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TERMS OF REFERENCE

Layout Designer to design and develop layout for the Review on Admission and Dismissal of members of Independent Institutions

Position title: Layout Designer for the Review on Admission and Dismissal of members of Independent Institutions in English and Dhivehi

Expected period of commitment: 10 Days

Application deadline: 14th March 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.

 

  1. Background to the assignment

Following the ratification of the Constitution in 2008, along with the changes in the longstanding governance system of the country, independent oversight bodies such as the Elections Commission, Anti-Corruption Commission, Judicial Service Commission and the Human Rights Commission, were formed. These institutions act as vital links between citizens and the state, carry out important democratic functions and act as accountability mechanisms to keep government in check. Strong oversight mechanisms are a powerful asset in the fight against corruption, and to increase accountability of the state.

However, in order to be effective oversight bodies, such bodies also need to command public trust and confidence not only in its functions but also in the process in which members are appointed to lead these bodies. To this effect, TM has produced a research report looking at the appointment and dismissal procedures followed in selecting members for these independent state institutions. 

  1. Purpose of the Assignment

Transparency Maldives is seeking the services of a Layout Designer to design and develop the layout for the review.

  1. Responsibilities and Deliverables of the consultant 

The Consultant will be expected to work closely with the Senior Project Coordinator:

1.Design the layout of Review on Admission and Dismissal of members of Independent Institutions in English and Dhivehi (approximately 90-95 pages of text, including tables)

Duration of the Assignment

10 Days upon signing of contract. 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 Transparency Maldives throughout the assignment.

  1. Required Competencies
  • Proven 3-5 years experience in graphic and layout designing/publication production.
  • Excellent command of Adobe applications including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
  • Advanced understanding of vector-based imagery, such as maps and logos is essential.
  • Proven ability to deliver high quality results under tight deadlines.
  • Proven ability to coordinate, follow instructions and work under pressure either part of a team or individually.

Closing date for applications: 14th March 2017, before 5:00pm

Application and selection procedures: Interested applicants should submit an email to Shifu Omar (shifu@transparencymaldives.org). The subject line must read “PA Layout Design”. 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).
  • Portfolio/examples of similar assignments that you have undertaken (two to three), preferably in the Maldives, over the past 3-5 years.
  • Proposed Charges.
  • Two relevant references.

Applications must be in English or Dhivehi. 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

Translator

Transparency Maldives (TM) is seeking individuals/parties for the following service contract.

 

Position Title: Translator

Minimum period of commitment: 07 days

Number of pages: Approximately 90-95 pages

Application deadline: 23 February 2017

 

  1. Organizational 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.

 

  1. Purpose of the Assignment

Transparency Maldives is seeking a consultant to translate a qualitative review report produced by TM on the Review on Admission and Dismissal of members of Independent Institutions from English to Dhivehi.

  1. Key Responsibilities
  2. Translate approximately 90-95 page survey report from English to Dhivehi.
  3. Deliverables
  4. Microsoft Word file of complete translated Dhivehi review report.
  5. Duration of the Assignment

The consultant is expected to start the assignment in February 2017 and complete deliverables within 7-9 days.

 

  1. Reporting Procedure

The consultant will work closely with the Senior Project Coordinator on administrative and substantive matters.

  1. Qualifications and competencies
  2. Excellent knowledge of Dhivehi translation.
  3. Excellent command of Dhivehi and English language
  4. Proven experience in translating from English to Dhivehi.

Closing date for applications: Before 4:00 pm on 23 February 2017.

Application and selection procedures:

Interested applicants should submit an email to shifu@transparencymaldives.org addressed to Ms. Mariyam Shiuna, Executive Director.

The subject line must read “Translator”. 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).
  • Portfolio/examples of similar assignments that you have undertaken (two to three), preferably in the Maldives, over the past 3-5 years.
  • Proposed Charges.
  • Two relevant references.

Applications must be in English or Dhivehi. 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 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

 

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PRESS RELEASE – January 25, 2017

The Corruption Perception Index (CPI) – an annual survey by Transparency International that scores and ranks countries based on the perceived level of corruption in that country – was released today by Transparency International.

