Marawi City, July 22, 2021 – One hundred seventy families displaced by the 2017 Marawi Siege received certificates of house and lot award from the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and its partners: Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) and National Housing Authority (NHA) during the turnover ceremonies held on July 22, 2021 in Barangay Dulay Proper and in Barangay Mipantao Gadongan in the Islamic City of Marawi.  The event was attended by Secretary Eduardo D. del Rosario of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), Country Programme Manager Christopher E. Rollo of UN-Habitat, President Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling of SHFC, Mayor Majul U. Gandamra of Marawi City, Atty. Alper John Alcaraz, Chief Corporate Attorney of NHA Region 9 and BARMM.


The permanent houses were built by UN-Habitat through the Rebuilding Marawi through Community-Driven Shelter and Livelihood Project with a USD 10-million funding from the Government of Japan. The 170 houses are in two resettlement sites in Marawi City: 120 houses in Darussalam Village in Barangay Dulay Proper on land acquired and developed by SHFC; and 50 houses within the sprawling land area of Pamayandeg Ranaw Residences at Dansalan in Barangay Mipantao Gadongan through land provided and developed by NHA.

Pre-siege, the 170 families lived within the three to six meters easement along the Agus River and Lake Lanao – areas officially categorized by the government as ‘no dwell zone’ and are well within the post-war Ground Zero/Most Affected Area (MAA). With their houses destroyed by the gun battle between the government forces and pro-Isis militants, life for the 170 families in the past four years since the war ended was spent in tents, transitory shelters, in home-based arrangement (living with relatives or with friends or renting) within Marawi or in nearby provinces while others went as far as Manila to eke out a living as the war destroyed not only their homes but devastated their businesses as well.

UN-Habitat Country Programme Manager, Christopher Rollo, said that;

“As a fitting celebration of Eid al-Adha, we hope that these houses will honor the sacrifice of our home partners who did not passively wait but were active partners in the building of these houses, livelihoods and communities, amidst the many challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic. Together with our partners, we are committed to support the rebuilding of resilient and sustainable communities and improve people’s lives.”


For his part, Atty. Cabling remarked that,

“Today’s milestone fuels our commitment to delivering safe and resilient housing for internally displaced families in support for the full recovery and rehabilitation of Marawi City. Along with the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, SHFC will continue to stand with the people of Marawi in their journey toward peace and normalcy. On behalf of our organization, I would like to thank our partners for tirelessly providing assistance for the fruition of the Marawi Shelter Project.”


In his video message, Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko of the Embassy of Japan thanked UN-Habitat and government partners, and reiterated Japan’s support for Marawi under the Japan-Bangsamoro Initiative for Reconstruction and Development (J-BIRD).

“We still have some ways to go in Marawi as we continue to work on delivering homes for the displaced people. Nevertheless, it is with great hope that through this project and other J-BIRD projects, and Japan’s unfaltering support of the Mindanao Peace Process, Mindanao will gain lasting peace and stability that will propel it, and the Philippines, into a brighter future deserved by all.”


Rocma Imam Dumamba, 63, one of the home-partners who received the certificate today, still remembers the long walk she and her family took to the Municipality of Kapai where they sought refuge in the house of relatives. She stated,

“Pinakamahalaga sa panahon na yun, habang nagpuputukan, na makalabas ng Marawi na buhay. Nasunog man ang bahay at mga gamit namin ay malaking pasasalamat ko ngayon na may sarili na kaming bahay. Ang asawa ko ay may malubhang sakit at nakakain lamang gamit ang tubo – mas makabubuti sa kanya na dito na kami titira at dito sya magpapagaling.” [Translation: What was of primary importance at that time, as gunshots were exchanged, was to get out of Marawi alive. Even if our house and the stuff we left behind were burnt to the ground, I am very grateful that we now have a house we can call our own. My husband is critically ill and could only eat through a tube – it will do him good to live here – this is where he can recuperate.”]

It can be recalled that 109 permanent houses in Marawi Resettlement Site Phase 1: Hadiya Village were turned over by UN-Habitat to 109 displaced families in February 2021 in partnership with SHFC. This brings to a total of 279 permanent houses turned over to families in three out of five resettlement sites where UN-Habitat is constructing houses. Two other resettlement sites are in Barangay Patani in partnership also with SHFC; and in Barangay Kilala in partnership with NHA.  A total of 1,057 permanent houses are slated to be completed within the year in all of the project’s construction sites.

Other key partners that contributed to project accomplishments to date are the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Holcim Philippines through their sponsorship in the conduct of Galing Mason Skills Training for local workers who later participated in the project’s shelter construction. Further, a formal partnership between UN-Habitat and Holcim Philippines provided easy access to discounted  price of cement  that kept the construction of houses going despite the mobility restrictions posed by COVID-19 pandemic. The project also forged a partnership with the 55th Engineer Brigade that resulted to 50 permanent houses constructed by its uniformed personnel in Barangay Kilala.

Position Title:  Assistant City Coordinator for Legazpi City (For Filipino Nationals Only)   

Project Reference: Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI)

Duty Station:  Legazpi City

Contract Modality: LICA 5

Duration: Initial duration of assignment will be up till 30 September 2021 (with possibility of contract extension depending on project budget and duration).


  1. 1. Introduction about 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.


  1. Project Background and Description

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 Assistant City Coordinator for Legazpi

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

  • On a day-to-day basis, and in close consultation with UN-Habitat’s City Coordinator for Legazpi and Ormoc Cities, 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, in close consultation with the City Coordinator for Legazpi and Ormoc Cities;
  • Support the communications and coordination work with the project consultants and Manila-based project personnel;
  • Help ensure that the City Technical Working Group is functioning based on the agreed purpose and planned activities;
  • Support in data management and updating, and in the preparation of project progress report at the city level;
  • Specifically for Legazpi City, 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;
  • Provide focused assistance to Legazpi City counterparts on the preparation and documentation of city profiling and customization and implementation of SWM or MPL-reducing projects;
  • Facilitate capacity building activities in coordination with the city partners and Manila-based project team.
  • Assist in coordinating 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 project;
  • Directly report to the National Project Manager; and
  • Perform other city level tasks that may be required by UN-Habitat regional and country offices.


  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 is in Legazpi City. 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. Reporting Arrangements and Coordination

The City Coordinator will work closely with UN-Habitat’s City Coordinator for Legazpi and Ormoc Cities, and will report to the Project Manager.



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 2 years relevant work experience preferably in the areas of solid waste management, urban environmental management, pollution control, or marine litter management.  Alternatively, 4 years work experience in the areas of urban planning, land use and development planning or environmental assessments are considered.   
  Experience working with Legazpi LGU or Legazpi’s stakeholders on the municipal solid waste management sector is highly preferred; alternatively, experience working with any LGU in the Philippines on any urban development topic/project is preferred


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  copying the HR Associate, Loubelle Fajardo at Previous Applicants need not apply.

Please indicate in your e-mail subject: Assistant City Coordinator for Legazpi City


Deadline for Applications is on or before 2 August 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.