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TERMS OF REFERENCE 

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: 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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TERMS OF REFERENCE

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: 17th 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 Thursday, 17th 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.

 

 

 

An information session will be held on Sunday, 13th August 2017 @3:00 pm

 

Venue:

Transparency Maldives

G. Liverpool North Shabnam Magu (road opposite the mosque in front of Galolhu Stadium)

Phone: 330 4017

 

RSVP

please email Ali Shareef (ali.shareef@transparencymaldives.org) with the subject “Info Session”

 

 

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TERMS OF REFERENCE 

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: 15th 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.

8. Required Competencies

  • Master’s degree in a social science or related field, political science or public policy will be an advantage
  • Proven expertise in political-institutional analysis with particularly strong knowledge of local governance and decentralization.
  • Familiarity with concepts of good governance including transparency, accountability, and anti-corruption.
  • Familiarity with quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
  • Ability to research, analyze and synthesize information for a non-technical audience.
  • Proven ability to clearly and concisely express ideas and concepts in written and oral form.
  • Excellent spoken and written English, knowledge of Dhivehi will be an advantage
  • 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 Tuesday, 15th August 2016.

Application and selection procedures: Interested applicants should submit an email to Ali Shareef (alishareef@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.

 

 

 

An information session will be held on Sunday, 6th August 2017 @3:00 pm

 

Venue:

Transparency Maldives

G. Liverpool North Shabnam Magu (road opposite the mosque in front of Galolhu Stadium)

Phone: 330 4017

RSVP

please email Ali Shareef (ali.shareef@transparencymaldives.org) with the subject “Info Session”

 

 

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TERMS OF REFERENCE
Editor for the Maldives Adaptation Finance Governance Standards study

Position title: Editor
Expected period of commitment: 12 working days
Number of pages: Approximately 55 pages
Application deadline: 14:00, 23rd July 2017

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 Adaptation 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 with 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

The aim of this assignment is to ensure the quality of the publication and TM is seeking the services of an editor to edit the complete draft report on Climate Adaptation Finance Governance Standards in the Maldives.

4. Deliverables

The Editor will be expected to work closely with the Senior Project Coordinator for this project to produce a thoroughly content edited draft of the Maldives Adaptation Finance Governance Standards study to a satisfactory quality. In addition to correcting syntactical errors, the Editor is also expected to rephrase where necessary to ensure narrative consistency clarity of prose and continuity of argument.

Timeline: The editor is expected to complete the work within 12 working days of commencing work.
Reporting procedure: The editor will report to Senior Project Coordinator of the Climate Integrity Project, Shaziya Ali (shaziya.ali@transparencymaldives.org) for any inquiries.

Note: Maximum no of pages to be edited: 55
5. Required Competencies

Minimum bachelors degree in in English or related field
Minimum 3 years experience in work involving writing and editing
Excellent command of the English Language
Ability to effectively grasp and incorporate comments from multiple authors to fit a defined publication style and format Climate Adaptation Finance Governance Standards in the Maldives.

6. Closing date for applications: Before 14.00, Monday, 23 July 2017

7. Application and selection procedures: Interested applicants should submit an email to Shaziya Ali (shaziya.ali@transparencymaldives.org).

The subject line must read “AGS study 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/examples of similar assignments that you have undertaken (two to three), preferably in the Maldives, over the past 3-5 years.
Proposed fees

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

The contract will be awarded on a fixed cost basis. The application should state the rate (in MVR) for per page. 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 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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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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