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  • Type of Contract:   UNOPS /Local Individual Contract Agreement (LICA) 8
    Duty Station:           Manila, Philippines
    Duration:          15 Aug – 31 December 2024, extendable depending on funding availability and performance
    Project Reference: SHIELD and TRANSCEND

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

A. ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING

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 urban development and 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 and livelihood 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 component of the Philippines Country Office programme.

B. Project Background

1. Strengthening Institutions and Empowering Localities Against Disasters and Climate Change (SHIELD) is a six-year Australian Government funded program that aims to support the government of the Philippines in building institutional and community resilience to climate change and other types of hazards. 

The goal of the SHIELD Program is to make all people in target communities safer and more resilient to the impacts of natural hazard events and climate change. This will be realized by achieving three interdependent outcomes/components:

  • Component 1: Government, private sector, and civil society stakeholders in targeted local government units (LGUs) are collaborating to unlock funding and implementing informed and inclusive resilience actions
  • Component 2: Relevant national government agencies (NGAs) are prioritizing action on local climate
    and disaster resilience
  • Component 3: Philippine scientific agencies are producing tailored and accessible information for local resilience action

In partnership with the government of the Philippines, the SHIELD program will be implemented through a consortium approach led by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Other consortium members are the UN-Habitat, National Resilience Council, Philippine Business for Social Progress and the Consortium of Bangsamore Civil Society. Project Component 2, where UN-Habitat leads some activities and outputs require expertise and full-time coordination to deliver the needed research and policy outputs of the project.

2. Transformative Actions for Climate and Ecological Protection and Development (TRANSCEND) is a sixyear project funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) through the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The project will be implemented through a consortium led by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) with the Climate Change Commission
(CCC) as the main political partner. Through a whole-of-government approach, the project aims to pilot a transition process towards a climate-resilient, low-carbon, and biodiversity-friendly society through adaptation, mitigation, and biodiversity solutions in three landscapes in the Philippines.

TRANSCEND aims to support the Philippine Government in achieving the NDC and post-2020 Biodiversity Framework targets. It intends to work with the Philippines on the four IKI funding areas, namely mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, adapting to climate change impacts, conserving natural carbon sinks, and
conserving biodiversity. The project will also address integrating gender-responsive and gender transformative approaches as means to accommodate context-specific gender relations. The following
outputs have been formulated for the project:

  • Output 1 – Communities and LGUs in three landscapes agree on and implement improved natural resource management standards and planning practices in a ridge-to-reef approach, conserving key biodiversity, restoring ecosystems and natural carbon sinks
  • Output 2 – Community organisations, local, subnational, and national governments in three landscapes have improved policies on and knowledge of EbA; they are practicing EbA for resilient built environments and communities with mitigation co-benefits.
  • Output 3 – Climate Smart Industries and Services (CSIS) road map is developed; c) low-carbon transport policies and projects are introduced in three cities (1.5-2 mio tCO2 annually after implementation)
  • Output 4 – Decision support systems are improved and applied at all levels of government to measure reductions in risk, vulnerabilities, GHG emissions and biodiversity loss to target climate finance, report on NDC as well as the CBD convention
  • Output 5 – The project will incorporate the IKI interface function for the Philippines. Within this function, the project will facilitate cooperation among all IKI implementers in the country, e.g. through national IKI interface workshops as well as knowledge management and exchange.

TRANSCEND will be implemented by a consortium of different organizations: Conservation International Philippines (CIPFI), RARE, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Clean Air Asia (CAA), International Council on Clean Transport (ICCT), Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), Climate Analytics (CA), University of the Philippines – Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UP-CWG), and Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH, with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) as the joint project coordinator. UN-Habitat will lead Output 2 of the project.

C. Roles and Responsibilities

The Knowledge Management and Communications Associate Officer (KMCAO) will be responsible for the overall knowledge management and communications (KMC) requirements of the UN-Habitat Philippines Office, with particular focus on project-related communications for SHIELD, TRANSCEND, and Huy-anan nan Bajau sa Surigao projects. She/he shall be working closely with the Project Managers/Coordinators (PMs/PCs) and the rest of the project team members in implementing national and city level activities. In addition, guided by UN-Habitat and donor’s knowledge management framework, and communications guidelines, s/he shall be responsible for implementing a knowledge management and communications strategy and system supporting the country office under the guidance of the Habitat Country Programme Manager, as needed.

