PROJECT REFERENCE: Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative – Philippines
DUTY STATION: Manila, Philippines
FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Livelihood Officer
DURATION 2 months, starting February 2021 with possibility of extension

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

Vacancy Ad date: 18 December 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 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.



The “Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative – Philippines (HOCCI)” 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 upcoming National Plan of Action on Marine Litter (NPOA-ML). 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 reduce, reuse, recycle (3Rs) approaches will be harnessed to reduce marine plastic waste pollution, as an integral part of an overall solid waste management (SWM) program.



Under the supervision of the Project Manager, and guided by the project document (ProDoc) and work plan, the Livelihood Officer will:

  • Conduct livelihood assessment covering baseline data gathering on the informal, semi-formal and formal economic activities of possible project beneficiaries and partners, psycho-social and skills inventory, and environmental scanning of economic activities in the locality within the overall context of reducing marine plastic litter (MPL) through 3Rs and SWM;
  • Develop livelihood strategies for the project in consultation with the partner communities and other partners including the identification of best practices and lessons learned from similar livelihood interventions for application in the project as well as innovative approaches to strengthen the socio-economic resilience of target groups in the context of the post-COVID “New Normal”;
  • Assist the community partners in identifying markets, developing products, and accessing existing and new markets, such as in the case of high- and low-value recyclable plastic materials, residual wastes, environmentally acceptable products and packaging, and/or other alternative livelihood options;
  • In coordination with other project team partners, conduct training and other capacity building activities on livelihood opportunities and projects for partner communities and families, including entrepreneurial/business management skills and core technical competencies;
  • Support resource mobilization for the livelihood strategies and activities of the project, including leveraged funding, logistics, and market creation or linkages;
  • Establish partnerships with relevant government agencies, CSOs, private sector in the project implementation;
  • Develop a sustainable business plan for community groups/cooperatives/associations in partner cities upon facilitated identification of 3Rs/SWM related livelihood opportunities;
  • Ensure social, economic and environmental safeguards for livelihood programs in close coordination with the project’s Environmental and Social Safeguards and Reporting Specialist; and
  • In collaboration with the project team, provide information on the livelihood component of the project to relevant national and local governments, donors, NGOs/CSOs, UN agencies and other stakeholders.


  1. Remuneration

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


Education: Master’s degree in Business Management, Economics, Enterprise Development or other related fields; OR Bachelor’s degree in combination with 8 years relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Experience and skills: ·      At least 2 years of relevant work experience and with substantial knowledge preferably on 3Rs/solid waste management/marine plastic litter; and/or alternatively in the areas of environmental management, sustainable consumption and production, pollution control, and other related fields

·      Good partnership building and networking skills

·      Preferably has prepared a sustainable business plan for a community-based livelihood initiative or has led the formalization/registration of a community association or cooperative; Alternatively, sufficient experience of working with local communities in upgrading local economic development projects at community level


Language Requirements: Good communication skills with proficiency in written and spoken English



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

  • Planning and 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.
  • Communication: 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.
  • Teamwork: 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:;


All applications should be addressed to and sent electronically via e-mail to UN-Habitat’s Country Programme Manager, Christopher E. Rollo at copying the Finance and Admin Officer, Phillip Hilado


Please indicate in your e-mail subject: Livelihood Officer


Deadline for Applications is on or before 31 December 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.