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Transparency International is joining with the Maldivian Democracy Network, the International Commission of Jurists, Front Line Defenders and Forum-Asia to call on the Supreme Court of Maldives to rescind the indefinite suspension of all 56 lawyers who signed a petition to the Supreme Court calling for the independence and reform of the judiciary.

Their suspension follows a joint petition on 30 August 2017 by 56 lawyers, two of whom were already under suspension, to the Supreme Court raising concern over the conduct of the judiciary and calling for judicial reforms. The Supreme Court immediately rejected the petition without review, raising questions about the legal basis for its decision to dismiss the petition as unlawful. Subsequently, late Sunday night, 10 September 2017, the Department of Judicial Administration. the administrative arm of the Maldivian judiciary supervised directly by the Supreme Court, published an announcement via Twitter stating that 54 lawyers would be indefinitely suspended from legal practice from that day onwards. It is unclear from the announcement whether the action was carried out by the Department of Judicial Administration or directly by the Supreme Court of Maldives.

The announcement, which contained a list of the 54 affected lawyers, stated that the lawyers were being investigated for ‘obstructing the independence of the judiciary and the independence of the judges by forming a group and illegally assembling outside the Supreme Court, remarking on the duties of the judiciary and attempting to influence the courts by preparing and signing an illegal document against the jurisdiction, procedures and decisions of the courts in violation of the Article 141 (c) and (d) of the Constitution of the Maldives, the Regulation on the Legal Counsels Practicing in the Maldivian Courts and the Declaration contained in the Schedule 1 of the said Regulation, Regulation of Contempt of Court, the Judicature Act of Maldives, the Regulation of the Supreme Court of Maldives and the Constitution of the Maldives.’

Two of the key concerns highlighted in the lawyers’ petition include, among others, the Supreme Court’s tendency towards ruling on critical matters late at night and suspending dissenting lawyers without due process. The Court’s conduct on the night of 10 September by suspending the lawyers late at night has demonstrated the legitimacy of these concerns.

The accusation that the 56 lawyers formed a group to assemble outside the Supreme Court is false, as it is public knowledge that a few of the lawyers who signed the petition walked to the Supreme Court to submit it and not all the lawyers who signed the petition. The lawyers standing outside the court did not form a group to protest or hold a demonstration there, as it is clear that the lawyers stood outside for not longer than a few minutes.

We are further concerned by the Supreme Court’s blatant disregard for the lawyers’ right to due process. None of the 56 lawyers has been allowed to exercise the right to defend themselves or be heard before a disciplinary action. Furthermore, it is clear that all 56 lawyers have been penalised before an apparent investigation was conducted over allegations. Two of the 56 lawyers who signed the petition are already under indefinite suspension since November 2015 and August 2016. The incidents or actions that led to their suspension have still not been disclosed to them.

There are no bar councils or similar associations of lawyers, nor are their regulatory bodies comprised of lawyers in the Maldives. In 2012, the Supreme Court, at its own initiative, assumed the role of governing lawyers, including the power to take disciplinary action against them.

Lawyers suspended by the Supreme Court presently do not have a redress mechanism to challenge their suspension. Lawyers previously suspended have explored civil appeals, where the case has been annulled by order (number 2013/SC-SJ/01) of the Supreme Court on the basis that the Supreme Court cannot be challenged by anyone. The High Court has ruled in the case 2010/HC-A/123 (Imthiyaz Fahmy vs.The Criminal Court of Maldives) that courts must inform, verbally or by writing, directly the individual in question of a disciplinary or other action against them in order to maintain due process and procedural fairness.

The summary suspension of the 56 lawyers for demanding judicial reform only vindicates their concerns about the Supreme Court’s arbitrary exercise of its powers. The judiciary of the Maldives has been dogged by persistent censure from local and international human rights bodies, including the UN Human Rights Council, over the lack of independence and frequent violations of a right to fair trial. In the opening remarks at the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council on Monday 11 September 2011 the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reiterated concerns over “reports of continued violations of the right to fair trial, and allegations of political bias by the judiciary” of the Maldives. The Supreme Court and the government have repeatedly rejected all such criticisms and calls for reform as unlawful infringements on the independence of the judiciary.