S/he will perform the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a knowledge management system and communications plan;
  • Serve as KM and communication focal person to coordinate and work closely with counterparts in other UN agencies in the Philippines, UN-Habitat global and regional offices, and other development partners;
  • Lead the culture of learning within the country office and project teams through consistent knowledge sharing, use of KM tools, and integration of knowledge creation in the country office operations and project activities;
  • Support/build capacity of country office teams, partners, and stakeholders in identifying, documenting, and drafting best practices and lessons learned to inform policies, project development, and decision-making;
  • Develop communication materials and collaterals like project briefs, brochures, short articles, videos and press kits to share information and promote the projects;
  • Support the documentation of planning workshops and trainings, expert group meetings, forums, consultations, and other activities related to the planning, development, and implementation of UN-Habitat programs and projects;
  • Maintain and produce original content for online platforms and social media channels of UN-Habitat Philippines
  • Assess existing ICT knowledge platforms of government partners and establish sharing protocols/system of project reports;
  • Consolidate and develop the project documentation, including process documentation and development of knowledge/communication materials for targeted users/audiences such as tools/guides and training modules based on project experience;
  • Provide technical advice on knowledge sharing activities to maximize the events as a means to replicate the good practices done and share the lessons learned from the projects;
  • Support the development of knowledge products borne out of the implementation of the projects including case studies, the production of videos and other media;
  • Assist the Project Managers in consolidating and preparing the required progress reports of the project.
  • Support the communications officers of the respective consortium projects through technical guidance and review of KMC outputs and products;
  • Support the wrapping up of the KMC plans and activities; and
  • Undertake other related duties and responsibilities required by the country office and the projects.

D. DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT, DUTY STATION, AND TRAVEL

Contract up to 31 December 2024, extendable depending on funding availability and performance.

The duty station is in Manila, Philippines. Official travels outside of Manila will be covered and arranged by UN-Habitat-Philippines.

F. REPORTING ARRANGEMENTS
The KMCAO will report to the UN-Habitat Philippines Country Programme Manager and directly coordinate with the Project Managers/Coordinators.

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

H. CORE VALUES AND COMPETENCIES

Core Values 

  • Integrity – Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours. 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 behaviour.
  • 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

  • Planning and 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.
  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; exhibits interest in having two-way communication; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.  
  • 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 the client.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.   
  • Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows a willingness to learn new technology.

I. QUALIFICATIONS/SPECIAL SKILLS OR KNOWLEDGE

Education 

Advanced University Degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Development Communication, Journalism, Media Studies, or related field; A Bachelor’s degree in development communications, social marketing, journalism, media, or other related field in combination with 8 years relevant qualifying experience may be accepted lieu of the advanced university degree

Experience and skills 

  • At least 2 years (with Master’s degree) or 8 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience in knowledge management and communicating development project experience and results through traditional and social media.
  • Exhibit solid and current working knowledge on development issues and directions especially on sustainable urban development, climate change, human settlements, local economic development, social empowerment and related issues.
  • Experience working for the UN system is an advantage
  • Have substantial experience in design, facilitation, and implementation of learning events.
  • Possess transferable skills in knowledge documentation, use, and regeneration.
  • Possess a strong background and working experience in tools development and toolkit production, learning product design (i.e., manuals, guidebooks, toolkits, brochures, etc.)
  • Possess advance and publishable writing skills for both online and offline dissemination (i.e. press releases, blogs, brochures, news articles, etc.), familiarity with using and posting on social media channels and have a basic understanding of maintaining web content hosted on Joomla, WordPress, or other platforms.
  • Basic graphic design, photography, videography, and video editing skills are desirable.
  • Good communication skills, strong technical and creative writing skills, interpersonal management, team worker

Language Requirements

Fluency in English and Filipino

HOW TO APPLY

Submission of Applications

The 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 from the UN-Habitat ROAP website.

