ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION:

UN-Habitat Philippines  

DUTY STATION:

Work From Home  

FUNCTIONAL TITLE:

Transcriber  

SUPERVISOR:

Habitat Programm Manager,
UN-Habitat Philippines  
CONTRACT TYPE & DURATION: Roster  

PURPOSE:

The project aims to support UN-Habitat and/or its partners by providing transcription services resulting in a transcription report of meetings and events.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS:

The transcriber directly reports to the Habitat Programme Manager of UN-Habitat Philippines and/or any authorized staff of UN-Habitat Philippines and will be responsible for the following tasks: 

  1. Guided by the event programme, if there is one, transcribe the audio and/or video file recording the event and submit to UN-Habitat as a Word File.
  2. Use clean or edited type of transcription, not full verbatim. This entails omitting verbal clutter that neither contributes to nor changes the meaning of what was said (repetitions, “um”, etc.).
  3. Comply with the following general rules in carrying out the transcription[1]
    1. Sound Events that Interrupt Dialogue.
      When background noise occurs, use brackets around a short description of explanation of the sound. This can include silence or a specific tone. Try to be as descriptive as possible in 1-3 words. For example:
      1. Background noise – When there is background noise that is not speech, indicate it with a note.
        1. [laughter], [applause], [phone ringing] and [music] are all acceptable tags that indicate what is happening in the speaker’s environment.
      1. Silence – In the case of a jarring or prolonged silence, leave a [silence] note.
        1. If a speaker cuts off or stops and is notable, use

[cuts off]

or an ellipsis with no spaces. For example:

“I really think… She is mad at me.”

  1. Tone indicators – If a speaker is angry or is using a joking tone, include an [angry] or [joking] note before the word/phrase.
    1. Showing Uncertainty.
      Indicate when you are uncertain of a spoken word or a phrase by placing brackets ,”[ ]”, around one of the following indicators before each word/phrase in question:
      1. [crosstalk] – Use this note when two speakers are talking over one another. Try to get as much from each speaker as possible.

For example, if a patient is talking and the doctor interrupts with a question that is answered, do the following:

Patient: The pain is in this area [crosstalk] below the knee.

Doctor: How strong?

Patient: I would rate it around a six.

The doctor interjected before the patient finished, but we do not want to split the sentence into two paragraphs. Therefore, the patient’s sentence is completed, and then the doctor’s question is inserted into a new paragraph.

  1. [inaudible][00:00] – Use this when you are not able to guess what was said.

It is very important that you use this instead of leaving words out without letting us know.

Additionally, please make sure to mark the time (or time range) of the inaudible language.

  1. [foreign] – Use this note when a language other than English or Filipino is being spoken.
    1. [phonetic] – Use this note when you are unsure of the spelling of a word, title or name, but can make out the sounds. After using this note, you will spell the word out phonetically, to the best of your ability.

Use this note instead of [inaudible] if you can make out parts of a word but not the whole thing.

Use this note for unfamiliar words you’re not sure how to spell, such as scientific or medical terms.

  • Timestamps.
    Each transcription requiring timestamps must include timestamps at every change in speaker.
    Place timestamps in brackets – [00:30]. The timestamp should be placed after the speaker’s name and before the transcribed language is shown.
    • Change in speakers.
      A new paragraph must begin with every change in speaker.
    • Identify the speakers…as guided by the programme.  Note: During forum discussions, remind facilitator to ask for the identity (i.e., name, institution, position) of the speaker on the floor.
  • Proofread and copyedit the transcript for spelling and typos before submission.

OUTPUTS EXPECTED AND TARGET SUBMISSION DATES:

Following the performance of the tasks outlined in the Scope of Work above, the short-term consultant is expected to deliver the following output: 

  1. First draft of a clean, proofread, and edited transcription of the audio file in Microsoft Word format.

Deadline: Date is to be agreed upon

  • Final draft of a clean, proofread, and edited transcription of the audio file in Microsoft Word format, reflecting any actionable feedback or revisions from UN-Habitat.

