DUTY STATION: Metro Manila 
FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Human Resource Associate
DURATION 15 September 2020 – 31 December 2020, renewable

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Vacancy Ad date: 27 August 2020






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 postdisaster community-driven recovery, reconstruction and resilience building in Eastern and Western Visayas, 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 nongovernmental 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.



Within the framework of the Country Programme, the HR Associate will provide human resource management  and administrative support through personnel recruitment and development, oversight of the administrative support processes in the agency, representation in UN system working groups like the Operations Management Team (OMT) and the security system as the security focal point.


3.        TRAVEL

The HR Associate will be based in Manila, with travel to project offices, as necessary.



Under the overall supervision of the Finance and Administrative Officer, the HR Associate shall be responsible for the following:

Recruitment and Human Resource Development

  • Conduct local and international recruitment processes in a timely manner and according to UN-Habitat recruitment policies;
  • Prepare and monitor the recruitment plan according to Country Programme workplan and priorities;
  • Contribute to the improvement of the current recruitment system and the maintenance of standards, skills inventory, interview procedures and protocols;
  • Develop an HR management system to make sure the records are maintained in accordance with Projects SOP and UN-Habitat HR file checklist;
  • Design, plan, monitor and provide induction and orientation program and briefing to new staff members/personnel;
  • Liaise with UNDP and other UN agencies, when appropriate, to ensure implementation of HR policies and processes according to UN standards;
  • Perform other functions and duties as required.


Administration and Procurement

  • Oversee and coordinate all travel-related functions, ensuring that they are carried out in a timely manner in accordance with UN-Habitat SOPs;
  • Supervise the administration and logistics support provided to staff members such as visa processing and the like;
  • Liaise with UNDP and other UN agencies, when appropriate, to ensure implementation of administrative systems are consistent with UN wide rules and regulations (SSAFE, UN Training, etc)
  • Serve as the Security Focal Point for the agency;
  • Represent the agency in the Operations Management Team (OMT) of the UN system in the Philippines;
  • Perform other functions and duties as required.




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




Education University degree in Human Resources Management, Public Administration, Business Management, Social Science or other fields relevant to the above duties.
Experience and skills •       A minimum of 6 experience in HR management and project administration in development-related work within governmental, multilateral, bilateral or Civil Society Organization-setting and within a multicultural environment.

•       Previous work in international project management is an advantage

•       Demonstrated expertise, knowledge and understanding in project / programme implementation, with focus on the HR and administrative components

•       Broad experience in providing back-office support

•       Experience in working at the sub-national and local levels

•       Demonstrated knowledge of relevant office software programmes (notably Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

Language Requirements Fluency in both written and spoken English






  • Integrity – Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours. 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 behaviour.
  • 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.




Professional Competencies

  • 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.



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 Finance and Administrative Officer, Phillip Hilado


Please indicate in your e-mail subject: Human Resources Associate


Deadline for Applications is on or before 04 September 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.

19 August 2020 (World Humanitarian Day) – UN-Habitat Philippines joins OCHA and the rest of the world in paying special tribute to frontliners and volunteers who are tirelessly and bravely serving and protecting our communities. Being a humanitarian in a world stricken by COVID-19 is nothing short of heroic. Below, we highlight local #RealLifeHeroes dedicated to rebuilding Marawi and helping internally displaced communities:

Download the UN Secretary General’s Policy Brief: COVID-19 in an Urban World.


UN-Habitat’s online art project “MANY THANKS” is now accepting submissions from Asia and the Pacific!

In the lead up to World Habitat Day 2020, we wish to thank the people working to make our cities and communities safer and healthier amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 4th to 6th-graders are invited to express their appreciation through drawings, paintings and other related art forms. Visit the project website for more information and to submit your artwork 🎨✏️

23 July 2020, Marawi City, Philippines –Twelve homeowners associations (HOAs) composed of internally displaced people (IDPs) of Marawi City signed a Project Partnership Agreement with the 55th Engineer Brigade of the Philippine Army for site development and construction of 50 permanent shelter units in Barangay Kilala, Marawi City.

