Philippines nationals: Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (DRR-CCA) Specialist (Agriculture)

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Cotabato, Philippines
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Organizational Setting


FAO’s approach to development assistance in Mindanao focuses on supporting the rehabilitation of agriculture and fisheries-based livelihoods, accelerating agriculture-based enterprises and increasing access to sustainable energy, and resilience to risk in municipalities affected by natural disasters and conflict. FAO interventions will include, among others:


• Introduction of various productivity enhancing technologies to improve household incomes and promote sustainable agricultural practices.


• Technical assistance to government in reviewing existing policies that promote equitable agribusiness venture arrangements between farmers and agribusiness firms and capacity building activities for farmers that are anchored on the value chain approach.


• Capacity building on enterprise development and agribusiness that will allow farmers, fisherfolk and local government units to maximize potential market opportunities.


• Restoring and increasing the productivity of agriculture and fisheries-based livelihoods of smallholder farmers and marginalized fishers, decommissioned Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) combatants and their families
Enhancing the competitiveness of farm households, particularly women, to establish and manage microenterprises


• Facilitating the establishment of agribusiness enterprises with production-market contract agreements or similar arrangements


Reporting Lines


The Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (DRR-CCA) Specialist (Agriculture) will be under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative in the Philippines, general supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative (Programme), and day to day guidance of the Mindanao and Emergency Response and Preparedness Group Leader.


Technical Focus


FAO has been implementing various projects in Mindanao which are guided by the FAO Mindanao Strategic Programme for Agriculture/Agribusiness and an emergency/rehabilitation project for Marawi City and other affected municipalities.


Tasks and responsibilities


The Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (DRR-CCA) Specialist (Agriculture) will be responsible for the following tasks:


• Assess and analysis of key documentation, including national, regional and provincial Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) policies, frameworks and plans, relevant for DDR in Agriculture; including ongoing programs and projects and existing implementation frameworks for DRR actions in the Region;
• Identify key stakeholders to participate in the process of plan of action formulation, and initiate technical discussion and information collation on subject matter; 
• Lead in the technical preparation, facilitation and synthesis of brainstorming sessions with Project staff, Provincial Agriculture Officers, Municipal Agriculture Officers and selected other DRR stakeholders working at the interface between DRR and agriculture to collect and collate views, expectations and inputs for the drafting and/or fine-tuning of the plan of action for DRR in agriculture;
• Assist in the preparation of training modules on Climate Smart Agriculture, Resilient Farming Systems, Early Warning Early Action including social protection;
• Serve as resource person/facilitator in trainings within her technical competence;
• Assist in the conduct of Climate Smart Farmer Field Schools;
• Prepare a first draft of the plan of action for DRR in agriculture for the target municipalities, based on preparatory analysis, discussions, and the outcomes of the brainstorming sessions and other preparatory steps and documentation done by the Project;
• Provide technical guidance and support to relevant BARMM agencies based on technical expertise;
• Share the draft document for technical review with a small group of technical experts from FAO, Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office XII (DA RFO XII, and Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR) of BARMM, (including from provincial and municipal levels); and collate and incorporate their feedback before presenting the document at the regional stakeholder workshop;
• Lead the technical preparation, facilitation and synthesis and one-day technical review workshops, and relevant training, with participation (at technical levels) of DRR in agriculture key stakeholders and partners at regional level. This includes the development of session schedules/structure; review assessment tools, moderation and analysis in drive the plan of action review and fine-tuning process. Around 40 participants representing all level of stakeholders should be invited;
• Conduct a validation workshop inviting key stakeholders for 1-day session to review the draft final plan of action for DRR in agriculture;
• Submit a final draft of the plan of action for DRR in agriculture for the target municipalities in the 2 provinces (North Cotabato and Maguindanao). Carry out any other relevant duties within her technical competence as may be requested by FAO.
• Prepare and submit an end of assignment report.
• Carry out any other relevant duties within his/her technical competence as may be requested by FAO.


Minimum Requirements


• The candidate must have an advance degree in in agriculture, disaster risk reduction or management, development studies or rural development with complementary knowledge in development planning.
• The candidate should have at least 5 years practical experience in the planning and implementation of rural development and emergency rehabilitation programme at the field level projects;
• Must have at least five years of professional and practical work experience in the planning and implementation of rural development and/or Disaster Risk Management programmes/projects at the field or regional level;
• Language requirement: Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Tagalog
• A national of Philippines


FAO Core Competencies


• Results Focus
• Teamwork
• Communication
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement


Technical/Functional Skills


• Must be familiar with the local rural setting in Central Mindanao and Bangsamoro areas;
• Ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team is of importance as is the ability to take leadership when appropriate;
• General knowledge and skills in the use of standard office software, such as MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point).