YP E-Newsletter Double Issue is Now Available for Download

screen cap of latest YP ENewsletter Over the past summer, TAO-Pilipinas’ technical staff have been very busy with different projects. The YP E-Newsletter for March – May/June – July 2014 features some of those activities. Included in this double issue is the Community Action Planning Workshop that TAO-Pilipinas conducted in the Old Sagkahan Area of Tacloban City and the Shelter Damage Assessment done for the islands of Manicani and Homonhon in Guiuan, Eastern Samar. Articles about our concluded YP Summer Internship Program and the study tour of the Urban Shelter course students from Lund University are also featured in this latest issue. This issue also features a YP Reflection written by YP Alumni, Gloryrose Dy. Her reflection talks about the role of architects when it comes to rebuilding other people’s lives. Aside from the mentioned articles, a book review and two network activities that happened over the past five months can also be read in this newsletter. Lastly, job announcements for our organization are also posted in the last page of this newsletter. Just click the image on the left to download the latest YP E-Newsletter. If you wish to subscribe to our newsletter, just fill out the form below.

First Issue of YP E-Newsletter for 2014 is Now Out!

2014ypenews_janfebThe January-February 2014 issue of the YP Enewsletter is now available online for free. Featured articles for this issue include the training workshop conducted by TAO for PHILSSA’s Angat Calamianes Project, the shelter planning workshop done by TAO with FDUP for NaSaMa (Nagkakaisang Samahan ng mga Maralita sa Brgy. 177) of Caloocan City, the assistance given by TAO to SHFC for its HDH project in Bacoor, Cavite, and the YP Lecture Series for Mapua ARIDBE and UST Archinet.  Also included in this issue are the network activities that TAO participated such as the PMPI NCC Meeting in Roxas City, Capiz and the Yolanda Conversations Forum held at Ateneo de Manila University. Two book reviews about small spaces and small houses are also featured in this issue. To download the file, please click on the image to your left. To subscribe to our enewsletter, please sign-up below.

Job Opening at TAO-Pilipinas

With the start of a new year, TAO-Pilipinas has three job positions that needs to be filled up. The following are the job vacancies and the qualifications and requirement needed for each position:

1. Research and Publication Program Director

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the general guidance of the Executive Director, the incumbent shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

1. Report directly to the Executive Director and work with other TAO program directors.

2. Develop and conduct at least one research project per year for TAO-Pilipinas that would support its vision towards sustainable human settlements on topics including but not limited to:

a. Sustainable human settlements (social housing, land tenure, gender)

b. Climate change and disaster risk reduction and management issues

c. Heritage conservation and/or preservation

d. Community-based GIS

e. Alternative building materials and technology and self-help construction

3. Manage the maintenance, development and production of regular TAO-Pilipinas publications and the publications in print or digital format of research outputs and popular materials.

4. Undertake the maintenance and documentation/cataloguing of books, serials, etc. under the TAO Resource Center and the establishment of Community-Based Resource Center.

5. Monitor the maintenance and development of the TAO website and social media sites (blog, twitter, etc.)

6. Prepare RP program reports and project proposals.

7. Ensure the delivery of program target outputs towards the intended/desired outcome or impact.

8. Respond to requests from other organizations on RP-related concerns.

9. Represent TAO-Pilipinas at meetings involving RP projects.

10. Responsible for disbursement and liquidation of Misereor Petty Cash Fund and shall also perform other relevant tasks that may be assigned by the Executive Director aligned with the overall vision of the organization.


1. University Degree in Architecture, Civil Engineering or Environmental and/or Urban and Regional Planning; advanced University degree in Human Settlements, Community or Environment Planning or experience of equivalent nature is an advantage. Knowledge in the use of project monitoring and evaluation (PME) is required.

2. Preferably with at least five (5) years of significant work experience in the technical disciplines and research work. Must have experience working for non-governmental organizations or in a similar working environment. Experience in working with urban poor housing-related issues is an advantage. Experience in direct community interaction related to human settlements and environmental issues, organizing, and facilitating workshops is desirable.

3. Fluency in written and spoken English and Filipino.

 To learn the full details of this job vacancy, please download the terms of reference here.

2. Organization, Networking, and Advocacy Deputy Program Director

Duties and Responsibilitites:

Under the general guidance of the Executive Director, the incumbent shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

- Under organizational consolidation and strengthening

a. Coordinate the finalization of TAO Administrative Policies and Operations Manual.

b. Implement and monitor the compliance to TAO APO Manual.

c. Implement staff development activities in coordination with ET program.

d. Build-up TAO portfolio of services, programs and projects for accreditation and fund sourcing.

e. Identify potential sources of funds for TAO programs and projects.

f. Support program directors in funding proposal preparation and other fund sourcing activities.

- Under Networking and Advocacy

a. Represent TAO-Pilipinas in network meetings and actively participate in relevant network activities.

b. Establish and maintain linkages with partner organizations and other stakeholders for the implementation of project targets and/or to facilitate support for community partners needs beyond the TAO-Pilipinas’ competence.

c. Expand network with strategic actors to support TAO advocacy in sustainable human settlements development.

d. Promote TAO approaches /methodologies, services, resources (publications and researches) and training programs.


1. University Degree in Organizational Development or Business Administration or experience of equivalent nature.

2. Preferably three (3) years experience in a non-government organization or similar working environment. Experience working in urban poor housing-related issues essential. Experience in direct community interaction related to sustainable human settlements development is desirable. Proficient in funding proposal preparation and familiarity of the procedures and project cycles of international donors/funders is an advantage.

3. Fluency in English and Tagalog with excellent writing ability essential (esp. writing of funding proposal).

To learn the full details of this job vacancy, please download the terms of reference here.

3. Human Settlements and Environment Program Staff

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the general guidance of the, the HSE Program Director, the incumbent, shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

- assist in the delivery of direct technical assistance to target groups through participatory planning, design, construction services and management;

- Assist in the preparation of tools and materials for the conduct of the people’s planning process.

- Assist in the conduct of land research, site identification, assessment and selection.

- Assist in the conduct of workshops and consultations with communities for people’s plan formulation;

- Attend meetings, consultations with non-government organizations, academe and concerned government agencies for planning, design and implementation of project/s assigned;

- Prepares CAD drawings and 3-D images of people’s plan/s and other assigned projects.

- Undertakes project data consolidation and filing, report writing, in support to HSE Project Documentation.

- Prepares and submits to the HSE Program Director periodic project briefs, updates and reports;

- Recommends to the Program Director changes or actions necessary for the smooth and effective implementation of the project/s assigned.

- Monitors projected outcomes of assigned projects.

- Performs other duties/tasks that may be assigned by the HSE Program Director/Executive Director.


1. University Degree in Architecture or Civil Engineering is required. Advanced University degree in Human Settlements, Community or Environmental Planning or experience of equivalent nature is desirable.

2. At least two years work experience as a professional, work experience in a non-government organization, working on urban poor housing issues is desirable. Knowledge of community-based participatory planning and design processes, relating to human settlements issues is an advantage.

3. Fluency in written and spoken English and Filipino with excellent technical drafting ability essential.

To learn the full details of this job vacancy, please download the terms of reference here.

All applicants interested for the abovementioned position should read the TOR first before applying and follow all given instructions when submitting the following documents:

1. Application Letter including preferred salary.

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. Two (2) recommendation letters from former employers or professors.

 Email the requirements to tao_phil@yahoo.com or fax it to (632) 4410998.