Jordan Rule of Law Program
Tetra Tech is building the capacity of civil society organizations and governmental and judicial institutions by enhancing public sector accountability and service delivery, access to justice, rule of law, and respect for human rights in Jordan.
In Jordan poor governance, corruption, and weak rule of law negatively impact access to justice and judicial independence. These hinderances impair economic growth, weaken health and educational systems, and undermine gender equality throughout the kingdom. To support the Jordanian government as it addresses these challenges, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) selected Tetra Tech to implement the Jordan Rule of Law Program (ROLP). The five-year program aims to support Jordan’s efforts to improve protections for human and legal rights, enhance the effectiveness of its judicial system, and foster government accountability across the executive branch, while strengthening civil society and the private sector.
Tetra Tech is providing comprehensive support to modernize the Ministry of Public Sector Development’s Institute for Public Administration (IPA), which seeks to become a state-of-the-art training center for public officials. Tetra Tech’s efforts include supporting the launch of an intensive Leadership Skills Program for mid- and senior-level public employees. Tetra Tech also has worked closely with the ministry on a range of e-government and mobile technology initiatives to improve transparency, efficiency, and responsiveness of public services, including support to the Companies Controller Department (CCD) in the creation of an online business registration process. Tetra Tech helped design the CCD website, which launched in March 2018. The website enables businesses to register, merge, write-off, and liquidate companies; complete legal and financial amendments; approve foreign funds for not-for-profit companies; submit motion of verification letters for courts; issue certificates; and address official authorities for foreign companies.
ROLP partners with the Jordanian Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission to strengthen its effectiveness in combatting corruption, resulting in the implementation of 79 new accountability, transparency, and anti-corruption procedures across public institutions in Jordan. The ROLP team issued grants to monitor progress toward Open Government Partnership commitments and has strengthened the operational effectiveness of the Independent Elections Commission (IEC) and the Ministry of Social Development (MOSD). The grants also helped MOSD develop its 2017-2021 Strategic Plan for meeting its operational objectives.
ROLP also facilitates legal services improvements for disabled people. Of the 367,315 cases litigated in Jordan in 2015, less than 1 percent involved disabled people. To improve access to judicial facilities, Tetra Tech installed Braille visual guidance boards and improved wheelchair access at more than 50 justice facilities. Additional access activities have included providing designated space for wheelchairs in the courtroom, renovating restrooms, administering case files in Braille method, and providing sign language interpretation for court proceedings.
Tetra Tech’s ROLP team is providing a comprehensive set of interventions focused on building the capacity of Jordanian governmental and judicial institutions, including the Ministry of Public Sector Development, the Ministry of Justice, MOSD, IPA, IEC, and the Judicial Council. Through more than 50 training events, ROLP has built the capacity of more than 1,000 judicial personnel and 740 government officials in various continuing legal education topics and computer literacy skills to keep pace with technology advances. To enhance the knowledge of Jordanian prosecutors and judges, the project also conducted training on advanced crime scene management, forensic evidence, and investigative skills.
Tetra Tech also is supporting a range of nongovernmental and civil society organizations through training and grants to help the government provide transparent and accountable decision-making, while demanding protection for human rights and justice for all.