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Project Reference:          SHIELD (6-year project)
LICA Level:                       LICA 10
Type of Contract:            UNOPS /Local Individual Contract Agreement (LICA)
Duty Station:                    Manila, Philippines
Duration:                          15 November – 31 December 2022 (with a possibility of extension)


A. Introduction about the UN–Habitat

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme or 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 implements 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, among others.


B. Project Background  

The Strengthening Institutions and Empowering Localities Against Disasters and Climate Change (SHIELD) is a six-years DFAT-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 Bangsamoro Civil Society.


Development Challenge

The challenge to strengthening institutions and empowering localities against disasters and climate change is characterized by four (4) inter-related conditions that characterize the Philippines: (1) susceptibility to natural hazards and climate risks, (2) high economic cost of disasters, (3) climate change exacerbation of the vulnerability-poverty cycle for marginalized groups, and (4) reinforcement of the conflict and disaster nexus in certain regions of the country.


Exposure and Susceptibility to Natural Hazards and Climate Risks

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 – typhoons, 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.  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.


High Economic Cost of Disasters

The economic cost of disasters to the Philippines is high. The Department of Finance (DOF) estimates that annual economic losses due to disasters represent 2.5% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), translating to USD13 billion of the estimated nominal GDP for 2018. Major disasters have far­ reaching and long-lasting impacts on livelihoods, goods and services, supply chains, and businesses. Widespread and multiple disasters as experienced in the Philippines can retard and even arrest economic growth. This is also readily apparent in the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic – increased income poverty for an estimated 10.9 million workers (38% of whom are women) and a drastic 9.5% decline in the economy for 2020.

Exacerbation of the Vulnerability-Poverty Cycle

Socio-economic inequalities are a key determinant in the disproportionate adverse effects of climate change and natural hazards on marginalised people and these impacts, in turn, create greater inequality and marginalisation. The most vulnerable sectors are women, men, and children of poor households and communities that depend on ecological resources for their needs, as well as indigenous peoples, the elderly, persons with special needs and disabilities, and other vulnerable groups. In urban areas, most especially Metro Manila, lower income households and informal settlers often reside in high-density areas more exposed to risks, contributing to the estimated half a million Filipinos experiencing transient consumption poverty due to disasters each year. Sadly, their lack of voice and agency in disaster risk reduction and management and climate change adaptation (DRRM/CCA) planning and implementation underpin inequitable and unsustainable outcomes.


Reinforcement of the Conflict and Disaster Nexus

The conflict and disaster nexus is pronounced in certain parts of the country, including geographically isolated and depressed areas (GIDAs), Mindanao, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). Extreme weather events and disasters exacerbate fragility challenges and can increase people’s vulnerability and grievances, especially in conflict affected situations. The relationship between disasters and fragility is often mutually reinforcing. Disasters, whether natural or man-made, put additional stress on stretched governance systems, decrease economic opportunities, reduce resources, and displace people.

Given all these, the positive, efficient and effective prevention, resistance, absorption, adaptation, response and recovery of individuals, households, communities, cities, institutions, systems and societies to disasters and climate change must take into consideration the following: (1) the complex, inter-related and compounding nature of known and unknown, natural and man-made, systemic and multi-dimensional risks, (2) the necessity for risk-informed investments towards planning  implementation and monitoring within interconnected systems, and (3) actions that help build capacities of multiple stakeholders, including vulnerable and marginalized groups, against risks. These are the key elements of resilience-building.


The Government of the Philippines (GPH) has a clear priority on resilience, as evidenced by the Philippine Development Plan (2017-2022), National Climate Change Action Plan (2011-2028) and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan (2022-2030), and the Philippines’ Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the Paris Agreement. Strong policy reforms were also provided for by the Climate Change Act of 2009 and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, which marked the shift from reactive response and recovery to proactive preparedness and mitigation, and from centralised administration to devolved local and community­ based action. There are several national government agencies taking the lead on intersecting and complementary resilience actions given the complexity of issues that need to be addressed, including the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Office of Civil Defense (OCD), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) and the Climate Change Commission (CCC).


C. Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Coordinator/Local Planning Expert will have overall responsibility for managing the project and leading the team of specialists/experts through preparation and implementation of the project strategies and work plan in a participatory manner, taking full responsibility for achieving the project’s outputs in a timely and cost-effective manner. In reference to the SHIELD target components and outputs, the NPC is responsible in delivering the UN-Habitat roles and commitments particularly Output 1.5: Risk and resilience-informed plans, investment programs and budgets prepared and Output 2.3: Rationalized/ harmonized procedures and requirements for local resilience planning, investment programming, budgeting and accessing funds at national and local levels adopted. This will include providing overall project coordination and management, implementation and monitoring.

He/she will take the lead in the following (specific) activities: 

        Facilitate the formation of the project team by developing the terms of reference of the project consultants, initial screening and evaluation of the applicants and selection in coordination with the consortium lead agency – United Nations Development Program (UNDP);

        Prepare the work plan and corresponding budget requirement. Regularly update the project work plan together with the project team members in accordance with the templates and guidelines required by UNDP and the consortium;

        Determine, manage and support the approach for involving the stakeholders.  This includes maintaining regular consultations and communications with local partners and with ROAP and HQ focal points, making best use in piloting innovative approaches to address identified issues;

        Coordinate the project team members and specialists to ensure delivery of expected results in a timely manner and according to the project work and financial plan; provide project guidance to experts in implementing project activities and achievement of required outputs; and report project activities, accomplishments and updates;

        Work closely with the government partners (Provincial LGUs and national agencies) on the implementation of activities and provide targeted advice on emerging trends and capacity development approaches of the project in collaboration with the consortium members and staff; 

        Lead the preparation of the UN-Habitat SHIELD project progress reports for submission to UNDP;

        Ensure lessons learnt are captured, documented and shared with partners in the country, and externally with ROAP, HQ and the international community to inform policy development, programming and project implementation approaches; 

        Advise and coordinate all project activities based on the approved work plan including consultations, meetings, team planning, training and workshops, forum/conferences and field missions which are relevant for the implementation of the assignment;

        Undertake other related duties and responsibilities required by the project.

D. Duration of Assignment, Duty Station and Travel

He/She will be engaged from 15 November – 31 December 2022 (with possibility of extension depending on funding availability and performance evaluation). Duty Station is in Manila City.

E. Reporting Arrangements and Coordination

 The Project Coordinator/Local Planning Expert will report directly to the Country Programme Manager and in close coordination with the Climate Change Regional Technical Advisor on a regular basis.

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



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 behaviors 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; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; 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 client.

·       Teamwork:  Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; 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 willingness to learn new technology.


H. Qualifications / Required skills and experience



Master’s degree in development management, business management, urban planning/development, resilience and disaster management or related courses.

Experience and skills


At least 5 years relevant work experience in project management and coordination  


Experience working with a United Nations agency or development institutions is an advantage



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




Submission of Applications

Application should include:

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

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:  Project Coordinator/Local Planning Expert


Deadline for Applications is on or before 01 November 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.

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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