Safeguarding the seas is part of Tagum City’s sustainability initiatives, and Mayor Rellon personally takes on the task in this #MayorsChallengePh video! Civic groups and NGOs join the local government in building artificial coral reefs to support fish populations in the aptly called “I’M SEACURE” program. They also work together to keep a mangrove nursery. Aside from protecting life underwater (SDG 14), these collaborative efforts contribute to food security in Tagum and beyond. #UrbanOctoberPh

An inclusive economy is fundamental to urban sustainability, as Mayor Medina of Vigan City shows us in his #MayorsChallengePh entry. The city provides livelihood opportunities to persons with disabilities who work as loom weavers specializing in “Abel Iloko”, the traditional weaving culture of Vigan. PWDs enjoy productive employment while keeping tradition alive. Craftsmanship and reduced inequalities are at the heart of Vigan’s vibrancy! #UrbanOctoberPh #SDG8 #SDG10

ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-HABITAT
DUTY STATION: Iligan/Marawi City
FUNCTIONAL
TITLE:
Capacity Development and
Partnership Officer
CONTRACT
MODALITY :
Local Individual Contract (LICA)
DURATION : 1 December 2019 – 31 March 2020, extendable
depending on funding availability and performance
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity  

Requirements of consultancy

Within the framework of the “Rebuilding Marawi, Republic of the Philippines, through Community-Driven Shelter and Livelihood Recovery Support”, funded by the Government of Japan, the Officer will establish systems and procedures to support the management, conduct and monitoring of community mobilization and capacity development activities, support the strengthening of community associations/groups to undertake their own development initiatives, develop and maintain strong partnerships and networks with all stakeholders and partners.

Duration

Initial contract up to 31 March 2020, renewable

Duty Station

The post will be based in Iligan/Marawi.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the Capacity Development and Partnership Officer will:

  • Establish systems and procedures to support the management, conduct, and monitoring of community mobilization and capacity development activities;
    • Ensure the quality of community mobilization and capacity development activities and that they are internally and externally coordinated with other component units; 
    • Provide support for the strengthening of community associations/groups to undertake their own development initiatives, with special emphasis on women;
    • Assist community mobilization team leaders in the preparation of Community Action Plans;
    • Assist the technical team in the conduct of training for local work teams/groups;
    • Develop capacity development activities that target all stakeholders through on-the-job training, awareness-raising activities, knowledge and information sharing, and formal capacity development activities, including:
  • Develop training designs, program and modules, work plans;
  • Organize, conduct and/or facilitate training sessions workshops and exchange programmes for staff, partners and community members;
    • In collaboration with the KM officer, prepare appropriate monthly and quarterly progress reports to partners, donors, and other stakeholders;
    • ensuring timely information are shared and acted on;
    • Develop project proposals in consultation with partners leveraging on the current project to ensure sustainability and scale up.

Remuneration:

The salary will be determined according to the qualifications, skills and relevant experience of the selected candidate.

QUALIFICATIONS/SPECIAL SKILLS OR KNOWLEDGE

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Community Development, Human Resource Development, Organizational Development, Business Management or other related discipline

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS:

  • At least three (4) years experience in community development, organizing or mobilization
  • Have good people management skills
  • Have good partnership building and networking skills
  • Strong experience of working with local communities in implementing local development projects at community level
  • Knowledge and experience of community-driven processes including community action planning
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and interpersonal, will be essential, as most of the work will be done through a process of consultation at various levels
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications especially Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: Good command of English and Filipino. Knowledge of the local dialect is an advantage.

CORE VALUES AND COMPETENCIES

Core Values

  • Integrity – Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours. Acts without consideration of personal gain. Resists undue political pressure in decision making. Does not abuse power or authority. Stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular. Takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.
  • Professionalism – 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.
  • Respect for Diversity – Works effectively with people from all backgrounds. Treats all people with dignity and respect. Treats men and women equally. Shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making. Examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses. Does not discriminate against any individual or group.

Professional Competencies

  • Professionalism: Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of human settlement issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods.  Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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; exhibits interest in having two-way communication; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.  
  • Teamwork:  Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.  
  • Planning& Organizing:  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.  
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.  

Submission of Applications

Application letters should include:

1. Cover memo (maximum 1 page);

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 warren.ubongen@un.org and copy rostrata@un.org by 22 November 2019.  Kindly indicate on subject line “Capacity Development and Partnership Junior Officer – Marawi/Iligan”. 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.

Click on this link to read complete Terms of Reference: http://unhabitat.org.ph/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/EXTENDED-VA-UNH-Phil.-Marawi-Project-CapDevtand-Partnership-Officer-.pdfnce (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.

Mayor Climaco of Zamboanga City gives us a tour of Santa Cruz Island, famous for its pink sand beaches and century-old mangrove tree. As a protected area frequented by tourists, human activities on the island are strictly regulated to preserve marine life (SDG 14) and life on land (SDG 15). Because urban sustainability goes beyond the city proper, conservation of the island and its resources is a top priority of Zamboanga City.

Before #UrbanOctoberPh ends, Mayor Climaco challenges Vigan Mayor Carlo Medina to join the #MayorsChallengePh.

