National Consultant for Jail/Prison and Community Corrections Management


Location : Home-based, PHILIPPINES
Application Deadline :04-Mar-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :1d 10h 53m
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :245 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

UNODC ROSEAP is hiring a jail/prison and community corrections management consultant to provide technical assistance to UNODC activities.

The overall objective of UNODC on criminal justice reform is to strengthen the rule of law through the prevention of crime and the promotion of fair, humane and accountable criminal justice systems, in line with the United Nations standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice and other relevant international instruments.

UNODC ROSEAP and the Programme Office in the Philippines (POPHL) seek to provide technical assistance to the government of Philippines, particularly supporting the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and the Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) in their effort to improve the jail/prison management.

Within the current context of extreme overcrowding, the jail and prison authorities in the Philippines are challenged to define and implement policies that promote effective security and safety while respecting fundamental human rights, and to promote disengagement from violence and the rehabilitation of offenders with a view to reducing risks of recidivism upon release.

The COVID-19 crisis poses more challenges to the already-overburdened prison systems. People deprived of liberty are likely to be more vulnerable to an outbreak than the general population because of the proximity and confined conditions in which they live. This pandemic demonstrated the need for jail/prison systems to be better prepared and equipped to handle public health emergencies, beyond the COVID-19.

Given the current situation in the Philippines, the importance and urgency of supporting jail/prison systems to help them better cope with the current pandemic as well as promote the treatment of inmates properly are obvious. Sound prison management and community corrections in line with international standards are significantly important regardless of the situation on the pandemic.

 

OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT

Under the purview of the Programme Office in the Philippines (POPHL) in Manila with the supervision of the Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (ROSEAP), the consultant will implement assigned tasks to address capacity development for criminal justice systems in the Philippines, in close cooperation with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and the?Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) and in consultation with other relevant partners and stakeholders.

 

DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT, DUTY STATION AND EXPECTED PLACES OF TRAVEL

Maximum of two hundred forty-five (245) workdays from March 2021.

The duty station is home-based. No travel to the Philippines is required before the restrictions on overseas travel are lifted.

 

INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENT

The incumbent shall be under the overall supervision of the Programme Officer (Prisons) in ROSEAP and the guidance of relevant staff in POPHL.

 

SCHEDULE OF PAYMENT

Deliverables

(list them as referred to in the ToR)

Percentage of Total Price (Weight for payment)

Deliverable A

2.04%

Deliverable B

8.16%

Deliverable C

8.16%

Deliverable D

8.16%

Deliverable E

8.16%

Deliverable F

12.24%

Deliverable G

8.16%

Deliverable H

12.24%

Deliverable I

12.24%

Deliverable J

8.16%

Deliverable K

6.12%

Deliverable L

4.08%

Deliverable M

2.04%

 


Duties and Responsibilities

SCOPE OF WORK

The consultant will provide technical assistance on jail/prison and parole/probation authorities in the Philippines. The scope of work will include the following, and the consultant will submit an inception report with a detailed schedule and sequence of activities, a final report on the overall activities and relevant reports if required.

[Develop and implement rehabilitation programs for selected jails and prisons]

  1. Design and deliver a 5-day online training course on the development and implementation of rehabilitation programs in a selected jail
  2. Provide orientation and training to the officials on how to implement the new programmes and give the follow-up assistance to implement them.

[Develop and implement a risk assessment tool for PPA Officials]

  1. Develop and finalize a more efficient risk assessment tool for PPA officials
  2. Improve the contents of the database management software and upgrade the operation manual to support the implementation of the new tool
  3. Conduct training for PPA officials on the use of the new tool and capacitate the officials on how ?

to address the criminogenic risks of probationers and parolees

  1. Develop training packages to establish a system of ‘train the trainer’

[Develop non-custodial measures to alleviate jail/prison overcrowding]

  1. Assess national legislations and policies related to imprisonment, followed by capacity-building activities to set up mechanisms to implement non-custodial measures, i.e., the measures mentioned under Articles II, III and IV in the UN Standards Minimum Rules for Non-custodial measures.

[Prepare against public health emergencies including COVID-19 in jail/prison settings]

  1. Develop/assess crisis prevention and communication strategies for prisons to manage the risk of infection linked to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, in line with international public health standards. This includes conducting rapid needs assessments (human/financial resources/infrastructure, equipment/health facilities) that would cover visitors and prisoners screening, post-release follow-ups, linking up with the public health system, providing regular information updates to prisoners and their relatives, maintaining prisoners’ contact with the outside world via virtual channels, etc.
  2. Validate the rapid needs assessments of the prison health services, including available human/financial resources, equipment and infrastructure, and its linkage to the public health system
  3. Conduct table-top exercises and simulations on crisis prevention and response, based on the strategies developed above G.
  4. Conduct workshop on preparedness, prevention and control of COVID-19 in prisons and other

places of detention for selected prison and jail officials

 

