Position Title                         :               Solid Waste Management Specialist

Project Reference                 :               Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative – Philippines

Duty Station                          :               Manila, Philippines

Contract Modality                :               LICA 9

Contract Duration                :               1 August 2020 – 31 March 2021

Application Deadline           :               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 reduce-reuse-recycle (3Rs) 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 Solid Waste Management Specialist (SWMS)

The SWMS will have overall responsibility for providing SWM technical inputs and support in the implementation of 1-year work plan to the project team through development, coordination and implementation of the project strategies and approaches in a participatory manner.

Guided by the project document and work plan, and in coordination with the Project Manager (PM), he/she will take the lead in the following (specific) activities:

  • Support the PM and the Team in involving the stakeholders including technical advisory services on 3Rs and waste management measures and regular consultations with national and local partners, making best use in piloting innovative approaches and development of supporting policy papers to address identified issues and directions in the NPOAML;
  • Draft an assessment tool for the six (6) partner cities and use same for guiding local government units (LGUs) in identifying priority areas of action to strengthen LGU capacity on project implementation;
    • Carry out a technical review and provide inputs to the proposed work plans of partner LGUs, actual implementation measures at the local level, and proposed national policy papers;
  • Support the conduct of the Expert Group Meeting (EGM) planned on June 2020 as well as the post-event activities in order to achieve expected results;
    • Support the strategic implementation of project activities, achievement of required outputs as elaborated in the Project Document (ProDoc), and reporting of project activities, in consideration of the needs of national and local partners and the international best practices that may be applied in the Philippine context;
    • In coordination with the PM, work closely with the national government agency partners, including the Project Management Committee (PMC) and NPOAML lead agencies, and the six pilot cities on the implementation of activities and provide targeted advice on emerging trends such as the post-COVID-19 “New Normal” and capacity development approaches of the project in collaboration with the city coordinators and the project consultants; and
    • Ensure lessons learnt are captured and documented and knowledge products such as tools or quick guides are developed based on the experiences of the project.


  1. Qualifications
  • With Master’s Degree in environmental planning and management, engineering, business management or other related field. OR Bachelor’s degree in combination with 10 years relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience in areas of environmental management, solid waste management, environmental assessments, pollution control, marine plastic litter and other related fields. 
  • Experience in working with key national government agencies and stakeholders involved in environmental management and marine plastic litter issues.
  • Solid knowledge and experience in working with local governments particularly on environmental issues.
  • Good communication skills, interpersonal management, team worker and proficient in written and spoken English.


  1. Reporting Arrangements and Coordination

The SWMS 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.


Technological Awareness:

Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.



 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:;


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


Please indicate in your e-mail subject: Application – Solid Waste Management Specialist       


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.