Expert Consultant on Maritime Security in the Sulu and Celebes Seas


Location : Manila, PHILIPPINES
Application Deadline :04-Mar-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :1d 10h 9m
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :12 working days


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

BACKGROUND

The Contact Group on Sulu and Celebes Seas is a trilateral mechanism bringing together maritime law enforcement agencies from The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. The Contact Group aims to strengthen cooperation and response to maritime threats in the Sulu and Celebes Seas which include kidnap-for-ransom and facilitation of terrorism support activity. The Contact Group has established a Working Group and have identified several areas for collaborative engagement. The Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) supports the Contact Group as the Secretariat and supports the implementation of recommendations within the mandate of UNODC.

Last 27 October 2020, GMCP virtually convened the fourth iteration of the Contact Group meeting to map and respond to maritime crime in the Sulu and Celebes Seas. The meeting brought together key maritime law enforcement actors from Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines as well as other relevant national agencies, foreign missions, international organizations, academics, civil society and private sector actors to capture a comprehensive and shared understanding of maritime crime trends, threats and responses in the Sulu and Celebes seas. The meeting concluded by identifying a list of four (4) proposed action items to address some of the major challenges identified.

GMCP is supporting one of the key recommendations from the Contact Group which is the facilitation of a quarterly Trilateral Coast Guard Regional Commanders Meeting (3SuluX). The meeting aims to build a shared understanding of developments in the Sulu and Celebes Seas and facilitate fluid responses to unanticipated incidents at sea by bringing together commanders at the local level.

 

OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT

The UNODC seeks a consultant to provide substantive direction, guidance and strengthen trilateral cooperation on maritime law enforcement efforts around issues impacting the Sulu and Celebes Sea region facilitated by the Contact Group.

The Consultant is also required to moderate and support the overall coordination of the Trilateral Coast Guard Regional Commanders Meeting, working closely with the GMCP Team, in particular, UNODC National Programme Officers (Maritime Crime) in Manila and Jakarta, and UNODC/GMCP Focal Point for Malaysia, and Programme Assistant supporting the Contact Group activities.

 

INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENT

The consultant will perform its work under the supervision and report directly to the Regional Programme Coordinator of Southeast Asia and the Pacific of the Global Maritime Crime Programme of UNODC.

The consultant will work closely with the GMCP Team, in particular, UNODC National Programme Officers (Global Maritime Crime Programme) in Manila and Jakarta, UNODC/GMCP Focal Point for Malaysia, and Programme Assistant supporting the Contact Group activities.

 

Expected tangible and measurable outputs

  • Deliverable A – Completed study on maritime threats and maritime law enforcement gaps
  • Deliverable B – Completed concluding report on the 3SuluX meeting

 

Duty Station: Manila, Philippines

The consultant will be home based during this consultancy. 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, meetings, and coordination shall be done in compliance with community quarantine policies.

Duration of work: 12 working days in February 2021 (schedule of report submissions and other related documents is as indicated in the Expected Outputs and Deliverables clause).

Regular updating/reporting to the designated coordinator assigned for the particular project is as stated above.

Travel: UNODC will cover the costs related to travel, including tickets, lodging, and terminal expenses in cases when necessary travel is required.

Note: It is understood that the consultant would not hold UNODC responsible for any unforeseen or untoward incident during the duration of the consultancy service. It is recommended that the consultant secure his/her own insurance coverage during the conduct of the consultancy. The IC will report to UNODC the progress of the tasks agreed upon and closely consult with UNODC in carrying out the assignments.

 

SCOPE OF PRICE PROPOSAL AND SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS

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

Submission of report/study of the 

 maritime security threats in the Sulu and  Celebes seas region, with a focus on gaps relating to maritime law

enforcement cooperation

 March 2021

100%

Submission of minutes of the meeting, with summary of proposed activities and recommendations

 Both reports need to be cleared by

 UNODC

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

March 2021

 

Note: If duty travels are expected/needed, UNODC will cover the cost of the airfare/accommodation.

However, no DSA is to be provided. UNODC will make all the travel arrangements as necessary.


