Transparency Maldives (TM) is seeking individuals/parties to develop a 2-day training program on civic education, incorporating a strong cultural and heritage component, for young persons.

Position title:
Curriculum Development Consultant
Minimum period of commitment: 60 days

Application deadline: Thursday, 26 November 2015

Location: Male’, Maldives

View/download the Terms of Reference

1. Organisational Background

TM is a non-partisan organization that endeavours to be a constructive force in society by promoting collaboration and discussion on corruption, transparency and accountability. Our organization seeks to engage with stakeholders from all sectors (government, business, political and civil society, among others) to raise awareness of corruption’s detrimental effects on development and society, improve transparency and accountability in governance, and eliminate corruption from the daily lives of people. TM received formal government registration in 2007, and is the National Contact of Transparency International (TI) in the Maldives.

2. Purpose of the Assignment

Loss of historic Maldivian values due to a growing tourist trade and globalization has been viewed as a problem within the Maldives. The increase in globalisation has brought about an increase in social problems, foreign messaging supporting violence, and a distancing of the youth of the Maldives from historic core civic values. Discussions with various stakeholders highlight the need to promote values-based education, which supports non-violent methods and promotes Maldivian history and civic values. TM recognises the importance of civic education for young persons to promote a strong sense of identity and tolerance rooted in arts, culture and heritage to combat such negative influences.

TM is seeking the services of a Consultant to develop a two-day training program for young persons between the ages of 10 to 15 and 16 to 18. The Consultant will develop a curriculum along with a training manual and handbooks suitable for the target age groups. The Consultant will also conduct a training for master trainers who will then go on deliver the trainings to the final beneficiary group: children in selected locations between the ages of 10 to 15 and 16 to 18. The Consultant will work closely with TM and consult relevant government institutions and private organisations and individuals for the purposes of this assignment.
3. Competencies Required

1. Bachelor’s degree in teaching, education or social sciences.
2. Ability to research, analyse and synthesise information.
3. Ability to clearly and concisely express ideas and concepts in written and oral form.
4. Experience in developing training programmes for young children.
5. Excellent spoken and written English and Dhivehi.
6. Excellent translation skills from Dhivehi to English and vice versa.
7. Knowledge of critical civic education areas in the local context.
8. Good interpersonal skills and ability to set priorities and manage time.
9. Ability to facilitate sessions.

Closing date for expression of 
interest:

Before 1700 hrs, Thursday, 26 November 2015.

Please submit an expression of interest along with CV(s), timeframe, samples of relevant previous work and fees to shifu@transparencymaldives.org . For further information and clarification on the assignment please feel free to contact Shifza Omar via email at shifu@transparencymaldives.org or on 330 4017.

Short-listed candidates may be contacted to seek additional clarifications. If you are short-listed you will be notified by either phone or email.

 

 


Transparency International and its chapter Transparency Maldives express their deep concern for the worrying developments in the Maldives in the run up to and following the 30-day state of emergency declared by the Government of Maldives on 4 November 2015.

Over the past year the human rights situation in the country has been deteriorating with new laws, regulations and practices which continue to severely undermine civil and political liberties of the citizens of the Maldives.

The state of emergency and the consequent restrictions on constitutionally protected rights is deeply concerning as it is not only unprecedented, but is also declared ahead of a mass anti-government protest planned for 6 November.

Whilst the Foreign Minister, Dunya Maumoon declared that the emergency decree is a ‘pre-emptive and precautionary action in light of several security threats’ and that ‘the Maldives is safe for international visitors’, it is highly questionable how the current situation is legal and can be used to justify curtailing fundamental freedoms and liberties of an entire citizenry.
We also note that the state of emergency is declared ahead of the no confidence motion against Vice President, Ahmed Adeeb, accused of plotting the assassination attempt of President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. The emergency decree reduces the period provided under Article 100 of the Maldives Constitution for the vice president to respond to the impeachment charges from 14 days to 7 days, indicating the arbitrary and politically motivated nature of this decision.
Worryingly, this emergency decree allows further attack on dissent in the Maldives and severely limits civic space. We also note that these restrictions come on top of recent legislative changes that severely restricts free speech and civic space under the newly enacted Anti-Terrorism Act (28 October) and NGO regulation (1 October).  The Anti-Terror Act and the new NGO regulation allows the government to exert complete control over civic groups and eliminate dissent.

