learning and best practice with IRLI staff and other stakeholders.



The organisational review will start in May 2024 and will take no longer than 21 working days.


Deliverables Expectations Timeline

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1. Inception Report

An inception report will outline the key scope of the work and intended work plan of the analysis, and evaluation questions.
The inception report should detail the reviewer’s understanding of what is being evaluated and why, showing how each organisational review question will be answered including proposed methods, proposed sources of data, and data collection procedures. The inception report should include a proposed schedule of tasks, activities, and deliverables.

3 days

2. Data Collection

Undertake desk review, carry out key informant interviews and, if deemed useful, potential focus group discussions. Facilitate a ‘lessons learned’ workshop with IRLI staff and other stakeholders.

10 days

3. Data analysis and organisational review

Presentation of initial findings to the IRLI team followed by submission of draft report for review and feedback by IRLI (and the Embassy of Ireland in Malawi).

4 days

4. Final Organisational Review submission

The final report (maximum of 20 pages) should be submitted after incorporating the comments received from the IRLI (and the Embassy of Ireland in Malawi). The report should follow the below structure and lay out:

  1. Executive Summary (outlining the key findings and recommendations);

  2. Introduction(includingsummaryoforganisational review methodology and limitations).

  3. Analysis and findings of the organisational analysis and review

  4. Best practices and lessons learned;

  5. Conclusions and recommendations.

4 days


The consultant(s) will report to IRLI’s Country Director – Malawi and (Acting) Executive Director. Ultimate management responsibility lies with IRLI’s (Acting) Executive Director in Ireland. Feedback and comments will be provided by the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of IRLI, the IRLI (Acting) Executive Director, the (Acting) Director of Programmes, the

Country Director – Malawi as well as relevant Embassy of Ireland in Malawi staff and other relevant actors.



IRLI is expecting to contract a consultant(s) to work primarily remotely. The consultant(s) shall have the following expertise and qualifications:

  • At least 10 years of experience in working with international organisations and donors, conducting organisational analyses and reviews and/or evaluating programmes with multiple partners with complex implementation modalities,

  • A Master’s degree in social science, international development, law, or related field (or equivalent),

  • Demonstrable capacity to deliver high quality outputs within the proposed timeframe,

  • Strong analytical and report writing skills,

  • Good interpersonal skills and an understanding of cultural sensitivities,

  • Experience in evaluating or conducting organisational reviews of similar justice

    programmes is strongly advantageous,

  • Experience working in the developing world is strongly advantageous.



Along with their CV interested candidate(s) should submit:

1) A technical proposal explaining their comprehension of the Terms of Reference and how they would approach this assignment within the given time (3-page maximum),

  •  Two samples of similar previous assignments,

  • A financial proposal outlining their expected fees and other expenses.

All documents need to be submitted by email to [email protected] and [email protected] by Sunday 12th May by 5pm (Central African Time).

You can download a full PDF for this ToR here.




Position: Consultant 



Along with their CV interested candidate(s) shouldsubmit:

  • A technical proposal explaining their comprehension of the Terms of Reference (ToR) and how they would approach this assignment within the given time (3-page maximum).
  • Candidate(s) are welcome to provide a sample of a similar previous assignment(s) (optional).
  • A financial proposal outlining their expected fees and other expenses, complying with the maximum pricing figure contained within the ToR.
  • All documents need to be submitted by email to [email protected] AND [email protected] by 12noon Irish time (GMT/UTC) on Wednesday, 28th April 2024 at 20:00.

Irish Rule of Law International (IRLI) is a joint initiative of the Law Society of Ireland, the Bar of Ireland, the Law Society of Northern Ireland, and the Bar of Northern Ireland. Supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs, it is dedicated to promoting the rule of law in countries including Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania.

Irish Rule of Law International, IRLI, has been awarded successive annual grants from the Embassy of Ireland, Tanzania to support the building of institutional partnerships between members of the Irish, Northern Irish and Tanzanian criminal justice systems to address abuse of children and gender-based violence across all jurisdictions. 

IRLI has received five grants from Embassy of Ireland, Tanzania. The first grant of €15,500 was for an expert delegation from IRLI, including judges, to visit Tanzania in late 2018 to assess what type of institutional support IRLI could provide to their Tanzanian counterparts. In addition, a capacity needs assessment of criminal justice institutions was conducted to inform the programme. The second grant of €57,725 in 2019 covered the period July 2019 to February 2020 and included a technical exchange whereby three members of the Tanzanian police force visited Ireland, a further scoping visit by the same expert IRLI delegation, and a needs assessment of the Tanzanian criminal justice institutions was completed. 