The suspension of almost one third of practicing lawyers who do not represent the State will take away the right of legal representation of several people, among them human rights activists, political prisoners and victims of severe injustices. This is a serious threat to the work of human rights defenders within the legal community.

The actions against the 56 lawyers, procedurally and substantively, are incompatible with international law and standards. Under international human rights law, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which the Maldives is party, lawyers, like other persons, must be guaranteed the right to exercise fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression.

The suspension is also contrary to international standards on the role and independence of lawyers. Under the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers, which were adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1990, lawyers are entitled to freedom of expression, belief, association and assembly, which includes “the right to take part in public discussion of matters concerning the law, the administration of justice and the promotion and protection of human rights.”

Disciplinary action against lawyers, including suspension, requires due process. The Basic Principles also provide that any disciplinary proceedings against lawyers must be conducted in a fair and impartial manner, including the right to be assisted by a lawyer of choice and an independent judicial review.

We call on the Supreme Court of the Maldives to immediately revoke the suspension of the 56 lawyers and ensure due process at all times, to engage with reform efforts, and we remind the courts that judicial reforms including those mentioned in the lawyers’ petition are necessary for the transition back into democratic governance of the nation.
For any press enquiries please contact

Natalie Baharav
T: +49 30 34 38 20 666
E: press@transparency.org

 

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TERMS OF REFERENCE
Layout Designer to design and develop layout for the Climate Finance Governance Study reports (CFGS)

Position title: Layout Designer
Expected period of commitment: 10 Days
Application deadline  (extended) : 14 September 2017
Location: Male’, Maldives

1. Organization Background

Transparency Maldives is a non-partisan organization that endeavors to be a constructive force in society by promoting collaboration and discussion on corruption, transparency and accountability. Transparency Maldives 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 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.

2. Background to the Assignment
Transparency Maldives is undertaking a baseline study on Climate Finance Governance Standards in the Maldives. The study has produced a baseline findings of the current good governance practice of the stakeholders in the Maldives and a National Climate Adaptation Finance Governance Standards document – a set of recommended governance standards for climate adaptation finance to improve delivery of the finance to the poorest and most vulnerable, and better strategic use of funds to catalyze transformational change to a low carbon, climate resilient economy.
3. Purpose of the Assignment
Transparency Maldives is seeking the services of a graphics and layout expert to design and develop the layout for the study on Climate Adaptation Finance Governance Standards in the Maldives and the National Climate Adaptation Finance Governance Standards.
4. Responsibilities of the Consultant
The Consultant will be expected to work closely with the Senior Project Coordinator:
Layout design of the Climate Finance Governance Study in the Maldives (approximately 50 pages of text), in English including graphs and charts
Layout design of the National Climate Adaptation Finance Governance Standards (approximately 13 pages of text), in English

5. Deliverables
Print-ready design of Climate Finance Governance Study in the Maldives and National Climate Adaptation Finance Governance Standards, in English in both vector and PDF formats.

6. Duration of the Assignment
The consultant is expected to complete all final deliverables within 10 days of commencing the assignment.

7. Reporting
The Consultant will work closely with and report to Senior Project Coordinator of the Climate Integrity Project.

8. Required Competencies
1. Minimum of 3 years work experience in graphic and layout designing/publication production.
2. Excellent knowledge of layout and design in English.
3. Proven ability to deliver high quality results under tight deadlines.

Closing date for applications (extended) : Before 5:00 pm on 14th September 2017.

Application and selection procedures: Interested applicants should submit an email to Shaziya Ali (shaziya.ali@transparencymaldives.org). The subject line must read “Layout Design ”. The content of the application should not be longer than 5 pages and must include the following:

  • A summary of relevant experience (a brief CV, providing evidence that you are qualified to undertake this assignment).
  • Portfolio/examples of similar assignments that you have undertaken (two to three), over the past 3-5 years.
  • Proposed fees.
  • Two relevant references.

Applications must be in English. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

The contract will be awarded on a lump sum/fixed cost basis. The application should state the bid amount (in MVR) for undertaking the work. Transparency Maldives retains the right to reject any or all of the applications and/or to enter into additional negotiations with one or more of the tendering parties to help define the exact scope of the work and deliverables to be undertaken.

