Position Title                         :               Community Organizer

Project Reference                 :               Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative – Philippines

Duty Station                          :               Manila, Philippines

Contract Modality                :               LICA 8

Duration                                 :               1 August 2020 – 31 March 2021

Deadline of Applications     :               15 July 2020

Date Advertised                    :               01 July – 15 July 2020



  1. Introduction about UN–Habitat

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable communities, towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. In collaboration with governments, UN-Habitat is charged to promote and consolidate collaboration with all partners, including local authorities and private and non-government organizations in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 11, which seeks to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.  This is further elaborated in the New Urban Agenda.

By working at all levels and with all relevant stakeholders and partners, UN–Habitat contributes to linking policy development and capacity–building activities with a view to promoting cohesive and mutually reinforcing social, economic and environmental policies in national policies and programmes in urban development and human settlements which conform with international practices and covenants.

UN-Habitat established its country office in the Philippines in 2004 and runs national and city-level programmes.  The UN-Habitat Philippines Country Office (CO) positions itself as a strong policy adviser informed by well-grounded operational experience, harnessing its in-depth local knowledge, global expertise and international network of urban specialists, in the areas of urban planning and design, climate change adaptation and mitigation, urban legislation and governance and urban economy, in post-disaster community-driven recovery, reconstruction and resilience building, and in the climate change, urbanization and sustainable development nexus. The country office partners with national government departments and agencies, local authorities, a wide cross-section of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society groups, and the private sector. At the policy level, the country office supported the development of the Habitat III country report, the National Urban Development and Housing Framework, guidelines to strengthen the rationalized planning system, Local Shelter Planning and Local Climate Change Action Planning.


  1. Project Background and Description

The “Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative – Philippines” project is a 1-year project with the goal of helping local governments and communities in the Philippines reduce marine plastic pollution, in support of the implementation of the National Plan of Action on Marine Litter (NPOAML). The project seeks to address fundamental issues of plastic waste leakages to marine environment at each target city, with different priority activities depending on the local context. Circular economy and 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) approaches will be harnessed to reduce marine plastic waste pollution, as an integral part of an overall solid waste management (SWM) program.


  1. Roles and Responsibilities of the Community Organizer

Under the supervision of the Project Manager, and guided by the project document (ProDoc) and work plan, the Community Organizer, in coordination with the Technical Specialists and City Coordinators, will:

  • Develop and implement processes for the strengthening of community associations, clans or community groups to undertake their own development initiatives with special emphasis on women and the informal waste sector;
  • Conduct awareness programmes in local communities regarding the benefits of mobilized and organized community including the advantages of community-based institutions leading the development of their own local area;
  • Mobilize, interact, and dialogue with the individuals and associations/groups to promote civic responsibility and sense of ownership;
  • Facilitate community meetings to encourage discussions and comprehensive thinking by local communities for analyzing their local problems and their local solutions especially in the context of reducing marine plastic litter (MPL);
  • Assist communities in the preparation of Community Action Plans on MPL prevention and reduction;
  • Support local communities in conducting a thorough assessment of their vulnerabilities and capabilities including resources available at their disposal and untapped opportunities;
  • Facilitate the preparation of participatory surveys with the communities to determine the psychological and socio-economic development needs of the poor communities and families;
  • Work with local communities in preparing family and neighborhood profiles in order to guide the decisions of development priorities at the local level;
  • Assist the community in the project identification and feasibility studies to reduce MPL;
  • Support communities to establish linkages with relevant suppliers, buyers and other markets, community officers;
  • Ensure quality of goods, materials and workmanship during implementation of community projects;
  • Assist the beneficiaries and associations in keeping updated records, accounts, vouchers, documents;
  • Assist the community in writing progress and completion reports, and in the technical handover process of the projects;
  • Prepare appropriate weekly, monthly and quarterly progress reports on community mobilization and project implementation and in the case of main activities, assist in the preparation of a one-page bullet of activity highlights including a photo, caption and short one-paragraph writeup within one week of the activity or event.


  1. Qualifications
  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s or equivalent) in social work and development, social sciences, or related fields; OR Bachelor’s degree in combination with 8 years relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • With 2 years of relevant experience;  substantial knowledge on areas of environmental management, solid waste management, environmental assessments, pollution control, marine plastic litter and other related field


  • Have good partnership building and networking skills


  • Sufficient experience in working with local communities in community action planning, implementation and monitoring


  • Good communication skills with proficiency in written and spoken English



  1. Reporting Arrangements and Coordination

The Community Organizer will report to the Project Manager.


  1. Competencies

The Core Values of the United Nations are:



Respect for diversity.


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.



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.


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.



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.



Submission of Applications

Application 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;


All applications should be addressed to and sent electronically vie e- mail to UN-Habitat’s Country Programme Manager, Christopher E. Rollo at cris.rollo@un.org copying the Admin and Human Resources Officer, Joy Rostrata rostrata@un.org.


Please indicate in your e-mail subject: Application – Community Organizer


Deadline for Applications is on or before 15 July 2020.


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.


In line with UN-Habitat policy on gender equity, applications from female candidates are particularly encouraged


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.


UN-Habitat does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.