Call for applications: Data assistant in the Bangsamoro

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Call for applications: Data assistant in the Bangsamoro

February 08th, 2021

WFD is inviting applications for an in-country data assistant (temporary) to assist a data analysis expert in supporting data collection for evaluation of the Gender and Development Code for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Context

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is the UK’s democracy assistance agency, working in partnership with political parties, parliaments and civil society organisations around the world to create more inclusive, accountable and transparent democratic systems. WFD strengthens the capacity of these key democratic institutions, helping ensure they have the systems, knowledge and skills to perform effectively. WFD also fosters improved democratic processes, bringing together individuals and institutions and encouraging them to work together to solve concrete problems, applying democratic values and principles.

Over the course of 2020-2021, WFD is leading on supporting democratic stability in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) through a programme with the UK Conflict Stability Security Funding (CSSF) managed by the Foreign and Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO). Recognising the establishment of the Bangsamoro Organic Law 2018 (BOL) being a key entry point for locally owned institutions and processes to develop and adopt inclusive and accountable practices, the programme is designed with the overall aim of supporting the implementation of BOL. The programme will support the establishment of BOL by strengthening locally owned institutions to become increasingly accountable, inclusive, and pluralistic.

The programme combines:

  1. Strengthening the Bangsamoro parliament as an institution and developing the expertise of its members and staff.
  2. Supporting the development of existing and fledging Bangsamoro political parties and brokering dialogue between them around the emerging rules of the game within the new system of governance.
  3. Supporting Bangsamoro women as political leaders and politically active citizens to coalesce around shared objectives and agenda and to be equipped with the right expertise to identify and influence key policy and legislative change.

Objective

WFD is working with the Bangsamoro Women Commission (BWC) to make gender and inclusion central to the transition process in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). As part of the wider programme, WFD is supporting BWC in reviewing and amending the Gender and Development (GAD) Code. BWC conducted a review of the implementation of this code in 2019 and consulted with key stakeholders such as selected government units in the BARMM, civil society groups, GAD focal persons, and women and children protection desk officers of the Philippine National Police. Several new changes to the provisions in the Code have been made over the last few months as a result of stakeholder consultations and the next step is to finalise the Code and present it to the Parliament.

Once the Code is passed by the Parliament, the BWC will need to monitor and report back to the Parliament on the progress made. For this they will need to institute a robust mechanism that allows for monitoring and providing evidence-based reporting to the Parliament for positive policy outcomes on gender and development issues. To this end, WFD has worked to develop a GAD Code M&E Framework. The M&E Framework is based on three focus areas of the GAD Code; provisions that provide protections to women and girls, compliance of duty bearers, and participation of women in policy and decision making. However, challenges remain in identifying data sources, setting up a monitoring and data collection system, conducting a baseline line assessment and reporting against the M&E framework.

Tasks and responsibilities

In this context WFD is seeking to procure a data assistant (temporary) to work with a remotely based Data Analyst/Expert in supporting data collection for evaluation of the Gender and Development Code of the BARMM. The data assistant has to be someone who is based in Cotabato City and will:

  1. Work closely with the Data Analyst/Expert and the Bangsamoro Women Commission (BWC) in identifying institutions and offices that can offer data and information relevant to the monitoring and evaluation framework for the GAD Code;
  2. Liaise with identified institutions, offices, CSOs, and independent organizations in order to collect relevant data and make this available for the Data Analyst/Expert;
  3. Encode collected data into excel, CSV or any other usable format for use in data analysis;
  4. Coordinate meetings between representatives of these institutions, BWC, and the Data Analyst/Expert;
  5. Provide additional insights on local context to assist in the data collection process and regularly report back to Data Analyst/Expert; and
  6. Perform other such day-to-day functions as required by the Data Analyst/Expert.

Required skills and experience

  • Experience of data collection and management
  • Building relationships with external stakeholders
  • Knowledge of BARMM government and parliamentary system
  • Experience of working with BARMM government departments/parliament (desirable)
  • Working fluency English
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Creative problem solving and attention to detail
  • Access to a laptop and the internet

Fees:  PHP 50,000

Timeline: February 15 – March 15, 2021 (1 month of full time work)

To apply Please submit updated CV and a brief proposal to eleanor.tuck@wfd.org by February 12, 2021.

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