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TERMS OF REFERENCE
Layout Designer to design and develop layout for the Climate Finance Governance Study reports (CFGS)

Position title: Layout Designer
Expected period of commitment: 10 Days
Application deadline  (extended) : 11 September 2017
Location: Male’, Maldives

1. Organization Background

Transparency Maldives is a non-partisan organization that endeavors to be a constructive force in society by promoting collaboration and discussion on corruption, transparency and accountability. Transparency Maldives 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 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.

2. Background to the Assignment
Transparency Maldives is undertaking a baseline study on Climate Finance Governance Standards in the Maldives. The study has produced a baseline findings of the current good governance practice of the stakeholders in the Maldives and a National Climate Adaptation Finance Governance Standards document – a set of recommended governance standards for climate adaptation finance to improve delivery of the finance to the poorest and most vulnerable, and better strategic use of funds to catalyze transformational change to a low carbon, climate resilient economy.
3. Purpose of the Assignment
Transparency Maldives is seeking the services of a graphics and layout expert to design and develop the layout for the study on Climate Adaptation Finance Governance Standards in the Maldives and the National Climate Adaptation Finance Governance Standards.
4. Responsibilities of the Consultant
The Consultant will be expected to work closely with the Senior Project Coordinator:
Layout design of the Climate Finance Governance Study in the Maldives (approximately 50 pages of text), in English including graphs and charts
Layout design of the National Climate Adaptation Finance Governance Standards (approximately 13 pages of text), in English

5. Deliverables
Print-ready design of Climate Finance Governance Study in the Maldives and National Climate Adaptation Finance Governance Standards, in English in both vector and PDF formats.

6. Duration of the Assignment
The consultant is expected to complete all final deliverables within 10 days of commencing the assignment.

7. Reporting
The Consultant will work closely with and report to Senior Project Coordinator of the Climate Integrity Project.

8. Required Competencies
1. Minimum of 3 years work experience in graphic and layout designing/publication production.
2. Excellent knowledge of layout and design in English.
3. Proven ability to deliver high quality results under tight deadlines.

Closing date for applications (extended) : Before 5:00 pm on 11th September 2017.

Application and selection procedures: Interested applicants should submit an email to Shaziya Ali (shaziya.ali@transparencymaldives.org). The subject line must read “Layout Design ”. The content of the application should not be longer than 5 pages and must include the following:

  • A summary of relevant experience (a brief CV, providing evidence that you are qualified to undertake this assignment).
  • Portfolio/examples of similar assignments that you have undertaken (two to three), over the past 3-5 years.
  • Proposed fees.
  • Two relevant references.

Applications must be in English. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

The contract will be awarded on a lump sum/fixed cost basis. The application should state the bid amount (in MVR) for undertaking the work. Transparency Maldives retains the right to reject any or all of the applications and/or to enter into additional negotiations with one or more of the tendering parties to help define the exact scope of the work and deliverables to be undertaken.

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Executive Summary

Anti-Corruption Agencies (ACA) can be powerful tools in combatting corruption. When they are independent of the Government and empowered to investigate corruption allegations, they have the potential to hold even the most powerful to account. As such, The United Nations Convention Against Corruption enjoins participant countries to establish independent bodies tasked exclusively with enforcing national anticorruption efforts.

Though the 2012 Jakarta Principles broadly delineate the principles by which ACAs must abide, there is currently no comprehensive standard tool that can be internationally applied to measure their efficiency. To exploit this area of opportunity Transparency International (TI) has recently launched the ACA Strengthening (ACA) Initiative.

The ACA SI assessment tool enquires into seven dimensions: 1) ACA’s Legal Independence and Status 2) ACA’s Financial and Human Resources 3) ACA’s Detection and Investigation Function 4) ACA’s Prevention, Education and Outreach Functions 5) ACA’s Cooperation with other Organizations 6) ACA’s Accountability and Oversight 7) Public Perceptions of the ACA’s performance.

