The World Cities Report 2020, titled ‘The Value of Sustainable Urbanization’, makes the case for cities to remain central in the pursuit of sustainability. The New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals are both timely and relevant to fundamentally reforming planning, policies, strategies and budgets for cities to create value. This value relates to the economic, social, environmental and intangible conditions—such as institutional, governance, political, cultural and civic perception and outcomes—needed to improve quality of life of residents in meaningful and tangible ways.

Download the World Cities Report 2020 here.


We take a closer look at how #Housing4All promotes alliances and initiatives that help improve future resilience of cities and communities. In post-conflict Marawi, we see these alliances through the eyes of Maranaos as they actively speak up about their right to adequate housing and collectively raise the dignity of their community post-devastation. 
To know more about our Rebuilding Marawi Through Community-driven Shelter and Livelihood Project, visit

Adequate housing is the first line of defense against health risk — more so with the COVID-19 pandemic. As we promote Housing for All through the Rebuilding Marawi Project, with funding support from the People of Japan, we also support internally displaced persons in transition sites, families in remote barangays, local authorities, and the COVID-19 incident command center in battling the pandemic. Know more about our Rebuilding Marawi Through Community-driven Shelter and Livelihood Project visit:

In post-conflict Marawi where homelessness is still a major challenge among internally displaced families, we promote Housing for All by embracing innovation.

In the construction of houses for the Rebuilding Marawi Project, with funding support from the People of Japan, we use steel frame technology that is easier to fabricate and build, with concrete in fill that is four times stronger than concrete hollow blocks.

“Our goal of rebuilding our lives, of having our own homes in our own place, would not be far behind if we continue to seek solutions.” – Raihanie Ahmad, Rahmah Homeowners Association.

Know more about our Rebuilding Marawi Through Community-driven Shelter and Livelihood Project here.


FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Project Research and Technical Associate
DURATION One year, starting November 2020 with possibility of extension
ESTIMATED START DATE: 16 November 2020

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

Vacancy Ad date: 15 October 2020





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. The main documents outlining the mandate of the organization are the Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements, Habitat Agenda, Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements, the Declaration on Cities and Other Human Settlements in the New Millennium, and the Resolution 56/206 and the New Urban Agenda 2016. It contributes to the overall objective of the United Nations to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development within the context and the challenges of a rapidly urbanising world.

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.

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.

In the Philippines Country Office (CO), key programs and projects include national urban policy support, capacity development to manage urban development and settlements, climate change, post-disaster shelter recovery, urban planning, urban poverty reduction and slum upgrading. Support to climate change programs and projects started as early as early as 2008 under the MDGF Project of the UN. Since then, the climate change program has evolved and grown into a strategic and regular technical assistance component of the Philippines Country Office.




BCRUPD Project

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is implementing a 3-year International Climate Initiative (IKI) supported project entitled “Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Designs.” The project aims to strengthen the capacities of national government agencies (NGAs) to promote and integrate urban adaptation planning and designs in the institutional policies and regulations to support local government actions and enhance the skills of local government units (LGUs) in developing resilient urban plans and designs.

The project recently was provided by the donor with costed extension activities for another two years (October 2020 to September 2022). With additional outputs on capacity development for the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) and the Climate Change Commission (CCC), the project would need a post for “research and technical associate”. The post is expected to support the research activities and other policy development interventions that are stipulated in the BCRUPD project document particularly on Outputs 6 and 7. This ToR elaborates the scope of work of the project research and technical associate.



The Project Research and Technical Associate will be based in Manila, with travel to project sites, as necessary. (Note: Due to the pandemic, travel is not advised.)



The research and technical associate is expected to perform the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Develop the research plan and methodology of the project in collaboration with the project team and government partners;
  • Ensure that the project research requirements and work plan are implemented following the agreed timelines;
  • Coordinate and extend assistance to the project partners in terms of the policy research agenda of the project;
  • Organize and facilitate project research activities including the development of terms of reference for research and policy development consultants;
  • Participate in project meetings, planning workshops, technical charrettes, consultations and trainings;
  • Provide activity progress report to the project management office;
  • Document the highlights and agreements made during project meetings, planning-workshops, learning events and trainings relative to research and policy development activities;
  • Participate in the mission activities of the project;
  • Directly report to the National Project Coordinator; and
  • Perform other city level tasks that may be required by the project.


4.1 Outputs and supporting documents to be submitted

  • Monthly accomplishment/progress report and activity documentation report
  • Monthly attendance Form (UN-Habitat Form)
  • Activity reports: workshop, training, planning, meetings, etc.


  1. Remuneration:

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


Education: Bachelor’s degree with subject course related to Social Sciences. Post-graduate degree is an advantage but not a requirement.


Experience and skills: ·      At least 6 years work experience on project and policy research

·      Knowledge on climate change and urban management issues

·      With good coordination, facilitating, presentation and writing skills

·      Good communication skills, interpersonal management, team worker


Language Requirements: Fluency in English and working knowledge of Filipino





Core Values

  • 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.



 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 Finance Officer, Phillip Hilado


Please indicate in your e-mail subject: Project Research and Technical Associate


Deadline for Applications is on or before 29 October 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.

Having a stable home is now, more than ever, a matter of survival. The Rebuilding Marawi through Community-Driven Shelter and Livelihood project is not only building houses but uplifting the lives of internally displaced people through the power of communities and collaboration. This #WorldHabitatDay, everyone behind the Rebuilding Marawi initiative joins the rest of the world in recognizing housing as more than just infrastructure but a catalyst for health and other fundamental rights! #Housing4All #NotJustARoof