Soros Foundation Moldova (FSM)

Good Governance

The mission of the department is to enhance transparency, accountability, efficiency and effectiveness of government in accordance with the European agenda.

Justice and Human Rights

The Justice and Human Rights Department’s vision of rule of law is built on the solid grounds of a fair, accessible and predictable justice delivery system, which effectively safeguards fundamental human rights.

The Department develops and implements activities in several areas, crucial for the fulfilment of its vision: Human Rights, Access to Justice, and Criminal Justice.

Public Health

Our mission: to support and contribute to the development and promotion of health policies and practices based on evidence, which promotes human rights, social inclusion and justice.

The Foundation also provides support for promoting good governance in the health system by independent and neutral monitoring / evaluation of public health policy and health services.

Media Program

Media Department's mission: to contribute to the development of an open, participatory, pluralistic and value-based society in Republic of Moldova by organizing, supporting and financing activities aimed at encouraging the development of an independent media sector and improving access to information.

Other initiatives

Initiatives implemented during 2018

Program Coordinator in the field of Criminal Justice Enforcement and Management

The Justice and Human Rights Department of the Soros Foundation-Moldova is looking for a Program Coordinator in the field of criminal justice enforcement and management.

Background:
 
The Soros Foundation-Moldova (SFM) is a non-governmental, non-for-profit and non-political organization, which was established in 1992 by the financier and the philanthropist George Soros to promote the development of an open society in Moldova by developing and implementing a range of programs and activities that address specific areas of needs including media, legal reform, good governance, civic engagement and public health.
 
The Justice and Human Rights Department of SFM contributes to the development of an accessible, predictable, and fair justice system, which guarantees respect and protection for fundamental human rights. The Department implements projects in three areas, vital to the fulfillment of its vision, including Criminal Justice, Human Rights, Judicial Independence and Accountability. In the area of Criminal Justice, the Department pursues effective implementation of its strategic concept “Safeguard Procedural Guarantees in the Pre-trial Stage of the Criminal Process.”
 
The Justice and Human Rights Department’s vision for the future and its corresponding actions focus on a more predictable criminal justice system, one that serves human rights better than it currently does. The Moldovan society needs sound legislation and adequate practices of crime investigation bodies, which would guarantee early access to case files for crime suspects, for those charged with crimes, as well as their defenders. People who get into contact with the criminal justice system should face less arbitrariness and be better acquainted with their rights. We also advocate for an effective respect of the presumption of innocence, the right to silence, the right to reasonable time and sufficient conditions to prepare a defense, equality of arms during witness hearings, the right to translation, and the right to information on the reasons for arrest. Although these principles are not entirely alien to criminal justice actors, their integration into daily practice is still wanting, and the real reasons for this state are yet to be identified and properly dealt with. Systemic violations of procedural rights do not necessarily stem from the individual attitudes of police officers, prosecutors or judges, as much as mirror impediments of bureaucratic essence, false success indicators, inadequate training and huge discrepancies between theory and practice. Therefore, human rights shall become at least as important and real for police officers, prosecutors and judges, as they are for the defense, while bureaucratic hindrances shall cease to be the raison d’etre for their infringement.
 
The Department assists criminal justice actors in developing and applying conscientious practices and scrupulous decision-making standards on pretrial measures, bringing them in compliance with the jurisprudence of the ECtHR. We also support the development of the legal framework and of effective safeguards for the implementation of pretrial custody rights.
For a more detailed description of the activities undertaken by the Justice and Human Rights Department, please visit the Foundation’s website and consult the SFM Activity Reports for 2015, 2016, along with other relevant studies and guides developed within the Department.
 
In order to ensure a proper administration of the Criminal Justice portfolio, the Justice and Human Rights Department seeks a qualified Program Coordinator.
 
Key Responsibilities:
 
  • Contribute to developing the Department’s action plan and budget lines;
  • Coordinate and implement projects on criminal justice enforcement and management;
  • Prepare and organize activities according to the action plan;
  • Ensure communication with the Department’s partners;
  • Facilitate information flow within the Department;
  • Develop narrative reports on project implementation (in English and Romanian);
  • Monitor due implementation of the grant contracts awarded by the Department. 
 
Qualifications and Skills:
 
  • University Degree in Law, Governance, Public Administration or other relevant fields (LL.B. equivalent). Advanced university degree will be an asset;
  • Minimum 3 years of progressive experience in a Project Coordination position and administrative work;
  • Thorough knowledge of the Moldovan criminal justice delivery and management context;
  • Advanced analytical and report writing skills;
  • Excellent speaking and presentation skills;
  • Fluency in Romanian and English is required; knowledge of an additional language, particularly Russian;
  • Knowledge of IT tools: general computer literacy such as Microsoft Office, Excel, Power Point, etc.

Place of employment: Soros Foundation-Moldova, Chisinau.

Working hours: 40 hours per week, starting date around July 15, 2018.
 
Contract duration: Annual employment agreement with the possibility of extension, based on results of the internal evaluation process.
 
Application instructions:
 
Please send your application to recruitment@soros.md with CC field to vmunteanu@soros.md by June 4, 2018, 16:00 local time, clearly indicating in the subject line Name/Surname/Criminal Justice Program Coordinator. The application should include:
  • CV in English.
  • Concise cover letter demonstrating interests and knowledge in criminal justice enforcement and management (in English). References and arguments shall be made only on the pretrial stage, including police custody (max.1000 words). Please indicate salary expectations (net amount in MDL) and contact data of two professional references.
For additional information, please contact Victor MUNTEANU, Director of the Justice and Human Rights Department at vmunteanu@soros.md.
 
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for a written test and interview.
 
The Soros-Moldova Foundation promotes equal opportunities and does not allow or tolerate discrimination on grounds of nationality, race, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, social status or any other similar criteria.