Each dimension is composed of relevant and measurable indicators scored high medium or low which are assigned the numerical values of 2, 1 and 0 respectively used to score that dimension. There are 50 indicators in total. Cumulatively they are used to score the overall performance of the ACA

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TERMS OF REFERENCE
Layout Designer to design and develop layout for the Climate Finance Governance Study reports (CFGS)

Position title: Layout Designer
Expected period of commitment: 10 Days
Application deadline: 05 September 2017
Location: Male’, Maldives

1. Organization Background

Transparency Maldives is a non-partisan organization that endeavors to be a constructive force in society by promoting collaboration and discussion on corruption, transparency and accountability. Transparency Maldives 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 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.

2. Background to the Assignment
Transparency Maldives is undertaking a baseline study on Climate Finance Governance Standards in the Maldives. The study has produced a baseline findings of the current good governance practice of the stakeholders in the Maldives and a National Climate Adaptation Finance Governance Standards document – a set of recommended governance standards for climate adaptation finance to improve delivery of the finance to the poorest and most vulnerable, and better strategic use of funds to catalyze transformational change to a low carbon, climate resilient economy.
3. Purpose of the Assignment
Transparency Maldives is seeking the services of a graphics and layout expert to design and develop the layout for the study on Climate Adaptation Finance Governance Standards in the Maldives and the National Climate Adaptation Finance Governance Standards.
4. Responsibilities of the Consultant
The Consultant will be expected to work closely with the Senior Project Coordinator:
Layout design of the Climate Finance Governance Study in the Maldives (approximately 50 pages of text), in English including graphs and charts
Layout design of the National Climate Adaptation Finance Governance Standards (approximately 13 pages of text), in English

5. Deliverables
Print-ready design of Climate Finance Governance Study in the Maldives and National Climate Adaptation Finance Governance Standards, in English in both vector and PDF formats.

6. Duration of the Assignment
The consultant is expected to complete all final deliverables within 10 days of commencing the assignment.

7. Reporting
The Consultant will work closely with and report to Senior Project Coordinator of the Climate Integrity Project.

8. Required Competencies
1. Minimum of 3 years work experience in graphic and layout designing/publication production.
2. Excellent knowledge of layout and design in English.
3. Proven ability to deliver high quality results under tight deadlines.

Closing date for applications: Before 5:00 pm on 05th September 2017.

Application and selection procedures: Interested applicants should submit an email to Shaziya Ali (shaziya.ali@transparencymaldives.org). The subject line must read “Layout Design ”. The content of the application should not be longer than 5 pages and must include the following:

  • A summary of relevant experience (a brief CV, providing evidence that you are qualified to undertake this assignment).
  • Portfolio/examples of similar assignments that you have undertaken (two to three), over the past 3-5 years.
  • Proposed fees.
  • Two relevant references.

Applications must be in English. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

The contract will be awarded on a lump sum/fixed cost basis. The application should state the bid amount (in MVR) for undertaking the work. Transparency Maldives retains the right to reject any or all of the applications and/or to enter into additional negotiations with one or more of the tendering parties to help define the exact scope of the work and deliverables to be undertaken.

Download the ToR: here

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Research Consultancy

Review of the Decentralization Framework in the Maldives

Position title: Research Consultant

Research title: Review of Decentralization Framework in the Maldives

Expected period of commitment: approximately 8 weeks

Application deadline: 21st August 2016

Location: Malé, Maldives

 

  1. Organization Background

Transparency Maldives (TM) is a non-partisan organization that endeavors 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 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.

 

  1. Background to the Assignment

TM’s “Baaru” project (Strengthening local governance in the Maldives through capacity building local councils and empowering citizens for social accountability) is a 3-year project funded by the European Union (EU). The goal of the project is to strengthen local democracy and the decentralization system in the Maldives.

The passing of the new Constitution in 2008 and the enactment of the Decentralization Act in 2010 saw a considerable policy shift to devolve previously centralized power to local communities. However, policy discussions around the decentralization framework before and after the Decentralization Act came into force has been deeply divided along party lines, often at the cost of meaningful policy discussion. As a result, meaningful devolution of power and by extension, empowering of local island communities have not taken place.

Furthermore, the functioning of the local government system and the authority of councils are threatened by the increasing trends towards centralization. Following the passage of the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Act in 2015 and a number of procedural changes that have been observed through regulation and practice, there is limited understanding on how these changes affect local communities and the principles of decentralization of power.

