Position Title                         :               Capacity Development Specialist

Project Reference                 :               Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative – Philippines

Duty Station                          :               Manila, Philippines

Contract Modality                :               LICA 9

Duration                                 :               1 August 2020 – 31 March 2021

Application Deadline           :               15 July 2020

Date Advertised                    :               01 – 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 Capacity Development Specialist

Under the supervision of the National Project Manager, and guided by the project document (ProDoc) and work plan, the Capacity Development Specialist will:

  • Develop the training and capacity development program of the project in line with the focus areas in the project work plan with the ultimate goal of reducing marine plastic litter (MPL);
  • Implement, monitor and evaluate the training and capacity development program of the project; including the preparation of terms of reference and facilitation of hiring of resource persons to implement the training and capacity development work plan;
  • Pre-training activities: consolidate relevant modules, tools and topics that will be used for the training and workshops; prepare training and workshop designs, facilitation guides, activity program and kit; solicit and incorporate relevant comments to workshop design and content prior to actual events; identify and coordinate with the resource persons and participants; conduct pre-training/workshop evaluation; prepare training materials and supplies, including venue requirements; accomplish travel/mission requirements; coordinate with the city coordinator and concerned team members;
  • Training proper activities: be responsible for the overall conduct and administration of the training/workshop; coordinate with the city coordinator and concerned team members and/or other consultants/short term experts, training/workshop evaluation;
  • Post-training activities: prepare activity report and communicate with the participants and other stakeholders including the partners and donor;
  • Regularly update the training and capacity development work program and its activities based on the progress and objectives of the project to ensure that adequate capacity is built in identified areas of the program;
  • Prepare a one-page bullet of activity highlights including a photo, caption and short one-paragraph writeup within one week of the activity or event;
  • Prepare and submit monthly training and capacity development report containing the targets for the period, the inputs/activities, results, problems encountered, recommendations and ways forward. Training modules, program, presentation materials, pre and post-training evaluation, participants basic information will be consolidated as annexes in the report;
  • Contribute to the development of annual workplans, performance monitoring indicators, systems and tools, and writing of program reports;
  • Ensure proper administration of logistical aspects related to capacity development activities;
  • Remain up-to-date with latest methodologies, best practices, and donor requirements and ensure that the project capacity development approaches are consistent with the best practices; and
  • Undertake other related activities in support of the project work plan as may be discussed and agreed with the Project Management Committee (PMC).


  1. Qualifications
  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s or equivalent) on human resource development, social sciences, or related fields; 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 relevant work experience in managing and conducting training and capacity development programs and projects


  • With substantial knowledge on areas of environmental management, solid waste management, environmental assessments, pollution control, marine plastic litter and other related field; familiar with related LGU processes


  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in training needs assessment, design and module preparation, training/workshop facilitation, plenary mediation, training monitoring and evaluation


  • Good interpersonal management skills with mature approach;  team worker


  • Excellent communication, report writing and presentation skills; Proficiency in written and spoken English



  1. Reporting Arrangements and Coordination

The Capacity Development Specialist 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: 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 – Capacity Development 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.