Embassy of Ireland, Tanzania then granted €199,322 in 2020 for the first year of a pilot programme with local partner, Children's Dignity Forum (CDF). Following the pilot, it was decided to focus on the institutional relationships aspects of the programme to date, rather than to continue with local-level partners and programming. The fourth grant of €200,000 in 2022, running from May 2022 to May 2023 focused on building and strengthening institutional partnerships between An Garda Síochána (AGS), the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), and Tanzania Police on the policing side, and the judiciaries of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Tanzania on the judicial side. During the implementation period, in November 2022, a visit by four members of the Tanzanian judiciary to Ireland and Northern Ireland took place. In March 2023, two representatives from each of the Irish police services traveled to Tanzania, followed in May 2023 by a return visit by the Tanzanian Police, headed by the Inspector General of Police. In addition, engagement with the Institute of Judicial Administration has been furthered through the development of a Compendium on Child Sexual Abuse cases, which will act as a springboard for activities to improve delivery of justice in child sexual abuse cases.

The fifth grant of €200,000 for 2023 covering the period August 2023 to July 2024 was informed by the results and lessons learned from the 2018 to 2023 scoping reports, technical exchanges, concept notes, bi-monthly and six-monthly reports as well as the previous iteration of the programme that was conducted at the community level alongside Children’s Dignity Forum (CDF). Strong institutional partnerships developed through high-level exchanges between policing and judicial experts within all three jurisdictions. This enabled the current engagement, focused on delivering capacity building training to justice actors at an operational level, to improve victim-centric approaches in the handling of child sexual abuse and gender based violence cases by police and judicial officers. 



This project is designed to support institutional partnership-building between the Irish and Tanzanian Criminal Justice systems, with a secondary objective to strengthen the response to gender-based violence (GBV) – and child sexual abuse (CSA) in particular. The 2018 to 2024 period has had a core focus on institutional relationship building as a springboard to develop and deliver meaningful change through capacity building training. The ongoing capacity building training on the policing side aims to address effective and appropriate investigation of child sexual abuse cases. Furthermore, capacity building training on the judicial side brings Northern Irish, Irish and Tanzanian judicial actors together to share best practice and develop a Training of Trainers programme, addressing courtroom practice to avoid re-traumatisation of victims.


Project objectives:


  • To improve victim-centric practices in CSA investigations and court proceedings in Tanzania. 

This is achieved through improved capacities of the police and judiciary to deliver justice to CSA victims and survivors using victim-centric processes to aid the effective and timely investigation and adjudication of perpetrators. One of the indicators to measure progress on this objective is to see levels of increased confidence by criminal justice actors in handling of CSA cases using victim centered approaches, for example, listing of cases or ‘special measures’ in court.  

  • To increase visibility of Ireland’s Rule of Law expertise in Ireland and in the (East/Southern Africa) region. 

This objective will be measured through regular promotion of our work in Tanzania, publication of project updates and good news stories in professional publications. 



Main Objective

The programme follows a simple theory of change: learning from the criminal justice experience and victim-centric approaches within the two jurisdictions of Ireland will strengthen Tanzania’s ability to investigate and adjudicate child sexual abuse cases (and, consequently, gender-based violence more broadly) and increase meaningful access to justice for children, as well as other vulnerable and marginalised survivors of abuse. 

The primary objective of this assignment is to evaluate the extent to which the programme has been able to achieve its objectives (see above). The evaluation should explicitly assess and describe the manner in which the programme succeeded (or otherwise) in strengthening Institutional Partnerships between criminal justice actors in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Tanzania, and how this partnership has enabled the development and delivery of capacity building training between the police and judicial actors. It should assess and describe the extent to which police and judicial practitioners, who have participated in  capacity building training, have increased their levels of knowledge, skills and confidence in dealing with victims and survivors of GBV and in particular child sexual abuse. The evaluation should include assessment of the programme’s relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability.


Specific Objectives

The Consultant will specifically consider the extent to which the following outcomes have been met:

Outcome 1: Improved capacities of the police and judiciary to deliver justice to victims of gender-based violence, in particular CSA victims and survivors using victim-centric processes to aid the effective and timely investigation and adjudication of perpetrators, through the delivery of the following two outputs:

  • Capacity building training is delivered to police on dealing effectively with CSA cases.
  • Capacity building training is delivered to the judiciary on dealing effectively with CSA cases.

