Position Title                      :             City Coordinator for Legazpi City and Ormoc City

                                                            (For Filipino Nationals Only)              

Project Reference             :          Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans  and Designs (BCRUPD) Project and Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI)

Duty Station                      :             Ormoc City

Contract Modality             :             LICA 7

Duration                            :             1 March 2021 – 30 June 2021

Deadline of Application    :             25 February 2021


  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

Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Designs (BCRUPD) Project – Phase 2

The Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Design (BCRUPD) is a capacity building project funded by the German government’s International Climate Initiative (IKI), and is being implemented by the UN-Habitat in partnership with the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Climate Change Commission (CCC), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP).


The project will support the Philippine government to improve policies, regulations, and capacities for climate change adaptation by promoting climate-responsive sustainable urban development plans and designs. In support of the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP), it will enhance national and subnational government capacities to guide and manage urban growth and green recovery towards suitable areas and design the same with resilience principles and practices. The project will supplement existing planning guidelines and develop knowledge through policy inputs, capacity development, and demonstration activities. Demonstration of innovative approaches in five cities with different ecosystems will showcase contextualized processes and schemes to build urban resilience considering balanced economic and ecological sustainability in the face of rapid urbanization.  The cities of Ormoc and Tagum will be assisted on green recovery from Covid-19 impacts through capacity building and national-subnational collaboration.


Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI) Project

The Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI) project supports 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 City Coordinator

The City Coordinator shall be the focal point for all UN-Habitat projects and activities in the city. Under the supervision of the respective Project Managers, and guided by the project documents (ProDoc) and work plans, the City Coordinator is expected to perform the following duties and responsibilities:


  • Ensure that the project plans, activities and target outputs are well communicated to, and consulted with, the City Technical Working Group and other project partners in the city;
  • Coordinate and support the city government to facilitate project activities such as data gathering and validation, meetings, planning workshops, technical charrettes, consultations and trainings;
  • Provide communications and coordination work to the project consultants and Manila-based project personnel;
  • Make sure that the City Technical Working Group is functioning based on the agreed purpose and planned activities;
  • Lead in data management and updating, and in the preparation of project progress report at the city level;
  • Document the highlights and agreements made during project meetings, planning workshops, learning events and trainings, and in the case of main activities, assist in the preparation of a one-page bullet of activity highlights including a photo, caption and short one-paragraph writeup within one week of the activity or event;
  • Extend assistance particularly on the preparation and documentation of city profiling and customization and implementation of SWM or MPL-reducing projects;
  • Facilitate COVID-19 resilient and green recovery planning and capacity building activities in coordination with the city partners and Manila project team.
  • Coordinate with concerned government agencies and other institutions at the city and provincial/regional levels to promote and support the overall implementation of the project;
  • Participate in and support the mission activities of the projects;
  • Directly report to the National Project Managers; and
  • Perform other city level tasks that may be required by the projects.


  1. Duration of Assignment, Duty Station and Travel


The Contractor will be engaged from 1 March – 30 June 2021.


Duty Station is in Ormoc City. The Consultant may be required to travel in Legazpi. Travels will be covered and arranged by UN-Habitat Philippines.



  1. Reporting Arrangements and Coordination

The City Coordinator will report to the respective Project Managers.




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







  • 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.





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.



  1. Qualifications / Required skills and experience




Bachelor’s degree in urban or environmental planning, environmental management or engineering, social sciences, management or related course. Post-graduate degree is an advantage but not a requirement


Experience and skills


At least 6 years relevant work experience in areas of urban planning, land use and development planning, environmental management, solid waste management, environmental assessments, pollution control, marine plastic litter and other related field.


  Experience working with the City Government of Legazpi or Ormoc on project development, implementation, or monitoring



Good communication skills with excellent proficiency in written and spoken English.




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


Please indicate in your e-mail subject: City Coordinator for Legazpi and Ormoc Cities


Deadline for Applications is on or before 25 February 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.