Media in the Maldives continue to operate in an environment of fear and intimidation. On 3 October, three journalists from Raaje TV station were reportedly assaulted by the police. We urge the Maldives Police Service and other relevant authorities to conduct a credible, independent investigation into the incident to ascertain if any wrongdoing took place.

Serious allegations of corruption against top officials of the state including security forces and public companies have surfaced in the midst of the crisis that unfolded following the explosion on the Presidential speedboat. We call upon the concerned authorities to conduct a speedy and thorough investigation into these allegations, so that confidence in the security forces and public institutions could be restored.

We urge independent oversight mechanisms of the state to remain vigilant and monitor the situation carefully in order to ensure that no individual’s fundamental rights and freedoms are unduly restricted or violated and to ensure that the emergency decree does not become a cloak to provide impunity for rights abuse.

We call on the Parliament, in their review of the State of Emergency, to ascertain that the government authorities have provided sufficient and justifiable cause to declare a 30-day state of emergency with severe limitations on freedoms.

We also note that principles of fair trial should be maintained at all times and due process is owed to all individuals regardless of political post, belief or affiliation.

ENDS

For media queries, please call press contact(s):

Berlin
Chris Sanders
T: +49 30 343820 666

E: press@transparency.org

Malé
Thoriq Hamid
Transparency Maldives
T: +960 330 4017
M: +960 7999268

E: thoriq.hamid@transparencymaldives.org

View/download the press statement https://goo.gl/M0GT3I


In the coming months Transparency Maldives will be publishing a series of bulletins focussing on the judiciary of the Maldives. The purpose of these bulletins is to increase public understanding and awareness of the key judicial developments and issues in the country. We hope the information disseminated through these bulletins are useful for policymakers and members of the general public to understand the dynamics and challenges that entail the judiciary of the Maldives.
Read the preliminary bulletin on the Maldivian Court System.


A nationwide survey published by Transparency Maldives points to a continuing crisis of public confidence in key state institutions. Citizens are cynical about politics. They are also dissatisfied with the prevailing political and social order. The survey report, titled, A Troubled Future for Democracy, however, shows that a majority of Maldivians support democracy.

“The survey shows that citizens are less likely to meaningfully participate in public matters and protect democratic institutions as they have no faith in them.  If so, it should not be surprising to see democratic declines and increase in impunity and corruption,” Mariyam Shiuna, Executive Director of Transparency Maldives said.

Crisis of confidence in key institutions

Most citizens lack confidence in key state institutions including the parliament and the courts.  Fifty-seven percent of survey respondents say they have no confidence at all in the parliament. This is, however, an improvement of five percentage points compared to 2013.

Courts saw a drop of confidence level by five percentage points, compared to 2013. Over a majority (51%) of Maldivians now say they have no confidence at all in courts compared to 46% in 2013.

Strikingly, there was a major decrease of confidence level in the Elections Commission, with a drop of 17 percentage points compared to 2013. A majority (56%) still have confidence in the the Elections Commission.

Political parties saw an improvement of nine percentage points, although almost half (49%) still have no confidence at all in them.

The report argued that if public lack confidence in institutions, citizens are unlikely to defend those institutions and institutions are unlikely to be effective links between citizens and the state.

Cynical, critical and dissatisfied citizens

Maldivians continue to be highly cynical of politics. Seventy-one percent of Maldivians say that the government does not care about ordinary people and 94% of Maldivians believe that politicians are “ready to lie to get elected”.

Citizens continue to be critical of the social order: 80% think that power is concentrated in the hands of too few people. The good news is that 97% of the public believe dialogue is the way to solve the country’s problem. The bad news is that 1 in 3 think that violence is sometimes a necessary response to injustice.

