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Local Strategic Advisor Philippines (For Filipino Nationals Only)
Procurement Process :IC - Individual contractor
Office :UNDP Country Office - PHILIPPINES
Deadline :28-Feb-21
Posted on :19-Feb-21
Reference Number :75571
Link to Atlas Project :
Non-UNDP Project
Documents :
General Terms and Conditions for IC
P11 Template
Offeror's Template-Financial Proposal
Overview :

UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable and resilient towns and cities. It is the focal point agency for all urbanization and human settlement matters within the UN system. UN-Habitat envisions well-planned, well-governed and efficient cities and towns, with adequate housing, infrastructure and universal access to employment and basic services such as water, energy, and sanitation.

Being the custodian agency in particular for SDG11 - the cities’ goal - of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the focal point to oversee the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, UN-Habitat has an existing mandate for global monitoring and supporting cities in preparing for a better urban future. Furthermore, UN-Habitat is supporting the urban implementation of the Sendai Framework and Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

The New Urban Agenda, aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, is an inclusive, action-oriented, and concise document intended to guide the next 20 years of sustainable and transformative urban development worldwide. It has a strong focus on the inclusion and participation of stakeholder groups, civil society, and grassroots organizations. Sub-national and local governments are supported as strategic and operational partners for implementation, along with national governments.

As our cities and towns grow at unprecedented rates, setting the social, political, cultural and environmental trends of the world, sustainable urbanization is one of the most pressing challenges for the global community in the 21st century. In 1950, one-third of the world’s population lived in cities. Just 50 years later, this proportion has risen to one-half and will continue to grow to two-thirds, or six billion people, by 2050. Cities are now home to half of humankind. They are the hub for much national production and consumption- economic processes that generate prosperity and opportunity. But they also create disease, crime, pollution and poverty. In many cities, especially in developing countries, slum dwellers number more than 50% of the population and have little or no access to shelter, water and sanitation. This is where UN-Habitat is mandated to make a difference for the better.

Global Future Cities Programme

The Global Future Cities Programme (GFCP) under the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office’s Prosperity Fund (UK FCDO) aims to deliver 30 targeted urban interventions in 19 cities across 10 countries to encourage sustainable development, increase prosperity whilst alleviating high levels of urban poverty. The programme will also create significant short and long-term business opportunities in growing markets forecast to be regional growth hubs. In addition, the programme will make a significant contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA).

The Global Future Cities Programme includes cities in Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria, Turkey, Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. 

The programme builds upon three integrated pillars, that collectively will address key barriers to prosperity, in selected cities:

  • Urban planning – technical assistance for spatial restructuring (city strategies, urban renewal, regeneration, master planning and planning frameworks)

  • Transportation – technical assistance to support cities to develop integrated multi-modal public transport systems

  • Resilience – technical assistance to develop strategies to address the impact of climate change (e.g. flooding) and ensure development is sustainable

The programme is delivered in two phases: a Strategic Development Phase, followed by an Implementation Phase. 

Strategic Development Phase

The Strategic Development Phase of the GFCP was implemented by UN-Habitat’s as a lead executive agency from April to December 2018. This phase aimed at supporting the UK FCDO in the identification, further definition and validation of 30 urban interventions in the 19 cities part of the Programme. UN-Habitat’s contribution focused on supporting an improved definition of strategic and transformative projects that are implementable and which contribute to the city’s objectives, while at the same time ensuring an adequate level of city ownership and citizen engagement.

This resulted in the development of Terms of References (ToRs) for each of the 30 urban interventions, supported by 19 city context reports, eight thematic cluster papers, five policy papers and two normative reports, as input and basis for the Implementation Phase. The Strategic Development Phase contributed to demonstrating how each intervention could contribute to multiple SDGs and gave recommendations based on international practices, while aligning with city visions for development.

Implementation Phase

The Implementation Phase of the GFCP is operational from September 2019 to March 2022. During the Implementation Phase, the 30 urban interventions will be delivered also contributing to the positioning the GFCP in an international context and demonstrating the added value of bridging global and local development agendas through achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and implementing the New Urban Agenda.

While the UK FCDO, including the Country Programme Managers, are ultimately responsible for the delivery of the Global Future Cities Programme, the 30 urban interventions will be carried out in the form of Technical Assistance by private sector Delivery Partners with international and national presence, as well as expertise in cross-cutting issues, SDGs and the NUA. 

The UK FCDO has requested UN-Habitat’s to support the Implementation Phase by providing strategic advice, knowledge management and quality recommendations on both Programme and local levels. A programme level capacity building component will be delivered with the support of an implementing partner, the United Kingdom Built Environment Advisory Group (UK BEAG). UN-Habitat’s main contribution will be to work a neutral actor, facilitating a process to make sure that interventions adequately incorporate principles for sustainable urbanization, that cities are capacitated to sustain the interventions in the long-run and that knowledge will be shared on local and global level.