Deadline: Date is to be agreed upon

REMUNERATION:

Upon completion and acceptance of the required outputs.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  1. Has at least a Bachelor’s Degree in development communications, social marketing, journalism, media or other related field.
  2. Has at least five (5) years of relevant experience in transcription.
  3. Excellent communication skills in both verbal and writing

COMPETENCIES:

  • Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of GLTN’s vision, principles and approaches relevant to effectively carrying them out at country level.  Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to assist with data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including  familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases.  Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities.  Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Team Work:  Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • Planning and Organising: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Submission of Applications

Application letters should include:

1. Cover memo (maximum 1 page) including expectations regarding remunerations;

2. A completed UN Personal History Form (P-11) – Please download the form (MS-Word) from UN- Habitat ROAP web site: http://www.fukuoka.unhabitat.org/vacancy/index_en.html;

Qualified applicants are requested to submit their cover letter together with the signed and completed UN Personal History Form (P.11) and Curriculum vitae to alli1@un.org and copy rostrata@un.org by 30 September2019.  Kindly indicate on subject line “Transcriber – ROSTER”.

Please note that applications received after the closing date stated above will not be given consideration. Only short-listed candidates whose applications respond to the above criteria will be contacted. The salary will be determined according to the qualifications, skills and relevant experience of the selected candidate. Details and conditions of the contract will be communicated at the interview.

Please click on this link to view the complete Terms of Reference (TOR).

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

By applying to this post, you agree to UN-Habitat’s due diligence in securing highest standards of efficiency, competency and integrity from all its staff members. Candidates will not be considered for employment with United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that the candidates have been involved in the commission of these acts.

UN-Habitat has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UN-Habitat also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


[1] https://www.transcribe.com/transcription-jobs-online/style-guide/ (accessed 20 February 2019)


ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION:

UN-Habitat Philippines

DUTY STATION:

Work From Home

FUNCTIONAL TITLE:

Layout/Design Artist
SUPERVISOR :
National BCRUPD Project
Coordinator,
UN-Habitat Philippines

CONTRACT TYPE & DURATION :

ROSTER

PURPOSE

UN-Habitat plans to support the project and/or its partners by providing publication layout and design services.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS

The layout artist directly reports to the Habitat Programme Manager of UN-Habitat Philippines and/or any authorized staff of UN-Habitat and will be responsible for the following tasks:

  1. Following the UN-Habitat Brand Manual where and when applicable, and other guidelines and  references provided by UN-Habitat, develop three (3) design pitch decks or design concepts, no more than 5 pages each (A4 size), as overall design options from which one will be selected for the prospective publication layout of Manuscript.
  2. Using the selected design deck, and following the UN-Habitat Brand Manual where and when applicable, produce a print-ready layout version of the Manuscript.
  3. The following guidelines must be adhered to in the development of the layout file:
  • All photos must be print-quality high-resolution images
  • Photos for purchase must be under appropriate creative commons or copyright licenses and subject to the approval of UN-Habitat
  • All images and graphic files must be processed for quality if needed and in both CMYK and RGB formats
  • Tables, figures, diagrams, and other visualizations of technical data must be editable; if they are not editable on the manuscript (e.g., screenshots, flattened image files), they must be recreated or transposed into editable files by the layout artist.
  • Paragraph styles and character styles must be used and assigned for various hierarchies of text (e.g., bodycopy, bullet level 1, bullet level 2, etc.)
  • Master pages must be set for the different sections of the design brief

OUTPUTS EXPECTED AND TARGET SUBMISSION DATES:

Following the performance of the tasks outlined in the Scope of Work above, the short-term consultant is expected to deliver the following outputs:

  1. Design pitch deck or concepts from which one will be selected for the prospective layout template.

Deadline: Date is to be agreed upon

  1. First draft of layout as PDF.

Deadline: Date is to be agreed upon

  1. Second draft of layout reflecting any actionable feedback and/or revisions from UN-Habitat as packaged InDesign file. 

Deadline: Date is to be agreed upon.