All applications should be addressed to and sent electronically via email to UN-Habitat’s Country Programme Manager, Christopher E. Rollo at cris.rollo@un.org and copying Hazel Acabado at hazel.acabado@un.org.

Please indicate in your e-mail subject: Knowledge Management and Communications Associate Officer 

The deadline for Applications is on or before 26 July 2024.

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 encouraged.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. 

Download a copy of the Terms of Reference here.

  • Type of Contract:     UNOPS /Local Individual Contract Agreement (LICA) 5
    Duty Station:             Lucena City, Quezon
    Functional Title:       Research Assistant (Short-term Expert Contract, output-based)
    Duration:                   22-man days spread over 2 months (22 April – 21 June 2024)

  

1. ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING

UN-HABITAT 

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable communities, towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. In collaboration with governments, UN-Habitat is charged to promote and consolidate collaboration with all partners, including local authorities and private and non-government organizations in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 11, which seeks to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

By working at all levels and with all relevant stakeholders and partners, UN–Habitat contributes to linking policy development and capacity–building activities with a view to promoting cohesive and mutually reinforcing social, economic and environmental policies in national policies and programmes in urban development and human settlements which conform with international practices and covenants.

UN–Habitat 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.

2. Project Background (SHIELD)

The Asia-Pacific region is home to more than half of the global population and by 2018, half of the population in the region will be living in urban areas. UN Statistics show that currently two billion of the region’s total population live in cities and towns, and one billion more will likely be added by 2040. Notably, cities in Asia and the Pacific are now already generating 80 per cent of gross domestic product in most countries.  

In the face of this urban growth and development trends, cities in the region are faced with risks and vulnerabilities due to climate change. As the 2015 State of the Asian and Pacific Cities Report notes, “coastal cities in the region are extremely vulnerable to the impact of climate change – in particular sea-level rise and stronger storms and storm surges – putting fast-growing and globally-connected cities in harm’s way. Inland cities and land-locked developing countries across parts of Central and South Asia are facing increased heat and drought periods. This will undoubtedly increase energy costs related to cooling and the costs of water distribution”. Within the urban context, the poor, elderly, women, youth are particularly vulnerable to climate change. 

The Philippines has been identified as one of the countries which is extremely vulnerable to climate change and other types of disasters, thus making resilience a serious development concern in the country.  According to the 2020 World Risk Report, the Philippines has the ninth highest risk to disasters among 140 countries and with a population of over 190 million, remains to be the most densely populated and urbanised of all global disaster hotspots. An archipelagic country located in the Ring of Fire and typhoon belt, the Philippines faces risks from multiple hazards – typhoons1, floods, landslides, tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, as well as slow onset hazards such as droughts. The country is also highly vulnerable to climate risks, with climate change exacerbating the impacts of weather-related events with associated severe wind, storm surge, coastal flooding, and sea level rise. The 2021 German Climate Risk Index places the Philippines as the fourth most affected by long-term climate risks.5 Indeed, and since 1990, the Philippines has been affected by 565 disaster events that claimed the lives of nearly 40,000 Filipinos and caused an estimated USD24 billion in damages. At least 60 per cent of the country’s total land area is exposed to multiple hazards and about 75 per cent of the population is vulnerable to their impacts. Eight of the top ten cities most at risk from natural hazards are in the Philippines, including Metro Manila.

Strengthening Institutions and Empowering Localities Against Disasters and Climate Change (SHIELD) is a six-year Australian Government funded program that aims to support the government of the Philippines in building institutional and community resilience to climate change and other types of hazards. 

