Announcement : Local Legal Consultant on Freedom of Association

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

individuals/parties for technical assistance to lead its Association Act work under its 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 a legal consultant to draft a revised Associations Act of the Maldives. The consultant

will review the existing Associations Act 2003 and 2013 draft Law on Associations, draft a position paper, conduct

stakeholder consultation meetings, meet with the media, work alongside the international experts in the conduct and

facilitation of the multi-stakeholder symposium, conduct advocacy meetings with the Attorney General (AG) and

members of Parliament, along with the international experts, and draft a revised Associations Act.

At the symposium, legal consultant will be working with international experts who will 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 consultant will be based in Malé.

Duration of the Assignment

The legal consultant is expected to start the assignment on 20th of May 2014 and deliver the final deliverable (the final

draft of the Associations Act) by 24th August 2014.

Closing date for applications: Saturday, 17th May 2014

Duration of Contract: 20th May 2014 – 31st August 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.