Position Title                         :               Project Manager

Project Reference                 :               Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative – Philippines

Duty Station                          :               Manila, Philippines

Contract Modality                :               LICA 10

Duration                                 :               1 August 2020 – 31 March 2021

Deadline of Applications    :               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 Project Manager (PM)

The PM will have overall responsibility for managing the project and leading the team of consultants/ specialists/ experts through preparation and implementation of the project strategies and work plan in a participatory manner, taking full responsibility for achieving the project’s outputs in a timely manner. This will include providing overall project coordination and management, implementation and monitoring.

Guided by the project document (ProDoc) and work plan, he/she will take the lead in the following (specific) activities:

  • Facilitate the formation of the project team, assist in the development of the terms of reference of the project consultants and selection of the applicants for project posts;
  • Prepare the first six months inception work plan and corresponding budget requirement. Regularly update the project work plan together with the project team members in accordance with the templates and guidelines required by the project;
  • Determine and support/manage the approach for involving the stakeholders. This includes maintaining regular consultations and communications with local partners and with ROAP and HQ focal points, making best use in piloting innovative approaches and development of supporting policy papers to address identified issues within the overall context of marine plastic litter (MPL) prevention and reduction;
  • Lead the project team members and specialists to ensure delivery of expected results in a timely manner; providing project guidance to the experts in implementing project activities and achievement of required outputs; and reporting of project activities;
  • 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 “New Normal” and capacity development approaches of the project in collaboration with the city coordinators and the project consultants;
  • Take a leading role in preparing project progress reports; coordinate and consolidate regular or ad-hoc reports on the country programme activities when requested by the government, ROAP and the donor agency;
  • Ensure lessons learnt are captured and documented and shared internally with partners in the country, and externally with ROAP, HQ and the international community;
  • Ensure that knowledge products such as tools or quick guides are developed based on the experiences of the project;
  • Advise and coordinate all project activities based on the approved work plan including consultations, meetings, team planning, training and workshops, forum/conferences and city missions (both local and international) which are relevant for the implementation of the assignment;
  • Undertake other related duties and responsibilities required by 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 12 years relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • At least 5 years relevant work experience in areas of environmental management, solid waste management, environmental assessments, pollution control, marine plastic litter and other related field.


  • Mature project management skills covering project development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation; experience working with the UN or other international agencies is desirable


  • Experience in working with key national government agencies 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 PM will report to the Country Programme Manager


  1. Competencies

The Core Values of UN 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.


Judgment/Decision Making:

Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision.



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- Project Manager             


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.