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Maldives: Individual Consultant (International)

Deadline for application: 
15 May 2019
UN Children's Fund
Job type: 

Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Maldives
Closing date: 15 May 2019

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

ADVERT - International Consultant for Strengthening Capacity Maldives Judicial Academy to Deliver In-service Programmes.

Background & Purpose:

The Maldives Judicial Academy created on 31st August 2015 is a functionally autonomous and separate institution within the Maldives Judiciary and under the Supreme Court of the Maldives. The key objectives of Maldives Judicial Academy is to:

  • Promoting legal and judicial knowledge in the Maldives, helping to strengthen local institutions of legal education, and taking necessary measures to help judges, members of the Maldives Bar, and staff of the Maldives Judiciary achieve academic excellence;
  • Enhancing legal and judicial knowledge, academic capacity, and professional skills of judges, members of the Maldives Bar, and staff of the Maldives Judiciary;
  • Forging and strengthening ties with Judicial Academies and similar institutions in other countries and operating at international level and working in cooperation and collaboration with those institutions to conduct judicial and legal training and research.

The MJA Regulation calls upon the Academy to:

  • Conduct various types of continuing education and legal training courses and programs
  • Publish journals, research papers, special reports, and other forms academic works on legal and judicial issues and topics; and
  • Provide the staff of the Judiciary with higher education opportunities this includes sponsoring prospective or current students of higher education programs under agreements of service bond, in accordance with the requirements of the Judiciary TNA.
  • Work in cooperation with the law schools of the Maldives and provide them with necessary assistance and guidance, in order to enhance legal and judicial education in the Maldives;
  • Work with national and international academic bodies and institutions in conducting legal and judicial research, with the view to develop the legal profession and the Judiciary.

Programs offered by the MJA are expected to be designed and conducted in such a way as to enhance the legal and judicial knowledge and skills of the participants that would contribute to the Maldives Judiciary's work in upholding the rule of law in accord with the doctrines and principles set out by the Constitution of the Republic of Maldives, our laws, and best practices adopted and upheld by modern justice systems throughout the world. AS such, the programs offered at MJA are divided into five categories. With an aim to revise if and necessary, programmes falling into the following categories are currently offered:

  • Structure of the Judicial System and Some Key Principles
  • Adjudication, Procedures and Judgment
  • Judicial Management, Bench Skills and Courtroom Issues
  • Substantive Law, Jurisprudence, and Language for Law
  • Judicial Administration and Other Issues

Justification for consultancy:

The Maldives Judicial Academy requires external technical expertise to review the existing programmes, the structure and the staffing at the academy. The review should include Identifying the gaps and needs for its effective functioning and suggest other additional programme areas. Furthermore, assist MJA to draft in-service programmes to orient magistrates to harmonise practices among different atolls and Male'.

The main objectives of the proposed consultancy:

With an aim of strengthening the capacity of the Maldives Judicial Academy, the consultant will (i) review current programmes and practices (ii) review the structure of the academy, (iii) propose areas for in-service programme for magistrates, and (iv) develop in-service programme for magistrates to harmonise practices across the atolls and Male'

What is the basic project objective to which the consultancy is related

Capacity at national, regional (atoll) and community (island) levels strengthened to prevent and respond to cases of violence against children, juvenile crimes and drug abuse.

Duty station: Male, Maldives

Travel: Travel to the field to assess current capacity and practices

Supervisor: Programme Specialist, UNICEF MCO together with the MJA

Major tasks to be accomplished:

  • Review the existing structure and programmes to improve the organizational staffing structure and streamlining the programmes
  • Conduct a quick training needs assessment for harmonizing practices
  • Develop an in-service training plan for magistrates.
  • Draft a training programme to harmonise practices across the atolls and Male'

Deliverables / End product


  • In consultation with the MJA, and Department of Judicial Administration review the existing structure and programmes, for strengthening the staffing structure and streamlining the programmes.
  • In consultation from magistrates and judges selected from different regions and Male' conduct a training needs assessment, to identify the capacity gaps for harmonizing practices
  • Develop an in-service training plan for magistrates covering immediate, short term and long term to further strengthening their capacity and harmonizing the practices
  • Draft a training programme to cover the immediate training needs and harmonise practices across the atolls and Male'. It should also include session plans and guidelines for trainers.
  • Final Consultancy Report, covering the work undertaken and a way forward for future development of the sector.


  • Review Report covering staffing structure, programmes and findings from the needs assessment
  • Draft in-service training plan
  • Training module with session plan and guidance notes
  • Consultancy report with way forward and recommendation for future development

Soft and hard copies to be submitted to UNICEF and MJA. Payments will be disbursed against acceptance of products, and against accepted deliverables and on acknowledgement of the receipt of the deliverables.

Estimated duration of contract and deadline for submission of end-product

The total consultancy is estimated to be around 27 working days and will be based in Maldives (at Juvenile Justice Unit)

Qualifications or specialized knowledge and/or experience required

Following qualifications and /or specializations are necessary to be selected to the consultancy.

Academic qualifications:

  • A Masters Degree in Law

Knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Minimum 7 years of work experience
  • Supervision of legal professionals will be an added advantage.
  • Past experience in working on issues related to violence against children and children in conflict with the law
  • Practical experience in development of guidelines, assessment tools and training outlines - especially related to professional standards for those working with children as victims, witnesses and offenders.
  • Experience in conducting participatory workshops and facilitation skills.

Personal competencies:

  • Ability to keep to tight timelines.
  • Strong drive for results.
  • Highly developed communication, networking and interpersonal relations
  • Working with teams of diverse capacities.

Language competencies:

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English

Deadline for applications: 15th May 2019, 06:00 pm (West Asia Standard Time)

Application Link:https://secure.dc7.pageuppeople.com/apply/671/gateway/Default.aspx?c=app...


All applications must be submitted through the online link provided above.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

How to apply:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=521873


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