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International Consultant to Develop Minimum Standards for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Law Programs in the Maldives
|Location :||Male', MALDIVES|
|Application Deadline :||27-Jan-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||70 working days|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
The long-awaited Legal Professions Bill (Law no: 5/2019) was enacted in June 2019 creating an independent Bar Council for the first time to regulate the legal field. The Act mandates the Bar Council to draft legislations to regulate all matters relating to the operations and services of lawyers in the country, issuing of legal licenses, improving the quality of law education, providing additional training to lawyers, regulating lawyers, investigating and taking necessary disciplinary action against lawyers, ensuring the public has access to legal aid and representation and endeavor to develop the legal field in Maldives.
Among the many responsibilities of the council, reviewing the curriculum of legal education taught in the Maldives and standardizing it has been identified as key by the council and the law fraternity. Currently, there are approximately 1700 registered lawyers in the Maldives. Majority of the practicing lawyers obtained legal education from programmes offered in the Maldives, and strengthening legal education is key to improving the quality of the legal and justice sector institutions and the services delivered by them. In this context, Bar Council of the Maldives, with support from the UNDP Maldives, commenced the task of reviewing and establishing minimum standards for legal education at the end of 2019. All the bachelor of laws programs offered at the Maldives law schools were reviewed and a minimum standard for legal education for all bachelor of law degree programs were adopted by the Bar Council in March 2020. The proposed intervention is a continuation of the former exercise and will build on the previous report, to develop minimum standards for other levels of programs offered at the law schools, other than the bachelors level program. This will include all undergraduate and post-graduate programs to be offered at the law schools.
In view of the above, UNDP under its Integrated Governance Programme (IGP) with the Bar Council of Maldives is seeking the support of an international consultant to review the existing undergraduate and post-graduate law programs (with the exception of the bachelor’s level law degree) and develop minimum standards for these programmes.
 UNDP 2015, Legal and Justice Sector Baseline Study 2014
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance of the Bar Council and UNDP, the consultant will lead the process of reviewing the legal education curriculums in use in the Maldives, for the below mentioned levels of education;
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):
Home Based (10 days):
Home Based (50 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 Bar Council, the consultant shall revise the draft report. Once, the revised reports are accepted by the Bar Council 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 consultant is expected to work with the Bar Council. 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 the Bar Council focal point. 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 11 weeks (70 days) and is expected to start in February 2021. 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
 MNQF – Maldives National Qualification Framework Qualification Level
Required Skills and Experience
Interested individuals must submit the following as proposals in order to demonstrate their qualifications.
Note: Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into one single file.