National Consultant for Conducting Risk Assessment and Drafting Maritime Security Updates/ Threats in the ZamBaSulTa Region


Location : Manila, PHILIPPINES
Application Deadline :05-Oct-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :2d 2h 32m
Additional Category :Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
10-Oct-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :30 person-days
Expected Duration of Assignment :December 2022


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.


Background

The prevalent and  incessant  security  challenges  facing the  Southern Philippines  are  inextricably tied  to the region’s  maritime  character. Porous borders and poorly monitored sea boundaries make it a hub for diverse and interconnected maritime security threats which include maritime piracy, armed robbery at sea, kidnapping for ransom, fuel theft, drug trafficking, people smuggling, trafficking in persons, arms trafficking and other terror-related activities.

Its vast coastlines create multiple entries and exit points to and from the mainland, posing an even greater threat as it gives terrorist groups and criminals alike more access to the seas and creates opportunities to diversify their avenues for fundraising and improving their survivability. These conditions are most pronounced in Mindanao and its outlying islands—in particular the Sulu archipelago and Zamboanga peninsula, where long-standing ethno-national, ideological, and religious conflicts have served to exacerbate the void in governance,[1] posing significant challenges to various law enforcement agencies.

The maritime insecurity, arising from a confluence of factors, also creates security threats beyond Philippine borders as some of these actors have known ties to international terror organizations. Following the Marawi siege, violence has escalated in Sulu and Basilan, with the suicide bombings of a church in Jolo, Sulu in Southern Mindanao. The Jolo bombing is alleged to have been conducted by an Indonesian couple who had arrived in the Philippines by boat, while other foreigners are known to be living and training alongside other factions of the Abu Sayyaf Group.[2]

Appropriately enforcing maritime security in Southern Philippines requires building the capacity of Philippine maritime law enforcement (MLE) agencies to ensure that they are able to accomplish their mission and address multiple maritime security threats in the area. Awareness raising and a timely assessment of such threats in the within Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi (ZambaSulTa) provinces are key elements to better understanding the dynamics at play and to better anticipate emerging developments that will guide maritime law enforcement agencies in their operations.  

The Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) supports capacity building of maritime law enforcement agencies with a view to increase operational capacity to exercise control over maritime zones, develop and increase maritime domain awareness, and promote information sharing in the Southeast Asian and Pacific regions.      

[1] RAND National Defense Research Institute. 2012. Non-Traditional and Maritime Domain Awareness in the Tri-Border Area of Southeast Asia

[2] The Asia Foundation. 2019. Trade in the Sulu Archipelago: Informal Economies Amidst Maritime Security Challenges. San Francisco: The Asia Foundation

 


Duties and Responsibilities

OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT

The UNODC seeks a consultant to provide substantive direction, guidance and recommendations through the conduct of regular updates on the maritime security situation in the ZamBaSulTa area. The consultant is expected to compile regular maritime security updates, review current and emerging security threats, and conduct risk assessments which can be a combination of on-ground and desk research.

The activities under this project will be conducted in phases. To aid in this security update and threat assessment report, the consultant is expected to conduct a scoping review as a preliminary step. The findings aim to support maritime law enforcement agencies and maritime stakeholders in:

  • identifying gaps and analysing shortcomings in the existing institutional and/or legal frameworks; and
  • developing appropriate responses to counter maritime crimes, particularly in southern Philippines.

SCOPE OF WORK

Under the overall supervision of the UNODC GMCP Programme Coordinator (Southeast Asia and the Pacific) based in Bangkok, and with close coordination with the National Programme Officer based in Manila, the consultant will perform the following tasks for the period 01 September to 10 December 2022:

Deliverable A – 15 days

  • Develop an Inception Report which includes the methodological approach for the conduct of the study
  • Provide a brief report/overview of the current maritime security picture in southern Philippines

Deliverable B- 15 days

  • Secure discussions with national decision makers and practitioners in MLE agencies in the Philippines on the current maritime security situation in southern Philippines, in particular the ZamBaSulTa area
  • Conduct a scoping study to identify, among others, gaps in maritime law enforcement coordination in southern Philippines
  • Produce a report highlighting the findings of the scoping study

 

EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES

 

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

 

Deliverables/

Output

Estimated Duration to Complete

Target due dates

Review and Approvals Required

 

Reviewed and Monitored by

Deliverable A

 

  • Develop an Inception Report which includes the methodological approach for the conduct of the study
  • Provide a brief report/overview of the current maritime security picture in southern Philippines

 

 

15 days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 October

UNODC GMCP Programme Coordinator (Southeast Asia and the Pacific) will review the reports, including:

 

Ms. Frances Grace Damazo

 

Confirmation and acceptance will be done by Mr. Olivier Lermet, Senior Policy Advisor

Regional Programme Coordinator, UNODC GMCP)

 