One of the key activities under the project is to conduct a comprehensive review of the decentralization framework with a reflection of Maldives’ experience with decentralization in order to inform future policy conversations around decentralization and strengthen the local governance system in the Maldives.

  1. Purpose of the Assignment

TM is seeking the services of a research consultant to produce a comprehensive review of the decentralization framework. The review will reflect on the historical development of decentralization and the experience with decentralization since 2010, examine the legal, structural and practical challenges in local governance, and provide policy recommendations for reform and strengthening the decentralization framework.

 

This review will be a key advocacy and policy tool at the regional workshops and annual symposiums on local governance. This review will further help inform the creation of the Local Councils Associations or Union that will be established during the project period. This association or union will serve as a platform to organize local governments and mobilize local councils for collective action in order to positively influence policy decisions concerning local governance. A communications and advocacy plan comprising of a press conference, appearance on current affairs programs, social media and shareable graphics will also be rolled out to disseminate the findings and recommendations of the review to the public. The consultant will help identify target audiences and develop key messages for each.

 

  1. Responsibilities of the consultant:

The consultant will be expected to work closely with the Senior Project Coordinator for this project to:

  • Undertake a desk review of existing literature pertaining to decentralization in the Maldives.
  • Provide a methodology for the review.
  • Identify key stakeholders and conduct interviews and focus group discussions with relevant stakeholders
  • Compile data and information on legal, structural, procedural changes related to decentralization and local governance and practical challenges to local governance
  • Write the comprehensive review report
  • Prepare a summary of the report with recommendations
  • Produce a communications and advocacy plan to disseminate the findings of the review
  • Facilitate a multi-stakeholder validation workshop to validate the findings of the report

 

  1. Deliverables
  • Submit a timeline for the deliverables, not exceeding 8 weeks.
  • Detailed document with proposed methodology and report outline, along with a list of stakeholders to be interviewed.
  • Report reviewing the legal and structure of decentralization and procedural changes affecting the decentralization system and practical challenges to local governance together with recommendations for policy and procedural reform based on best practices.
  • Presentation to TM staff on the findings of the review.
  • Conduct a stakeholder workshop to disseminate findings.
  • Summary of the review report with recommendations.
  • Communications and advocacy plan to disseminate the findings of the report.

 

  1. Duration of the Assignment: Eight (8) weeks, with expected start date in August 2017. The consultant must be based in Malé, Maldives for the duration of the assignment.

 

  1. Reporting

The Consultant will work closely with and report to the Senior Project Coordinator at TM throughout the assignment.

  1. Required Competencies
  2. Master’s degree in a social science or related field, political science or public policy will be an advantage
  3. Proven expertise in political-institutional analysis with particularly strong knowledge of local governance and decentralization.
  4. Familiarity with concepts of good governance including transparency, accountability, and anti-corruption.
  5. Familiarity with quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
  6. Ability to research, analyze and synthesize information for a non-technical audience.
  7. Proven ability to clearly and concisely express ideas and concepts in written and oral form.
  8. Excellent spoken and written English, knowledge of Dhivehi will be an advantage
  9. Excellent ability to set priorities and manage time.

 

TM will evaluate applications based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated familiarity with key concepts of decentralization and good governance 30%
  • Budget 25%
  • Qualification of key personnel 15%
  • Organizational/Individual relevant experience 15%
  • Proposed Timeline 15%

Closing date for applications: 04: 30pm Monday, 21st August 2016.

Application and selection procedures: Interested applicants should submit an email to Ali Shareef (ali.shareef@transparencymaldives.org). The subject line must read “Research Consultancy – Decentralization Review”.

The content of the application must include the following:

  • A summary of relevant experience (attach a brief CV, providing evidence that you are qualified to undertake this assignment).
  • At least two examples of similar assignments that you have undertaken, preferably in the Maldives, over the past 5 years.
  • Proposed charges (including estimates of consulting days and expenses)
  • Two relevant references.

Applications must be in English. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

The contract will be awarded on a lump sum/fixed cost basis. The application should state the bid amount (in MRF) for undertaking the work.

Transparency Maldives retains the right to reject any or all of the applications and/or to enter into additional negotiations with one or more of the tendering parties to help define the exact scope of the work and deliverables to be undertaken.

