On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) as a global pandemic. Currently, almost all countries are facing the same crisis. On March 8, 2020, a state of public health emergency was declared in the Philippines through Proclamation No. 922, s. 2020, in order to capacitate the national government to immediately act to prevent the loss of life and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. Luzon island and most parts of the country are under stay-home orders due to the movement restrictions and community quarantine measures imposed since March 16, 2020. Data from the Department of Health (DOH) shows that the National Capital Region (NCR) is the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, the country is doing its best to mitigate or stop the spread of the disease and find ways to treat the infected, and revive the economy that has suffered countless losses.
The National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 serves as the operational command headed by the Defense Secretary, while the National Incident Command (NIC) taking charge of the day to day concerns and operations is led by Chief Implementer, Secretary of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, with the Office of Civil Defense as its secretariat, is in charge of determining agencies in the various task groups such as response operations, resource management and logistics and strategic communications.
As first responders to COVID-19, duty bearers from the peace and security sectors undertake vital roles and provide invaluable contributions to the safety and security of health personnel, citizens and communities. Hence, they need to be properly prepared and trained in crisis management, health-related or public health matters, management of conflict situations, and provision of non-violent gender-sensitive quarantine, crowd management and civilian control protocols that respects and protects human rights, especially of women and girls.
With this, UN Women, in partnership with the Philippine Commission on Women, aims to conduct a mapping of gender issues and concerns of security frontliners to develop policy and/or program recommendations towards gender-responsive responses of the security sector to complex emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Policy and/or program recommendations are also intended to advance gender-responsive peace and security processes and mechanisms (such as greater participation of women in community safety/ security/ policing) as well as increased and meaningful participation of women in the security sector (e.g., gender-responsive recruitment, retention and promotion policies). This mapping, ultimately, will contribute to the implementation of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, 2017-2022 as well as other UNSCRs on women, peace and security.
Due consideration will also be undertaken for the members of the security sector in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) to participate in this mapping as part of the ongoing support of UN Women to the Bangsamoro peace process, with support from the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The mapping will not only be presented to the national security agencies but also, with appropriate BARMM agencies later on.
Duties and Responsibilities
The objective of the engagement is for the consultant to conduct a mapping of gender issues and concerns of security frontliners in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To deliver the abovementioned objective, the consultant is expected to work closely with UN Women and the Philippine Commission on Women (Sectoral Coordination Division) as the lead key government agency undertaking this assessment. The consultant will undertake the following:
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