The Maldives Study on Women’s Health and Life Experiences revealed that 1 in 8 women between ages of 15-49 (12.2%) had experienced sexual abuse before the age of 15 years. The study also revealed that only a few women and girls who have experienced sexual abuse, reported it and even lesser sought to seek justice. Many reasons were cited by the respondents for not reporting and seeking justice. The most frequently cited reason was the loss of trust and confidence in the justice sector. The ratification of the Sexual Offences Act in 2014 was a significant milestone towards strengthening the response to sexual offences in the Maldives. The act through its special measures have further strengthened the legal framework for combating and preventing sexual offences through not only enabling confidentiality, safety and protection to victims, but also ensure accountability of perpetrators.
The Sexual Offences Act clearly establishes the roles and responsibilities of the duty bearers from across various sectors in the country. State agencies have been designated to create public awareness on issues of sexual offences and provide the required services to the victims of such violence. Similarly, the Act, mandates the Justice Sector, to put in place measures to be followed when attending to cases of sexual offences during investigation, prosecution and trial stages. In this regard, Section 66 of the Sexual Offences Act, requires the courts to lay down special set of regulations to guarantee and safeguard the rights of victims of sexual violence.
The Department of Judicial Administration (DJA) mandated to organize, implement and oversee all administrative matters of the Judiciary is working to ensure the proper and effective implementation of the Sexual Offences Act in the Judiciary through formulation of regulations, guidelines, sensitization and training.
UNDP has been supporting efforts to strengthen justice sector responses to various newly enacted legislations over the years to ensure access to justice for all. In this regard, training and capacity building programmes have been conducted for justice sector stakeholders on domestic violence and sexual gender-based violence. In view of the existing needs, UNDP under its Integrated Governance Programme (IGP) with the Department of Judicial Administration is seeking the support of a local consultant to draft the regulations of the judiciary under the Sexual Offences Act.
 Ministry of Gender and Family, 2007, Maldives Study on Women’s Health and Life Experiences
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance of DJA and UNDP, the consultant will draft the judicial regulations under the Sexual Offences Act. The tasks to be undertaken by the consultant under the Terms of Reference include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following;
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
All documents shall be submitted as stipulated below and all documents will be submitted as drafts and upon review by the UNDP. DJA, the consultant shall revise the draft documents. Once, the revised reports are accepted by DJA and UNDP, they will be termed as final documents for the consultancy.
The consultant will be responsible for the following deliverables;
The following table shows an indication of the duration for the deliverables;
Estimated Duration to Complete
Final inception report
Draft regulation (including consultations)
Final Consultation meeting and final draft of the regulation
38 working days
The consultant is expected to work with the technical committee established for the consultancy which includes staff from DJA and UNDP. The consultant will be accountable to the Programme Officer of IGP, for each deliverable as stipulated in the proposal. Fortnightly meetings will be held with the ARR and DJA. A briefing and debriefing meeting will be organized with UNDP senior management at the beginning and end of assignment.
Duration of the Work
This assignment will approximately take 9 weeks and is expected to start early-July. The consultant should come up with a clear timeline while submitting the proposal taking into consideration the estimated time durations for each deliverable as stipulated above.
Duty Station: Home-based
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
- Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UN/UNDP;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
- Ability to conduct research and analysis and strong synthesis skills
- Builds strong relationships with stakeholders, focuses on impact and result for the stakeholders and responds positively to critical feedback; consensus-oriented
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
- Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
- Regional and National Knowledge is highly desirable
- Ability to write reports particularly for International Funded project
- Demonstrates ability to manage complexities and work under pressure, as well as conflict resolution
Required Skills and Experience
- A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Law
- A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in the justice sector
- A minimum of 5 years of experience in development of legal frameworks, regulations etc for justice sector institutions
- Experience in developing roadmaps/plans is desirable
- Experience in facilitation of public consultations is desirable
- Familiarity with concepts on sexual violence, sexual gender-based violence and past experience working on gender equality and human rights is desirable
- Fluency in written and spoken English and Dhivehi is required
Interested individuals must submit the following as proposals in order to demonstrate their qualifications:
- A letter indicating why the candidate considers himself/herself suitable for the required consultancy
- Submission of an updated detailed Personal CV or P11 form which can be downloaded from http://sas.undp.org/documents/p11_personal_history_form.doc. The CV must capture all past experience from similar projects.
- Previous similar works undertaken by the consultant
- At least two references from recent previous jobs and three references contact details including phone number and email
- Financial proposal indicating Daily consultancy fee in Maldivian Rufiyaa.
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