Position Title                                  :             Project Technical Officer

LICA Level                                        :             Level 9, Full-time Assignment

Project Reference                         :             ACIP-PCRD Project

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.

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, 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.

 

  1. ACIP-PCRD Project Background

UN-Habitat 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 for 14 months and shall deliver the following:

  1. Methodology document for the PCRD;
  2. PCRD tool in a GIS-based 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 over-all project management and technical coordination required by the project, UN-Habitat is looking for a “Project Technical Officer” who will work with the team in delivering the assignment and achieve the expected outputs/results.

 

  1. Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Technical Officer is expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Support the Project Team Leader/Manager in the over-all implementation of the project in accordance with the project workplan and agreements with the partner/s;
  • Provide analysis of project progress and identify additional technical requirements that must be considered by the Project Team in the implementation of planned activities;
  • Work with the Project Team Leader/Manager in developing project reports. Specifically, he/she will initiate the drafting of reportorial documents based on monitoring reports and other pertinent references. The drafts will be for the review and finalization of the Project Team Leader/Manager to be signed off by UN-H Philippines HPM.
  • In coordination with the Project Team Leader/Manager, organize technical and administrative meetings/consultations with project partners and stakeholders towards the delivery of the project outputs;
  • Work with and, as necessary, provide technical inputs to the project team especially the STEs to ensure that all outputs are produced in an effective, efficient, and timely manner;
  • Co-lead/ facilitate the conduct of workshops, learning events, and trainings;
  • Participate in the mission activities of the project;
  • Directly report to the Project Team Leader/Manager; and
  • Perform other tasks that may be required by the project.

 

  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 Project Officer will report to the Project Manager/Team Leader on a regular basis.

 

  1. Qualifications and Experience
Education

 

Master’s degree in the field of environmental science, climate change, urban development or other related fields.
Experience and skills

             

▪      At least 3 years of relevant work experience (if with master’s degree) dealing with climate change and/or disaster risk reduction

▪      Strong working knowledge on climate change issues including the use and conduct of climate and disaster risk assessment tools and methods

▪      Solid understanding of local development and planning processes in the Philippines

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

 

  1. CORE VALUES AND COMPETENCIES

 

8.1 CORE VALUES

  • 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.

 

8.2 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.

 

HOW TO APPLY

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: Project Technical Officer

 

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.

 

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

 

  1. CORE VALUES AND COMPETENCIES

 

8.1 CORE VALUES

  • 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.

 

8.2 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.

 

HOW TO APPLY

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.

 

Ormoc City is developing its Resilient and Green Recovery (RGR) Plan that would help the city build back better, safer, and greener through holistic mechanisms that address climate challenges and COVID-19 pandemic’s socio-economic impacts together.

The plan aims to take stock of and harmonize the city’s existing and new projects and programs directed to propel social protection, environmental sustainability, and economic stability amidst climate risks and the current pandemic. The RGR plan supports and strengthens the city’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Comprehensive Development Plan, and the Local Climate Action Plan. Resilient and Green Recovery initiatives identified in the RGR plan will also inform COVID-19 RGR policy advocacy, both at the local and national levels.

The development of the Ormoc City RGR Plan is led by a technical working group (TWG) composed of technical staff and political leads of the city and is supported by the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), and UN-Habitat through the Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Designs (BCRUPD) project.

To facilitate the development of the RGR plan, a two-day, hybrid workshop was held last June 17 and 18, 2021, and was attended by the Social, Environmental, Infrastructure and Economic clusters of the city. The workshop provided an avenue for the TWG to gain inputs and insights on RGR from UN-Habitat, Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Technical Assistance Movement for People and Environment, Inc. (TAMPEI).

Laids Cea from UN-Habitat Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI), Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific provided the United Nations system framework and guidance on RGR. Cea presented the Response-Recovery-Sustainable Development Continuum as well as guiding principles on recovery and rehabilitation.

“Your recovery plan should be mindful of evidences from the past and scenarios of the future using data. We cannot plan for anything that we are not clear about.”