  1. Finalized layout file reflecting any actionable feedback and/or revisions from UN-Habitat on the second draft packaged InDesign file.

Deadline: Date is to be agreed upon.

REMUNERATION:

Upon completion and acceptance of the required outputs.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • University Degree in Graphic Design, Multimedia, Visual Arts, Visual Communications, Arts or related field;
  • A minimum of 6 years of relevant professional working experience with in the fields of graphic design, multimedia, visual arts, communications and outreach;
  • With Previous experiences designing highly visible products (evidenced by a substantial design portfolio) and a Proven ability to work with the latest designing software (such as: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Illustrator); and to transpose layout content and/or design into more elementary software such as Microsoft Word, Pages, PowerPoint.
  • Displays a clear and mature style of design, demonstrating an understanding of the communication requirements of a UN agency; With Demonstrable experience in preparing print-ready publication files as well as proven experience in liaising with printing companies; ability in visual communications such as the transposition of technical content into infographics, icon creation, and related tasks would be an asset.
  • Proven ability to work flexibly and creatively, both independently and as part of a team

COMPETENCIES:

Professionalism: Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to assist with data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including  familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases.  Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities.  Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Team Work:  Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning and Organising: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Submission of Applications

Application letters should include:

1. Cover memo (maximum 1 page) including expectations regarding remunerations;

2. A completed UN Personal History Form (P-11) – Please download the form (MS-Word) from UN- Habitat ROAP web site: http://www.fukuoka.unhabitat.org/vacancy/index_en.html;

Qualified applicants are requested to submit their cover letter together with the signed and completed UN Personal History Form (P.11) and Curriculum vitae to alli1@un.org and copy rostrata@un.org by 30 September 2019.  Kindly indicate on subject line “Layout/Design Artist – ROSTER”.

Please note that applications received after the closing date stated above will not be given consideration. Only short-listed candidates whose applications respond to the above criteria will be contacted. The salary will be determined according to the qualifications, skills and relevant experience of the selected candidate. Details and conditions of the contract will be communicated at the interview.

Please click on this link to read complete Terms of Reference (TOR).

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

By applying to this post, you agree to UN-Habitat’s due diligence in securing highest standards of efficiency, competency and integrity from all its staff members. Candidates will not be considered for employment with United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that the candidates have been involved in the commission of these acts.

UN-Habitat has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UN-Habitat also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

ORGANIZATION LOCATION:
UN-Habitat Philippines  

DUTY STATION:

Work From Home  
FUNCTIONAL TITLE:

Copyeditor  
SUPERVISOR:
Habitat Programme Manager,
UN-Habitat Philippines  
CONTRACT TYPE and DURATION:
ROSTER

PURPOSE

The project aims to support UN-Habitat and/or its partners by providing copyediting services.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS

The copyeditor directly reports to the Habitat Programme Manager of UN-Habitat Philippines and any authorized staff of UN-Habitat Philippines and will be responsible for the following tasks:

First review round:

  • Check against plagiarism (please use the online plagiarism checker https://www.scanmyessay.com)
  • Edit for grammar, spelling (preferably American spelling; e.g., “color,” not “colour), and proper punctuation using a globally recognized editorial style guide approved by UN-Habitat (e.g., Chicago Manual, Associated Press).
  • Check for consistency in terms or various forms of the same word. E.g., resilience vs. resiliency. There is a preference for the more commonly used variant (in this case, “resilience”). Exceptions, however, include references to other publications like titles, chapter heads. (E.g., “The chapter in the Philippine New Urban Agenda titled ‘Urban Resiliency in the 21st Century’”)
  • Suggest, using the comment tool, recast of text or syntax where needed for clarity or elimination of ambiguity
  • Ensure that all sections or chapters are complete (all front matter and all chapters are present and in the right order)
  • Titles (chapter heads, headers, subheads) must be checked against the table of contents and any discrepancy should be queried.
  • Citation references are complete and conform to a globally recognized editorial style guide (e.g., Chicago Manual, Associated Press)
  • Appendixes, if any, are complete
  • Footnotes are complete
  • Tables, charts, graphs, figures, boxes are complete
  • Abbreviations protocol is complied with (fully spelled at first mention, acronym or abbreviation used in subsequent mentions, fully spelled again if not mentioned after five consecutive pages or at first mention in a new chapter)
  • Check tables not only for internal consistency but for conformity with the text and other relevant tables in the same work. Totals should be checked and any discrepancies queried
  • Subheads should be checked for uniformity of style as well as consistency with the text in spelling, hyphenation, and italics.
  • All references to tables, figures, appendixes, bibliographies, or other parts of the work should be checked. Any discrepancy should be queried.
  • Prepare the front matter as necessary, including a title page, table of contents, and list of tables and figures. Copyright page text will be provided by UN-Habitat.
  • Prepare a completed style sheet highlighting an alphabetized list of words or terms to be capitalized, italicized, hyphenated, spelled, or otherwise treated in a way unique to the manuscript.

Second review round

  • Revise manuscript accordingly to address/reflect any feedback from the UN-Habitat team on the first edit.

Third review round (laid out manuscript):

  • Check that all accepted revisions, annotations, and changes from the second review round are reflected in the layout file
  • Photographs, if any, are complete
  • Photographs have grammatically sound and appropriate captions
  • Running heads/feet are present
  • Page number in Contents match the actual pages in the publication
  • Titles and numbers of chapters, figures, tables, boxes, etc. in the Contents page match those in the actual pages of the publication
  • Pull quotes checked against the body copy from which they are extrapolated to ensure consistency

OUTPUTS EXPECTED AND TARGET SUBMISSION DATES:

  • Output A (First Review Round): Submission and approval of the Annotated Word file of the manuscript.

Deadline: Date to be agreed upon or 10 working days upon receipt of the manuscript, whichever is earlier; or a pre-agreed deadline should special circumstances necessitate it

  • Output B (Second Review Round): Approval of the Clean Word file of the manuscript addressing/reflecting any feedback from UN-Habitat
    Deadline: Date to be agreed upon  or 3 working days upon receipt of feedback from UN-Habitat, whichever is earlier; or a pre-agreed deadline should special circumstances necessitate it
  • Output C (Third Review Round): Submission and approval of the Annotated PDF file of the laid out manuscript.  
    Deadline: Date to be agreed upon or 3 working days upon receipt of the laid out version of the manuscript, whichever is earlier; or a pre-agreed deadline should special circumstances necessitate it

REMUNERATION

As full consideration for the services performed, the copyeditor will be paid upon completion and acceptance of the required outputs.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Master’s degree in journalism, communications, English literature or similar fields with strong background on communications, editing, and/or publishing; or a first-level degree with additional 3 years work experience in lieu of Master’s Degree.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in communications, editing, and/or publishing .
  • Experience in international organizations, multilateral institutions, global nonprofits, foundations, or UN agencies an asset
  • Demonstrated experience in editorial work for development publications
  • High proficiency (both oral and written) in English required

COMPETENCIES

  • Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of GLTN’s vision, principles and approaches relevant to effectively carrying them out at country level.  Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to assist with data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases.  Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities.  Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify,and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Team Work:  Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • Planning and Organising: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Submission of Applications

Application letters should include:

1. Cover memo (maximum 1 page) including expectations regarding remunerations;

2. A completed UN Personal History Form (P-11) – Please download the form (MS-Word) from UN- Habitat ROAP web site: http://www.fukuoka.unhabitat.org/vacancy/index_en.html;

Qualified applicants are requested to submit their cover letter together with the signed and completed UN Personal History Form (P.11) and Curriculum vitae to alli1@un.org and copy rostrata@un.org by 30 September 2019.  Kindly indicate on subject line “Copyeditor – ROSTER

Please note that applications received after the closing date stated above will not be given consideration. Only short-listed candidates whose applications respond to the above criteria will be contacted. The salary will be determined according to the qualifications, skills and relevant experience of the selected candidate. Details and conditions of the contract will be communicated at the interview.