Outcome 2: Institutional Partnerships: 

How the programme has strengthened and made sustainable institutional partnerships across the jurisdictions of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Tanzania. 

Outcome 3: The visibility of Ireland’s role in developing and strengthening the rule of law in the region is increased.

How the project has delivered in terms of Ireland’s role and visibility in rule of law work, in Ireland, Tanzania and in the region, showcasing the work of the Embassy of Ireland Tanzania, IRLI, and Irish justice sector practitioners with Tanzanian counterparts.



The Consultant will work closely with the IRLI Programme Manager. The following are the key deliverables of the assignment:

  • Develop an inception report that guides the overall evaluation process and the methodology to be used to conduct the evaluation. 
  • Present the inception report to the IRLI team for discussion and approval, including the key informants to be interviewed (either online or in-person)
  • Conduct desk research of relevant documentation (reports, etc) to project performance in terms of successes, challenges, facilitating factors and barriers.
  • Conduct key informant interviews with relevant participants/stakeholders.
  • Synthesize information gathered from both from desk review and interviews into a draft evaluation report. 
  • Facilitate an online validation session with selected participants to highlight key findings and draft recommendations before finalizing and submitting the evaluation report, which includes clear recommendations, owners and timelines to improve the project implementation and lessons learned for similar future projects.
  • Present the key findings to the IRLI team.
  • Use the feedback on the report by the IRLI team to improve and finalize the evaluation report 




The evaluation must be guided by the OECD DAC criteria. Table 1 below describes how the information from the evaluation should be organized, among other types of information to be generated.


Table 1: OECD – DAC Criteria




The extent to which the intervention objectives and design respond to beneficiaries, global, country, and partner/institution needs, policies, and priorities, and continue to do so if circumstances change


The compatibility of the intervention with other interventions in a country, sector or institution


The extent to which the intervention achieved, or is expected to achieve, its objectives, and its results, including any differential results across groups


The extent to which the intervention delivers, or is likely to deliver, results in an economic and timely way


The extent to which the intervention has generated or is expected to generate significant positive or negative, intended or unintended, higher-level effects.


The extent to which the net benefits of the intervention continue, or are likely to continue


Data Collection Methods

The consultant shall use a consultative and inclusive approach to ensure that all key stakeholders are actively involved during the evaluation process. The methodology for completing his/her work should include: 

  • Desk review through reviewing the existing project reports, proposals, project activity and progress reports and any other relevant related documents that offer information on the project. 
  • Key informant interviews (KII) with, at a minimum, project implementers, technical, judicial, and policing experts involved in relationship building and capacity building project activities (both those participating and delivering training).



The evaluation will be conducted under the leadership and guidance of the IRLI Programme Manager, Tanzania and Executive Director (Acting). The consultant/s will be expected to work very closely with the Programme Manager through all stages of the evaluation. The consultants/ will report to the Programme Manager and Executive Director, who will receive and communicate the approval of all deliverables. 



The Consultant must have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Must hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree in one or more of the disciplines: Law, Criminal Justice, Monitoring and Evaluation, Policy and Planning, Development Studies, Social Sciences or Administration.  
  • At least five (5) years of recognized experience in conducting or leading evaluations or review of development programmes, and experience as the main writer of evaluation reports. 
  • Experience in justice reform and development, institutional partnerships building is an added advantage.
  • Expertise using quantitative and qualitative evaluation/research methods. 
  • Excellent skills and experience in facilitating key informant interviews with government and justice sector officials, development partners, civil society organizations and other partners. 
  • Excellent analytical skills in writing evaluation reports with constructive and practical recommendations. 
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of Kiswahili is beneficial. 



This activity is expected to be completed in the period between 18th April and 17th May 2024. There will be 15 consultancy days spread within this period. Below is a tentative plan of work (Table 2) that will be reviewed in consultation with the Consultant upon successful selection.


Table 2: Tentative Work Plan for Conducting Evaluation of the IRLI Tanzania Programme  (2018-2023 period)






Signing of the contract

22nd April 2024

Consultant & IRLI


Development and Presentation of the Inception report to the secretariat team at IRLI 

28th April 2024



Document Review and report

 4th May April 2024



Key Informant Interviews 

 14th May 2024



Drafting the overall evaluation report and Presentation to the IRLI team 

20th May 2024 



Finalization of the evaluation report and submission

22nd May 2024




The successful Consultant will carry out the assignment within the budget of €6375-€ 6750 as agreed with IRLI. The Consultant shall include in his/her inception report, a breakdown of the estimates for the activities within the work plan that does not exceed this budget. 



