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Position Title                      :             City Coordinator for the City of Manila

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

Duty Station                      :             Manila

Contract Modality           :             LICA 6

Duration                            :             01 February 2022 – 31 March 2022 (with possible extension)

  1. 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.  This is further elaborated in the New Urban Agenda.

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, in post-disaster community-driven recovery, reconstruction and resilience building, 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 supported the development of the Habitat III country report, the National Urban Development and Housing Framework, guidelines to strengthen the rationalized planning system, Local Shelter Planning and Local Climate Change Action Planning.

  1. Project Background and Description

Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI) Project

The Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI) project supports local governments and communities in the Philippines reduce marine plastic pollution, in support of the implementation of the National Plan of Action on Marine Litter (NPOA-ML). The project seeks to address fundamental issues of plastic waste leakages to marine environment at each target city, with different priority activities depending on the local context. Circular economy and reduce, reuse, recycle (3Rs) approaches will be harnessed to reduce marine plastic waste pollution, as an integral part of an overall solid waste management (SWM) program.

  1. Roles and Responsibilities of the City Coordinator for the City of Manila

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

  • On a day-to-day basis, ensure that the project plans, activities and target outputs are well communicated to, and consulted with, the City Technical Working Group (TWG), relevant city departments, barangays, and other project partners and stakeholders in the city;
  • Coordinate and support the city government to facilitate project activities such as data gathering and validation, meetings, planning workshops, technical charrettes, consultations and trainings;
  • Provide communications and coordination work with the project consultants, cooperating and implementing partners, and UN-Habitat project personnel;
  • Help ensure that the City TWG is functioning based on the agreed purpose and planned activities;
  • Lead in data management and updating, and in the preparation of project progress reports and updates at the city level, including in shared project filing systems;
  • Specifically for the City of Manila, document the highlights and agreements made during project meetings, planning workshops, learning events and trainings, and in the case of main activities, assist in the preparation of a one-page bullet of activity highlights including a photo, caption and short one-paragraph writeup within one week of the activity or event;
  • Provide focused assistance to the City of Manila counterparts on the preparation and documentation of city profiling and customization and implementation of SWM or MPL-reducing projects, including the baselining activities; in the development of plastic 3Rs concept notes and the City Plan of Action on Marine Litter; and in the implementation, monitoring and documentation of city and community pilot projects;
  • Facilitate capacity building activities in coordination with the city and community partners and HOCCI project team and partners.
  • Assist in coordinating with concerned government agencies and other institutions at the city and provincial/regional levels to promote and support the overall implementation of the project;
  • Participate in and support the mission activities of the project;
  • Directly report to the National Project Manager; and
  • Perform other city level tasks that may be required by UN-Habitat regional and country offices.
  1. Duration of Assignment, Duty Station and Travel

The Contractor will be engaged from 01 February – 31 March 2022, with possible extension.

Duty Station is in Manila. Official travels outside of the city will be covered and arranged by UN-Habitat-Philippines.

  1. Reporting Arrangements and Coordination

The City Coordinator will work closely and report to the Project Manager.

  1. Remuneration

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

  1. Core Values and Competencies

7.1 Core Values

  • Integrity – Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviors. Acts without consideration of personal gain. Resists undue political pressure in decision making. Does not abuse power or authority. Stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular. Takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behavior.
  • Professionalism – Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations.
  • Respect for Diversity – Works effectively with people from all backgrounds. Treats all people with dignity and respect. Treats men and women equally. Shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making.

Examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses. Does not discriminate against any individual or group.

7.2 Competencies:

Professional Competencies

  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; exhibits interest in having two-way communication; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • 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.

Client Orientation:

  • Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view;
  • Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect;
  • Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions;
  • Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems;
  • Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects;
  • Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
  1. Qualifications / Required skills and experience



Bachelor’s degree in urban or environmental planning, environmental management or engineering, social sciences, management or related course. Post-graduate degree is an advantage but not a requirement.

Experience and skills


At least 4 years relevant work experience preferably in the areas of solid waste management, urban environmental management, pollution control, or marine litter management.  Alternatively, work experience in the areas of urban planning, land use and development planning or environmental assessments are considered.


Experience working with the City Government of Manila on project development, implementation or monitoring is highly preferred. Alternatively, work experience with barangays, communities or local stakeholders in the City of Manila are considered.


Good communication skills with excellent proficiency in written and spoken English.


Submission of Applications

Application should include:

  1. Cover memo (maximum 1 page) including expectations regarding remunerations;
  2. A completed UN Personal History Form (P-11)

All applications should be addressed to and sent electronically vie e- mail to UN-Habitat’s Country Programme Manager, Christopher E. Rollo at copying the HR Associate, Loubelle Fajardo at

Please indicate in your e-mail subject:  City Coordinator for the City of Manila

Deadline for Applications is on or before 28 January 2022.

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.

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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UN-Habitat Philippines hopes to create socially and environmentally sustainable cities, provinces, villages and barangays in the Philippines, and welcomes partnerships with government, international agencies, civil society organisations and the private sector.

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