Legal and Judicial Experts (Maldives) – Multiple Positions

  • Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 11 December 2020

Job Description

ABA ROLI is seeking local or international consultants (paid or pro bono) to serve as legal and/or judicial experts for programs in the Maldives. Consultants should have expertise in one or more of the following topics:

· Access to justice

· Admission to the legal profession/Bar Examinations

· Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and mediation, including administration of court-annexed ADR programs

· Anti-corruption investigations, including management of investigative bodies

· Bar association development

· Civic education and legal awareness raising

· Continuing legal education

· Court administration and management

· Court personnel education and training

· Judicial education and training

· Judicial ethics

· Judicial reform

· Judicial transparency and accountability

· Legal aid and pro bono legal services – civil and/or criminal

· Legal profession ethics and discipline

· Legislative drafting

· Maldivian legal system (open to Maldivian lawyers only)

· Trial monitoring

The positions may be remote, Maldives-based, or a combination of both. Positions based in the Maldives will vary from short trips (approximately one week) to long-term stays of up to six months. Pro bono experts are preferred for long-term stays. Both pro bono and paid experts who travel will receive accommodations, a flat daily rate to cover meals and incidental expenses, and other benefits.

For consultants not currently based in the Maldives, travel will be permitted only when public health authorities advise that travel is safe.

Multiple positions will available and will be filled on a rolling basis. Applicants’ resumes will be kept on file for future opportunities.


Working with Maldivian counterparts and ABA ROLI, the consultants’ roles may include the following:

· Conducting research and writing memoranda advising Maldivian institutions on relevant standards or good practices

· Leading trainings, workshops, or meetings with Maldivian counterparts

· Drafting guides, manuals, or other materials

· Developing institutional systems, processes, or procedures

· Working embedded within a Maldivian institution or agency

· Other responsibilities as assigned


· University degree in a relevant field; graduate degree preferred

· Minimum of 10 years’ relevant experience

· Flexibility to work outside of normal business hours

· Highly organized, with ability to multi-task and remain calm under time pressure

· Prior experience working in a multi-cultural environment

· Demonstrated ability to work effectively individually and as a team

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English

· Ability to use discretion when working with confidential documents and information

· Interest in and commitment to the rule of law


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV to In your cover letter, please indicate your area(s) of expertise and your expected daily, weekly, or monthly rate in the cover letter and/or indicate whether you would be interested in a pro bono position. Do not include the cost of travel, meals and incidental expenses, or accommodations in your rate. Both individuals and law firms, academic, or other organizations are welcome to apply. If an organization is applying, please submit the CVs of all individuals who would work on the consultancy.

About the Organization

The Rule of Law Initiative is a public service project of the American Bar Association dedicated to promoting legal reform efforts in over 40 countries around the world. The Rule of Law Initiative believes that rule of law promotion is the most effective long-term antidote to the most pressing problems facing the world community today, including poverty, economic stagnation, and crippling levels of corruption. The Rule of Law Initiative concentrates its technical legal assistance efforts in the following substantive areas: 1) Anti-corruption & public integrity; 2) Criminal law & combating trafficking in persons; 3) Gender issues; 4) Human rights & conflict mitigation; 5) Judicial reform; 6) Legal education reform; and 7) Legal profession reform. The Rule of Law Initiative enlists talented individuals who possess the skills and commitment necessary to effectively promote the rule of law in our host countries. We regularly seek experienced attorneys, judges, and law professors interested in lending their expertise to our programs for both long- and short-term pro bono assignments overseas. For more information please visit our website at

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