Frances Grace Damazo

(National Programme Officer, UNODC GMCP)

 

(Senior Policy Advisor, UNODC)

 

Deliverable B

 

  • Secure discussions with national decision makers and practitioners in MLE agencies in the Philippines on the current maritime security situation in Southern Philippines, in particular the ZamBaSulTa area
  • Conduct scoping review
  • Produce a report highlighting the findings of the scoping study

 

15 days

10 December

UNODC GMCP Programme Coordinator (Southeast Asia and the Pacific) will review the reports, including:

 

Ms. Frances Grace Damazo

 

Confirmation and acceptance will be done by Mr. Olivier Lermet, Senior Policy Advisor

 

Regional Programme Coordinator, UNODC GMCP

 

(National Programme Officer, UNODC GMCP)

 

(Senior Policy Advisor, UNODC)

 

 

GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY

The Consultant shall be directly supervised by the Regional Programme Coordinator of Southeast Asia and the Pacific of the Global Maritime Crime Programme of UNODC, with whom all outputs shall be submitted and through whom all communications shall be coursed or copied. Additional support will be provided under the guidance of National Programme Officer of the Global Maritime Crime Programme.

 

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.

 

The Consultant shall consider at least 7 working days lead time for UNDP to review outputs, give comments, certify approval/acceptance of outputs, etc. 

 

DUTY STATION AND DURATION OF WORK

 

Duty station is Manila, Philippines. The consultant will be home-based during this consultancy, with the exception of meetings/field works to be conducted in relation to this consultancy.

The expected duration of the assignment is 30 person-days between 01 September to 10 December 2022, unless revised in a mutually agreed upon timetable between the Consultant and UNDP.

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.

 

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” (daily professional fees X number of person-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. Prior to release of payments, outputs will be certified by the Regional Programme Coordinator of Southeast Asia and the Pacific of the Global Maritime Crime Programme of UNODC.

 

The IC will be paid with a lump sum amount (all-inclusive package) after completion and submission of every deliverable, as specified in the schedule of payments below:

 

Deliverables

Target Date

Fee Basis / Percentage

Deliverable A: Submission of Inception Report

14 October

 

50%

 

 

Deliverable B: Submission of Initial Scoping Study

 

**Reports need to be cleared by

 UNODC

 

(Note: UNODC clearance may take up about 2-4 weeks after submission)

10 December

 

50%

 

 


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

Other Competencies

  • Demonstrates strong analytical skills, and mature judgement;
  • Ability to work in close collaboration with a group to meet strict deadlines and plan the work according to priorities;
  • Demonstrates capacity to plan, organize and execute effectively;
  • Ability to establish effective working relations in a multi-cultural team environment;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Facilitates and encourages open communication in the team and with stakeholders;
  • Excellent written communication and presentation/public speaking skills.


Required Skills and Experience

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF THE BEST OFFER 

 

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

The CV and Portfolio will be reviewed using the criteria in the table below. Only offerors who will obtain a minimum of 70% or 49 out of 70 obtainable points will be shortlisted.

 

 

Criteria

 

Points

Education

 

  1. Bachelor’s degree in any majors preferably in social science, political science, international relations, security studies or related fields.

(20 points for Bachelor’s degree; 24 points for Master’s; plus 4 points for Doctoral or additional relevant professional training)

 

Experience

 

  1. Minimum ten (10) years of experience at an advisory or managerial role on strategy and policy development of maritime law enforcement agencies in the Philippines

(10 points for 10 years experience; additional point for additional year up to a maximum of 14 points)

 

  1. Proven experience in designing and  researching security issues in the Southern Philippines

(10 points for 10 years experience; additional point for additional year up to a maximum of 14 points)

 

  1. At least ten (10) years experience in working and/or engaging with international organizations, development organizations, law enforcement agencies, or local/national government units; experience in dealing with counterparts from various cultural backgrounds is an advantage

(10 points for 10 years experience in aforementioned organizations; additional point per additional year; additional 4 points for experience with different cultural backgrounds)

 

 

 

28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

 

 

 

 

 

14

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

TOTAL

70

 

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF THE BEST OFFER

All applications will be reviewed by the UNDP Philippines’ evaluation committee. An assessment of the best offer will be made using a Combined Scoring method where the qualifications will be weighted 70% and the financial proposal or price offer will be weighted 30%.

RECOMMENDED PRESENTATION OF OFFER

  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;
  2. 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. 
  3. At least 1 sample work (publication, policy brief, presentation)
  4. Personal CV or P11 Personal History Form, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references;  
  5. Offerors must upload in one (1) file the documents mentioned above.

    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:

    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1vB63DIM-ogrwNGNyj22jBaQnYP6k7p4f?usp=sharing

    Incomplete submission of required documents may result in disqualification.

    Please see the deadline of submissions above.

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

 

 

 



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