During this assignment, the Consultant will be reporting to the Programme Manager and Executive Director (Acting) of IRLI who will provide guidance for both administrative and technical issues. 



After the approval of the final evaluation report, the Consultant will be required to facilitate and deliver a learning session with different stakeholders including the Embassy of Ireland, Tanzania, through presenting the key findings/lessons of the report. Preparation of the learning session shall be conducted in collaboration with the IRLI Programme Manager, Tanzania. The preparation and delivery will attract an additional two-day engagement period with the Consultant. 

You can download a full PDF for this ToR here.





<h1Position: Operations Manager>


Location:                    Dublin

Hours of work:        3-5 days a week (negotiable)

Reports to:                IRLI Executive Director

Closing Date:           Monday, 8 April at 15:00


Irish Rule of Law International (IRLI) is a legal non-governmental organisation (NGO) with charity status set up under the auspices of the Law Society of Ireland and the Bar of Ireland as well as the Law Society of Northern Ireland and the Bar of Northern Ireland dedicated to promoting the rule of law in developing countries. IRLI is primarily a project-based organisation with a variety of access-to-justice projects in countries such as South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, and Tanzania. IRLI is an all-island organisation that seeks to progress resource-restrained societies by protecting human rights, promoting and strengthening the rule of law and providing technical support and assistance in the form of legal capacity and institute building in those jurisdictions in order to help tackle the effects of global injustice and empower freedom from inequality, corruption and conflict.


Position Summary – Operations Manager 


Irish Rule of Law International has rule of law projects in Tanzania, Malawi, South Africa and Zambia. The Operations Manager is responsible for overseeing the whole corporate governance, charitable governance, finance, administrative, and human resources functions of the office. This position reports to the Executive Director and works closely with other members of the executive team. The incumbent will work closely with IRLI’s office manager, as well as IRLI’s financial controller.




1. Corporate Governance:

  • In conjunction with the Executive Director, contribute to developing strategic plans, annual operation plans, and key performance indicators.
  • Review and monitor the organisation’s risk register in conjunction with the Executive Director and lead on implementing mitigation measures to mitigate against risk.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant Irish laws and regulations as well as laws and regulations in Tanzania, Malawi, and Zambia.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to corporate governance.
  • Ensure the board of directors and executive team are kept informed of any governance-related matters.

2. Charitable Governance:

  • Ensure compliance with relevant Irish laws and regulations related to charities.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to charitable governance.
  • Ensure that the organisation is meeting its charitable objectives and maintaining its charitable status.

3. Finance:

  • Oversee the financial management of the organisation, including budgeting, forecasting, and financial reporting, in tandem with IRLI’s financial controllers.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations related to finance.
  • Liaise with auditors, bankers, and other financial institutions as necessary.

4. Administration:

  • Oversee, alongside IRLI’s office manager, the general administration of the office, including facilities management, procurement, and inventory management.
  • Ensure that the office is properly equipped and maintained.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures related to administration.

5. Human Resources:

  • Oversee the recruitment, selection, and retention of staff.
  • Ensure that the organisation is complying with relevant laws and regulations related to employment.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures related to human resources.

6. Knowledge Management:

  • Develop and implement a system for knowledge management, including document management and filing.
  • Ensure that staff have access to the necessary information and resources to carry out their duties effectively.




  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, finance, or a related field.

  • At least five years of experience in a senior administrative role, preferably with an NGO.

  • Excellent knowledge of Irish laws and regulations related to corporate governance, charitable governance, finance, administration, and human resources.

  • Excellent communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills.

  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making abilities.

  • Ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment.


This Terms of Reference outlines the key responsibilities and qualifications required for the Operations Manager role in the Irish NGO's offices in Dublin. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing the entire administrative function of the office, including corporate governance, charitable governance, finance, administration, and human resources. The candidate should also be knowledgeable about knowledge management and filing systems to ensure proper document management. The Operations Manager will report to the Executive Director and work closely with other members of the executive team, as well as the financial controller and office manager, to ensure the successful operation of the organisation.


Salary: 51,000-55,000 euro (pro rata)

Closing Date: Monday, 8 April at 15:00


Please forward your cover letter along with your CV to [email protected]