Duties and Responsibilities

SCOPE OF WORK

Under the overall supervision of the UNODC GMCP Programme Coordinator (Southeast Asia and the Pacific) based in Bangkok, the consultant will perform the following tasks for the period 10-28 February 2021:

 

Deliverable A – 7 Days

  • In close consultation with UNODC National Programme Officers (Maritime Crime) in Bangkok, Manila and Jakarta, work towards implementing the outcomes of the fourth CGSCS discussions.
  • In support of the Regional Commanders Meeting, conduct a study of the maritime security threats in the Sulu and Celebes seas region, with a focus on gaps relating to maritime law enforcement cooperation between Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. Preferably the study to be done with field visits, but due to the global health crisis home-based research is acceptable.
  • Provide briefing notes on maritime security threat assessment of the Sulu and Celebes Seas based on the study conducted. 

 

Deliverable B – 5 Days

  • Convene regular meeting with the GMCP Tea using virtual formats.
  • Conduct exploratory meetings with relevant officials
  • Provide overall support and coordination for the 3SuluX meeting.
  • Serve as the meeting Moderator.
  • Submit a summary report of proposed activities and recommendations.  

 

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

 

Compile a report of a study of the maritime security threats in the Sulu and Celebes seas region, with a focus on gaps relating to maritime law enforcement cooperation

One week after signing the contract.

Document may be submitted electronically

March 2021

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

Confirmation and acceptance will be done by Senior Policy Advisor

Submit minutes of the meeting, with a summary of proposed activities and recommendations

Right after the meeting is conducted

The report is completed  (on or before the end of the contract date)

UNODC clearance may take up 2-4 weeks after submission.

Final payment ensues after clearance/

approval of reports

March 2021

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

Confirmation and acceptance will be done by Senior Policy Advisor

 


Competencies

Corporate competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN's values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Functional and technical competencies

  • Ability to work in a diverse and multi-cultural environment;
  • Self-motivated and ability to work under pressure and to meet strict and competing deadlines;
  • Displays analytical judgment and demonstrated ability to handle confidential and politically sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities


Required Skills and Experience

Offers will be evaluated based on the combined scoring method :

  • Technical qualifications = 70%
  • Financial Proposal =    30%

For the evaluation of the Technical Proposal, the selection of the successful consultant must be based on the following qualifications (with the appropriate obtainable points): 

Criteria

Weight (%)

Education

Master’s degree in politics, international relations, or security studies.

(28 points for Bachelor’s degree; 40 points for Doctoral)

40%

Experience

Minimum ten years of experience in an advisory role in security and counter-terrorism with a specific focus on activities in the Sulu and the Celebes Sea region.

(21 points for 10 years’ experience; additional point for an additional year)

30%

Proven experience in researching security issues in the Southern Philippines region.

(7 points for 10 years; additional point per additional year up to a maximum of 10 points)

10%

At least ten years of proven experience in dealing with counterparts from various cultural backgrounds.

(7 points for 10 years; additional point per additional year up to a maximum of 10 points)

10%

Proven experience in working and/or engaging with law enforcement agencies, local and national government units

(7 points for 10 years; additional point per additional year up to a maximum of 10 points)

10%

  1. Excellent conversational Filipino and Fluency in oral and written English.
  2. Understand the task and applies a methodology appropriate to the task as well as the strategy in a coherent manner
  3. Important aspects of the task addressed clearly and in detail.
  4. Logical, realistic planning for efficient project implementation.

Pass Fail

Pass/Fail

Pass Fail

Pass/Fail

TOTAL

100%

Applicants who will only receive 70 points from the assessment of the CV will be qualified for the assessment of the Financial Proposal.

 

Recommended Presentation of Offer

Interested applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload of a maximum of one document. 

  1. Proposal: Cover letter: a brief description of why the offeror considers her/himself the most suitable for the assignment;
  2. 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;
  3. Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability and including the financial proposal, using the template provided by UNDP;
  4. Financial proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract prices, supported by a breakdown of costs as per template provided and clearly stating payment percentage.

Interested applicants to note that personal Medical/health insurance (to be purchased by the individual at his/her own expense) is mandatory for the issuance of contracts. Upon award of the contract, the consultant must be ready to submit proof of insurance valid during the contract duration.

The following templates / Annexes and IC General Terms & Conditions can be downloaded from http://gofile.me/6xdJm/bE9TCw8fU:

  • General Terms and Conditions for Individual Contract
  • Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability
  • P-11 form

 

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



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