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A Technical Expert is an expert who, on the basis of criteria established by the MDIA, has the required knowledge and experience in a particular technological domain. 

From time to time, schemes will be issued consisting of roles that can be executed through Technical Experts.

Technical Expert – FAQs

To whom do these FAQs apply?

These FAQs apply to any individual intending to be listed in the MDIA list of Technical Experts.

If there is any conflict or inconsistency between these FAQs and the Technical Expert Agreement, the main part of the Agreement shall take precedence.

What is the role of the Technical Expert?

The Technical Expert is an expert who, based on MDIA-established criteria, has the required knowledge and experience in a particular technological domain.

From time to time the Authority and other entities will be issuing schemes with roles that can be carried out through the use of Technical Experts. Such schemes may be found on the website of the Authority and possibly on the websites of other government entities.

The task of the Technical Expert may include but is not limited to, carrying out technical evaluation and review.

Upon request to MDIA via applications@mdia.gov.mt, the full Terms and Conditions of the Technical Expert can be provided.

Who Can Apply?

A Technical Expert needs to have the qualifications and/or experience as listed in the applicable Terms & Conditions.

The Technical Expert must be of good conduct, fit and proper. Any skillset change is to be submitted to the Authority before engaging in any tasks related to newly acquired skills or experience.

Additional requirements may be applicable according to the particular schemes at hand.

Independence obligations may be applicable to certain roles identified by the Authority for Technical Experts. Such, and any other obligations, will be identified in the relevant laws, regulations, and guidelines, schemes, and it is the obligation of the Technical Experts to uphold.

What are the key requirements to apply as a Technical Expert?

An application form needs to be requested at applications@mdia.gov.mt

Note that the following documents are normally to be submitted as part of the Application:

  • Proof of Identification
  • Proof of Address
  • Police Conduct
  • Certificates achieved to meet requisite qualifications and experience requirements (as identified in the T&Cs)
  • CV

 

Before being listed by the Authority, Technical Experts may be required to undertake an assessment, which can be done through means at the discretion of the Authority, aimed at verifying their knowledge of the subject matter they are applying as Technical Experts in, and of the Authority’s processes related to their role.

In addition, they may be required to attend an interview, which may be held through remote means at the discretion of the Authority. An applicant will be notified when the application process is fully completed.

What are the Technical Expert’s conditions of Engagement?

Technical Experts will be required to sign an Agreement that the Authority sends to interested applicants, who register their interest via applications@mdia.gov.mt

Any Terms and Conditions arising from specific schemes in which the Technical Expert is actively engaged will also be applicable.

The engagement shall be for a term of two years and can be renewed bi-annually at the discretion of the Authority and this without prejudice for the Authority to request updated documentation where necessary.

What do we mean by impartiality?

Impartiality implies that conflicts of interest do not exist or are resolved so as not to adversely influence subsequent activities of the Technical Expert.

Other terms that are useful in conveying the element of impartiality are:

  • Independence;
  • Honestly;
  • Objectivity;
  • Freedom from conflict of interests;
  • Freedom from bias;
  • Lack of prejudice;
  • Neutrality;
  • Fairness;
  • Open-mindedness;
  • Even-handedness;
  • Detachment;
  • Balance.

What do we expect from the Technical Expert to be free from pressures and inducements which might influence the judgement or the results of the required work?

The Technical Experts shall be responsible for the impartiality of any testing, audits, inspection activities and shall not allow commercial, financial or other pressures to compromise impartiality.

Technical experts shall identify risks to its impartiality on an ongoing basis.

Example of risks which can threaten the impartiality of the Technical Experts includes working relationships, bias, ownership, governance, personnel, shared resources, finances, contracts, payment of a sales commission or other inducement for the referral of new clients.

If a risk to impartiality is identified, the technical expert needs to be able to demonstrate how it eliminates or minimizes such risk.

The impartiality of the Technical Expert should be read and construed in line with the obligations for high degree of professional integrity and honesty and to this end the Technical Expert shall also be independent to the extent that is required regarding the conditions under which it performs its services.

Examples of such independence would include, not having any commercial interest in any entity which the Technical Expert is working on, not having worked with such entity on the same product or service which is subject to his work, not being affiliated trough work, consanguinity or because of any liens, loans, and other facility with such target companies.

How can I apply?

Interested applicants can contact us on application@mdia.gov.mt attaching the application which can be downloaded below.

Download: MDIA Technical Expert Application Form

MDIA Approved Technical Experts

MDIA Technical Expert - ALEXEI DE BONO

Alexei Debono

MDIA Technical Expert - JOSE IGNACIO DE CORDOBA

Jose Ignacio de Córdoba Álvaro

MDIA Technical Expert - MATTHEW SCERRI

Matthew Scerri

MDIA Technical Expert - PRANJAL JAIN

Pranjal Jain

MDIA Technical Expert - Trevor Axiak

Trevor Axiak

MDIA Experts

Dr Dylan Seychell

Matthew Demicoli

Norbert Bonnici

*For the sole purpose of the Sandbox v2.0:
the role of the Technical Expert can be performed by either MDIA approved Systems Auditors, or MDIA listed Technical Experts.

Become a Technical Expert

Apply to become a technical expert by sending the form below to application@mdia.gov.mt