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.