The 2018 Presidential Elections saw the election of a new government. The new coalition government envision a peaceful Maldives where families and friends can live freely and enjoy their rights, privileges and safety. The vision according to the coalition manifesto can be achieved by guaranteeing fair and equal rights and justice for all, irrespective of their gender, age, social stature and political views. Injustices need to be identified and actions need to be taken to resolve these injustices, be it laws that discriminate against certain groups of the community or processes that delay access to justice. And to ensure this vision comes true, they have pledged to review the legislative framework and initiate justice sector reform in the Maldives. These pledges have paved way to initiate constructive long-term efforts to strengthen the legislative framework in the Maldives contributing to democratic governance in the Maldives.
UNDP has been a key partner in the justice sector reform efforts of successive Governments over the years. Its technical assistance goes back as far as 2004, when UNDP assisted with the drafting of the new Penal Code. In the last five years to ensure sustainable reforms to the justice system, UNDP supported the rollout of the new Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code (CRPC) upon ratification through the Legal Sector Resource Centre (LSRC) based at the Attorney General’s Office (AGO). The LSRC, through technical expertise of International Consultants, conducted training for the key justice sector personnel and created awareness in the community to ensure smooth implementation of these key pieces of legislations.
While key milestones have been achieved, however, important challenges remain in strengthening the legislative framework. A civil procedure code is key as it sets out and harmonizes the rules and standards that courts follow when adjudicating civil law suits guaranteeing fair and equal justice for all. There are regulations followed within the courts on civil law cases, yet there is no consolidated civil procedure code in the Maldives. Therefore, leading to inconsistency in the application of procedural rules. It is envisioned, that through the formulation and enactment of this legislation citizens will be guaranteed their right to a fair and equal trial.
In view of the existing challenges and needs, UNDP under its Integrated Governance Programme (IGP) in partnership with the AGO is seeking the support of an international consultant to develop a comprehensive civil procedure code.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance of the AGO and UNDP, the consultant will lead the process of drafting a comprehensive civil procedure code. The tasks to be undertaken by the consultant under the Terms of Reference include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following;
Home Based (10 days):
In Country (47 days):
Home Based (7 days):
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
All reports shall be submitted as stipulated below and all reports will be submitted as drafts and upon review by the UNDP and the AGO, the consultant shall revise the draft report. Once, the revised reports are accepted by the AGO and the UNDP, they will be termed as final reports by the consultancy.
The consultant will be responsible for the following deliverables;
The following table shows an indication of the duration for the deliverables;
The consultancy is expected to start in last-week of May 2019.
The consultant is expected to work with the AGO. The consultant will be accountable to the Project Coordinator of Result Area 2, IGP, for each deliverable as stipulated in the proposal. Fortnightly meetings will be held with ARR and Programme Analyst of IGP and AGO focal point. A briefing and debriefing meeting will be organized with UNDP senior management at the beginning and end of assignment.
Duty Station: Home-based, Maldives
Required Skills and Experience
Interested individuals must submit the following as proposals in order to demonstrate their qualifications.
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|Closing date:||May 25, 2019|