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, including Human Rights, Judiciary, Access to Justice, and Criminal Justice.



Public Health


Our mission is 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 Department also provides support to promote good governance in the health system through independent and neutral monitoring/evaluation of public health policies and health services.

Media Program

Media Department's mission is to contribute to the development of an open, participatory, pluralistic and value-based society in the 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

Education Support Project

Contest for selecting a legal company and/or Associate Lawyers’ Office to develop a Roadmap for instituting the paralegal profession, a paralegal professional association and consolidating their financing system

The Justice Program pursues the development of a clear mechanism to institutionalize the paralegal profession and create alternative models for primary legal aid, including the assembly of a Paralegals’ Association.

Contest objective: identify a legal company and/or an Associate Lawyers’ Office, which will elaborate a Roadmap for institutionalizing the paralegal profession, their professional association, and consolidate their financing system.

Specific objectives:

  • Analyze the normative framework of the state guaranteed primary legal aid system (referring to the paralegal activity), as well as other publications/reports in the field;
  • Elaborate the methodology for assessing the efficiency of the system of public acquisition of paralegal services;
  • Propose options on the mechanism for substituting paralegals and ensuring continuity of the primary legal aid process in localities
  • Identify specific recommendations and practices regarding the improvement of the primary legal aid services through paralegals;
  • Analyze legal framework and national practice regarding the institution of a profession in the Republic of Moldova (preconditions, formalities, consequences, competent entities, etc.);
  • Analyze and present advantages and disadvantages of instituting the paralegal profession, including legal status, admission to profession, hiring/contracting for services, fiscal and social insurance status, complementary/compoundable professions, incompatibilities, conflicts of interests;
  • Identify specific and practical recommendations for admission to the profession, in case the paralegal profession is instituted, and service hiring/contracting particularities – in case the profession is instituted and/or a Paralegal Association is founded;
  • Analyze and present advantages and disadvantages of creating a Paralegals’ Association;
  • Analyze legislation on non-commercial organizations, and identify the optimal legal form of association for paralegals;
  • Explore international experiences in the field (institution of the paralegal profession and foundation of Paralegal Association);
  • Identify main risks/obstacles that may occur during the process, as well as ways to approach/overcome them;
  • Prepare an advocacy strategy for promoting the recommendations proposed;
  • Elaborate a Roadmap regarding the institution of the paralegal profession and the Association of Paralegals;
  • Participate at public meetings, in order to present Roadmap’s main conclusions.

The Roadmap is primarily aimed at national decision-makers, i.e. the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Labor, Social Protection and Family, and the National Legal Aid Council, as well as to potential national and international donors, who may be interested in support primary legal aid services throughout the country. This policy document should evaluate the advantages and disadvantages among different options for instituting the profession, and different legal forms of organization for the Paralegals’ Association. In this context, the expert/group of experts/company will analyze the extent to which the current system fulfills the legal needs of the population, especially those of the most vulnerable social groups, along with the extent to which it serves the final goal, including legal empowerment of the population. The document will identify key fields, which necessitate intervention and improvements to the system of primary legal aid services, and establish concrete steps towards instituting and founding the Paralegals’ Association.

Eligibility Criteria:
Legal companies and Associate Lawyers’ Offices are eligible to participate in this contest.

Qualifications and experience (team members should have the following qualifications):

  • University degree in Law, social sciences or other relevant fields. Post-graduate studies would be considered an asset;
  • Relevant individual work experience (minimum 5 years) in access to justice and state guaranteed legal aid (members proposed for participation in the project should have a proven work experience of minimum 5 years). Knowledge on functioning models of using community-based resources in providing primary legal aid, education and information to vulnerable social groups;
  • Experience in collaborating with the paralegal network and/or with the National Legal Aid Council will be considered an asset;
  • Thorough knowledge of history and essence of the legal reform in the Republic of Moldova, starting with 1994;
  • Thorough knowledge of United Nations, European Union, European Council norms and standards, as well as other international standards in vulnerable groups access to justice;
  • Relevant technical writing skills, i.e. ability to write in a coherent, structured and accessible manner, including the use of terminology pertaining to the state guaranteed legal aid system;
  • Experience in grant project management;
  • Excellent analytic and communication skills;
  • Be responsible, creative, and flexible;

Period of implementation: the contract will be implemented between 6 June and 15 July 2016.

Technical offer should contain:

  • Expert/Group of experts CVs (indicating relevant experience, along with authored publications/articles relevant to the field), company profile(if it applies);
  • Clear distribution of workload per each expert (in case a team of experts undertakes the project);
  • A letter of intent describing interest to this project;
  • A concept to include work methodology that would fulfill the terms of reference, including an action plan.

Financial offer will contain the contract sum in USD (note: the financial offer should include all expenses pertaining to this service: communication, transport, etc.). For legal entities – indicate cost of services, plus VAT, where relevant. The document containing the financial offer should be dated, signed and stamped by the company (for individuals – date and signature will suffice).

Submission deadline: 2 June, 17:00.

The proposal/envelope should contain the following mention:
To the attention of: Financial Director. Elena Vacarciuc
From: Applicants name, address and contact data, including mobile phone number
Date of submission
Program and contest name: Justice Program, Contest on Developing a Roadmap

Proposals should be sent to: The Soros Foundation-Moldova, Chisinau, MD-2001, 32 Bulgara str.

Technical offers will be unsealed on 3 June, 11:00, at the Foundation headquarters.

For additional inquiries, you can contact Natalia Camburian, Justice Program Coordinator, by phone at 270031, 270232, 274480, fax 270507, or by email at