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Transparency Maldives is seeking the services of a research consultant to review and produce a report on the recently ratified Defamation and Freedom of Speech Act.

Position title: Research Consultant
Research title: Review the Defamation and Freedom of Speech Act
Expected period of commitment: 08 Weeks
Application deadline: 18th September 2016
Location: Male’, Maldives

View/download the Terms of Reference.

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 recently ratified Defamation and Freedom of Speech 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 defamation and freedom of speech.
• Provide a methodology for the review of the Defamation and Freedom of Speech Act.
• Arrange necessary meetings and conduct interviews with relevant stakeholders.
• Write the final report, detailing the findings and recommendations.
• Present a paper in a human rights conference organised by Transparency Maldives.

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 Defamation and Freedom of Speech Act.
• Draft and final reports detailing the findings and recommendations.
• Conduct a validation workshop with relevant stakeholders.
• Present a paper in a human rights conference that will be organized by Transparency Maldives.

6. Duration of the Assignment

Eight (8) weeks, with expected start date 2nd October. 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 0400pm Sunday, 18th September 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 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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Transparency Maldives is seeking the services of a graphics and layout expert to design and develop branding materials for the Project Human Rights.

Position title: Graphics and Layout Expert
Research title: Design a layout for a quarterly digest
Expected period of commitment: 04 Weeks
Application deadline: 18th September 2016
Location: Male’, Maldives

View/download the Terms of Reference.

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. 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.

3. Purpose of the Assignment

Transparency Maldives is seeking the services of a graphics and layout expert to design and develop branding materials for the Project Human Rights. The consultant is expected to design and develop a logo and editable templates for the monthly newsletter and the quarterly digest. Additionally, the consultant is expected to develop a guideline to edit and publish the aforementioned materials.

4. Responsibilities of the consultant

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

• Ensure the designing and products are produced in line with Transparency Maldives’ branding and themes.
• Logo, layout design of the newsletter and digest are in an editable format that is suitable for both printing and electronic distribution.
• Train minimum three staff from Transparency Maldives to familiarise the staff with the template.

5. Deliverables

• Design a logo for the Project Human Rights’ human rights campaign.
• Editable Dhivehi supported template for the newsletter.
• Editable English supported template for the digest.
• Guideline to edit and alter the templates.
• Training for minimum three TM staff based on the guideline.

6. Duration of the Assignment

Four (4) weeks, with expected start date 2nd October. 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

• 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: Before 0400pm Sunday, 18th September 2016.

Application and selection procedures: Interested applicants should submit an email to Ibrahim Thayyib (ibrahim.thayyib@transparencymaldives.org). The subject line must read “PHR 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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Transparency Maldives has launched a campaign called “Ma Bassa”.

“Ma Bassaa” is a campaign by the Climate Integrity Project (CIP) of Transparency Maldives to advocate for and promote “Inclusive Governance”. The aforementioned title of the campaign roughly translates to “include/involve me” in Dhivehi.

Through this campaign we aim to bridge the gap between local communities; CBOs and the implementing agencies and government institutions of the country. For successful implementation of climate change projects in the Maldives, it is essential that local communities have a sense of ownership towards ongoing climate change programs

The consultations for the Assessment of Climate Finance Governance by TM showed unanimity amongst all stakeholders for the need for better governance of climate finds and the need for collaboration between donors, the government and civil society. It is this collaboration that the “Ma Bassaa” campaign aims to facilitate.

We have written a governance update on our campaign and what it entails.
Read out governance update here: Climate Integrity Project, Governance Update August 2016

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Transparency Maldives is seeking the services of a consultant to work as a Curator/Exhibition Manager to manage and oversee the planning and curating of an art exhibition to be held in November 2016.

Position title: Curator/Event Manager
Expected period of commitment: 2 months
Application deadline: 8 September 2016
Location: Male’, Maldives.’

View/download the Terms of Reference.

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.