Only 32% of Maldivians say that the country is headed in the “right direction”. While 59% of the population believe that Maldives is a democracy, only 45% of them are satisfied with the way democracy works in the Maldives. Seventy-two percent of Maldivians believe that level of corruption in the country has increased over the past year.

While membership in political parties is high among Maldivians, only 22% of Maldivians believe that parties serve the interest of the Maldivian people.

Support for democracy and gender equality

The most significant positive developments since 2013 concern citizens’ support for democracy. Most Maldivians prefer democracy as a form of government. A solid majority of 63% people believe that despite its problems democracy is still the best system compared to 59% in 2013. Seventy-seven percent of the respondents also think a democratic form of government is good for the country.

Such a straightforward positive conclusion is hard to be made about attitudes towards gender equality. Fifty-four percent of Maldivians now agree with the statement that men make better leaders than women, compared to 61% who agreed with the statement, indicating that despite the slight improvement support for gender equality is still worryingly low.

However, Maldivians are supportive of women being in some leadership positions. Eighty-four percent of respondents support women being elected to the parliament and 79% of Maldivians support the idea of women working as cabinet ministers. Unfortunately these trends do not hold for the position of a judge, the Vice President of the country or the President of the Country. Only 39% of Maldivians support a woman being elected as the President of the country.

A troubled future for democracy

“Democratic institutions and politicians must take extraordinary measures to regain public trust. Citizens, in their part, must step up to hold public officials to account,” said Shiuna.

“Political parties play a crucial role in democracies as they organise politics for citizens. The survey clearly shows the need for parties to reconnect with the people to achieve genuine democratic reforms,” she added.
The report concludes that unless these challenges are addressed, democracy has a “troubled future” in the Maldives.

ENDS

Please see these links for a PDF of the statements in English and Dhivehi.


Transparency Maldives conducted its second Democracy Survey between May 20, and June 15, 2015. A benchmark Democracy Survey was conducted in the run up to the 2013 Presidential Elections.

As in 2013 survey, the 2015 nationwide random survey of the Maldivian public mostly used repeatedly tested questions. The results are reliable within a margin of error of ±2.95%.

Democracy surveys such as this one are widely conducted throughout the world. These surveys are grounded in the belief that successful democratisation requires a corresponding set of supporting democratic values, orientations, and attitudes.

The 2015 Democracy Survey data indicates positive developments in some general democratic values and orientations held by citizens. However, the data also indicates worrying continuities and developments in some other aspects.

Read the full report ‘A troubled future for Democracy: The results of the 2015 Maldives Democracy Survey’.

*Note that Figure 21 has been updated since the report was first published


The estimated official figure of the migrant population in Maldives, according to the latest census, is 58,683. The unofficial estimates are around 200,000 bringing the size of the migrant population in Maldives up to more than half of the country’s total population. Regardless of this figure, migrant workers have few rights and state redress mechanisms are not accessible to these workers, further victimizing those who are already being exploited in forced labor conditions. The language barrier and the lack of public interest litigators in the country further limit their access to justice.

A high number of migrant workers, especially those working as manual laborers, often sell all their assets to come to the Maldives and are reliant on their new employers for sustenance — for themselves and their families back at home. Often times, they face threats or even violence for speaking up about injustices. Their living quarters are generally provided by their employers, so if they are dismissed they also lose their shelter. The majority of cases that the Transparency Maldives’ Legal Advice Center receives from migrant workers include complaints of non-payment of wages, often for months, withholding of travel documents and identification, and inhumane living conditions.

Migrant workers live and work in unimaginable conditions, sometimes being forced to do work that is not permitted in their work permits. They are underpaid or unpaid, their passports and identification documents withheld by agents and employers, effectively crippling workers from rectifying their situation or reaching out to the justice system.

