Position Title                    :             GIS Associate

LICA Level                         :             Level 7, Full-time Assignment

Project Reference           :             PH CO Climate Change Program: BCRUPD and ACIP-PCRD Projects

Duty Station                     :             Manila

Duration                           :             Initial duration of assignment will be up till 30 September 2021 (with possibility of contract extension depending on project budget and duration).


  1. Introduction about the UN–Habitat

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN–Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements development. 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 October 2016, at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III – member states signed the New Urban Agenda. This is an action-oriented document which sets global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities. Through drawing together cooperation with committed partners, relevant stakeholders, and urban actors, including at all levels of government as well as the private sector, UN-Habitat is applying its technical expertise, normative work and capacity development to implement the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal 11 – to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1978 to address the issues of urban growth, UN-Habitat is a knowledge institution on urban development processes and understands the aspirations of cities and their residents. For forty years, UN-Habitat has been working in human settlements throughout the world, focusing on building a brighter future for villages, towns, and cities of all sizes. Because of these four decades of extensive experience, from the highest levels of policy to a range of specific technical issues, UN-Habitat has gained unique and universally acknowledged expertise in all things urban. This has placed UN-Habitat in the best position to develop achievable solutions to the current challenges faced by our cities. UN-Habitat is capitalizing on its experience and position to work with partners to formulate urban visions of tomorrow. It strives to ensure that cities become affordable living spaces of inclusive economic growth and social development for all citizens.

UN–Habitat is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya,  with regional offices for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) in Fukuoka, Japan, for Latin America and the Caribbean in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (ROLAC), and regional office for Africa and the Arab States in Nairobi, Kenya (ROAAS). The regional office for Eastern Europe and Transition Countries is also based in Nairobi, Kenya.

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 human settlements which conform with international practices and covenants.

One critical global initiative being implemented in the Asia and the Pacific region since 2008 is the Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI). CCCI has since then been active in 17 countries in the Asia and Pacific Region where it partners with national and local governments, training institutions, universities, local government associations, and other urban and climate change stakeholders. CCCI’s primary goal is to build capacity for climate change action. Within the context of CCCI, UN-Habitat accumulated specialized and hands-on expertise in developing planning guidelines, and providing trainings for national on sub-national climate partners to advance climate adaptation and mitigation actions.


  1. UN-Habitat Country Office in the Philippines the current Climate Change Projects- PCRD and BCRUPD

In the Philippines, UN-Habitat has been a key partner for national government agencies and local government units (LGU). Since the opening of the Philippine Country Office in 2003, UN-Habitat has supported the Philippine government in building sustainable, safe, inclusive and resilient cities and human settlements in the country through the implementation of various programs and projects. At present, there are a total of 39 program and project staff in the Philippine country office working on various projects. As part of the UN-Country team in the Philippines, UN-Habitat engages with the whole Philippine government system.

With CCCI being a major programme implemented in the country, UN-Habitat performed pivotal work in shaping the local planning process and guidelines for local authorities especially on integrating disasters and climate change considerations in local development decision making. Currently the UN-Habitat Country Office is a partner of key government agencies mandated to oversee and/or support LGU planning and development. Among its partners on climate change planning initiatives are the Department Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP). Whilst directly working with the said agencies, UN-Habitat also collaborates with other national agencies the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Science and Technology and their respective attached agencies. Working with these agencies ensures that UN-Habitat contributes to advancing planning approaches in the country and helps in instituting the use of science and empirical evidence as stakeholders plan and implement resilience actions.


BCRUPD Project:

The Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Designs (BCRUPD) Project is a 3-year project which started in 2017 that is implemented by UN-Habitat in the Philippines with the support from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Government. The project aims to strengthen the capacities of national government agencies (NGAs) to promote and integrate climate resilience in urban adaptation planning and designs policies and regulations towards supporting local government units (LGUs) in developing their local resilience plans and actions.