Urban projects in Philippines

The Global Future Cities Programme in Philippines comprises five urban interventions in the cities of New Clark City and Cebu, as per described below:

New Clark City is a new town situated 2h away from Manila, that aims to become a model example of a sustainable and inclusive city. The main objective of the intervention proposed by the Global Future Cities Programme in NCC is to support this vision, through 3 interventions. First, the Programme will support the development of the design for the future central park of the new city showcasing a model of an inclusive, resilient and vibrant park. Second, through a housing strategy project for a specific project area the Programme aims to showcase mixed and integrated housing developments where the existing community of NCC can be integrated into the new city. Third, providing a strategy to build a Sustainability Unit within BCDA, which is the organization overlooking the new city’s development, will build capacity towards sustainable urbanization. 

Cebu is one of the most important cities in the Philippines and has experienced recent economic and population growth. However, urbanization has not taken place in a sustainable way and there is a lack of strategic and data driven city planning in the city. To support the city in building capacity on this, the Programme implements two projects. First, a city development strategy will enhance strategic development in the city specially to meet the affordable housing demands that the city is experiencing. Second, a data framework will improve data management, governance and analysis in the city for data driven city planning.

Programme components: SDG Project Assessment Tool, Knowledge Management and Capacity Building

SDG Project Assessment Tool:

The ‘SDG Project Assessment Tool; Guidance for cities to develop interventions towards inclusive and sustainable urbanization’ (the Tool) will be applied to capacitate city authorities to conduct quality recommendations during the interventions’ development, and to enhance their ability for executing and sustaining the interventions beyond the Programme’s timeframe. 

Throughout the Programme period, the SDG Project Assessment Tool will be applied at periodic ‘SDG Project Assessment Sessions’ in each city. The sessions will provide a qualitative assessment of deliverables submitted by the Delivery Partners against each Terms of Reference (ToR). The sessions will be participatory events between city authorities, delivery partners and the UK FCO. During the course of the Programme, it is expected that 4 to 6 assessment sessions will be conducted for each project.

Knowledge Management:

A web-based platform has been created to facilitate the management of the knowledge captured and produced from the different activities of the Programme. The platform is envisioned as a tool for disseminating knowledge between the multiple partners and stakeholders of the Global Future Cities Programme, enabling knowledge exchange amongst them and particularly city-to-city learning. A public component of the platform aims to disseminate knowledge to the global audience. 

Capacity Building Programme:

As part of the programme implementation, city authorities will be supported with strategic advice and capacity building through an integrated approach. Technical assistance of the Delivery Partners will be complemented with learning-by-doing capacity building activities, (i.e. embedded in SDG project assessment process) and with a programme level capacity building and training component. The methodology and the thematic of these activities will be developed by UN-Habitat together with the implementing partner (UK BEAG), while the organization and delivery of the specific events will be led by UK BEAG.



Description of Responsibilities :

The overall result of this consultancy is the provision of strategic and technical support to city authorities, UK FCDO local posts, and Delivery Partners of the Global Future Cities Programme’s component in Philippines, towards sustainable urbanization and the achievement of SDGs. 

Scope of Work     

The consultant will represent UN-Habitat and interacts with all the stakeholders of the Programme, therefore the Consultant will be appointed on the basis of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. As a UN representative, the Consultant is expected to exhibit and adhere to the highest standards of ethical conduct. 

A network of Local Strategic Advisers, where possible integrated in UN-Habitat’s existing Regional and Country Offices, will be based in each country. The role of the Local Strategic Advisers will be aligned to context-specific needs, in coordination and alignment with UK FCDO Country Programme Manager. Some of the key responsibilities of the Local Strategic Advisors are as follows:

•    Support the UK FCDO Country Programme Managers with stakeholder engagement and communication;

•    Provide strategic and expert advice as part of programme delivery;

•    Ensure alignment of UN-Habitat’s and UKBEAG’s activities with those of the Delivery Partners;

•    Support city authorities with technical recommendations;

•    Facilitate the application of the SDG Project Assessment Tool (SDG Tool);

•    Organise, deliver and report on SDG Assessment Sessions; and

•    Promote city-to-city learning and knowledge exchange.

The workload will adapt to the needs of the activities implemented in the different phases of the Programme, therefore it is expected that periods of intense engagement will be alternated and compensated by periods of less demanding engagement.

Expected Outputs and Deliverables     

There are six main outputs related to this consultancy:

Overall Programme support

  1. Technical report on programme development and project implementation for the Urban Lab in the Southeast Asia Region

Strategic support for the Programme in the Phillippines

  1. Report assessing of the use of the Knowledge Management Platform by City Authorities and other project partners in Cebu and NCC

  2. Report on social and environmental risks linked to the implementation of the interventions in Cebu and NCC summarizing the recommendations provided by UN-Habitat to FCDO

Interventions in New Clark City and Cebu

  1. Recommendation Report on the SDG Project Assessment Sessions in Cebu and NCC

  2. Soft review report with technical recommendations for milestone deliverables in Cebu and NCC 

  3. Report on capacity gaps and training needs for the GFCP in the Philippines to inform the capacity building progamme

Institutional Arrangement

The consultant will directly report to the head of the Urban Planning and Design Lab with the overall supervision of the Leader of the Planning, Finance and Economy Section within the Global Solutions Division, UN-Habitat, Nairobi.