2. Proposed Activity

TM plans to hold a week-long art exhibition focusing on democracy, inviting established and aspiring artists to use art as a form of expression for democracy promotion. The objective of the event is to encourage artists to use art as a medium to counter authoritarian trends in the Maldives and to provoke and debate discussion on reclaiming the democratic space in the Maldives.

3. Position Summary

Transparency Maldives is seeking a Curator/Exhibition Manager to manage and oversee the planning and curating work for the event. The Curator will work with various artists in the country to put up an interactive exhibition to cater for the theme of ‘Equality’. She or He will also organize pre-exhibition workshops with the artists to brainstorm and discuss possible exhibition pieces under the common theme. The Curator will also need to work closely with both Transparency Maldives and the artists involved to interpret artistic work that both appeals to the familiarity of understanding of democracy while allowing for creative reinterpretations of common themes that reoccur within the idea of democracy.

The Consultation will take place in Male’.

4. Responsibilities of the consultant:

The Consultant will be responsible for:

  • Producing a comprehensive interpretation plan on how to utilize local artists to create an exhibition on Democracy with the core theme of ‘Equality’.
  • Organizing a week-long artists camp to bring together various individuals ranging from poets, musicians, artists as well as other individuals engaged in the creative sphere to brainstorm and ideate a comprehensive concept for the exhibition.
  • Working closely with Transparency Maldives and other artists to facilitate the ideas into exhibition pieces within the given thematic idea.
  • Finding and scout for a suitable avenue to set up the exhibition.
  • Coordinating the necessary facilities and tools required for the exhibition based on the needs of the individual artists.
  • Collating the ideas from the team and take lead in creating the eventual exhibition
  • Arrange for the necessary pre-exhibition meetings

5. Duration of the Assignment

Two (2) months, with expected start date in the middle of September 2016. The consultant is expected to be based in Malé, Maldives for the duration of the assignment.

6. Reporting

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

7. Qualifications and competencies

    • Experience in event management, curating as well as an understanding of interpreting art work within a set theme.
    • Familiarity with the concept of democracy and human rights and some understanding of the individual concepts.
    • Demonstrate excellent facilitation skills for the pre-exhibition meetings and a flare to work with creative individuals as a team.
    • Good Dhivehi and English writing communication skills.
    • Excellent analytical skills.
    • Have an excellent eye for space utilization and curating ideas.

Closing date for applications: Before 0400pm Thursday, 8 September 2016.

Application and selection procedures: Interested applicants should submit an email to Ahid Rasheed (ahid.rasheed@transparencymaldives.org). The subject line must read “Curator/Event Manager”. 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, preferably in the Maldives, over the past 5 years.
  • Proposed Charges
  • 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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PRESS RELEASE – September 04, 2016

Gasim Abdul Kareem, a former manager at the Bank of Maldives, is being prosecuted for disclosing customer information that revealed details related to a multi-million dollar corruption scandal in the Maldives, where money that should have gone to the state was allegedly siphoned off into private accounts.

Transparency International and Transparency Maldives are calling on the Prosecutor General to dismiss the case because the information disclosed is not only in the public interest, but such disclosures are protected under the Maldives Banking Act.

“Kareem is a man who has taken action against what he believed to be a corrupt practice. This behaviour should be praised not punished. If money that should be used to benefit the people of the Maldives – to fund public services, for example –  is being siphoned off to fund the luxury lifestyle of the corrupt, the people have a right to know,” said Cobus de Swardt, managing director of Transparency International. “The prosecutor general should dismiss this case. Kareem’s actions deserve admiration and he is entitled to protection, not prosecution.”

“This is a test case for the Maldives and its whistleblower protection laws. The questionable financial transactions revealed from Kareem’s actions should have raised alarm bells a long time ago and yet no one had the courage to do what Kareem did. Instead of encouraging whistleblowing, Kareem’s persecution simply sends a signal to others who witness corruption that speaking out has severe consequences,” said Mariyam Shiuna, Executive Director of Transparency Maldives.

Under Section 44 of the Maldives Banking Act “actions taken in good faith in the course of the implementation of measure for the prevention of corruption and countering money laundering and financing of terrorism pursuant to laws or regulations dealing with such matters” cannot be considered unlawful.