In this Mayors’ Challenge video, Mayor Bernard Dy proudly introduces Cauayan City’s response to SDGs 2 and 3. In an effort to alleviate hunger and malnutrition while ensuring that no food goes to waste, Cauayan established a “Food Bank” where food is stored and distributed to poor families and children. The Food Bank is operated by the city government but receives generous support from individuals, establishments, local retailers, companies, NGOs, and other charitable institutions: a small-scale but inspiring example of partnerships for the Goals. #UrbanOctoberPh #MayorsChallengePh

Attendant to shelter support being provided by the Rebuilding Marawi Shelter and Livelihood Project being implemented by UN-Habitat with funding from Japan is the livelihood support component to complement shelter provision and facilitate socio-economic reintegration of the those displaced by the siege.

The livelihood project is a response to the livelihood needs assessment (LNA) that was carried out at the start of the project. The assessment revealed that support especially in cash-for-work programs and market linkages, access of IDPs to start-up capital, and livelihood opportunities for women, the elderly and female-headed households was needed to complement government interventions and response.

With the siege resulting in massive displacement, damaged properties, and disrupted economic activities, the livelihood component endeavors to help strengthen or restore the social fabric and promote peacebuilding among war-affected communities in Marawi City.

In this regard, a hackathon, a 24- to 48-hour intensive brainstorming session to formulate or design a proposed solution to a specific problem, usually in the form of an app, prototype, or detailed proposal or presentation, will take place in Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao, provisionally on November 23-24, 2019 to shine a light on the youth’s role and ingenuity in innovative approaches to urban sustainability. 

The event is targeting around 40 to 50 youth participants, with each team composed of two to three members, in addition to researchers, urban practitioners, and technical experts who will be providing inputs throughout the event. Outputs of the hackathon may run the gamut from mobile apps, infographics, business plans, and presentations to prototypes, and will be featured via video gallery on UN-Habitat’s country office and global digital platforms.

This Youth Innovation Hackathon will focus primarily on environmental and social solutions that will support post-recovery initiatives in Marawi. A recent assessment of the Environmental and Social Safeguards System (ESSS) in the area identified interconnected issues related to water quality, water usage, and waste disposal in the affected communities. According to the assessment, lower quality of water has resulted in diarrhea and skin diseases in the communities because there are no methods of purifying/filtering water from its source. There is also increased dependence on delivered/bottled/mineral water over tap water for drinking, raising both financial expenses for the displaced families and plastic bottle waste in the communities. In the absence of proper waste collection and segregation practices, more than 60% burn their waste, including plastic. This assessment report and other literature on clean technology innovation will be sent to registered participants in advance of the hackathon to provide them with context and a background of the advocacies, mandates, and work of UN-Habitat.

As a response to various post-conflict recovery challenges in Marawi, the participants of the hackathon will be asked to come up with innovations that will use clean technology innovations to help encourage recycling while expanding livelihood options in the neighborhood level. We are looking for outputs that will help manage plastic wastes in communities without regular waste collection and segregation initiatives, and initiate a Material Recovery System (MRF) that could generate income from collected wastes, particularly plastic bottles. The hackathon is also open to ideas and outputs that will improve water quality in Marawi, including but not limited to user-friendly systems that will allow residents to monitor water quality and/or purify or filter water using materials available in the neighborhood.

The outputs will be judged according to the execution of the theme, quality of the idea, innovation, presentation/demo, and business impact/viability.

The event will be open to the public virtually via livestream of some segments from the programme as well as of the presentation of the finalists’ submissions. Guests will include partners from the national and local governments, the private sector, other international development organizations, and industries.

To facilitate the successful conduct of the hackathon, a full-service package event organizer will be hired to oversee the administrative, logistical, and other preparatory aspects required to successfully hold the event under the guidance of and in conjunction with the Rebuilding Marawi Shelter an Livelihood Project team and other relevant UN-Habitat Philippines staff.

Interested parties may fill out and submit a Request for Quotation Form and the P11 Personal History Form to keneath.bolisay@un.org on or before 5:00 PM, 1 November 2019, based on the tasks/deliverables enumerated in the Terms of Reference. All for download below:

This Urban October, Legazpi City takes its “Fun and Adventure” motif a step further by responding to the Mayors’ Challenge to showcase urban sustainability initiatives. Nominated by Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez, Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal led a back-to-back community coastal cleanup and mangrove planting activity participated by city government employees and local townsfolk. Trash-free coasts with lush mangrove forests not only support life below water (SDG 14) but also contribute to improved water quality (SDG 6) and climate mitigation (SDG 13). For the Legazpeños, picking up litter along the coast is already a way of life, a lifestyle that allows them to care for and enjoy the beautiful ridge-to-reef system they have been blessed with.

#UrbanOctoberPh
#MayorsChallengePh

Nominated by Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno, Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez joins the #UrbanOctober Mayors’ Challenge with a site visit of climate-vulnerable communities for local consultations, a practice that can enable local authorities.to harness local knowledge and include their citizenry in decision making. 