Outputs production will be documented through interim reports on progress produced for every task and submitted every month (for interim payments). Final report to be submitted at the end of consultancy, summarizing the work done, presenting all outputs in InDesign and PDF format.

Logistical support for the projects is provided by UN-Habitat HQ in Nairobi.

The consultant will liaise and interact with:

Duration of Work 

The duration of assignment will be 120 working days spread over 6 months starting March 01, 2021 – August 31, 2021

Duty Station

Duty station will be in Manila, Philippines. The contractor will be required to report on a monthly basis to UN-Habitat Nairobi office virtually.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and declaration of State of Public Health Emergency in the Philippines, all work and travel of the Individual consultant shall be done within the guidelines and protocols set by the local and national government. Field work, trainings, meetings, and coordination shall be done in compliance with community quarantine policies.

Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments

Consultant must send a financial proposal based on Lump Sum Amount. The term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional daily fees X number of working days, communications) that could be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment are already factored into the “daily fee” submitted in the proposal., Travel outside the duty station and daily allowance cost will be covered by the Programme and should not be included in the Lump Sum Amount. 

Payment shall be done upon verification of completion of deliverables/outputs and approval by the Consultants supervisor as per the below details:

 DeliverablesTime Required% of payment
1Technical report on programme development and project implementation for the Urban Lab in the Southeast Asia Region.20 days16.6
2Report assessing the use of the Knowledge Management Platform by City Authorities and other project partners in Cebu and NCC.20 days16.6
3Report on social and environmental risks linked to the implementation of the interventions in Cebu and NCC summarizing the recommendations provided by UN-Habitat to FCDO.20 days16.6
4Recommendation Report on the SDG Project Assessment Sessions in Cebu and NCC.20 days16.6
5Soft review report with technical recommendations for milestone deliverables in Cebu and NCC.20 days16.6
6Report on capacity gaps and training needs for the GFCP in the Philippines to inform the capacity building progamme.20 days16.6
 TOTAL120 days100%



Competencies :

Functional Competencies:

1.   Teamwork

2.   Professionalism

3.   Communication

4.   Client Orientation

5.   Technological awareness


  • Working knowledge and understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals and of the New Urban Agenda;

  • Strong network within local government and private sector in Philippines;

  • Extensive, proven experience in producing feasibility, evaluation or policy recommendation reports;

  • Strong communications skills, including writing, presenting and facilitating workshops; and

  • Able to work independently and as part of team and deliver on time under pressure.

 Core Competencies:

•   Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity

•   Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment

•   Self-development, initiative-taking

•   Acting as a team player and facilitating team work

•    Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.

•   Informed and transparent decision making


Qualifications :

Offerors must upload in one (1) file the aforementioned documents (1-6) and submit through the following site: Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document. 



Bachelor’s degree in urban planning/development, or related field that is relevant to urban planning 

21 Points for Bachelor’s; 25 points for Master’s; 30 points for Doctoral

 30 points



Minimum of 11 years of relevant work experience in the field of urban planning, urban development, spatial planning, or similar.  Working experience with international development agencies will be an advantage

(28 points for 11 years, additional 2 points for each additional year; plus 4 points for experience working in an international development agency)

40 points

At least 2 years of experience working with local governments in Philippines, and particularly with the cities of NCC and Cebu

(21 points for 2 years experience. Additional 3 points for each additional year of experience)

30 points
LanguageFluency in written and spoken English (must be indicated on the CV)Pass/Fail

Recommended Presentation of Proposal:  

  1. Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;

  2. CV or Personal History Form (P11 form);

  3. Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template attached to the Letter of Confirmation of Interest template.  If an applicant is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the applicant must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.  

Interested applicants should also note that personal medical/health insurance (to be purchased by the individual at his/her own expense) is mandatory for the issuance of contracts. Upon award of the contract, the consultant must be ready to submit proof of insurance valid during the contract duration.

Criteria for Evaluation of Proposal:  Only those applications which are responsive and compliant will be evaluated. Offers will be evaluated according to the Combined Scoring method – where the educational background and experience on similar assignments will be weighted at 70% and the price proposal will weigh as 30% of the total scoring. Only applications with minimum 70 points will be qualified for the financial evaluation.  The applicant receiving the Highest Combined Score that has also accepted UNDP’s General Terms and Conditions will be awarded the contract.

Incomplete submission of required documents may result in disqualification. Please see deadline of submissions above. In view of the volume of applications UNDP receives, only shortlisted offerors will be notified.