DELIVERABLE / OUTPUTS

All the outputs should meet the satisfaction of UNODC according to the following indicators: quality of the materials produced; technical competence and timeliness of the delivery; satisfactory outputs based on contents as listed under Item 3)

 

Deliverables

 

Outputs

Working Days

A

1. Inception Report

5 days

B

  1. Draft course design for a 5-day online training course on developing and implementing rehabilitation programs in selected jails/prisons, incorporating UNODC’s revisions;
  2. Delivery of a 5-day online training course (#2) to jail/prison officials

20 days

C

  1. Provide orientation and training to the officials on how to implement the new programmes;
  2. Delivery of follow-up assistance to implement the new rehabilitation programmes to the jails/prisons (#3&4).

20 days

D

  1. Draft risk assessment tool for PPA officials, for UNODC review;
  2. Final risk assessment tool (#6), incorporating UNODC revisions.

20 days

E

8. Improve the contents of the database management software and upgrade the operation manual to support the implementation of the new tool

20 days

F

  1. Draft curriculum design of three 8-day online training courses for PPA officials, incorporating UNODC’s revisions.
  2. Delivery of three 8-day online training courses (#9) to PPA officials.

30 days

G

11. Draft curriculum and training course for trainers of PPA, based on modules developed in #9 and #10, incorporating?UNODC’s revisions

20 days

H

  1. Activity Design for two consultation workshops to be conducted in partnership with the Asian Center for Drug Policy with relevant government agencies and CSOs for policy development or policy reforms on national legislation and policies on alternatives to incarceration/ non-custodial measures.
  2. Delivery of two consultation workshop (#12), Two reports for each workshop, and One consolidated report on policy reforms for alternatives to incarceration/ non- custodial measures.
  3. Recommended draft policies on alternatives to incarceration / non-custodial measures.

30 days

I

  1. Rapid Needs Assessment that includes delivery of a workshop for data collectors and consolidators from the Asian Center for Drug Policy, BJMP and BuCor.
  2. Completion Report on Rapid Needs Assessment (#15), including recommended policy and action.
  3. Policy Paper on crisis prevention and communication strategies in jails and prisons, incorporating UNODC’s revisions.

30 days

J

  1. Activity Design for validation of rapid needs assessment of prison health services, including available human/ financial resources, equipment and infrastructure, and its linkage to the public health system. It covers methodology and data collection tools through desk research and document review of data on existing crisis prevention and communication strategies. Also it includes key informant interviews (KIIs) and focus group discussion (FGDs) as appropriate.
  2. Delivery of the activity (#18) and the Completion Report.

20 days

K

  1. Activity Design for two table-top exercises and simulations on crisis prevention and response.
  2. Learning materials for #20, incorporating UNODC’s revisions.
  3. Delivery of two table-top exercises (#19) and the Activity Report.

15 days

L

23. Activity design for an online workshop on preparedness, prevention and control of COVID-19 in prisons and other places of?detention for selected prison and jail officials

24.?Delivery of an online workshop (#23) and the Activity Report.

10 days

M

25.?Final Report on the overall activities, cleared by UNODC

5 days

Note: It is understood that the consultant would not hold UNODC responsible for any unforeseen or untoward incident during the duration of the consultancy. It is recommended that the consultant secure his/her own insurance coverage during the conduct of the consultancy.


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

The assignment requires a qualified individual with the following expertise:

  • An advanced university degree (at least a master’s degree or equivalent) in behavioural science, psychology, criminology, sociology, or other field related to criminal justice or prison reform is required. PhD degree or equivalent is highly desirable;
  • At least ten years of progressively responsible experience in the field of criminal justice, particularly in prison administration, community corrections, or social reintegration of offenders. The experience collaborating with criminal justice agencies in the Philippines is highly desirable;
  • Strong research and coordination skills, analytical capacities and ability to synthesize complex inputs into coherent support;
  • Understanding of international standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice, particularly the Nelson Mandela Rules, the Bangkok Rules, and the Tokyo Rules;
  • Knowledge of corrections systems and relevant stakeholders in the Philippines;
  • Fluency in English, with excellent drafting and communication skills, is required;
  • Knowledge of Filipino is an advantage;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

 

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

Max Point

1) Technical

70%

 

  • Qualifications in terms of Education, Consultancy and Specialization

25%

25

  • Relevant working, researching and analyzing experience in criminal justice or prison reform issues, in particular, prison administrations, community corrections, or social reintegration of offenders.

25%

25

  • Understanding of international standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice and Knowledge of corrections systems and relevant stakeholders in the Philippines

10%

10

  • Fluency in English with excellent drafting and interpersonal skills and knowledge of Filipino

10%

10

2) Financial

30%

 

Applicants who will only receive 49?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 maximum of one document.?

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

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

 

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