The project recently was provided by the donor with costed extension activities for another two years (October 2020 to September 2022). Under the extension phase, additional outputs on capacity development for the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) and the Climate Change Commission (CCC) will be delivered. Among the new outputs is the enhancement of the analytics of the climate and disaster risk assessment (CDRA) tool of DHSUD.


PCRD Project:

This 2021, UN-Habitat Philippine CO is implementing the Provincial Climate Risk Diagnostic (PCRD) Project, a component of the Accelerating Climate Investment in the Philippines (ACIP of the World Bank which extends support to Government of the Philippines Risk Resiliency Program (RRP). The PCRD project seeks to provide technical advice and support to the Philippine government in developing the Provincial Climate Risk Diagnostic Tool (PCRD) and applying it for provincial resilience investment planning. The PCRD project builds on the work already initiated by the World Bank and the Philippine Government under the RRP as well as the on-going initiatives of UN-Habitat with government especially the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) in enhancing the analytics and tool for climate and disaster risk assessment (CDRA) issued by the Department to support and guide LGUs in their local development planning and investment programming.

The project duration is 14 months and shall deliver the following outputs:

  1. Methodology document for the PCRD;
  2. PCRD tool compatible with existing GIS-based risk platform, and user manual for the tool;
  3. Recommendations for use of the PCRD in climate change planning;
  4. Application of the tool in four provinces developed as provincial risk profiles;
  5. Provincial resilience investment planning in four provinces reports developed as Investment Portfolios for Risk and Resilience (IPRRs).

To support the above projects, UN-Habitat is looking for a “GIS Associate” who will work with the project team in delivering the GIS components of the CDRA and PCRD.


  1. Duties and Responsibilities

The GIS Associate is expected to perform the following:

  • Responsible for the delivery of the GIS-related component of the projects according to the approved workplans and agreements with stakeholders.
  • Work/collaborate with the project team members especially the IT Specialist/Programmer as well as the sector experts to ensure that the climate risk and vulnerability analytics can use and be represented in GIS format. Provide GIS technical inputs to the project team to ensure the effective, efficient, and timely delivery of activities and outputs.
  • Ensure the technical coordination with other GIS specialists from partner agencies in government (e.g. PHILVOLCS’ GeoRisk Team) to explore and establish alignment of tools and GIS-based analytics.
  • Co-lead/co-facilitate the conduct of GIS related workshops, learning events, and trainings.
  • Participate in the mission activities of the project to BCRUPD partner Cities and PCRD partner Provinces to deliver technical assistance/support to the LGUs as planned by the projects; and
  • Perform other tasks that may be required in line with the post.


  1. Duration of Assignment, Duty Station and Travel

Initial duration of assignment will be up till 30 September 2021 (with possibility of contract extension depending on project budget and duration).

Duty station will be in Manila.

Travel outside the duty station may be required. Such travels will be covered and arranged by UN-Habitat Philippines. The staff will be guided by the travel and mission protocols of the UN System given the current COVID-19 pandemic.


  1. Remuneration

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


  1. Reporting Arrangements and Coordination

The GIS Associate will report to the Technical Adviser for the Cities and Climate Change Initiative Asia and the Pacific and the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific on a regular basis.


  1. Qualifications/ Required skills and experience 
Education Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, computer science, information technology, physics, geography, urban planning or related fields.
Experience and skills


▪       At least 6 years of relevant work experience dealing with climate change and/or disaster risk reduction;

▪       Strong knowledge on climate change issues and the use of GIS in the (a) conduct of climate and disaster risk assessment and in (b) communication and presenting analytical reports; and

▪       Familiarity with local development and planning processes in the Philippines

Language Good communication skills, interpersonal management, team worker and proficient in written and spoken English





  • Integrity – Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviors. 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 behavior.
  • 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.



  • 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.
  • 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.



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 here.

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 HR Associate, Loubelle Fajardo at loubelle.fajardo@un.org

Please indicate in your e-mail subject: GIS Associate


Deadline for Applications is on or before 08 July 2021.

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.