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TERMS OF REFERENCE

Local Governance Training Manual Development

Consultant

 

Position title: Consultant – Development of Governance Training Manual

Expected period of commitment: 05 Weeks

Application deadline: Monday, 21st August 2017

Location: Male’, Maldives

 

  1. Organization Background

Transparency Maldives (TM) is a non-partisan organization that endeavors 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 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.

 

  1. Background to the Assignment

 

TM’s “Baaru” project (Strengthening local governance in the Maldives through capacity building local councils and empowering citizens for social accountability) is a 3-year project funded by the European Union (EU). The goal of the project is to strengthen local democracy and the decentralization system in the Maldives.

 

Following the contentious 2013/2014 electoral cycle in the Maldives, the marked decline in the local democratic culture, and the lack of political accountability at both the national and local level, public trust in democratic institutions have decreased and cynicism and disillusionment with democracy and the political status quo has increased. For the long-term viability of democracy in the Maldives, a multi-pronged approach is now needed to ensure a local democratic culture, an empowered citizenry, and an open and inclusive local governance system.

 

The broader objective of this program is to support and strengthen local governance systems using a multi-pronged focus on local government authorities and citizens to deepen democracy and enhance citizen participation in democratic processes to empower citizens for social accountability. The project aims to strengthen trust and dialogue between citizens and local governments, and empower local governments to act as catalysts for development and positive change in the communities they serve.

 

As one of its key components, this project focuses on capacity building local governments through trainings to equip them with knowledge and tools to improve community engagement and service provision. In this regard, we will be conducting a 3-day training for the newly elected councilors.

 

  1. Purpose of the Assignment

Following the 2017 Local Council Elections, a new pool of councilors have been elected to local councils and there are limited institutions to provide training for these newly elected local councilors. Although the Local Government Authority (LGA) conducts orientation programs for newly elected local councilors there is room for a more comprehensive training focusing on leadership, good governance standards and practices, budgeting, island development planning, community participation and resource mobilization. This would serve to complement the ongoing orientation program provided by the LGA.

 

TM is seeking the services of a consultant to produce a comprehensive training manual for local councilors focussing on leadership, good governance standards and practices, budgeting, island development planning, community participation and resource mobilization and anti-corruption, and complement the training developed by the LGA to train the newly elected batch of local councilors.

 

The consultant is expected to assess the existing training materials and the decentralization framework, and develop a training manual for local councilors’ training. The training manual will consist of three main components: (1) the trainer’s manual, (2) the handbook for local councilors, and (3) the training assessment toolkit.

 

  1. Responsibilities of the consultant

 

The Consultant will be expected to:

  • Undertake a desk review of existing literature pertaining to local governance and trainings in the country.
  • Identify key stakeholders and conduct interviews with stakeholders to identify training needs and gaps in existing trainings.
  • Develop a training manual for master trainers which would include presentations, session outlines, notes and background reading.
  • Develop a handbook for local councilors to complement existing resources, with specific focus on good governance, anti-corruption and participatory development planning and implementation.
  • Develop an assessment toolkit, which includes (1) an evaluation to be administered both at the beginning and end of trainings to measure the impact of training and (2) data analysis tool to analyze data, for the Training of Trainers (ToT) and the trainings for councilors.
  • Conduct ToT for master trainers.
  • Collate feedback from the participants of the ToT and finalize training manual and local councilors’ handbook.

 

  1. Deliverables
  2. Submit a timeline for the deliverables, not exceeding 5 weeks (in English or Dhivehi).
  3. A 5-page brief outlining the training areas, and how it complements existing resources in the field (in English or Dhivehi).
  4. Produce and deliver a final training manual (in Dhivehi).
  5. Develop the local councilor’s handbook (in Dhivehi).
  6. Conduct a ToT based on the training manual.
  7. Develop and deliver an assessment and data collection toolkit for the training.

 

  1. Duration of the Assignment: Five (5) weeks, with expected start date in August 2017. The consultant must be based in Malé, Maldives for the duration of the assignment.

 

  1. Reporting

The Consultant will work closely with and report to the Senior Project Coordinator at TM throughout the assignment.