To provide inputs on the spatial planning process and identify entry points for mainstreaming RGR, Roland Dane Carreon from DHSUD Environmental, Land Use and Urban Planning and Development Bureau discussed the principles and concepts of land use planning and pandemics.

“COVID-19 changed the way how our cities and municipalities look. It made us realize the relevance of green spaces and parks, and it has heightened our consciousness of how we occupy space in relation to other people.”

Angela Mamuyac from DILG Bureau of Local Government Development provided a glimpse of DILG’s LGU Guide for Recovery and Rehabilitation from COVID-19, meant to serve as supplemental reference in preparing cities’ rehabilitation and recovery programs, and updating their medium- and long-term mandated plans.

To provide better context of the community profile, Aiah Santos from TAMPEI shared the results of the “Rapid Research on Impacts of COVID-19 on Urban Poor Communities” conducted in Ormoc City.

“The respondents envision a peaceful, clean and developed place. All people have stable and dependable livelihood and are living in a house and lot they own. There is an inclusive health service, especially for those considered as indigent. The people and government are prepared for disasters.”

The input presentations guided the TWG members during the workshop proper where they assessed the city’s baseline information, city development vision and respective mandates of different city offices; identified the different development gaps and entry points to resilient and green recovery. Through the BCRUPD project support, the city is looking forward to push this initiative further by using urban planning and design strategies down at the project level, and incorporate investment programming.

Ormoc City is one of the two Philippine cities supported by BCRUPD on Resilient and Green Recovery. BCRUPD is a capacity building project funded by the German government’s International Climate Initiative (IKI), and is being implemented UN-Habitat in partnership with Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, Climate Change Commission, Department of the Interior and Local Government, National Economic and Development Authority, and League of Cities of the Philippines.

Article originally posted on the Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Designs website.

Seasoned hackers, tech enthusiasts, and young innovators hacked solutions to the country’s pressing marine plastic litter problem at the Plastic 3R Hacks PH Grand Finals last June 8, 2021, in celebration of World Oceans Day.

 

Plastic 3R Hacks PH is a nationwide virtual hackathon that aims to harness solutions to marine plastic pollution in the Philippines. This provides a platform for fresh and modern ideas as alternatives to traditional reuse, reduce, and recycle (3R) practices. It is organized by Redwizard Events Technology in close collaboration with the Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative, a project implemented by UN-Habitat Philippines and funded by the Government of Japan, which aims to enable local governments and communities in the Philippines to reduce marine plastic pollution. Plastic 3R Hacks PH is sponsored by Aboitiz Construction, Union Bank Philippines, and Nestle Philippines.

More than 220 participants representing cities and universities across the country registered for the competition. The participants went through a series of virtual activities such as a pre-hack event, mentoring sessions, and project development. Eighteen qualifying teams went through a preliminary judging to narrow down to the top ten teams who eventually advanced to the virtual Grand Finals.

The Grand Finals highlighted some of the brightest ideas from the youth to save our oceans by reducing marine plastic litter. Innovative solutions showcased included AI-based rewards-system waste segregation app for individuals and households, mobile application monitoring and grading tool for local government units, and even disruptive non-tech ideas like business concepts for creative upcycling process.

After a rigorous judging by a panel of distinguished local and international experts coming from different sectors, two teams emerged as the Plastic 3R Hacks PH winners.

 

 

The winning teams were Grand Winner Team STP from Metro Manila for their project WeGarden, an offline-first, IoT-enabled, hybrid soil and hydroponics community garden; and runner up COCADISUS from Iloilo City for their project OpenPRS, an open source plastic recycling system; and grand winner. The winning teams received P50,000 and P20,000 cash prizes respectively, plus special prizes from the hackathon sponsors.

“Major adjustments had to be done to run a hackathon in the new normal, and our teams pulled through. The youth’s creativity and passion to come up with innovative ideas – especially to issues as serious as marine plastic litter- should not stop because of the pandemic,” said Elaine Cedillo, Hackathon Master and Founder of Red Wizard Event Technology.