Please click on this link to view Terms of Reference (TOR).

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

By applying to this post, you agree to UN-Habitat’s due diligence in securing highest standards of efficiency, competency and integrity from all its staff members. Candidates will not be considered for employment with United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that the candidates have been involved in the commission of these acts.

UN-Habitat has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UN-Habitat also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

19 August 2019, Makati City – Today marks World Humanitarian Day to honor people who work in some of the world’s most volatile, remote, and fragile corners to tend to those most affected by emergencies caused by either armed conflict or natural disasters. This year’s commemoration especially shines a light on women humanitarians, many of whom can be found in the Philippines and were honored via an art installation depicting some of them and their stories at a Stand Together event this morning in Makati City.

“Today is a particularly special day,” said Kristin Dadey, Philippine Humanitarian Coordinator, a.i., in her welcome statement at the event. “We honor and pay particular attention to the women humanitarian workers by raising awareness and support to those women who are often the unsung heroes of the frontlines. Women’s role in humanitarian leadership is critical, evidence shows that when women are part of the decision-making process, it is a better or effective response.” 

Over 40% of humanitarian workers are women, and three of them can be found working with Rebuilding Marawi Shelter and Livelihood, a Japan-supported project implemented by UN-Habitat which aims to provide 1,500 new homes and 10 community infrastructure projects for those who lost everything to the Marawi siege. 

On May 2017, armed conflict broke out in Marawi City in the southern Philippines. During five months of heavy fighting between government forces and militants, large swathes of the city were destroyed and tens of thousands of people fled. 

The city is slowly being rebuilt, and these three women, in varying roles, work together in enabling communities champion post-conflict recovery. 


Charlyn Pendang—Mother of Three and 28 Families

Charlyn Pendang (left): “I will employ all that I know to assist in the restoration of peace in Mindanao so that my daughters won’t have to witness death and destruction caused by armed conflict.”

Community mobilizer Charlyn Pendang, 40, has grown accustomed to the rapid demands of emergency response, with a daily routine comprised of lodging security clearances, back to back meetings, and phone calls that reach well into the night. 

“Cha,”  as her friends fondly call her, has been in humanitarian aid for eight years now. 

“Growing up in an impoverished family, I’ve always had a soft heart for those in need,” Cha shares. “I remember whenever I had a classmate who needed help with something, I go out of my way and help them within my capacity. In this way, I was able to gain friends.”

As a community mobilizer for the Rebuilding Marawi project, she spends most of her time organizing displaced families into registered homeowner associations or HOAs that can avail of government loans and specialized land access, and making sure that rehabilitation efforts provided by aid workers like her are participatory and led by the communities themselves.

Cha has gained the trust of affected Maranao, people indigenous to Marawi, and is closely working with 28 families in construction management, financial management, and community contracting among many other types of training under the project. 

For community member Abdul Jalil Madid, Cha’s presence gives them a sense of security: “We know we are in the right hands. Aside from giving us guidance on how to do things, she attends to every concern of the members. One time we requested for her to conduct one of the trainings on a Saturday, and she accommodated us on that without hesitation.”

A mother of three, Cha can’t help but see herself in the women and mothers from affected communities who still find time to attend various project meetings on top of their household responsibilities.

“Every day more and more women are participating in the [Rebuilding Marawi] project implementation and I find it particularly inspiring that there are women and mothers who are vocal and active in public fora,” she added.

Through Cha’s mobilization efforts, women found a safe space for their voices to be heard. 