  1. Required Competencies
  2. Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in a social sciences or related field.
  3. Proven ability to clearly and concisely express ideas and concepts in written and oral form.
  4. Familiarity with concepts of good governance including transparency, accountability and anti-corruption.
  5. Ability to research, analyze and synthesize information.
  6. Experience in developing training programmes for adults.
  7. Knowledge of decentralization framework and issues in the Maldivian context.
  8. Excellent spoken and written English and Dhivehi.
  9. Excellent ability to set priorities and manage time.
  10. Excellent facilitation skills

 

Closing date for applications: 04:30 pm on Monday, 21st August 2017.

 

Application and selection procedures: Interested applicants should submit an email to Shifu Omar (shifu@transparencymaldives.org). The subject line must read “Local Governance Training Manual Development Consultancy”. The content of the application should not be longer than 5 pages and must include the following:

  • A summary of relevant experience (attach a brief CV, providing evidence that you are qualified to undertake this assignment).
  • At least two examples of similar assignments that you have undertaken, preferably in the Maldives, over the past 5 years.
  • Proposed Charges (including estimates of consulting days and expenses)
  • Two relevant references.
  • Demonstrated fluency in English and Dhivehi.

TM will evaluate applications based on the following criteria:

  • Budget 25%
  • Qualification of key personnel 25%
  • Demonstrated familiarity with key concepts of decentralization and good governance 20%
  • Organizational or individual relevant experience 15%
  • Proposed Timeline 15%

 

Applications can be in English or in Dhivehi. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

The contract will be awarded on a lump sum/fixed cost basis, payable upon completion of deliverables. The application should state the bid amount (in MRF) for undertaking the work.

Transparency Maldives retains the right to reject any or all of the applications and/or to enter into additional negotiations with one or more of the tendering parties to help define the exact scope of the work and deliverables to be undertaken.

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Yameed Rasheed stood for justice, human rights, equality and anti-corruption. But most importantly he stood for his best friend Ahmed Rilwan (@moyameeha) who was abducted three years ago. He spoke volumes through his writings and inspired many through his ideals. He raged against apathy and fostered courage and hope. On 23rd April 2017, he was murdered on the stairwell of his home.But contrary to what the killers intended, the strongest and bravest voice for justice will not be silenced. His passion will not be killed. His ideals will not be erased and his hopes will not go unrealized.

This issue of the Transparency Review is dedicated to Yameen Rasheed.

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TERMS OF REFERENCE

Local Governance Training Manual Development

Consultant

 

Position title: Consultant – Development of Governance Training Manual

Expected period of commitment: 05 Weeks

Application deadline: 16th August 2017

Location: Male’, Maldives

 

  1. Organization Background

Transparency Maldives (TM) is a non-partisan organization that endeavors 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 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.

 

  1. Background to the Assignment

 

TM’s “Baaru” project (Strengthening local governance in the Maldives through capacity building local councils and empowering citizens for social accountability) is a 3-year project funded by the European Union (EU). The goal of the project is to strengthen local democracy and the decentralization system in the Maldives.

 

Following the contentious 2013/2014 electoral cycle in the Maldives, the marked decline in the local democratic culture, and the lack of political accountability at both the national and local level, public trust in democratic institutions have decreased and cynicism and disillusionment with democracy and the political status quo has increased. For the long-term viability of democracy in the Maldives, a multi-pronged approach is now needed to ensure a local democratic culture, an empowered citizenry, and an open and inclusive local governance system.

 

The broader objective of this programme is to support and strengthen local governance systems using a multi-pronged focus on local government authorities and citizens to deepen democracy and enhance citizen participation in democratic processes to empower citizens for social accountability. The project aims to strengthen trust and dialogue between citizens and local governments, and empower local governments to act as catalysts for development and positive change in the communities they serve.

 

As one of its key components, this project focuses on capacity building local governments through trainings to equip them with knowledge and tools to improve community engagement and service provision. In this regard, we will be conducting a 3-day training for the newly elected councilors.

 

  1. Purpose of the Assignment

Following the 2017 Local Council Elections, a new pool of councilors have been elected to local councils and there are limited institutions to provide training for these newly elected local councilors. Although the Local Government Authority (LGA) conducts orientation programs for newly elected local councilors there is room for a more comprehensive training focusing on leadership, good governance standards and practices, budgeting, island development planning, community participation and resource mobilization. This would serve to complement the ongoing orientation program provided by the LGA.