The last time in which the Maldives was included in the CPI was in 2011. The CPI is calculated using a composite assessment consisting of a minimum of 3 separate sources. Between 2012 and 2016 the lack of three separate sources to triangulate information for the CPI has precluded the Maldives’ inclusion.

On a scale of 1-100 with 100 indicating that the country is perceived to be corruption free and 0 indicating that the country is perceived to be highly corrupt, the Maldives scores low at only 36 indicating that corruption remains an urgent concern within the country. Out of a total of 176 countries the Maldives is ranked 95.

This accords with the 2013 Global Corruption Barometer surveys which yielded that the Maldivian public is extremely skeptical regarding the integrity of individual institutions, including the Parliament, Judiciary and Executive and furthermore are concerned about the high level of corruption that pervade the entire state.     

This is the first time the Maldives has been included in the CPI since the methodology used to calculate the CPI was updated in 2012. Because of the update in the methodology CPI scores before 2012 are not comparable over time. Hence the Maldives’ score in 2016 is not comparable to its score and rank in 2011. Furthermore, CPI is a relative scale and thus stark deteriorations in corruption perceptions of other countries – which will improve our ranking automatically – does not correspond with an improvement in the Maldives’ level of corruption. It is also important to note that fewer countries have been included in 2016 in comparison to 2011.

In comparison to other South Asian countries, Maldives ranks identically to Sri Lanka whilst Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan are ranked lower than the Maldives. Conversely, India and Bhutan are ranked higher than the Maldives.

At a time when massive corruption scandals including the MMPRC grand corruption case are still fresh in public memory and remain unanswered, it is imperative that we increase our efforts to combat corruption and hold the Government and state institutions accountable.

METHODOLOGY

Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index has been published since 1995. The CPI draws on data sources from 13 different studies by 12 international institutions specializing in governance and business climate analysis for 176 countries, and reflects the opinions of experts, civil society organizations, and business people on public sector corruption. The Index has a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean) in order to rank the countries.
This year, Maldives’ score was identified by the contents and results from 3 international surveys: Global Insight Country Risk Ratings; World Bank – Country Policy and Institutional Assessment; and Varieties of Democracy Project.

You can view/download press statement here

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TERMS OF REFERENCE

Graphic Designer to create campaign materials

 

Position title: Graphic Designer

Expected period of commitment: 4 weeks

Application deadline: 5th February 2017

Location: Male’, Maldives

 

  1. Organization 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. 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.

 

  1. Background to the assignment

Transparency Maldives is currently conducting a political accountability project focused on increasing citizen awareness on good governance, rule of law and civic responsibility through research, media campaigns and collective advocacy and lobbying. As part of our efforts and in order to strengthen TM’s existing and potential campaigns on local governance and elections, TM intends to create campaign materials that can be widely disseminated on various media.

Part of the campaign materials produced will also be focused on TM’s project aimed at empowering civil society organisations through strengthening the legal framework governing CSO’s.

 

  1. Responsibilities of the consultant

The Consultant will be expected to work closely with the Senior Project Coordinator to ensure that campaign materials are produced in line with Transparency Maldives’ proposed themes for the campaigns.

 

  1. Deliverables

The Consultant will be expected to work closely with the Senior Project Coordinator to ensure the campaign materials are produced in line with Transparency Maldives’ proposed themes for the campaigns.

  • Design and develop twenty-three (23) graphics that can be used as part of TM’s campaigns.

All designs should be delivered in various formats agreed between TM and the designer prior to the assignment.

 

  1. Duration of the Assignment

Four (4) weeks upon signing of contract. The consultant must be based in Malé, Maldives for the duration of the assignment.

 

  1. Reporting

The Consultant will work closely with the Senior Project Coordinator at Transparency Maldives throughout the assignment.