Since 2018, UN-Habitat Philippines has been implementing a post-conflict shelter rehabilitation project in Marawi City for thousands of individuals displaced by a 5-month armed conflict in 2017. The Japan-funded Rebuilding Marawi through Community-Driven Shelter and Livelihood project is a remarkable example of collaboration to provide homes and capacity-building opportunities to IDPs through a participatory and partnership-oriented process. The 55th Engineer Brigade is a valuable addition to the roster of government partners helping UN-Habitat rebuild homes in Marawi City. Other partners include the National Housing Authority (NHA), the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), the Islamic City Government of Marawi, and the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD).

The 12 HOAs and the 55th Engineer Brigade will jointly spearhead the site development and construction of fifty (50) permanent shelter units in Barangay Kilala, Marawi City on .70 hectares of land provided by the NHA. Each shelter unit is a one-story structure and will be constructed on a 90-square meter lot, concrete with steel frame, with a total floor area of 46 square meters. It will include a toilet and kitchen and will come with electrical and plumbing system.

Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, Commander of the Western Mindanao Command, voiced the commitment of the Armed Forces to the project. He also emphasized the importance of cooperation. “[If] all the agencies of the government and local government units will take part in doing their respective functions, we will leave no gaps and address all the things that [need] to be addressed. We also encourage the communities to take part… we have to [follow] the whole-of-the-nation approach,” he said.

Janodin Lao, the president of the An-Nusrat Homeowners Association, speaking on behalf of the 12 HOAs at the partnership-signing expressed the significance of the new alliance:

“Ang kawalan ng lupa ang nakapagpabagal sa pagpapatayo ng mga bahay. Pero ngayon, sa likod ng mahabang paghihintay, ay may ilang lupa na pwedeng pagpatayuan… Itong partnership namin with the Philippine Army at ng 55th Engineer Brigade ay isang hakbang para mas mabilis na maipatayo na ang mga bahay namin. Sila ay may tao at mga equipment na pwedeng makatulong sa amin.”

(“The unavailability of land slowed down the building of our permanent houses. But now, after a long wait, there are already several sites where we can build… Our partnership with the 55th Engineer Brigade is a step to hasten the construction of our houses. They have the people and the equipment that can help us.”)

Because finding available lands in post-conflict Marawi has been a challenge, the shelter construction component of the Rebuilding Marawi project experienced some delays. The HOAs’ initiative to tap the 55th Engineer Brigade is therefore expected to help speed up shelter-building. Warren C. Ubongen, UN-Habitat Project Manager, explained:

“The HOAs under the Rebuilding Marawi Project had shown patience amidst all the challenges that the project face but also they have been actively working with UN-Habitat to find solutions on how we can overcome the various challenges. This partnership with the 55th Engineer Brigade is part of our efforts to fast-track the shelter construction now that there are available areas where we can actually build – an opportunity that was not present to us seven or six months ago. We have also adopted the steel frame technology to accelerate shelter construction – from the original 28 days down to 16 days construction work on the same house design, and at the same time adding to its structural durability.”

The project’s goal of constructing a total of 1,500 houses is more attainable with partners like the 55th Engineer Brigade. While shelter construction is just taking off, the project has already provided livelihood opportunities for the IDPs through 31 cooperatives engaging in various enterprises and businesses, such as transport service, water refilling station, printing shop, groceries, and rice wholesale and retailing, among others. Both the shelter and livelihood components of the Rebuilding Marawi project have progressed because of cooperation and participation from the government, private sector, NGOs, CSOs, homeowners associations, and volunteers.

A model unit in Brgy. Kilala, Marawi City. A total of 50 houses will be constructed under the HOAs-55th Engineer Brigade partnership.