Researcher for National Study on Corruption and Drug Trafficking in the Philippines


Location : Manila, PHILIPPINES
Application Deadline :08-Jul-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
16-Aug-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :53 working days spread over 5 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :53 working days spread over 5 months

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Background

Researcher for National Study on Corruption and Drug Trafficking in the Philippines
 

Location                             : Philippines

Type of Contract              : Individual Contract

Post Level                          : Individual Consultant

Duration of Contract       : 53 working days spread over 5 months

Date Required                   : TBA

 

BACKGROUND:

 

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is the global leader in the fight against drugs, organized crime, corruption and terrorism with widely recognized expertise and specialization on issues pertaining to international cooperation in criminal matters. Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices. The work of UNODC is guided by a broad range of international legally binding instruments and a set of United Nations standards and norms on crime prevention and criminal justice.

 

UNODC, as guardian of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and secretariat to the Conference of the States Parties to the Convention, has the mandate to provide support and technical assistance to States parties to effectively implement the Convention. The backbone for UNODC anti-corruption work is the normative framework provided by UNCAC.

 

The UNODC 2019 Transnational Organized Crime Threat Assessment for Southeast Asia finds that corruption facilitates transnational organized crime across the region. Anectodical evidence suggests that corrupt officials within a range of law enforcement, border management and criminal justice agencies allow criminal networks to evade accountability, allowing the illicit drug trade to flourish. Despite the imposition of widespread border restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic, criminal syndicates in the region continue to ramp up the production and trade of synthetic drugs with a marked increase in the trafficking of methamphetamines. Research is needed to understand the complex factors behind the nexus of corruption and drug trafficking with the ultimate goal of informing effective policy and programmatic interventions across the region.

 

IMPORTANT:

Offerors must upload in one (1) file the aforementioned documents.

Templates for a) P11 Personal History Form and b)  Offeror's Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal (Annex 2) are available through the link below. UNDP General Terms and Conditions for Individual Contractors  are also available:

http://gofile.me/6xdJm/bE9TCw8fU

Incomplete submission of required documents may result in disqualification.

Please see deadline of submissions above.

In view of the volume of applications UNDP receives, only shortlisted offerors will be notified.


Duties and Responsibilities

OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT

 

The overall purpose of the assignment is to produce a report on corruption and drug trafficking in the Philippines, looking particularly at the integrity, ethics and disciplinary shortcomings in law enforcement and border management within the country.  The report will gather evidence on how corruption permeates prevention systems at every stage of the drug production and trafficking process. The report will draw out implications for operational and policy responses, through recommendations for enforcement agencies, governments and international organizations.The consultant will be working collaboratively with the Health and Drugs team and other trainers and content experts in carrying out the deliverables following the quality standards outlined in the International Standards on Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation.  The scope of work includes:

 

Together with the UNODC, the consultant shall produce a report which includes the following:

  1. an analysis of shortcomings in the existing legal and institutional frameworks; 
  2. a review of cases that shed light on the link between corruption and drug trafficking;
  3. interviews with representatives of law enforcement agencies, non-governmental organizations, and possibly people who use drugs and other stakeholders, with a view to identifying common schemes and a series of recommendations to improve oversight systems and practices to mitigate corruption risks.

 

EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES

 

The following task and deliverables table shall guide the Consultant’s work:

 

 

Deliverables/ Outputs

 

Estimated Duration to Complete

 

Target Due Dates

Review and Approvals Required (Indicate designation of person who will review output and confirm acceptance)

 

Name and Email address of designated person who will review and accept the output

Inception Report which includes the methodological approach for the conduction of the study

3 days

TBA

 

National Programme Officer for Anti-Corruption

 

 

Regional Adviser for

Anti-Corruption

 

Findings and analysis (with a minimum of 30 pages)

30 days

TBA

Finalized report including recommendations

  20 days

TBA

 

INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENT

 

The Consultant shall be directly supervised by the Anti-Corruption Team together with the UNODC Regional Senior Policy Adviser for Anti-Corruption, with whom all outputs shall be submitted and through whom all communications shall be coursed or copied.

The Consultant is expected to provide his/her own laptop for the work requirement. S/he will be provided with desk space and access to office facilities and equipment. S/he will also be support by UNDP staff for administrative and logistic requirements, as necessary.