The goal of the SHIELD Program is to make all people in target communities safer and more resilient to the impacts of natural hazard events and climate change. This will be realized by achieving three inter­ dependent outcomes/components:

  • Component 1: Government, private sector, and civil society stakeholders in targeted local government units (LGUs) are collaborating to unlock funding and implementing informed and inclusive resilience actions
  • Component 2: Relevant national government agencies (NGAs) are prioritizing action on local climate and disaster resilience
  • Component 3: Philippine scientific agencies are producing tailored and accessible information for local resilience action

In partnership with the government of the Philippines, the SHIELD program will be implemented through a consortium approach led by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Other consortium members are the UN-Habitat, National Resilience Council, Philippine Business for Social Progress and the Consortium of Bangsamore Civil Society. Project Components 2, where UN-Habitat takes some lead activities and outputs require expertise and full-time coordination work to deliver the needed research and policy work of the project.

Under SHIELD Component 1 , UN-Habitat leads the conduct of the Provincial Climate Risk Diagnosis (PCRD) to arrive at risk-informed planning and investment structuring for the province (Output 1.5). The PCRD results will also be the basis for developing bankable proposals to access finance with the support of SHIELD consortium members. In parallel, the PCRD results will also help the province in updating/enhancing its mandated plans such as the PDPFP, LDIP, PDRRMP and other sectoral plans. Support from a Research Assistant is needed for each province in order to expedite PCRD activities being led by the project team. This ToR elaborates the expected duties and deliverables of the Research Assistant to support the process.

3. TRAVEL

The Research Assistant will be based in Legazpi City, Albay. No travel is required for the post.

4. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Research Assistant will perform the following:

  • Gather and organize the data required for the PCRD for the assigned Province ensuring consistency and integrity of all information and data in coordination with the Provincial TWG/Focal Offices.
  • Consolidate and conduct data cleaning activities for both the quantitative and spatial information (Annex A: PCRD Data Checklist) using the PCRD Tool in close collaboration with the Provincial TWG/Focal Person, with the guidance from UN-Habitat Project Team/Area Coordinator.
  • Submit a report on the data sources, data gaps, and all data collection activities conducted in the province.
  • Participate in technical mission activities of the project as may be necessary especially those related to PCRD workshops and meetings and
  • Submit regular updates and a final completed research/data gathering report to the Project Area Coordinator/Planner of UN-Habitat.

5. Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payment

  • The Contractor should send the financial proposal based on a lump-sum amount for the delivery of the outputs identified in Section 8. The total amount quoted shall include all costs components required to deliver the services identified above, including professional fees and any other applicable costs (i.e. communications) to be incurred by the Consultant in completing the assignment.
  • Medical/health insurance must be purchased by the individual at his/her own expense, and upon award of the contract, the contractor must be ready to submit proof of insurance valid during the contract duration.
  • The contract price will be a fixed output-based price. Any deviations from the output and timelines will be agreed upon between the Contractor and UNDP.
  • Payments will be done upon satisfactory completion of the deliverables by target due dates.
  • Outputs will be reviewed and certified by the SHIELD Area Coordinator/Planner and National Project Coordinator prior to the release of payments as follows:

Required Outputs/Deliverables

Estimated

Workdays

Due Date

Payment Percentage

Upon submission and acceptance of draft PCRD data (at least 50% of data required) report.

11 days

15 May 2024

50%

Upon submission and acceptance of the final and processed PCRD data including the report on the data sources, data gaps, and all data collection activities conducted in the assigned Province

11 days

13 June 2024

50%

Total

22 days

 

100%

F. Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer

The offer will be evaluated based on a Combined Scoring method where the qualifications and technical proposal will be weighted a maximum of 70% and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a maximum of 30%.

The breakdown of the percentage for the entire technical evaluation is as follows:

Qualifications based on CV

70

Financial Proposal

30

Total

100

 

QUALIFICATIONS

MAXIMUM POINTS OBTAINABLE (70 POINTS)

Education: Completed a university degree on environmental planning, environmental science, social sciences or related courses.

30

Experience

At least 3 years of experience in performing data gathering and research activities.

20

Proficient in MS Excel application

 20

TOTAL

70

7. CORE VALUES AND COMPETENCIES

Core Values 

  • Integrity – Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours. 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 behaviour.
  • 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.

HOW TO APPLY

Submission of Applications

The Application should include:

  1. Cover memo (maximum 1 page) including expectations regarding remunerations
  2. A completed UN Personal History Form (P-11) – Please download the form (MS-Word) from the UN- Habitat ROAP website.

