Local recruitment: Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Specialist

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Philippines 🇵🇭

Job Posting: 13/Jan/2023
Closure Date: 28/Jan/2023, 12:59:00 AM
Organizational Unit: FAPHI
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: PSA (Personal Services Agreement)
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: Philippines-Dipolog
Duration: 30 days until 31 May 2023; with possibility of extension
Post Number: N/A

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination  
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
  • FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

Organizational Setting

For more than four decades, FAO has been working with the Government of the Philippines, civil society, community-based organizations and the private sector to address challenges in the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector. Joint efforts have included increasing sustainability in agricultural production, promoting value-adding practices, improving post-harvest management, enhancing productivity and increasing the resilience of agriculture-based livelihoods to natural disasters, climatic hazards and armed conflict.

Reporting Lines

The Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Specialist reports to the Assistant FAO Representative (Programme).

Technical Focus

The Philippines is among the countries implementing the global project “Responsible use of fisheries and aquaculture resources for sustainable development” (GCP/GLO/352/NOR) which aims to contribute to the sustainable use and conservation of fisheries resources, amidst the pressure from the combined effects of overfishing practices, including Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, climate change, pollution and ocean acidification. It contributes to the project’s Component 2 (Assist partner countries and key stakeholders to adapt to climate change effectively and secure sustainable socio-economic development) where in countries previously supported by GCP/GLO/959/NOR “Support member countries implement climate change adaptation measures in fisheries and aquaculture” are supported in their additional needs.

The project is continuing its support to the Philippines’ Fisheries Management Area (FMA) 4 supervised by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region IX. It aims to carry forward the local adoption and implementation of the Small Pelagic Fisheries Management Plan (SPFMP) & Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Restoration Plan (CMERP) for Zamboanga del Norte.

Tasks and responsibilities

Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Specialist will supportthe project activities as part of the implementation of the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Restoration Plan (CMERP) for Zamboanga del Norte (ZDN). She/he will carry out the following tasks: 

•    Contribute to the coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region IX, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO), and city/municipal ENROs, on joint or collaborative activities in ZDN;
•    Prepare the training design/concept note and programs/agenda, and support the conduct of for capacity-building activities related to MPA Management Planning, Coastal resource assessment, Coastal Resource Management (CRM), ecosystems restoration / rehabilitation strategies;
•    Coordinate with partners and/or service providers and facilitate the assessment of marine and coastal resources for selected ZDN coastal municipalities;
•    Coordinate and oversee the establishment of site-based mangrove nursery, assisting in the technical design and approval, and procurement actions for materials;
•    Prepare presentation materials for and attend meetings related to the technical assignment;
•    Support the documentation of lessons learned and perspectives from the field;
•    Perform other tasks relevant to the technical specialization as deemed necessary by the project and FAO Representative.


Minimum Requirements

•    The candidate must have an advanced university degree in fisheries, environmental science, environmental management, development studies, social science, or related fields;
•    At least seven (7) years of work experience in environmental project or development projects related to the environment;
•    Working knowledge of English;
•    A national of the Philippines or resident in the Philippines with a regular work permit.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

•    General knowledge and skills in the use of standard office software, such as MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point).
•    Excellent written and oral communication skills in English 
•    Familiarity with FAO operational procedures is an advantage
•    In line with FAO policy, commitment to placing accountability to people affected by disaster framework at the core of FAO’s emergency policy and practice, from preparedness up to the onset of an emergency in all phases of the programme cycle

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help or have queries, please contact: Careers@fao.org
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  • For other issues, visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. 

• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
• Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/ 
• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
• Incomplete applications will not be considered
• Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
• We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact: Careers@fao.org






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