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.



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

The consultant shall have:



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.



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.