 

 

 

DUTY STATION AND DURATION OF WORK

 

Duty Station: Home-based, with the exception of meetings upon which it is required for the consultant to visit the UNODC office.

 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and declaration of State of Public Health Emergency in the Philippines, all work and travel of the Individual consultant shall be done within the guidelines and protocols set by the local and national government. Field work, trainings, meetings, and coordination shall be done in compliance with community quarantine policies.


Competencies

Competencies

Corporate Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN mission, vision, values, and ethical standards
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Promotes UNDP's agenda in meetings

 

Other Competencies

  • Ability to work in close collaboration with a group of national and international experts, to meet strict deadlines and plan the work according to priorities;
  • Demonstrates capacity to plan, organize, and execute effectively;
  • The initiative, good analytical skills, mature judgment, and ability to work under tight schedule while respecting deadlines achievement, ethics, and honesty;
  • Ability to establish effective working relations in a diverse environment
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Builds strong relationships with internal and external clients;
  • Demonstrated ability to function in a team environment and to deal with a complex multi-stakeholder environment
  • Good ability to use information and communication technologies as tools and resources;
  • Excellent written communication and presentation/public speaking skills focus on results, ability to interact productively in a teamwork environment


Required Skills and Experience

QUALIFICATIONS OF THE SUCCESSFUL INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTORS

 

The Offers received   will   be   evaluated   using   a   combined   scoring   method   -   where qualifications and technical proposal will be weighted 70 points and combined with the price offer which will be weighted 30 points.
 

The review of CV and Portfolio will be rated using the criteria in the table below. Only offerors who will obtain a minimum of 49 out of 70 obtainable points will be considered qualified and shortlisted

 

Qualification

Points Obtainable (70 points)

Education

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social science, public administration or a related field is required.
     
  • A first level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

 

 

30

Experience

  • Minimum of 10 years of professional experience in research on drug trafficking and corruption related issues, or in conducting investigations of corruption or drug related crimes.
  • Experience working on transnational organized crime, particularly drug trafficking and corruption, would be an advantage.

(21 points for 5 years, additional point per additional year up to a maximum of 30 points)

 

 

40

Language

  • Working knowledge of Southeast Asia would be an advantage.
  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Southeast Asian languages, particularly Filipino, is an advantage.

 

pass/fail

TOTAL

70 points

 

SCOPE OF PRICE PROPOSAL AND SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS

 

  1. The Contractor should send the financial proposal based on a lump-sum amount for the delivery of the outputs identified below. The total amount quoted shall be “all inclusive” (professional daily fees X number of days, communications, transportation, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor should be factored into the final amount submitted in the proposal. Travel, as deemed relevant by UNDP and compliant with government guidelines on community quarantine, will be arranged and paid for by UNDP and should not be included in the financial proposal.
  2. Medical/health insurance must be purchased by the individual at his/her own expense, and upon award of contract, the contractor must be ready to submit proof of insurance valid during contract duration
  3. The contract price will be fixed output-based price. Any deviations from the output and timeline will be agreed upon between the Contractor and UNDP.
  4. Payments will be done upon satisfactory completion of the delivery by target due dates. Outputs will be certified by the Senior Policy Advisor of UNODC prior to release of payments.

 

Deliverables

Target Date

Fee Basis / Percentage

Inception Report which includes the methodological approach for the conduction of the study

 

TBA

TBA

 

20%

40%

Draft of Findings and Analysis

Finalized report including recommendations

TBA

40%

 

RECOMMENDED PRESENTATION OF OFFER

 

  1. Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;

 

  1. UNDP Personal History Form (P11) or Curriculum Vitae (following the template attached) indicating all past experiences from similar projects or requirements, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references;

 

  1. Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided, and clearly stating the payment percentage as indicated in this TOR. If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP. 

Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.

 

At least 1 sample work that demonstrates excellent command of written English 

IMPORTANT:

Offerors must upload in one (1) file the aforementioned documents.

Templates for a) P11 Personal History Form and b)  Offeror's Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal (Annex 2) are available through the link below. UNDP General Terms and Conditions for Individual Contractors  are also available:

http://gofile.me/6xdJm/bE9TCw8fU

Incomplete submission of required documents may result in disqualification.

Please see deadline of submissions above.

In view of the volume of applications UNDP receives, only shortlisted offerors will be notified.



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