  1. Required Competencies
  • Proven 3-5 years experience in graphic and layout designing/publication production.
  • Advanced understanding of vector-based imagery, such as maps and logos is essential.
  • Proven ability to deliver high quality results under tight deadlines.
  • Proven ability to coordinate, follow instructions and work under pressure either part of a team or individually
  • Fluent in English and Dhivehi

Closing date for applications: 5:00pm on 5th February 2017

Application and selection procedures: Interested applicants should submit an email to Shifza Omar (shifu@transparencymaldives.org) before 5:00pm on 5th February 2017. The subject line must read “Graphic Designer”. 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).
  • Portfolio with at least two examples of similar assignments, preferably in the Maldives, over the past 3-5 years.
  • Proposed Charges.
  • Two relevant references.

Applications must be in English or Dhivehi. 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

Copy Editor for the Review on the Admission and Dismissal of Members of Independent Institutions

Copy Editor

 

Position title: Copy Editor

Research title: Review on the Appointment and Dismissal of Members of Independent Institutions

Number of Pages to be edited: Approximately 110 pages

Expected period of commitment: 02 Weeks

Application deadline: 1st February 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

Following the ratification of the Constitution in 2008, along with the changes in the longstanding governance system of the country, independent oversight bodies such as the Elections Commission, Anti-Corruption Commission, Judicial Service Commission and the Human Rights Commission, were formed. These institutions act as vital links between citizens and the state, carry out important democratic functions and act as accountability mechanisms to keep government in check. Strong oversight mechanisms are a powerful asset in the fight against corruption, and to increase accountability of the state.

However, in order to be effective oversight bodies, such bodies also need to command public trust and confidence not only in its functions but also in the process in which members are appointed to lead these bodies. To this effect, TM has produced a research report looking at the appointment and dismissal procedures followed in selecting members for these independent state institutions.

  1. Purpose of the Assignment

TM is seeking the services of a copy editor to edit the complete draft report on the appointment and dismissal of members of independent institutions in the Maldives.

  1. Responsibilities & Deliverables of the consultant

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

* Produce a thoroughly revised and edited report of the Review of the Appointment and Dismissal of Members of Independent Institutions in the Maldives.

* Ensure that the revised report is well-structured, clear and concise.

  • Duration of the Assignment: 2 weeks, with expected start date at late January 2017. The consultant must be based in Malé, Maldives for the duration of the assignment.
  • Required Competencies
  • At least a Bachelor’s degree in English or related field.
  • Excellent command of the English language.
  • Superior editing and writing skills.
  • Ability to analyse and synthesise information; sensitivity to nuances and the ability to think and write analytically.
  • Ability to clearly and concisely express ideas and concepts in written and oral form.
  • Excellent ability to set priorities and manage time.
  • Familiarity with the subject of the publication is desirable.
  • Ability to effectively grasp and incorporate comments from multiple authors to fit a defined publication style and format

Closing date for applications: Before 0500pm Sunday, 1st February 2017.

Application and selection procedures: Interested applicants should submit an email to Shifza Omar (shifu@transparencymaldives.org). The subject line must read “Copy Editor”. 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).

* Portfolio with at least two examples of similar assignments, 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

Position title: Videography Consultant

Research title: Develop short video clips promoting human rights

Expected period of commitment: 04 months

Extended application deadline: 08.00am, 2 January 2016

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.

  1. Background to the assignment

Transparency Maldives is overseeing a human rights project with the aim of widening the democratic space and to protect human rights in the Maldives through collective lobbying and advocacy, partnership building and dialogue. It has been observed a decline in the democratic space in the Maldives between 2013-2014. This decline is reflected in the 2016 Freedom House ratings in which the Maldives is no longer categorised an electoral democracy and is listed as a ‘partly free’ country. Furthermore, civil and political liberties such as freedom of assembly, speech and association enshrined in the Maldives Constitution have been constrained through new laws and regulations such as the NGO regulation, Anti-Terror Act, and the Defamation and Freedom of Speech Act.

Despite this dismal situation, the government of the Maldives has accepted 198 recommendations from the 2015 UPR review. Additionally, there is a strong grassroots support for democracy and human rights in the Maldives. This positively creates an avenue to reclaim the diminishing democratic space and to protect and promote human rights. As such, Transparency Maldives intends to create and disseminate information related to human rights through multiple avenues including a monthly newsletter and a quarterly digest.