Kareem was arrested on 18 February. He was held without a charge for over 4 months, and his detention extended 14 times until 30 June 2016 when he was released under house arrest.

The case is linked to a complex multi-million dollar grand corruption scandal that has involved the selling and leasing of islands and lagoons for tourism and is linked to former and current public officials.

On 1 September the president of the New York City Bar John S. Kiernan wrote to the prosecutor general on Kareem’s behalf pointing out the protections that whistleblowers are entitled to protection under law in the Maldives.

ENDS

View/download the press release in English.

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Transparency Maldives is seeking a Legal Consultant to draft a Whistleblower Protection bill for the Maldives.

Position title: Legal Consultant on Whistleblower Protection
Expected period of commitment: 2 months
Application deadline: 5th September 2016
Location: Male’, Maldives

View/download the Terms of Reference.

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.

2. Position Summary
Transparency Maldives is seeking a Legal Consultant to draft a Whistleblower Protection bill for the Maldives. The consultant will draft a position paper, conduct stakeholder consultation meetings, meet with the media, conduct consultation meetings with the Attorney General’s Office, the Anti-Corruption Commission and members of Parliament, and draft a Whistleblower Protection bill.
The Consultant will be based in Malé.

3. Responsibilities of the consultant
The Consultant will be responsible for:
• Producing a review paper for TM addressing the challenges and gaps in the current legal framework, incorporating international best practices and recommendations.
• Conducting stakeholder meetings to identify challenges under the existing legal framework.
• Conducting consultation work for the draft Bill, including meetings with the Attorney General’s Office, the Anti-Corruption Commission, members of Parliament and other stakeholders.
• Drafting a Whistleblower Protection Bill in line with international best practices.

4. Duration of the Assignment
Two (2) months, with expected start date at the beginning of September 2016. The consultant is expected to be based in Malé, Maldives for the duration of the assignment.

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

6. Qualifications and competencies

a) Minimum of a master’s degree or equivalent in law, public policy, politics, human rights, or a related field demonstrably relevant to the position.
b) Experience in law review, legal research and writing, in line with international best practices.
c) Familiarity with development approaches in developing countries.
d) Demonstrate excellent facilitation skills for consultations.
e) Excellent Dhivehi and English writing and communication skills.
f) Excellent analytical skills.

Closing date for applications: Before 0400pm Monday, 5th September 2016.

Application and selection procedures
Interested applicants should submit an email to Ahid Rasheed (ahid.rasheed@transparencymaldives.org). The subject line must read “Legal 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, preferably in the Maldives, over the past 5 years.
• Proposed Charges
• 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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TM is seeking the services of a research consultant to review and produce a report on the appointment and dismissal of members of the oversight bodies in the Maldives.

Position title: Research Consultant
Research title: Review on the Appointment and Dismissal of Members of Oversight Bodies
Expected period of commitment: 04 Weeks
Application deadline: 7th September 2016
Location: Male’, Maldives

View/download the Terms of Reference.

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.

2. 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 were also mandated such as the Elections Commission, Anti-Corruption Commission, Judicial Service Commission and the Human Rights Commission. These institutions are vital links between citizens and the state and act as grievance mechanisms for the public. Further, a strong oversight mechanism is a powerful asset in the fight against corruption, and to increase accountability of the state. When oversight bodies are independent of the government, they are empowered platforms for advocacy and to maintain a proper check and balance within the pillars of democracy.
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 oversee these bodies.

3. Purpose of the Assignment
TM is seeking the services of a research consultant to review and produce a report on the appointment and dismissal of members of the oversight bodies in the Maldives.
The consultant is expected to conduct a comprehensive study to examine the legal framework, identify trends, procedures and practices followed in the appointment and dismissal of members of independent bodies between 2008-2016. The study should also make recommendations for policy and procedural reform of existing practices and legal framework.

