National Consultant for Assessment of Vulnerable Piers and Maritime Assets used by Maritime Law Enforcement Agencies in Southern Philippines

Location : Manila, Philippines, PHILIPPINES
Application Deadline :23-Jun-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :25 working days spread over 2 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :25 working days spread over 2 months

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.


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 and White Hull diplomacy in the Southeast Asian and Pacific regions.      


Many maritime law enforcement agencies in the Southeast Asian region such as Coast Guard services, marine police or other maritime regulatory agencies dock vessels at public piers, or poorly secured piers in coastal locations. Given the speed at which ISIS claimed responsibility for the recent Maldives attack in April 2020, it is clear the targeting of law enforcement/security forces vessels at vulnerable piers can be a modus operandi promoted by ISIS.


It is also possible that copycat attacks may follow and therefore important for maritime law enforcement agencies to review security measures for vessels docked at vulnerable piers.  Similarly, ISIS-linked militants launched a large-scale attack in the City of Marawi in the Southern Philippine province of Mindanao in May 2017. Geography and maritime border security issues in the region are believed to have facilitated the movement of the terrorist group, allowing them to traverse into the city using several key maritime routes.


A comprehensive assessment of vulnerable piers and other maritime assets in Southern Philippines will be an invaluable tool to address the region’s maritime security challenges by increasing resiliency and strengthening security of key maritime infrastructure and assets. 

Duties and Responsibilities



The UNODC seeks a consultant to provide substantive direction, guidance, and recommendations through the conduct of a Risk Assessment of Vulnerable Piers and Maritime Assets in Southern Philippines. The focus of the assessment are those piers/ports in the ZambaSulTa region with maritime law enforcement assets, and/or locations at which maritime law enforcement assets are temporarily docked.


The consultant is expected to review the risk factors of several maritime law enforcement assets in the area and identify procedural and technological measures for target hardening. The consultant will also provide recommendations to improve procedural processes to mitigate risk factors by facilitating Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) updating. 


The assessment will be conducted in close partnership with key maritime law enforcement agencies such as the Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine National Police - Maritime Group.



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 03 May – 30 June 2021:


Deliverable A – 15 Days

  • In coordination with the Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group, conduct a Risk Assessment of Vulnerable Piers and Maritime Assets in Southern Philippines. Preferably the study is to be done with field visits, but due to the global public health crisis, home-based research is acceptable.
  • Conduct exploratory meetings with relevant local and national officials.


Deliverable B – 10 Days

  • Based on the assessment conducted, give recommendations through a review/updating of SOP on the procedural/systemic improvements and physical security enhancements to mitigate risk factors.
  • Present findings and recommendations to the Philippine Coast Guard and Philippine National Police-Maritime Group.



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



Estimated Duration to Complete

Target due dates

Review and Approvals Required


Reviewed and Monitored by

Conduct a Risk Assessment of Vulnerable Piers and Maritime Assets in Southern Philippines

At least 10 working days  after signing the contract and upon consultation with relevant stakeholders.


Document may be submitted electronically


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


Confirmation and acceptance will be done by Senior Policy Advisor

Regional Programme Coordinator, UNODC GMCP


National Programme Officer, UNODC GMCP


Senior Policy Advisor, UNODC

Provide recommendations through SOP review/updating on the procedural/ systemic improvements and physical security enhancements to mitigate risk factors.


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








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, the UNODC National Programme Officer (Global Maritime Crime Programme) based in Manila.


Expected tangible and measurable outputs

  • Deliverable A – Completed assessment of Vulnerable Piers and Maritime Assets in Southern Philippines
  • Deliverable B – Review/Updating of Standard Operating Procedures


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. Fieldwork, meetings and coordination shall be done in compliance with community quarantine policies.

Duration of work: 25 working days from May to June 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.



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


The individual consultant will be evaluated based on the following methodology:

Cumulative analysis

When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.


* Technical Criteria weight: [70%]

* Financial Criteria weight: [30%]


Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation





Weight (%)



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


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.


(28 points for bachelor’s degree; 34 points for Masters; 40 points for Doctoral)




  1. Minimum three years of experience at an advisory and/or technical role in security and counter terrorism with a specific focus on activities in the Sulu and Celebes Sea region.

(21 points for 3 years’ experience with Masters, or 5 years’ experience with Bachelors ; additional point for additional year)


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

(7 points for 3 years; additional point per additional year up to a

maximum of 10 points)


  1. At least three years of proven experience in dealing with counterparts from various cultural backgrounds.
  1. points for 3 years; additional point per additional year up to a

maximum of 10 points)


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

(7 points for 3 years; additional point per additional year up to a

maximum of 10 points)



































  1. Excellent conversational Filipino and Fluency in oral and written English.












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:


Target Date

Fee Basis / Percentage

Submission of Risk Assessment of Vulnerable Piers and Maritime Assets in Southern Philippines












Submission of recommendations through SOP review/updating on the procedural/ systemic improvements and physical security enhancements to mitigate risk factors.



Both reports need to be cleared by



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



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.



  1. Proposal: Cover letter: a brief description of why the offeror considers her/himself the most suitable for the assignment;
  2. Personal CV or UNDP P-11 Form, indicating past experience from similar projects and specifying the relevant assignment period (from/to), as well as the email and telephone contacts of at least three (3) professional references; and
  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.


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.


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



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%.




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:

Incomplete submission of required documents may result in disqualification.

Please see the deadline of submissions above.

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