Climate adaptation plans that undergo consultation and engagement with communities, especially those most affected by climate change, have the most promising chances of efficacy and sustainability when those they are meant to support are part of the decision-making process. Ormoc City is currently in partnership with UN-Habitat, LCP, and national government agencies in a project that aims to use urban planning and design to build climate resilience and strengthen the adaptive capacity of the city’s most vulnerable.

A joint campaign by UN-Habitat Philippines and the League of Cities of the Philippines, the Mayors’ Challenge champions mayors as leaders of positive behavior change by tasking them and their staff to feature a particular urban sustainability practice that can meaningfully contribute to sustainable urban development.

For more information, contact alli1@un.org

#UrbanOctoberPh
#MayorsChallengePh

Position Title                                    :              City Coordinator

Project Reference                           :              Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans & Designs

Duty Station                                     :              Cagayan de Oro City

Duration                                            :              December 2019 – June 2020

Deadline of Application                 :              1 November 2019

City Coordinator Duties and Responsibilities:

The Local Coordinator is expected to perform the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Ensure that the project plans, activities and target outputs are well communicated to the City Technical Working Group and other project other project partners in the city;
  • Coordinate and extend assistance to the city government to facilitate project activities such as data gathering and validation, meetings, planning workshops, technical charrettes, consultations and trainings;
  • Provide communications and coordination work to the project consultants and Manila-based project personnel;
  • Make sure that the City Technical Working Group is functioning based on the agreed purpose and planned activities;
  • Extend technical assistance particularly in the preparation and documentation of city adaptation strategy, urban design city guidelines and preparation of climate resilient urban plan and design and adaptation projects;
  • Provide coordination work and support in the conduct of project site hydro/water assessment and climate finance mentoring activities;
  • Document the highlights and agreements made during project meetings, planning-workshops, learning events and trainings;
  • Coordinate with concerned government agencies and other institutions at the city level and Provincial/Regional level to promote the project and support the overall implementation of the project;
  • Participate in the mission activities of the project;
  • Prepare and submit monthly journal;
  • Directly report to the National Project Coordinator; and
  • Perform other city level tasks that may be required by the project.

Outputs and supporting documents to be submitted by the City Coordinator :

1.      Monthly journal

2 .     Monthly attendance Form (UN-Habitat Form)

3.      Activity reports: workshop, training, planning, meetings, missions, etc.

Qualifications and Experience:

The consultant shall have:

  • At least 5 years work experience on project administration and coordination work
    • Should be a university graduate with subject course related to social sciences, engineering or architecture. Post-graduate degree is an advantage but not a requirement.
    • With knowledge on project development and monitoring
    • Familiarity and knowledge on local land use  and development planning processes/system
    • With basic knowledge on understanding spatial plans, urban/city plans
    • With demonstrated knowledge on climate change issues from national to local level
    • Good knowledge on national urban development issues, policies and programs
    • With good coordination, training, facilitating and writing skills
    • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team
    • Good communication skills, interpersonal management, team worker and proficient in written and spoken English.

Reporting Arrangements and Coordination:

               The city coordinator will report to the National Project Coordinator on a regular basis.

Core Values:

Integrity

Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours. Acts without consideration of personal gain. Resists undue political pressure in decision-making. Does not abuse power or authority. Stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular. Takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

Professionalism

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.

Respect for Diversity

Works effectively with people from all backgrounds. Treats all people with dignity and respect. Treats men and women equally. Shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making. Examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses. Does not discriminate against any individual or group.

Core Competencies:

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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Works closely with the city partners to uphold and promote the ASUD principles.

Teamwork

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 & Organizing

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.

Accountability

Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Client Orientation

Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

HOW TO APPLY:

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 reinero.flores@un.org and copy rostrata@un.org by 01 November 2019.  Kindly indicate on subject line “City Coordinator – Cagayan De Oro.

Click on this link for 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.

Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno and city staff join the Urban October Mayors Challenge with “plogging.”

“Plogging” is a regular, twice-a-month activity spearheaded by the CLENRO (City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office), which is also mandated to manage the city’s solid waste. With staff from other departments, CLENRO chooses different areas in the city to do plogging, which is essentially picking up trash while jogging and walking. Apart from carrying the usual water bottles and face towels, city hall employees wear gloves and carry trash bags and tools to pick trash up. The activity intends to encourage people to be conscious of their solid waste and where it ends up (mostly in the waterways). For a city that invariably gets flooded during rainy days, the LGU hopes for less trash in CDO’s streams and rivers, better solid waste management, and a citizenry that is active and environmentally-conscious. Plogging works two-fold by achieving better health (SDG 3) while contributing to sustainability in cities (SDG 12). This fun (and free!) activity offers a unique alternative to community Zumba sessions, helps solid waste management, and encourages eco-friendly mobility for the young and old alike.

#UrbanOctoberPh
#MayorsChallengePh

A joint campaign by UN-Habitat Philippines and the League of Cities of the Philippines, the Mayors’ Challenge champions mayors as leaders of positive behavior change by tasking them and their staff to feature a particular urban sustainability practice that can meaningfully contribute to sustainable urban development.

For more information, contact alli1@un.org