  1. Purpose of the Assignment

Transparency Maldives is seeking the services of a videographer to develop five (5) short video clips (duration, less than 5 minutes per video) promoting human rights.

  1. Responsibilities of the consultant

The Consultant will be expected to work closely with the Senior Project Coordinator for the human rights project. The Consultant will:

  • Ensure human rights messages are encapsulated in communication and coordination with the Senior Project Coordinator.
  • Ensure the messages developed are presented through the video.
  • Ensure that the videos are of high quality, and in a format (or in formats) that is/are suitable for sharing on multiple media including, but not limited to, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
  1. Deliverables
  • Five (5) short video clips (duration, less than 5 minutes per video) promoting human rights in the Maldives.
  1. Duration of the Assignment

Four (4) months, with expected start date 29 December. 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 for the human rights project at Transparency Maldives throughout the assignment.

  1. Required Competencies
  • Proven 3-5 years of experience in video production.
  • Proven ability to deliver high quality results under tight deadlines.
  • Proven ability to coordinate, follow instructions and work under pressure either part of a team or individually.

Closing date for applications: Before 08.00am, 2 January 2016.

Application and selection procedures: Interested applicants should submit an email to Ibrahim Thayyib (ibrahim.thayyib@transparencymaldives.org). The subject line must read “PHR Video Production”. 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).
  • Portfolio/examples of similar assignments that you have undertaken (two to three), preferably in the Maldives, over the past 3-5 years.
  • Proposed Charges.
  • Two relevant references.

Applications must be in English or Dhivehi.

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.


TERMS OF REFERENCE

Research Consultant to review and produce a report on the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Act

Position title: Research Consultant

Research title: Review the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Act

Expected period of commitment: 12 Weeks

Application deadline: 08.00am, 2 January 2016

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 overseeing a human rights project with the aim of widening the democratic space and to protect human rights in the Maldives through collective lobbying and advocacy, partnership building and dialogue. It has been observed a decline in the democratic space in the Maldives between 2013-2014. This decline is reflected in the 2016 Freedom House ratings in which the Maldives is no longer categorised an electoral democracy and is listed as a ‘partly free’ country. Furthermore, civil and political liberties such as freedom of assembly, speech and association enshrined in the Maldives Constitution have been constrained through new laws and regulations such as the NGO regulation, Anti-Terror Act, and the Defamation and Freedom of Speech Act.

Despite this dismal situation, the government of the Maldives has accepted 198 recommendations from the 2015 UPR review. Additionally, there is a strong grassroots support for democracy and human rights in the Maldives. This positively creates an avenue to reclaim the diminishing democratic space and to protect and promote human rights.

3. Purpose of the Assignment

Transparency Maldives is seeking the services of a research consultant to review and produce a report on the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Act. The consultant is expected to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the aforementioned Act, and produce a detailed report of the findings. The study should also make recommendations for law reform in consideration of human rights and democratic principles.

4. Responsibilities of the consultant

The Consultant will be expected to work closely with the Senior Project Coordinator for the human rights project:

  • Undertake a desk review of existing literature pertaining to freedom of assembly.
  •  Provide a methodology for the review of the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Act.
  • Arrange necessary meetings and conduct interviews with relevant stakeholders.
  •  Conduct a validation meeting with relevant stakeholders to validate the findings, and
  • Write the final report, detailing the findings and recommendations.

5. Deliverables

  • Submit a timeline, at the inception of the consultancy, for the deliverable confined to the period of consultation.
  • Document with proposed methodology to review the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Act.
  • Conduct a validation workshop with relevant stakeholders.
  • Draft and final reports detailing the findings and recommendations.

6. Duration of the Assignment

Twelve (12) weeks, with expected start date 29th December. The consultant must be based in Malé, Maldives for the duration of the assignment.

7. Reporting

The Consultant will work closely with and report to the Senior Project Coordinator for the human rights project at Transparency Maldives throughout the assignment.

