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  • Type of Contract:     UNOPS /Local Individual Contract Agreement (LICA) 5
    Duty Station:             Surigao City/Caraga, Philippines
    Duration:           01 May – 31 Dec 2024, extendable depending on funding availability and performance

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

A. Introduction about 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 established its country office in the Philippines in 2004 and runs national and city-level programmes. The UN-Habitat Philippines Country Office (CO) positions itself as a strong policy adviser informed by well-grounded operational experience, harnessing its in-depth local knowledge, global expertise and international network of urban specialists, in the areas of urban planning and design, climate change adaptation and mitigation, urban legislation and governance and urban economy (through the Achieving Sustainable Urban Development project, the Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Designs project and the Vertical Integration and Learning for Low-Emission Development), in post-disaster recovery, reconstruction and resilience building in Eastern Visayas, in community-driven shelter reconstruction in Western Visayas (4 local governments) and Tacloban City and in the climate change, urbanization and sustainable development nexus. The country office partners with national government departments and agencies, local authorities, a wide cross-section of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society groups, and the private sector. At the policy level, the country office supports the development of the Habitat III country report, the National Urban Development and Housing Framework, guidelines to strengthen the rationalized planning system and the Local Climate Change Action Plans.

B. Project Background

Supporting Blue-Green Recovery, Strengthening Resilience and Promoting Sustainable Growth in
Philippine cities and communities through Nature-based Solutions and Circular Economy (RRSG thru NBS CE)

Surigao del Norte is one of the provinces worst affected by Super Typhoon Rai/Odette (where the first of 9 landfalls occurred in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte Province on December 16, 2021) which further aggravated the development challenges in the Caraga Region. The region, where Surigao del Norte is located, is the 4th poorest region in the country with 28.3% (2018) poverty incidence (compared to 16.1% national average posted during the same period). The province faces the Pacific Ocean and lies along the Philippine Deep (considered as among if not the deepest trench in the world). Hazard maps of the province indicate that most of the areas are susceptible to storm surge and typhoons as well as tsunamis and earthquakes because of the two fault lines in the province thus making it among the most vulnerable provinces in the country to geological and climate change hazards and risks.

The urgent need to support the recovery of the province from the impacts of Super Typhoon Rai/Odette and harness the response efforts as building blocks for rebuilding better and greener as it transitions to longer term rehabilitation and sustainable development. Among the most vulnerable are the internally displaced persons (IDPs), particularly the indigenous peoples (IPs) of which the Badjaos are the most marginalized. Emphasis will be on the IDPs who will be rebuilding their lives and communities in the next months and years.

This is a post-disaster recovery project to be implemented in the Philippines, with a demonstration in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, Caraga Region aimed at strengthening and improving the capacity of vulnerable populations displaced as a result of natural disasters. In particular, it seeks to improve the living conditions of the Badjao indigenous population displaced in Surigao city due to Typhoon Odette through the implementation of appropriate and resilient solutions based on nature and the circular economy, favoring the humanitarian-development nexus, environmental sustainability and adaptation to climate change. Expected results are:

  1. Developed a resilient, healthy, adapted and sustainable post-disaster recovery housing-urban initiative that incorporates blue-green solutions with the full participation of local institutions and the beneficiary population, strengthening their knowledge and capacities
  2. Blue-green livelihoods using community-contracting methods are implemented through the empowerment of self-help groups.

C. Purpose and Background

Within the framework of the Project, funded by the Government of Spain through AECID, the Project Technical Assistant will ensure that all projects are properly and efficiently managed in close partnership with the concerned local government and the communities to ensure timely delivery of project expected outputs.

D. Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Project Team Leader, the Project Management Support Assistant will undertake the following tasks:

  • Support implementation of activities in the area of capacity building of the Sama-Bajau community members and homeowners’ association officers.

  • Contribute to the engagement with homeowners’ association and support the project team in identifying potential challenges, solutions and ensure delivery of the outputs meet the set targets.

  • Take a lead in the management of the supporting documents submitted by the homeowner’s association in accordance with Huy-anan nan Bajau sa Surigao project requirements.

  • Responsible in processing the community agreements, vendor registration, payment requests in the Umoja system.

  • Responsible in monitoring community agreements reports, financial statements, payment tranches of the homeowner’s association.

  • Consolidated supporting documents needed for payment requests and closing of the community agreements in the Umoja system.

  • Contribute to the preparation of reports and support the administrative and financial management related activities of the Huy-anan nan Bajau sa Surigao project.

  • Establish and maintain professional relations with the project stakeholders and community partners.

  • Works in close collaboration with the project staff to provide logistical support and contribute to procurement-related activities.

  • Report to the Project Team Leader and closely work together with the partners under the project and submit activity completion report following agreed project templates and parameters;

  • Perform related duties as required

E. Duration of Assignment, Duty Station, and Travel

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

Duty station is in Surigao City / Caraga, Philippines. Official travels outside of Caraga will be covered and arranged by UN-Habitat-Philippines.

F. Reporting Arrangements
The Project Management Support Assistant will report directly to the Project Team Leader.

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

  • 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.
  • 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 

Bachelor of Science in Management, Business Administration, Marketing, or related field.

Experience and skills 

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in the field of project operations support.
  • Experience and demonstrated knowledge of the UN procurement system and procedures is an advantage
  • Experience in working with communities and participatory techniques will be an important asset
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and interpersonal will be essential, as most of the work will be done through a process of consultation at all levels
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications especially Microsoft Excel, Word, and Powerpoint.

Language Requirements

Fluency in English and the national language of the duty station. Knowledge of the local/vernacular language of the duty station is advantageous.

J. 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: Project Management Support Assistant

The deadline for Applications is on or before  23 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:             Legzapi City, Albay
    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 (Legazpi City, Albay)

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:             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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