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National Consultant- Engaging with the Armed Forces of the Philippines to Adopt the Gender-Sensitive Framework for Community Policing in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Philippines, PHILIPPINES|
|Application Deadline :||18-Nov-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||December 1, 2020 to February 15, 2021|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||December 1, 2020 to February 15, 2021|
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.
UN Women forged partnership with the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to implement the project, “Supporting the Normalization Process Towards Peace and Security in the BARMM.” This project is expected to be implemented from July 2020 to March 2021, aimed at achieving the following:
Republic Act No. 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women promotes equity in the security sector through the revision or abolition of policies and practices that restrict women’s ability to work across the same functions as men. It also calls for the incremental increase in the recruitment of women in government agencies, including the police, until it accounts for 50% of its personnel. It also calls for the elimination of discrimination against women in security forces including revising or abolishing policies and practices that restrict women from availing of both combat and noncombat training that are open to men, or from taking on functions other than administrative tasks, such as engaging in combat, security-related, or field operations.
Prior to this law, Republic Act No. 8551 or the Philippine National Police Reform and Reorganization Act, otherwise known as the Republic Act 8551, the PNP must reserve 10 per cent of its annual recruitment, training, and education quota for women. However, there are calls from some parliamentarians, the Commission on Human Rights, and the police to change the legislation to increase the minimum reserved to 20 per cent. Nonetheless, in recent years the PNP have often reserved 20 per cent of their annual recruitment quota for women in practice but not for every region.
With the creation of the BARMM and the inclusion of additional areas, the new police regional office will also expand its jurisdiction. The BARMM will not have a separate police force. The Bangsamoro police will continue to be a regional unit of the PNP. In addition, there is no automatic or wide-scale integration of the MILF ex-combatants into the PNP or the AFP.
Looking at the recent developments, threats and opportunities, this project aims at better promoting peace and stability in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao by bringing citizens and law enforcement institutions closer to effectively counter crime, violent extremism and terrorism and will be led by UNODC with UN Women as a Responsible Party in implementation. Conversely, this project increases women’s resources and capacities to lead efforts that build resilience and social cohesion in their communities. This will be achieved through focusing on enhancing capacities and interactions between security actors and local communities, especially community women, in promoting a community-based policing approach by security emphasizing prevention and peaceful coexistence and promoting women’s leadership in law enforcement as well as women facilitating community-dialogues to discuss the promotion of social cohesion and peaceful co-existence and the role of women in preventing terrorism and hate speech.
The BOL specifies that the defense and security of the BARMM shall be the responsibility of the national Government. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), in its Development Support and Security Plan “Kapayapaan,” 2017-2022, indicated the use of Community Support Programs (CSPs), which is a multi-stakeholder, community-based, and people-oriented peace and development approach aimed at establishing and protecting conflict-resilient communities. This activity aims to engage the AFP in operationalizing CSP in BARMM using the results of the gender-sensitive framework for community policing.
 Magna Carta of Women: Implementing Rules and Regulations. (Republic Act 9710). 2009. Office of the President, Philippines Commission on Women. https://pcw.gov.ph/sites/default/files/documents/laws/republic_act_9710.pdf
 PHILSTAR. CHR: Limiting female cops goes against Magna Carta of Women. 2018. www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/11/08/1866900/chr-limiting-female-cops-goes-against-magna-carta-women
 Philippine National Police. Annual Reports. 2015, 2017 and 2018.
Duties and Responsibilities
UN Women is seeking a consultant to work with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, especially those in the BARMM, to adopt the gender-sensitive framework for community policing in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) with reference to the operationalizing the AFP Development Support and Security Plan “Kapayapaan,” 2017-2022.
The consultant should aim at:
Knowledge and experience:
Confidentiality and Copyrights
Required Skills and Experience