 

TM is seeking the services of a consultant to produce a comprehensive training manual for local councilors focussing on leadership, good governance standards and practices, budgeting, island development planning, community participation and resource mobilization and anti-corruption, and complement the training developed by the LGA to train the newly elected batch of local councilors.

 

The consultant is expected to assess the existing training materials and the decentralization framework, and develop a training manual for local councilors’ training. The training manual will consist of three main components: (1) the trainer’s manual, (2) the handbook for local councilors, and (3) the training assessment toolkit.

 

  1. Responsibilities of the consultant

 

The Consultant will be expected to:

  • Undertake a desk review of existing literature pertaining to local governance and trainings in the country.
  • Identify key stakeholders and conduct interviews with stakeholders to identify training needs and gaps in existing trainings.
  • Develop a training manual for master trainers which would include presentations, session outlines, notes and background reading.
  • Develop a handbook for local councilors to complement existing resources, with specific focus on good governance, anti-corruption and participatory development planning and implementation.
  • Develop an assessment toolkit, which includes (1) an evaluation to be administered both at the beginning and end of trainings to measure the impact of training and (2) data analysis tool to analyze data, for the Training of Trainers (ToT) and the trainings for councilors.
  • Conduct ToT for master trainers.
  • Collate feedback from the participants of the ToT and finalize training manual and local councilors’ handbook.

 

  1. Deliverables
  2. Submit a timeline for the deliverables, not exceeding 5 weeks (in English or Dhivehi).
  3. A 5-page brief outlining the training areas, and how it complements existing resources in the field (in English or Dhivehi).
  4. Produce and deliver a final training manual (in Dhivehi).
  5. Develop the local councilor’s handbook (in Dhivehi).
  6. Conduct a ToT based on the training manual.
  7. Develop and deliver an assessment and data collection toolkit for the training.

 

  1. Duration of the Assignment: Five (5) weeks, with expected start date in August 2017. The consultant must be based in Malé, Maldives for the duration of the assignment.

 

  1. Reporting

The Consultant will work closely with and report to the Senior Project Coordinator at TM throughout the assignment.

  1. Required Competencies
  2. Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in a social sciences or related field.
  3. Proven ability to clearly and concisely express ideas and concepts in written and oral form.
  4. Familiarity with concepts of good governance including transparency, accountability and anti-corruption.
  5. Ability to research, analyze and synthesize information.
  6. Experience in developing training programmes for adults.
  7. Knowledge of decentralization framework and issues in the Maldivian context.
  8. Excellent spoken and written English and Dhivehi.
  9. Excellent ability to set priorities and manage time.
  10. Excellent facilitation skills

 

Closing date for applications: 04:30 pm Wednesday, 16th August 2017.

 

Application and selection procedures: Interested applicants should submit an email to Shifu Omar (shifu@transparencymaldives.org). The subject line must read “Local Governance Training Manual Development Consultancy”. The content of the application should not be longer than 5 pages and must include the following:

  • A summary of relevant experience (attach a brief CV, providing evidence that you are qualified to undertake this assignment).
  • At least two examples of similar assignments that you have undertaken, preferably in the Maldives, over the past 5 years.
  • Proposed Charges (including estimates of consulting days and expenses)
  • Two relevant references.
  • Demonstrated fluency in English and Dhivehi.

 

TM will evaluate applications based on the following criteria:

  • Budget 25%
  • Qualification of key personnel 25%
  • Demonstrated familiarity with key concepts of decentralization and good governance 20%
  • Organizational or individual relevant experience 15%
  • Proposed Timeline 15%

 

Applications can be in English or in Dhivehi. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

The contract will be awarded on a lump sum/fixed cost basis, payable upon completion of deliverables. The application should state the bid amount (in MRF) for undertaking the work.

Transparency Maldives retains the right to reject any or all of the applications and/or to enter into additional negotiations with one or more of the tendering parties to help define the exact scope of the work and deliverables to be undertaken.

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Transparency Maldives and six other Maldivian and international organisations have written to the President of Maldives to express concern at his announcement that executions in the country would resume by the end of September and ask for his intervention to halt the implementation of the death penalty in Maldives.

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