|Introduction : |
The Philippines is one of the fastest-growing economies in Southeast Asia and plays an important role in the stability of the region. Environmental degradation and more frequent climatic events are likely to be key political, economic, and security disrupters over the longer term. Humanitarian crises can also undermine growth, reverse development gains, increase poverty, and cause instability that can last for decades.
To address this challenge, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through the support of the Government of Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the Philippines (DFAT), is implementing the Strengthening Institutions and Empowering Localities Against Disasters and Climate Change (SHIELD) Program. Australia invested AUD18 million in SHIELD.
The goal of the SHIELD Programme is to make all people in target communities safer and more resilient to the impacts of natural hazard events and climate change. This will be realized by achieving three interdependent components:
● Component 1: Government, private sector, and civil society stakeholders in targeted local government units (LGUs) are collaborating to unlock funding and implement informed and inclusive resilience actions
● Component 2: Relevant national government agencies (NGAs) are prioritizing action on local climate and disaster resilience
● Component 3: Philippine scientific agencies are producing tailored and accessible information for local resilience action
SHIELD will be implemented in 11 provinces, Metro Manila, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
The second component is built upon the need to develop and strengthen an enabling environment at the national level beyond planning and financing, to accelerate climate and disaster resilience actions at the local level and improve oversight and accountability for its implementation and results. With this, SHIELD is looking at initiating policy reforms, including developing and enhancing resilience frameworks, plans, policies, and strategies, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) framework for resilience, and data ecosystems for resilient development.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan (NDRRMP) is a long-term national sectoral plan that focuses on addressing four main priority areas: (1) disaster prevention and mitigation, (2) disaster preparedness, (3) disaster response, and (4) rehabilitation and recovery. As a long-term plan, the NDRRMP needs to be periodically reviewed to assess the relevance and impact of the plan on the changing realities at the local, national, and global level. Its recent review emphasized the significance of institutionalizing feedback and reporting mechanisms to gauge the performance progress and gaps vis-à-vis the various targets identified in the plan.
One of the gaps in the current national Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system is the lack of a results-based and harmonized system that links local and national outputs and outcomes. The M&E system should be able to track the progress of implementing planned outputs and monitor progress towards the intended outputs and outcomes outlined by the NDRRMP. Furthermore, there is a need for the national government to allocate funds for the development, mainstreaming, and implementation of an M&E system at all levels.
To address this gap, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), with support from UNDP, has developed a results-based M&E Framework and Plan that demonstrates accountability and transparency, ensures that tangible outcomes or outputs are achieved timely and efficiently, and promotes the achievement of program results. This M&E Framework and Plan engaged the whole of government – at the national and local levels – to develop a culture of continuous improvement, data-driven decision-making, and planning, and leveraging lessons learning from the plan implementation.
Furthermore, with the amount and complexity of data streams from various stakeholders, OCD and UNDP have also developed a functional prototype for an integrated web-based M&E dashboard, with a combination of operational, analytical, and strategic functionalities. The functional prototype was designed to streamline the collection, storage, presentation, and generation of DRR-related data from both manual data uploads and from relevant databases through interoperability solutions. This enables the national government to track the progress of the NDRRMP implementation regularly, effectively, and efficiently across all levels of government and different sectors. Moving forward, the functional prototype for the M&E Dashboard shall undergo a methodical review and system modifications based on the recommendations of the NDRRMC prior to the deployment of the server. Additionally, OCD and other users of the platform shall be capacitated regarding its utilization, operationalization, and maintenance before the M&E Dashboard can be institutionalized.
Scope of Work
UNDP seeks to engage the services of a Full-Stack Web Developer who will modify, deploy, maintain, transfer and deliver the prototype M&E Dashboard to OCD. This dashboard shall streamline key functions such as reporting, updating, collation, storage, presentation, and generation of DRR-related data from local stakeholders and key government agencies to the OCD. The Developer shall ensure that critical digital functions such as user credentials, data storage, accessibility, security, analytics, quality control and assurance, user experience (UX) design, user interface (UI), overall system sustainability, and the likes are considered in developing the dashboard. Specifically, the Full-Stack Web Developer is expected to perform the following tasks in undertaking the project:
1. Review the UX/UI of the current dashboard
2. Modify the functionalities of the dashboard based on the requirements of OCD and NDRRMC
3. Define the technical specifications for the cloud hosting solution that will be procured to host and deploy the system, ensuring that it aligns with the system’s functional requirements and receives approval from both OCD and UNDP.
4. Adhere to the Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT) report that will be conducted by OCD /3rd party
5. Maintain the system until end of the contract
6. Turnover the system to OCD upon end of contract including all relevant documentations
7. Conduct capacity building on the use of the system with OCD and NDRRMC
8. Conduct at least two (2) trainings with OCD and other identified users of the platform for Systems Administration, Server Administration, and Cloud Hosting
The Consultant is expected to work with the SHIELD Support Unit (SSU), UNDP Climate Action Programme Team, OCD, SHIELD Consortium Partners, and other relevant stakeholders.
Period of assignment/services 90-person days
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