The Legal Advice Center provides free legal advice and assistance to expatriates and Maldivian citizens. Over the past three years, we have assisted over 560 migrant workers with cases of non-payment of wages, unacceptable working conditions, poor housing, withholding of their passport by employment agencies and employers, and being forced to do work that is not defined in their employment mandates.

These are not newly emerging issues and they closely reflect the findings reported in U.S Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report (2014). The report notes fraudulent recruitment, confiscation of identity and travel documents, withholding or non-payment of wages, or debt bondages as some of the forced labor situations faced by the migrant workers in Maldives.

While the necessary regulations such as Regulation on Expatriates Working in Maldives and Regulation on Bringing Expatriates to the Maldives for the purpose of Employment are in place, the issues arise from the lack of implementation, monitoring and enforcement of said regulations.

This exhibition is a platform provided by Transparency Maldives for local artists to showcase their thoughts and perceptions on the issues faced by migrant workers in the country. We hope that the exhibition will raise the public’s interest and awareness of the plight and conditions of migrant workers.

View/download the catalogue from the exhibition ‘OTHERS’.


Transparency Maldives is seeking individuals/parties for the position of Legal Research Consultant.

Position Title: Legal Research Consultant
Minimum period of commitment: 10 days
Application deadline: 1500 hrs. 29th December 2015
Location: Male’, Maldives

View/download Terms of Reference 

I. Organizational Background

Transparency Maldives is a non-partisan organization that endeavours to be a constructive force in society by promoting collaboration and discussion on corruption, transparency and accountability. Our organization seeks to engage with stakeholders from all sectors (government, business, politics and civil society, among others) to raise awareness of corruption’s detrimental effects on development and society, improve transparency and accountability in governance, and to eliminate corruption from the daily lives of people. Transparency Maldives received formal government registration in 2007, and is the National Contact of Transparency International (TI) in the Maldives.

II. Position Summary

  • Transparency Maldives is seeking a consultant to develop training materials on judicial reform. The consultant will review the research done by TM and prepare and draft a manual, which will be used to train recruits for the project. The consultant would also advise the project team on delivering the key modules on the manual.

III. Key responsibilities:

  • Undertake research pertinent to judicial reform.
  • Ensure that the manual conforms to international best practice.
  • Develop session materials and compile the manual.
  • Conduct a training of trainers session.
  • Contribute in the training of recruits.
  • Address comments provided by Transparency Maldives.
IV. Qualification and competencies
  • Minimum of a master’s degree or equivalent in law, human rights, or a related field demonstrably relevant to the position.
  • Minimum of 3 years of working experience in the legal sector.
  • Familiarity with the judicial system of the Maldives.
  • Excellent English writing and communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Ability to facilitate and deliver sessions.

Closing date for applications: 29th December 2015

Application and selection procedure
Submit 1)Letter of interest, 2)Curriculum Vitae and 3) Quotation via email to afnan.latheef@transparencymaldives.org, addressed to Ms. Mariyam Shiuna, Executive Director. For queries contact Afnan Latheef (955 9080).


Transparency Maldives (TM), supported by the International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES), is seeking individuals/parties based in the Maldives to develop an advocacy video.

Position title: Advocacy video consultant
Minimum period of commitment: 25 days
Application deadline: 12 September 2015
Location: Male’, Maldives

View/download the Terms of Reference

I. Organizational Background                 

Transparency Maldives is a non-partisan organization that endeavours to be a constructive force in society by promoting collaboration and discussion on corruption, transparency and accountability. Our organization seeks to engage with stakeholders from all sectors (government, business, politics and civil society, among others) to raise awareness of corruption’s detrimental effects on development and society, improve transparency and accountability in governance, and to eliminate corruption from the daily  lives of people.

Transparency Maldives received formal government registration in 2007, and is the National Contact of Transparency International (TI) in the Maldives.

II. Project Summary

TM, supported by IFES is conducting a Civic Participation Project (CPP) to increase political and civic participation, promote the democratic transition through improved transparency and good governance, and support the consolidation of democratic values and norms in Maldives.