Based on a 2010 baseline study*, even though the Philippines has among the highest trash collection rates in Southeast Asia, it has become the world’s third largest source of marine litter.

Christopher Rollo, Country Programme Manager of UN-Habitat Philippines said,

“our country is an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands, and more than 70% of our cities are along the rivers and coasts – our way of life is very much tied to our rivers, coasts, and seas. We cannot have a better quality of life if we do not ensure the protection and better quality of the waters around us. We are glad that we have bright young minds who join us in keeping our oceans healthy, and our cities clean.”

Beyond the competition, all teams have opportunities for possible funding and development of their solutions for real-life application through the hackathon sponsors and partner cities of Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative.

For more information visit the Plastic 3R Hacks PH and HOCCI Facebook pages.

*“Plastic Waste Inputs from Land into the Ocean,” Jambeck et al, February 2015

 

Position Title:             Senior City Coordinator Assistant for Tagum City

LICA Level:                  Level 6

Project Reference:    BCRUPD

Duty Station:              Tagum City, Philippines

Duration:                      01 July – 30 September 2021 (with a possibility of extension)

 

 

  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. 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.

 

  1. Project Background and Description

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is currently implementing a 5-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. One major component of this project is the integration of “green recovery” technical assistance for the cities of Tagum and Ormoc. The technical assistance covers research, training, planning workshop and mentoring to the cities to ensure that local COVID-19 recovery efforts are align and contributing to local climate actions (adaptation and mitigation). This ToR elaborates the roles and responsibilities of the Senior City Coordinator Assistant for Tagum City to support the COVID-19 green recovery activities of the city.

 

  1. Duties and Responsibilities

The Senior City Coordinator Assistant is expected to perform the following duties and responsibilities:

  • To ensure that the project plans, activities and target outputs designed for Tagum city are well communicated to the City Technical Working Group;
  • To provide assistance to the city government in facilitating project activities such as data gathering and validation, meetings, planning workshops, technical charrettes, consultations and trainings;
  • To assist in coordinating between the project consultants and Manila-based project personnel;
  • To ensure that the City Technical Working Group is functioning based on the agreed purpose and planned activities;
  • To lead in the preparation of project progress report at the city level;
  • To document the highlights and agreements made during project meetings, planning-workshops, learning events and trainings;
  • As support activities for COVID-19 recovery, extend assistance particularly on the preparation and documentation of city profiling and development of resilient and green recovery plan with focus on using public open spaces;
  • To assist in the coordination with concerned government agencies and other institutions at the city level and Provincial/Regional level to promote and support the COVID-19 recovery activities of the city;
  • 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.

 

  1. Duration of Assignment, Duty Station and Travel

The Contractor will be engaged from 01 July – 30 September 2021 with a possibility of extension.

Duty Station is in Tagum City, Philippines. If travel will be required, the staff will be guided by the travel and mission protocols of the UN System given the current COVID-19 pandemic.

 

  1. Reporting Arrangements and Coordination

The Senior City Coordinator Assistant will report to the National Project Coordinator on a regular basis.

 

  1. REMUNERATION

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

 

  1. CORE VALUES AND COMPETENCIES

8.1 CORE VALUES

  • 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.

8.2 COMPETENCIES:

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

The consultant shall have:

Education

 

Bachelor’s degree with subject course on sciences or related programs.
Experience and skills

             

At least 4 years’ experience on working with local government units in areas of development planning, climate change and land use planning    
  With at least 2 years’ experience on research, data gathering and analysis
  Familiarity and knowledge on land use planning processes/system
  With basic knowledge on understanding spatial plans and city development plans
  Demonstrated knowledge on climate change issues and local housing/shelter issues
  Working experience with Tagum City Government / local government units is preferred / will be advantageous
Language Good communication skills with excellent proficiency in written and spoken English.

 

HOW TO APPLY

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: Senior City Coordinator Assistant

 

Deadline for Applications is on or before 24 June 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.