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: Research Assistant (Lucena City, Quezon).

The deadline for Applications is on or before 18 April 2024.

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 the 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. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UN-Habitat is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

  • Type of Contract:     UNOPS /Local Individual Contract Agreement (LICA) 5
    Duty Station:             Borongan, Eastern Samar
    Functional Title:       Research Assistant (Short-term Expert Contract, output-based)
    Duration:                   22-man days spread over 2 months (22 April – 21 June 2024)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

  

1. ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING

UN-HABITAT 

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable communities, towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. In collaboration with governments, UN-Habitat is charged to promote and consolidate collaboration with all partners, including local authorities and private and non-government organizations in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 11, which seeks to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

By working at all levels and with all relevant stakeholders and partners, UN–Habitat contributes to linking policy development and capacity–building activities with a view to promoting cohesive and mutually reinforcing social, economic and environmental policies in national policies and programmes in urban development and human settlements which conform with international practices and covenants.

UN–Habitat 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.

2. Project Background (SHIELD)

The Asia-Pacific region is home to more than half of the global population and by 2018, half of the population in the region will be living in urban areas. UN Statistics show that currently two billion of the region’s total population live in cities and towns, and one billion more will likely be added by 2040. Notably, cities in Asia and the Pacific are now already generating 80 per cent of gross domestic product in most countries.  

In the face of this urban growth and development trends, cities in the region are faced with risks and vulnerabilities due to climate change. As the 2015 State of the Asian and Pacific Cities Report notes, “coastal cities in the region are extremely vulnerable to the impact of climate change – in particular sea-level rise and stronger storms and storm surges – putting fast-growing and globally-connected cities in harm’s way. Inland cities and land-locked developing countries across parts of Central and South Asia are facing increased heat and drought periods. This will undoubtedly increase energy costs related to cooling and the costs of water distribution”. Within the urban context, the poor, elderly, women, youth are particularly vulnerable to climate change. 

The Philippines has been identified as one of the countries which is extremely vulnerable to climate change and other types of disasters, thus making resilience a serious development concern in the country.  According to the 2020 World Risk Report, the Philippines has the ninth highest risk to disasters among 140 countries and with a population of over 190 million, remains to be the most densely populated and urbanised of all global disaster hotspots. An archipelagic country located in the Ring of Fire and typhoon belt, the Philippines faces risks from multiple hazards – typhoons1, floods, landslides, tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, as well as slow onset hazards such as droughts. The country is also highly vulnerable to climate risks, with climate change exacerbating the impacts of weather-related events with associated severe wind, storm surge, coastal flooding, and sea level rise. The 2021 German Climate Risk Index places the Philippines as the fourth most affected by long-term climate risks.5 Indeed, and since 1990, the Philippines has been affected by 565 disaster events that claimed the lives of nearly 40,000 Filipinos and caused an estimated USD24 billion in damages. At least 60 per cent of the country’s total land area is exposed to multiple hazards and about 75 per cent of the population is vulnerable to their impacts. Eight of the top ten cities most at risk from natural hazards are in the Philippines, including Metro Manila.

Strengthening Institutions and Empowering Localities Against Disasters and Climate Change (SHIELD) is a six-year Australian Government funded program that aims to support the government of the Philippines in building institutional and community resilience to climate change and other types of hazards. 

The goal of the SHIELD Program is to make all people in target communities safer and more resilient to the impacts of natural hazard events and climate change. This will be realized by achieving three inter­ dependent outcomes/components:

  • Component 1: Government, private sector, and civil society stakeholders in targeted local government units (LGUs) are collaborating to unlock funding and implementing informed and inclusive resilience actions
  • Component 2: Relevant national government agencies (NGAs) are prioritizing action on local climate and disaster resilience
  • Component 3: Philippine scientific agencies are producing tailored and accessible information for local resilience action

In partnership with the government of the Philippines, the SHIELD program will be implemented through a consortium approach led by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Other consortium members are the UN-Habitat, National Resilience Council, Philippine Business for Social Progress and the Consortium of Bangsamore Civil Society. Project Components 2, where UN-Habitat takes some lead activities and outputs require expertise and full-time coordination work to deliver the needed research and policy work of the project.