As part of CPP, TM is conducting a series of activities to contribute to the promotion of democracy, promote a clearer  understanding of democratic values, human rights and provide a platform for dialogue. As such, we are seeking to develop and produce a video that will increase public understanding of the concept of human rights and convey human rights issues to the Maldivian public in a local context.

III. Key Responsibilities

  1. Develop a video concept and script for human rights video
  2. Develop and produce a 10 – 15 minutes video on human rights

IV. Deliverables

  1. Broadcast-ready 10 – 15 minutes video on human rights

V. Duration of the Assignment

Handover of final deliverables within 25 days of signing the contract.

VI. Reporting Procedure

The consultant will report to the Senior Project Coordinator of the CPP project on administrative and substantive matters.

VII. Qualifications and competencies

  1. Minimum of 3 years work experience in the field of campaign, preferably advocacy campaign with experience in social issues related awareness.
  2. Strong knowledge in traditional and new media communications and technologies.

Closing date for applications: Before 5:00 pm on 12th September 2015.

Application and selection procedures: Submit 1) a letter of interest 2) curriculum vitae and portfolio, and 3) quotation via email to naji.hameed@transparencymaldives.org addressed to Ms. Mariyam Shiuna, Executive Director. For queries contact Najiya Hameed (759 5596).


Transparency Maldives (TM), supported by the International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES), is seeking individuals/parties for the following service contract.

Position Title: Dhivehi Translator
Minimum period of commitment: 10 days
Application deadline: 12 September 2015
Location: Male’, Maldives

View/download the Terms of Reference

I. Organizational Background                 
Transparency Maldives is a non-partisan organization that endeavours to be a constructive force in society by promoting collaboration and discussion on corruption, transparency and accountability. Our organization seeks to engage with stakeholders from all sectors (government, business, politics and civil society, among others) to raise awareness of corruption’s detrimental effects on development and society, improve transparency and accountability in governance, and to eliminate corruption from the daily  lives of people.

Transparency Maldives received formal government registration in 2007, and is the National Contact of Transparency International (TI) in the Maldives.

II. Project Summary
TM, supported by IFES is conducting a Civic Participation Project (CPP) to increase political and civic participation, promote the democratic transition through improved transparency and good governance, and support the consolidation of democratic values and norms in Maldives.

As part of CPP, TM is conducting a democracy survey to contribute to the promotion of democracy, promote a clearer  understanding of democracy and provide a platform for dialogue. This survey will provide reliable benchmark data against which the progress of the Maldivian transition to democracy might be measured in the future.

Work is underway to compile and publish the findings of the Democracy Survey 2015. We are seeking the services of a consultant to translate the Democracy Survey report from English to Dhivehi.

III. Key Responsibilities

  1. Translate the Democracy Survey 2015 (approximately 100 pages of text), from English to Dhivehi, including captions, charts, graphs and infographics
  2. Provide the translated documents in Microsoft Word format.

IV. Deliverables

  1. Final Dhivehi translation of Democracy Survey 2015, including captions, charts, graphs and infographics.

V. Duration of the Assignment
Handover of final deliverables within 10 days of signing the contract.

VI. Reporting Procedure
The consultant will report to the Senior Project Coordinator of the CPP project on administrative and substantive matters.

VII. Qualifications and competencies

  1. Excellent knowledge of Dhivehi
  2. Proven experience in translation from English to Dhivehi.

Closing date for applications: Before 5:00 pm on 12th September 2015.

Application and selection procedures: Submit 1) a letter of interest 2) curriculum vitae or portfolio, and 3) quotation via email to naji.hameed@transparencymaldives.org addressed to Ms. Mariyam Shiuna, Executive Director. For queries contact Najiya Hameed (759 5596).


Transparency Maldives (TM), supported by the International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES), is seeking individuals/parties for the following service contract.