Rohma Gato Omar—Seeing Herself Among the Displaced

With the rest of the project team, Rohma inspected devastated areas in post-conflict Marawi to identify families that may be eligible for housing from the Rebuilding Marawi Shelter and Livelihood project.

As a community mobilizer for the Rebuilding Marawi project—and herself one of those displaced by the conflict—Rohma Gato Omar, 23, acts as liaison between the project’s targeted displaced communities and the project implementing team. 

She has closely assisted displaced clans and groups in preparing the requirements needed to be eligible to receive new homes and has developed systems by which community members affected by the siege can engage with and benefit from the project’s other interventions. 

“Being a community worker is exciting but quite challenging,” Rohma says, sharing how she has been the recipient of both admiration from potential beneficiaries and of enmity from those who are still displaced and need to express their frustration. “I feel some pressure when I can’t meet everyone’s needs. It takes a lot of conversations to make them understand that the project takes time and that we in the project team are doing the best that we can.” 

In the office, Rohma can come off as introverted and timid, but only because as a first-time employee of an international agency, she opts to observe and listen to learn more about the technical and normative aspects of her job. In the field, however, she is in her element: strong, outspoken, self-assured. 

“When it comes to community work specifically in a place where youth and women aren’t usually heard,” she says, “I’m more comfortable and confident despite my youth and gender—which in fact become my motivation to speak.”

For this young Maranao, being a humanitarian means consistently recognizing and acting on the primacy of human welfare and dignity at all times and in all manner of aid and intervention, with a focus on enabling and empowering people to act on their own recovery rather than handing it to them. 

“The internally displaced people (IDP) from the Marawi siege are the target beneficiaries of the project I work for,” Rohma says. “They are my fellow IDPs and I understand their loss and agony. That’s why working in this project is especially fulfilling for me, when I see how it gives people hope and the strength to rise and build a new and better future for their families and communities.”


Norhaifa Patarandang—Finding Her Voice

Norhaifa Patarandang: “Meeting IDPs like me and listening to their stories has helped me come to terms with my own predicament and made me grateful for everything that I have right now.”

Norhaifa Patarandang, 33, was already doing development work for a local NGO when she met her husband and moved to Marawi City two years prior to the siege. Nothing could have prepared her for neither the violent conflict nor the 19 months she and her family would spend moving from one town to another after losing their home to the siege.  

It was seeing the plight of her children in the cramped room they rented that gave her the motivation to play an active role in the Rebuilding Marawi project and say yes when her community asked her to be community leader. 

While Charlyn and Rohma are part of the UN-Habitat team, Norhaifa is one of the internally displaced and a target beneficiary of the project. 

She records the minutes of all meetings and gives out notices to all members. But what she finds as the most rewarding part of her duty is the empowerment that is accorded to her by the project and the opportunity it is providing Muslim women to speak their minds.

“In one of our consultation meetings, I was very pleased that the project engineers considered my concern on the construction of toilets [in the permanent shelters],” she shares “Even before the siege, most of the affected families didn’t have proper toilets. It was very tedious then for mothers like me to fill buckets of water from faucets outside our houses. I told the engineers to ensure that there were toilets inside the house and so they included that in their plans. That made us very happy.” 

Since then Norhaifa has been very vocal in meetings and trainings, speaking her mind to the committees. As a community leader, Norhaifa is breaking the conventional mold of “beneficiary” and inspiring other women in the community to speak up, be part of the conversation and decision making, and be architects in the design of their own recovery and rehabilitation. 


#WomenHumanitarians

These are just three stories of women who are devoting their lives in the service of the most vulnerable; and whether it’s about approaching aid work as a mother to ensure that no one  else’s children have to suffer or seeing yourself in the displaced or finding your voice and helping others find theirs, there are yet many stories in and outside Marawi of unsung heroes who are wives, mothers, daughters, sisters. 

UN-Habitat Philippines honors the commitment and fervor of these and all women humanitarians. May their example not only inspire but affirm what women have achieved and can further achieve in making the world safer, peaceful, and better for everyone.