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CLIMATE AND DISASTER RISK REDUCTION RESEARCHER-WRITER for POST MANDANAS (for Filipino Nationals only)
|Location :||Home-Based, PHILIPPINES|
|Application Deadline :||20-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Climate & Disaster Resilience|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||40 person days spread over 5 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||5 months|
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 Philippines is no stranger to crisis in any shape or form. Situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, it is among the most vulnerable countries in the world for natural hazards and climate impacts, weathering record-breaking storms, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions, while also suffering from protracted droughts and flash floods. The Philippines has also battled pockets of armed conflict for the past 80 years, with separatist groups destabilising peace talks and causing internal displacement for thousands of families each year, particularly in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), limiting its vast potential for development.
Development gains have been scaled back even further by the COVID-19 pandemic. What first began as a health crisis quickly cascaded into a socioeconomic crisis, with the virus so far claiming more than 16,000 lives, disrupting livelihoods of millions, and contracting the economy by 9.5% in its first year.2?The Philippines will have to carefully plan and utilise all its resources – both monetary and human - if it is going to effectively respond, recover, and get back on track to fulfilling the SDGs before 2030.
The Local Government Units (LGUs) have and will continue to play a crucial role in the crisis response and recovery process. As stipulated in the 1987 Constitution and the 1991 Local Government Code, the LGUs have the administrative and fiscal authority to both respond to and recover from crisis situations, drawing upon its own resources, experimenting with digitalisation, as well as drawing from the support of citizens through grassroots participatory governance mechanisms. However, while the LGUs were provided with greater administrative responsibility, some argue that their share of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) was inadequate, with poorer local governments struggling to fund their mandates (Manasan, 2007).
This will change in 2022, with the Philippines taking a giant leap toward realising the aspirations of democracy, decentralisation, and development by devolving a larger portion of the national budget to local governments. Under the Supreme Court’s Mandanas Ruling, LGUs are expected to receive an increase upwards of 27% (Manasan, 2020). Such a move puts local governments firmly in the driving seat; having access to a larger pool of resources to help them fulfil their mandates and deliver local public services to those who need them most.
However, local development is not expected to take place equally across the board. On the one hand, high capacity LGUs will likely absorb the new cash injection well, with many already demonstrating their ability to respond effectively to crisis, deliver essential public services, adopt new digital technologies, and draw from citizen empowerment initiatives. On the other hand, other, smaller LGUs may struggle to spend the funds due to weaker capacities; political economy challenges; poorer access to digital infrastructure; weaker civil society bases; and limited access to quality contractors. If these issues are not addressed, it is likely that the levels of disparity will widen from 2022 onwards, with high capacity LGUs becoming more advanced, and those with lower capacity being left further behind.
DILG and UNDP shall hold a 5-part policy forum for a series entitled “Decentralisation, Digitalisation, and Development: Strengthening Local Governance for Crisis Response, Recovery, Resilience and the SDGs”, or “3D” for short. The theme of each policy forum shall revolve around one of 5 policy notes. By December 2021, the policy notes shall be synthesised into a flagship report.
The series shall look at the current state of local governance in the Philippines, and through a political economy analysis, illustrate likely scenarios for 2030, when the SDGs are expected to be completed. The scenarios shall take into account the Mandanas transition that shall occur in 2022, with the main variables represented by the capacities of LGUs, civil society, and the private sector. The objectives of the flagship report are:
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK AND OUTPUTS
In support of this study, a Consultant shall be hired to co-write one policy note and provide research and editorial support to the synthesised flagship paper for the Post Mandanas study. The Consultant will be the main writer of the policy note and will be supported by (1) a consultant specializing in public financial management and (2) a consultant specializing in peace and resilience. The researcher shall also serve as a resource person to present findings at the policy fora. The specific outputs are as follows:
2. Editorial Review of the synthesized flagship report
EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES
Governance and Accountability
Expected Duration of the Contract
The IC will be hired for 40 working days spread over 5 months beginning 15 September 2021 until 30 January 2022.
Duty Station and Travels: Home based
No work-related travels are required. All work will be done remotely. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and declaration of State of Public Health Emergency in the Philippines, all work of the Individual consultant, including meetings and coordination shall be done within the guidelines and protocols set by the local and national government.
Scope and Price of the Proposal and Schedule of Payment
Recommended Presentation of the Offer
Interested bidders must submit the following:
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Required Skills and Experience
Professional Qualifications of the Successful Consultant and Criteria for Selection of Best Offer
The Offers received will be evaluated using a combined scoring method - where qualifications per CV will be weighted 70 points and combined with the price offer which will be weighted 30 points.
The CV will be reviewed using the criteria in the table below. Only offerors who will obtain a minimum of 49 out of 70 obtainable points will be shortlisted and eligible for evaluation of financial proposals