4. Responsibilities of the consultant
The Consultant will be expected to work closely with the Senior Project Coordinator for this project to:
1. Undertake a desk review of existing literature pertaining to oversight bodies in the Maldives.
2. Provide a methodology for the review.
3. Arrange necessary meetings and conduct interviews with relevant stakeholders.
4. Compile data and information on the appointment and dismissal of members of independent bodies between 2008-2016.
5. Write the final report.

5. Deliverables
1. Submit a timeline for the deliverables, not exceeding 4 weeks.
2. Detailed document with proposed methodology, together with a list of members of oversight bodies from 2008 to 2016.
3. Report on the appointment and dismissal of members of independent bodies from 2008-2016, with key findings on trends, procedures and practices followed, together with recommendations for policy and procedural reform based on best practices.
4. Conduct a validation workshop with relevant stakeholders.
5. Presentation of key findings, trends and recommendations based on best practices.

6. Duration of the Assignment: Four (4) weeks, with expected start date at the beginning of September 2016. 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 at TM throughout the assignment.

8. Required Competencies
1. Master’s degree in a social sciences related field.
2. Proven expertise in political-institutional analysis with particularly strong knowledge of the country’s anti-corruption regime.
3. Familiarity with transparency, accountability and anti-corruption discourse.
4. Ability to research, analyse and synthesise information.
5. Familiarity with quantitative and qualitative survey methodologies
6. Ability to clearly and concisely express ideas and concepts in written and oral form.
7. Knowledge of corruption-related issues in the Maldivian context.
8. Excellent spoken and written English and Dhivehi.
9. Excellent ability to set priorities and manage time.

Closing date for applications: Before 0400pm Wednesday, 7th September 2016.

Application and selection procedures: Interested applicants should submit an email to Shifza Omar (shifu@transparencymaldives.org). The subject line must read “Research Consultancy”. The content of the application should not be longer than 5 pages and must include the following:
1. A summary of relevant experience (attach a brief CV, providing evidence that you are qualified to undertake this assignment).
2. At least two examples of similar assignments that you have undertaken, preferably in the Maldives, over the past 5 years.
3. Proposed Charges (including estimates of consulting days and expenses)
4. Two relevant references.
5. Demonstrated fluency in English and Dhivehi.

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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Transparency Maldives is seeking a Legal Consultant to draft a Whistleblower Protection bill for the Maldives.

Position title: Legal Consultant on Whistleblower Protection
Expected period of commitment: 2 months
Application deadline: 25th August 2016
Location: Male’, Maldives

View/download the Terms of Reference.

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.

2. Position Summary
Transparency Maldives is seeking a Legal Consultant to draft a Whistleblower Protection bill for the Maldives. The consultant will draft a position paper, conduct stakeholder consultation meetings, meet with the media, conduct consultation meetings with the Attorney General’s Office, the Anti-Corruption Commission and members of Parliament, and draft a Whistleblower Protection bill.
The Consultant will be based in Malé.

3. Responsibilities of the consultant
The Consultant will be responsible for:
• Producing a review paper for TM addressing the challenges and gaps in the current legal framework, incorporating international best practices and recommendations.
• Conducting stakeholder meetings to identify challenges under the existing legal framework.
• Conducting consultation work for the draft Bill, including meetings with the Attorney General’s Office, the Anti-Corruption Commission, members of Parliament and other stakeholders.
• Drafting a Whistleblower Protection Bill in line with international best practices.

4. Duration of the Assignment
Two (2) months, with expected start date at the beginning of September 2016. The consultant is expected to be based in Malé, Maldives for the duration of the assignment.

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

6. Qualifications and competencies

a) Minimum of a master’s degree or equivalent in law, public policy, politics, human rights, or a related field demonstrably relevant to the position.
b) Experience in law review, legal research and writing, in line with international best practices.
c) Familiarity with development approaches in developing countries.
d) Demonstrate excellent facilitation skills for consultations.
e) Excellent Dhivehi and English writing and communication skills.
f) Excellent analytical skills.

Closing date for applications: Before 0400pm Thursday, 25th August 2016.

