Project Organisation

The Project Steering Committee (PSC)

The PSC provides oversight and guidance to the CLS through periodic review and approvals of work plan and budget. The Committee is composed of representatives of the DFID office in Bangladesh, and the three members of the implementing consortium.

The Project Team Leader

CLS is managed on a day to day basis by a Project Team Leader (PTL) who oversees both the technical as well as the administrative aspects of project implementation.

The Finance and Administration Component (FAC)

The Finance and Administration Component (FAC) provides general financial and administrative support to the project. The team also oversees the smooth process of the solicitation, award, and financial reporting on all grants that are given by the CLS. The FAC is headed by a component leader, who reports directly to the PTL.

The Research and Policy Influence Component (RPIC)

The RPIC is primarily responsible for generating a relevant research agenda that supports the main goal of the CLS. Towards this end, the RPIC maintains a national and global network of academics and researchers that has an access to justice/ CLS focus. The RPIC also maintains a knowledge portal within the project website that is the repository of relevant studies and information on community legal services. The RPIC is headed by a component leader, who  reports directly to the PTL.

The Advocacy and Communications Component (ACC)

The Advocacy and Communications Component (ACC) takes the lead in the advocacy and communications approaches of the project. The ACC sets the directions for the advocacy program of the CLS which is  implemented mainly through the grants provided to the NGOs. The ACC also undertakes directly or through other consultants the installation of the project website, the outreach to the NGOs on the CLS grant cycles, collateral materials such as brochures and videos and other information for the general public. The ACC is headed by a component leader, who reports directly to the PTL.

The Monitoring and Evaluation Component (MEC)

The MEC takes charge of the monitoring of the results and the activities of the project that has been agreed upon with the NGO grantees. The MEC reports the results of their monitoring activities through and E-MIS system and also a Geographical Information System (GIS) is constantly updated. The MEC devises ways and means of independently verifying the reports provided by the reporting NGOs through spot checks and field verification. Finally, the MEC spearheads the internal evaluation process of the work of CLS over time. The MEC is headed by a component leader, who reports directly to the PTL.

The Capacity Building Component (CBC)

The Capacity Building Component takes a holistic approach to capability and competence development of CLS organisations. It focuses on learning and experience exchange, rather than formal training inputs. It is intended to be a facilitative and supportive mechanism, to enable organisations to deliver more effective and efficient services to their clients, and to encourage the sharing of good practice and innovation across the CLS sector. The CBC is headed by a component leader who reports directly to the Team Leader.