Under SHIELD Component 1 , UN-Habitat leads the conduct of the Provincial Climate Risk Diagnosis (PCRD) to arrive at risk-informed planning and investment structuring for the province (Output 1.5). The PCRD results will also be the basis for developing bankable proposals to access finance with the support of SHIELD consortium members. In parallel, the PCRD results will also help the province in updating/enhancing its mandated plans such as the PDPFP, LDIP, PDRRMP and other sectoral plans. Support from a Research Assistant is needed for each province in order to expedite PCRD activities being led by the project team. This ToR elaborates the expected duties and deliverables of the Research Assistant to support the process.

3. TRAVEL

The Research Assistant will be based in Legazpi City, Albay. No travel is required for the post.

4. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Research Assistant will perform the following:

  • Gather and organize the data required for the PCRD for the assigned Province ensuring consistency and integrity of all information and data in coordination with the Provincial TWG/Focal Offices.
  • Consolidate and conduct data cleaning activities for both the quantitative and spatial information (Annex A: PCRD Data Checklist) using the PCRD Tool in close collaboration with the Provincial TWG/Focal Person, with the guidance from UN-Habitat Project Team/Area Coordinator.
  • Submit a report on the data sources, data gaps, and all data collection activities conducted in the province.
  • Participate in technical mission activities of the project as may be necessary especially those related to PCRD workshops and meetings and
  • Submit regular updates and a final completed research/data gathering report to the Project Area Coordinator/Planner of UN-Habitat.

5. Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payment

  • The Contractor should send the financial proposal based on a lump-sum amount for the delivery of the outputs identified in Section 8. The total amount quoted shall include all costs components required to deliver the services identified above, including professional fees and any other applicable costs (i.e. communications) to be incurred by the Consultant in completing the assignment.
  • Medical/health insurance must be purchased by the individual at his/her own expense, and upon award of the contract, the contractor must be ready to submit proof of insurance valid during the contract duration.
  • The contract price will be a fixed output-based price. Any deviations from the output and timelines will be agreed upon between the Contractor and UNDP.
  • Payments will be done upon satisfactory completion of the deliverables by target due dates.
  • Outputs will be reviewed and certified by the SHIELD Area Coordinator/Planner and National Project Coordinator prior to the release of payments as follows:

Required Outputs/Deliverables

Estimated

Workdays

Due Date

Payment Percentage

Upon submission and acceptance of draft PCRD data (at least 50% of data required) report.

11 days

15 May 2024

50%

Upon submission and acceptance of the final and processed PCRD data including the report on the data sources, data gaps, and all data collection activities conducted in the assigned Province

11 days

13 June 2024

50%

Total

22 days

 

100%

F. Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer

The offer will be evaluated based on a Combined Scoring method where the qualifications and technical proposal will be weighted a maximum of 70% and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a maximum of 30%.

The breakdown of the percentage for the entire technical evaluation is as follows:

Qualifications based on CV

70

Financial Proposal

30

Total

100

 

QUALIFICATIONS

MAXIMUM POINTS OBTAINABLE (70 POINTS)

Education: Completed a university degree on environmental planning, environmental science, social sciences or related courses.

30

Experience

At least 3 years of experience in performing data gathering and research activities.

20

Proficient in MS Excel application

 20

TOTAL

70

7. CORE VALUES AND COMPETENCIES

Core Values 

  • Integrity – Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours. 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 behaviour.
  • 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.

HOW TO APPLY

Submission of Applications

The Application should include:

  1. Cover memo (maximum 1 page) including expectations regarding remunerations
  2. A completed UN Personal History Form (P-11) – Please download the form (MS-Word) from the UN- Habitat ROAP website.

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: Research Assistant (Borongan, Eastern Samar).

The deadline for Applications is on or before 18 April 2024.

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 the 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. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UN-Habitat is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

UN-Habitat is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the team.

UN-Habitat does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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.

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