Application and selection procedures
Interested applicants should submit an email to Ahid Rasheed (ahid.rasheed@transparencymaldives.org). The subject line must read “Legal 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, preferably in the Maldives, over the past 5 years.
• Proposed Charges
• 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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TM is seeking the services of a research consultant to review and produce a report on the appointment and dismissal of members of the oversight bodies in the Maldives.

Position title: Research Consultant
Research title: Review on the Appointment and Dismissal of Members of Oversight Bodies
Expected period of commitment: 04 Weeks
Application deadline: 24th August 2016
Location: Male’, Maldives

View/download the Terms of Reference.

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.

2. 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 were also mandated such as the Elections Commission, Anti-Corruption Commission, Judicial Service Commission and the Human Rights Commission. These institutions are vital links between citizens and the state and act as grievance mechanisms for the public. Further, a strong oversight mechanism is a powerful asset in the fight against corruption, and to increase accountability of the state. When oversight bodies are independent of the government, they are empowered platforms for advocacy and to maintain a proper check and balance within the pillars of democracy.
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 oversee these bodies.

3. Purpose of the Assignment
TM is seeking the services of a research consultant to review and produce a report on the appointment and dismissal of members of the oversight bodies in the Maldives.
The consultant is expected to conduct a comprehensive study to examine the legal framework, identify trends, procedures and practices followed in the appointment and dismissal of members of independent bodies between 2008-2016. The study should also make recommendations for policy and procedural reform of existing practices and legal framework.

4. Responsibilities of the consultant
The Consultant will be expected to work closely with the Senior Project Coordinator for this project to:
1. Undertake a desk review of existing literature pertaining to oversight bodies in the Maldives.
2. Provide a methodology for the review.
3. Arrange necessary meetings and conduct interviews with relevant stakeholders.
4. Compile data and information on the appointment and dismissal of members of independent bodies between 2008-2016.
5. Write the final report.

5. Deliverables
1. Submit a timeline for the deliverables, not exceeding 4 weeks.
2. Detailed document with proposed methodology, together with a list of members of oversight bodies from 2008 to 2016.
3. Report on the appointment and dismissal of members of independent bodies from 2008-2016, with key findings on trends, procedures and practices followed, together with recommendations for policy and procedural reform based on best practices.
4. Conduct a validation workshop with relevant stakeholders.
5. Presentation of key findings, trends and recommendations based on best practices.

6. Duration of the Assignment: Four (4) weeks, with expected start date at the beginning of September 2016. 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 at TM throughout the assignment.

8. Required Competencies
1. Master’s degree in a social sciences related field.
2. Proven expertise in political-institutional analysis with particularly strong knowledge of the country’s anti-corruption regime.
3. Familiarity with transparency, accountability and anti-corruption discourse.
4. Ability to research, analyse and synthesise information.
5. Familiarity with quantitative and qualitative survey methodologies
6. Ability to clearly and concisely express ideas and concepts in written and oral form.
7. Knowledge of corruption-related issues in the Maldivian context.
8. Excellent spoken and written English and Dhivehi.
9. Excellent ability to set priorities and manage time.

Closing date for applications: Before 0400pm Wednesday, 24th August 2016.

Application and selection procedures: Interested applicants should submit an email to Shifza Omar (shifu@transparencymaldives.org). The subject line must read “Research Consultancy”. The content of the application should not be longer than 5 pages and must include the following:
1. A summary of relevant experience (attach a brief CV, providing evidence that you are qualified to undertake this assignment).
2. At least two examples of similar assignments that you have undertaken, preferably in the Maldives, over the past 5 years.
3. Proposed Charges (including estimates of consulting days and expenses)
4. Two relevant references.
5. Demonstrated fluency in English and Dhivehi.

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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PRESS RELEASE – August 09, 2016

Transparency Maldives (TM) strongly condemns the passing of the Anti Defamation and Freedom of Expression Act without addressing the serious concerns raised and amendments suggested by media organisations, Maldives Media Council, journalists, political parties, civil society organisations, and international actors. The new provisions that were included in the Act were not opened for public review and restricts freedom of expression even further.

