Announcement: RTI Regulation review consultant

Transparency Maldives is looking for a motivated and driven individual for the position of RTI Regulation review consultant.

Position title: Consultant
Expected period of commitment: 25 days
Application deadline: 27 May 2015
Location: Male’, Maldives

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1. Organization Background
Transparency Maldives (TM) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that endeavours 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.

Under TMs “Promoting transparency and accountability through right to information” project funded by the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit, TM aims to undertake further advocacy, training and lobbying to support the successful implementation of the Right to Information Act.

2. Background to the assignment.
One of the key areas of TM’s work is focused on promoting access to information for increased transparency and accountability in order to build public confidence in institutions and pillars of the state. We work to empower people to utilize access to information as a tool to eliminate corruption in day-to-day life by creating a strong access to information regime. In the past, TM has worked under different projects, advocating for a best practice Right to Information (RTI) Act that was passed in December 2013 and ratified in January 2014, and training stakeholders across the country to increase awareness on the processes for implementing the legislation. Building on this, TM plans to review and provide recommendations on the new RTI Regulation.

3. Deliverables

  • A 5-page inception report highlighting the methodology and review materials including all reference and research Regulations, Guidelines, any other documents, identified stakeholders and a timeline of activities within 7 days of signing the agreement.
  • A draft report of the consultation outcomes identifying key issues highlighted during the consultation meetings.
  • A final report of the review assessment and proposed recommendations on the Maldives RTI Regulation.
  • A final draft of a revised RTI Regulation.

4. Duration of the Assignment: 25 days, with expected start date in 27 May 2015. The consultant is expected to be in Malé, Maldives for the duration of the assignment.

5. Competencies

  • Bachelor’s degree in Law, preferably with a Postgraduate/Master’s qualification.
  • Ability to research, analyze and synthesize policies and regulations
  • Ability to clearly and concisely express ideas and concepts in written and oral form.
  • Excellent spoken and written English and Dhivehi.
  • Excellent translation skills from Dhivehi to English and vice versa.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to set priorities and manage time.
  • Experience in legal drafting.

6. Application and selection procedures:
Closing date for applications: Before 4:00pm, May 27, 2015.
Interested applicants are kindly requested to submit a CV, Expression of Interest stating why the applicant is suitable for the position, the timeframe, fee, and names of two referees to Executive Director, Mariyam Shiuna at [email protected]. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. If you are short-listed you will be notified by either phone or email.

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