8. Required Competencies

  • Master’s degree in a social sciences related field
  • Proven expertise pertaining to legislations and law review with a particularly strong knowledge about the country’s human rights and democratic context.
  • Ability to research, analyse, and synthesise information.
  • Familiarity with quantitative and qualitative survey methodologies.
  • Ability to clearly and concisely express ideas and concepts in both written and oral form.
  • Excellent spoken and written English and Dhivehi.
  • Excellent ability to set priorities and time management.

Closing date for applications: Before 08.00am, Thursday, 2 January 2016.

Application and selection procedures: Interested applicants should submit an email to Ibrahim Thayyib (ibrahim.thayyib@transparencymaldives.org). The subject line must read “PHR Research 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).
  • Examples of similar assignments that you have undertaken (two to three), 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.

Applications must be in English or Dhivehi. 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 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

Research Consultant to review and produce a report on the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Act

Position title: Research Consultant

Research title: Review the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Act

Expected period of commitment: 12 Weeks

Application deadline: 05.00pm, 28 December 2016

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 overseeing a human rights project with the aim of widening the democratic space and to protect human rights in the Maldives through collective lobbying and advocacy, partnership building and dialogue. It has been observed a decline in the democratic space in the Maldives between 2013-2014. This decline is reflected in the 2016 Freedom House ratings in which the Maldives is no longer categorised an electoral democracy and is listed as a ‘partly free’ country. Furthermore, civil and political liberties such as freedom of assembly, speech and association enshrined in the Maldives Constitution have been constrained through new laws and regulations such as the NGO regulation, Anti-Terror Act, and the Defamation and Freedom of Speech Act.

Despite this dismal situation, the government of the Maldives has accepted 198 recommendations from the 2015 UPR review. Additionally, there is a strong grassroots support for democracy and human rights in the Maldives. This positively creates an avenue to reclaim the diminishing democratic space and to protect and promote human rights.

3. Purpose of the Assignment

Transparency Maldives is seeking the services of a research consultant to review and produce a report on the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Act. The consultant is expected to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the aforementioned Act, and produce a detailed report of the findings. The study should also make recommendations for law reform in consideration of human rights and democratic principles.

4. Responsibilities of the consultant

The Consultant will be expected to work closely with the Senior Project Coordinator for the human rights project:

  • Undertake a desk review of existing literature pertaining to freedom of assembly.
  •  Provide a methodology for the review of the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Act.
  • Arrange necessary meetings and conduct interviews with relevant stakeholders.
  •  Conduct a validation meeting with relevant stakeholders to validate the findings, and
  • Write the final report, detailing the findings and recommendations.

5. Deliverables

  • Submit a timeline, at the inception of the consultancy, for the deliverable confined to the period of consultation.
  • Document with proposed methodology to review the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Act.
  • Conduct a validation workshop with relevant stakeholders.
  • Draft and final reports detailing the findings and recommendations.

6. Duration of the Assignment

Twelve (12) weeks, with expected start date 29th December. The consultant must be based in Malé, Maldives for the duration of the assignment.

7. Reporting

The Consultant will work closely with and report to the Senior Project Coordinator for the human rights project at Transparency Maldives throughout the assignment.

8. Required Competencies

  • Master’s degree in a social sciences related field
  • Proven expertise pertaining to legislations and law review with a particularly strong knowledge about the country’s human rights and democratic context.
  • Ability to research, analyse, and synthesise information.
  • Familiarity with quantitative and qualitative survey methodologies.
  • Ability to clearly and concisely express ideas and concepts in both written and oral form.
  • Excellent spoken and written English and Dhivehi.
  • Excellent ability to set priorities and time management.

Closing date for applications: Before 05.00pm, Thursday, 28 December 2016.

Application and selection procedures: Interested applicants should submit an email to Ibrahim Thayyib (ibrahim.thayyib@transparencymaldives.org). The subject line must read “PHR Research 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).
  • Examples of similar assignments that you have undertaken (two to three), 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.

Applications must be in English or Dhivehi. 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 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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