The new Anti Defamation Act now compels journalists to reveal their sources to prove the veracity of their published articles, news reports or comments. Article 18(c) of the Act clearly contravenes Article 28 of the Constitution that offers complete protection to journalists from having to reveal their sources under any circumstance. TM notes that the Constitution proactively refrains from including any enabling provisions which may curtail that right.

Article 33(a) of the Act allows for media licenses to be cancelled in addition to the criminal liability faced by specific journalists. Similarly, Article 36 gives way to disrupt the functioning of any particular media during a live event and compels the determination of the broadcast content by almost anyone. TM believes these provisions greatly hinder the functioning of an independent media devoid of intimidation and fear as guaranteed by Article 28 of the Constitution.

Furthermore, while people should be protected from false and harmful accusations, the Act is less about providing redress for victims of defamation. Defamation laws should also be free from manipulation by public authorities and officials, and it should not act as a means to curtail any provisions of the rights prescribed in the Constitution and the International Bill of Rights.

TM calls on the President of the Maldives to consider concerns raised by various actors before ratifying this Act. TM also call on the public to persevere in their fight for freedom of expression as enshrined in Article 27 of the Constitution. Freedom of expression, like all human rights, is not one that is given but rather one that cannot be taken away.

ENDS

View/download the press statement in English and Dhivehi

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PRESS RELEASE – August 02, 2016

Transparency Maldives (TM) calls on the Parliament of the Maldives to immediately reconsider the proposed bill criminalising defamation. At a time when fundamental civil and political liberties are under stringent restrictions of the State, the proposed defamation bill will be a further step back for press freedom and freedom of speech in the Maldives.

While recognising that a defamation law is required to protect people’s reputation, defamation must not be treated as a criminal matter but as a civil matter. Criminalising defamation will restrict freedom of expression as enshrined in Article 27 of the Constitution of Maldives.

Similarly, UN Human Rights committee, (UNHRCm), considers the criminalisation of libel to be a violation of freedom of expression and to be inconsistent with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Following concerns raised by journalists, civil society organizations, political parties and international actors on the initial draft, there was a glimmer of hope that this bill would be substantially revised in line with the Constitution of the Maldives and international best practice. Instead, a revised defamation bill has been tabled which does not address the concerns raised by journalists and human rights advocates in the country. Similarly, concerns raised by the Maldives Media Council were also disregarded.

Anyone convicted under the proposed Law could be fined between MVR 50,000 to MVR 2 million and if unable to pay the fine, face a jail term of 3 to 6 months.

While many democratic countries do have defamation laws, it is important to note that such countries also have mechanisms and conditions set to promote and protect free speech. However, in the Maldives free speech is in decline and the State has consistently failed to protect freedom of speech.

This bill is yet another attempt to stifle freedom of expression and dissenting voice in the Maldives. This proposed law will severely restrict media freedoms and the people’s ability to hold the Government to account.

Transparency Maldives calls on the Parliament to reconsider criminalising defamation and substantially review the proposed law so that it is in line with accepted international standards and the Constitution of the Maldives.

ENDS

View/download the press release in English and Dhivehi.

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With the rapid development of the tourism and fisheries sectors, the Maldives has enjoyed a long period of robust economic growth. The average rate for real GDP increase between 2000 and 2009 has been 6%, which is one of the highest in Asia. Multiple developmental projects, categorized as climate mitigation and adaptation projects, are announced each year from harbour construction and land reclamation to housing, water and sanitation.

However, this development comes at a cost. This governance update will highlight the issues and costs of undertaking developmental projects without long term considerations of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

As Margareta Wahlstrom, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction stated, “Climate change is treated as a disaster but it is a very fundamental development issue.”

The majority of the aforementioned projects are in the form of loans and grants from various international donors and organizations, worth millions of dollars, to aid the country in its efforts to combat the negative effects of climate change.

We will also be touching upon the importance of community consultation and participation when implementing developmental projects and the negative consequences of failing to do so.

Read our governance update here: Climate Finance Governance Update May 2016