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About the programme

Implemented by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines, the Justice Sector Reform Programme: Governance in Justice II (GOJUST II) contributes to inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development through improved access to justice for all in the Philippines. Specifically, it aims to develop more responsive and accountable justice services. It includes two components focusing on justice and human rights, respectively. The programme is being implemented from December 2020 to June 2025.

GOJUST II is funded by the European Union and implemented by the British Council, United Nations Office for Project Services UNOPS) and in joint co-financing with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation. GOJUST II builds on and continues the work of its predecessor, GOJUST, which was implemented from April 2016 to September 2020.

Background of the assignment

The mission aims to support the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) in the formulation and development of Data Harmonisation Guidelines on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) cases that would clearly set and harmonise the data requirements, definition, indicators, reporting formats, data collection and verification, including analysis, sharing and management of information.

  • In 2012, RA No. 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 was amended through RA No. 10364 and established the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT). IACAT was created as a central coordinating body to oversee the implementation of the law. It is chaired by the Secretary of Justice. 'It is mandated, among others, to develop comprehensive and integrated programmes to prevent and suppress trafficking in persons, establish the necessary institutional mechanism for the protection and support of trafficked persons, and ensure the timely, coordinated, and effective response to cases of trafficking in persons particularly in the investigation and prosecution of trafficking persons cases'.
  • As part of the effort to effectively prevent and suppress trafficking in persons and to successfully prosecute trafficking persons cases, the law requires the Council to ensure the 'harmonisation and standardisation of databases, including minimum data requirements, definitions, reporting formats, data collection systems, and data verification systems'.
  • To implement the abovementioned mandate, IACAT is embarking on an Anti-Trafficking Data Harmonisation Project where they intend to develop a comprehensive, harmonised, and unduplicated data collection system, case monitoring, and analysis of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) across agencies which shall aid the development of timely and need-focused policies and programmes to address trafficking in persons.  
  • This mission will support the first layer of the project which relates to the development of the IACAT.

Data harmonisation is defined as the “act of reconciling the definition (semantic) and representation formats (syntax) data elements in a domain of interest. It entails a set of activities that improves the consistency in the use of data elements in terms of their meaning and representation format. Data harmonization will identify a set of core data elements (data elements expressed using different descriptions but with identical meaning)”.

Introduction to Data Harmonization and Modelling, accessed on 20 June 2022, https://www.unescap.org/sites/default/files/26%20Apr%202017%20-%20Introduction%20to%20Data%20Harmonization.pdf, p.8.

Role overview 

The non-key expert (Data Policy Specialist) is expected to achieve the following objectives:

  • To draft the IACAT Data Harmonisation Guidelines on TIP cases
  • To train key stakeholders and users on the Guidelines 

Read more about the scope of work of the consultant here (pages 5 to 6).

What are the available positions?

We are looking for qualified candidates to apply for the following positions:

Designation Type of Expertise Duration (working days)
Senior Non Key Expert Data Policy Specialist 30

What is the duration of the contract?

The main mission period is six (6) months from mid-October 2022 to mid-April 2023. The contract is meant to be delivered remotely.

How to apply? 

Applications for this request for proposal should be submitted to governanceinjusticeii@britishcouncil.org by 23 September 2022, 11.59 p.m. (Manila time). 

Tender responses must comprise the following documents: 

  • A cover letter addressing why you would be a suitable candidate for the assignment (1 page).
  • A CV highlighting qualifications/experiences, with at least one personal referee.

Note: For the complete list of required qualifications and skills, general and specific professional experience, please download the attached terms of reference (ToR) below.

Questions and concerns

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The following timescales shall apply to this Procurement Process.

Procurement timeline



RFP Issued to bidding suppliers 02 September 2022
Deadline for clarification 08 September 2022
Deadline for submission of tender responses by potential suppliers (Response Deadline)  23 September 2022, 11.59 PM (PH time)
Deadline for submission of work cost proposal by shortlisted suppliers 28 September 2022
Final Decision 04 October 2022
Contract concluded with winning supplier 04 October to 15 October 2022
Contract start date (tentatively) 15 October 2022
Work delivery and reporting 15 October 2022 to 14 April 2023