Announcement : International Expert on Freedom of Association

Transparency Maldives (TM), supported by the International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES), is seeking three

(3) qualified international experts for technical assistance on its Association Act work under the Civic Participation

Project (CPP).

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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. Our organization seeks to engage with

stakeholders from all sectors (government, business, politics and civil society, among others) to raise awareness of

corruption’s detrimental effects on development and society, improve transparency and accountability in governance,

and to eliminate corruption from the daily lives of people. Transparency Maldives received formal government

registration in 2007, and is the national contact of Transparency International (TI) in the Maldives.

Project Summary


The objective of the CPP project is to increase political and civic participation, promote the democratic transition

through improved transparency and good governance in the Maldives, and support the consolidation of democratic

practices and norms in Maldives through national and local civil society organizations.

The project strategy is to focus on building knowledge and capacity in civil society organizations and Community Based

Organizations (CBOs) among a wide variety of stakeholders, and to improve the governance, transparency and

functioning of CBOs by addressing the systemic issues in the Associations Act and its regulatory framework.

Position Summary

Transparency Maldives is seeking three (3) international experts to contribute to the revision of the Associations Act of

the Maldives. The experts will review the existing Associations Act 2003 and 2013 draft Law on Associations, prepare a

diagnostic paper, conduct stakeholder consultation meetings, meet with the media, conduct and facilitate a multi-

stakeholder symposium, conduct advocacy meetings with the Attorney General (AG) and members of Parliament, and

provide technical guidance to the local legal consultant in drafting a revised Associations Act and comment on the

drafts at its various stages.

For the symposium, experts will be expected to bring in their expertise from one of the following key areas of focus: (1)

significance of freedom of association as a basic human right, (2) international best practices for an associations act

with recommendations for reform of the 2003 Associations Act of the Maldives, and (3) the importance of good

governance in the civil society sector.

The experts will work home based for the most part and will be based in Malé, Maldives from 8-12 June 2014 only.

Accommodation, per diem, and airfare for the experts will be provided for.

Duration of the Assignment

The international experts are expected to start the assignment on 20th of May 2014. Experts will be in Malé, Maldives
from 8-12th June, 2014 to conduct the symposium. Thereafter, the experts will comment to the new draft Association
Act at various stages until the middle of August.

Closing date for applications: Saturday, 17th May 2014

Application and selection procedures: Email a letter stating clearly why you are suitable for the post, recent
curriculum vitae and names of two referees addressed to Ms. Mariyam Shiuna, Executive Director, to
[email protected]. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. If you are
short-listed you will be notified by either phone or email by Monday, 19th May 2014.