Position Title: Democracy Survey Layout and Graphics Designer
Minimum period of commitment: 15 days
Application deadline: 12 September 2015
Location: Male’, Maldives

View/download the Terms of Reference

I. Organizational Background
Transparency Maldives is a non-partisan organization that endeavours to be a constructive force in society by promoting collaboration and discussion on corruption, transparency and accountability. Our organization seeks to engage with stakeholders from all sectors (government, business, politics and civil society, among others) to raise awareness of corruption’s detrimental effects on development and society, improve transparency and accountability in governance, and to eliminate corruption from the daily  lives of people.

Transparency Maldives received formal government registration in 2007, and is the National Contact of Transparency International (TI) in the Maldives.

II. Project Summary
TM, supported by IFES is conducting a Civic Participation Project (CPP) to increase political and civic participation, promote the democratic transition through improved transparency and good governance, and support the consolidation of democratic values and norms in Maldives.

As part of CPP, TM is conducting a democracy survey to contribute to the promotion of democracy, promote a clearer  understanding of democracy and provide a platform for dialogue. This survey will provide reliable benchmark data against which the progress of the Maldivian transition to democracy might be measured in the future.

Work is underway to compile and publish the findings of the Democracy Survey 2015. We are seeking the services of a layout and graphics designer to design and develop, the Democracy Survey report, an infographic and a video.

III. Key Responsibilities

  1. Layout design of Democracy Survey 2015(approximately 100 pages of text), in English and Dhivehi, including graphs, charts.
  2. Layout design of an infographic, in English and Dhivehi.
  3. Develop a 30 – 60 second video based on the findings of Democracy Survey 2015.

IV. Deliverables

  1. Print-ready design of the Democracy Survey 2015 report, in Dhivehi and English in both vector and PDF formats.
  2. Print-ready design of the Democracy Survey 2015 infographic.
  3. 40 – 60 second video on Democracy Survey findings.


V. Duration of the Assignment

The consultant is expected to start the assignment on 15th September 2014 and complete all final deliverables by 30 September 2015

VI. Reporting Procedure
The consultant will report to the Senior Project Coordinator of the CPP project on administrative and substantive matters.

VII. Qualifications and competencies

  1. Minimum of 3 years work experience in the field of campaign, preferably with experience in social issues related awareness.
  2. Excellent knowledge of layout and design in both Dhivehi and English.
  3. Proven experience in video concept development and production.

Closing date for applications: Before 5:00 pm on 12th September 2015.

Application and selection procedures: Submit 1) a letter of interest 2) curriculum vitae or portfolio, and 3) quotation via email to naji.hameed@transparencymaldives.org addressed to Ms. Mariyam Shiuna, Executive Director. For queries contact Najiya Hameed (759 5596).


An independent government created by the people and its governing structure is based on protecting its citizens’ freedoms and rights. Freedom of press, freedom of expression, access to education, shelter, transportation, clean environments etc. and other provisions of the second chapter of the constitution cannot be completed without the freedom of information.

Citizen participation is a fundamental aspect of a democracy. Citizens cannot participate in the governance of a democratic state without access to information. The constitution provides freedom of thought and speech, within the tenets of Islam, to its citizens. Thought and speech must be based on valid information, thus the right to access valid information is vital to uphold the constitutional right of thought and speech.

A clear majority of Maldivian citizens do not trust the government and its institutions. Similarly, a clear majority of the populace accuses these institutions and political figures of corruption. This trust can be gained through transparency and accessibility to valid information.

Read the position paper ‘Challenges to interpreting and implementing the RTI Act’.


As representatives working on behalf of their communities it is crucial to be informed of the policies being formulated in the area of climate change in the Maldives. As climate change affects vulnerable communities the most, it is important to get their voices heard at national and global policy making forums. It is important to advocate and lobby to bring about policies that would ensure communities who are facing the adverse effects of climate change are protected from its consequences. It is also important to ensure that the climate change programs being implemented in the country are the most needed in the area of climate change mitigation and adaptation. Finally, it is vital to ensure that climate funds coming into the country is governed through a transparent framework with clear lines of accountability laid out.

View/download brochure on ‘The role of civil society in influencing climate policy’ in English and Dhivehi.