Climate Change Adaptation Specialist

Manila, , PH

Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is assisting the Philippines to identify technical, institutional and financial needs to integrate climate change adaptation into ongoing medium and long-term national planning through advancing the National Adaptation Plans process. The government of the Philippines has requested FAO and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) support to develop project proposals to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to formulate and implement its National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process. This support is led by FAO and UNDP NAP GSP, in close collaboration with the Philippines Country Office, the National Designated Authority to the GCF at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and other key national counterparts. It builds on ongoing initiatives led by FAO and UNDP, including the Integrating Agriculture into NAP Programme and the GCF Readiness Programme, which are both funded by the German Federal Ministry of Environment and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

Agriculture and water resources have been identified as the two priorities these NAP proposals to the GCF will focus on, given these sectors’ importance for the country’s development and their vulnerability to climate change. FAO will take the lead on supporting the Government in defining their priority action to plan for climate adaptation in the agriculture sector.

The overall scope of this support includes technical assistance to identify specific needs, capacity gaps, and design activities to operationalize support with regards to advancing the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) processes in the agriculture sector. This also includes the development of a proposal for mobilizing resources to undertake the NAP process.

Reporting Lines

Climate Change Adaptation Expert (National Consultant) will report to the FAO Representative in the Philippines, and the Natural Resources Officer at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.

Tasks and responsibilities

Climate Change Adaptation Specialist will undertake the following tasks:

  • Review climate change adaptation and agriculture sector-related policy documents and contribute to the final interview grid.
  • Coordinate with the Government authorities requesting technical support (for instance Climate Change Commission (CCC), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), National Irrigation Administration(NIA), Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice)) for the NAP process, identifying needs and strategic priorities and defining the scope of technical assistance for advancing the NAP process in the water sector;
  • Convene meetings with Ministries including the CCC, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), DA, DAR, NIA, National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), as well as development partners such as the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), to collect and review relevant information on ongoing initiatives, map entry points for adaptation planning in the water sector, conducting a stock-taking exercise, and identifying areas for resource mobilization to advance the NAP process. A list of stakeholders met and short summary report of the results of these consultations should be included as an annex to the GCF proposal.
  • Identify specific activities for agriculture sector integration in NAP, based on the needs and gaps assessment and draft parts of the project proposal as required.
  • Prepare the proposal for NAP Readiness for GCF, based on GCF guidelines and criteria, coordinating with the NRM Officer and the FAO Representative at all times, taking into account his/her inputs and commentaries and assuring a high-quality delivery.

The tasks are expected to be completed through a combination of (a) home-based preparatory and coordination work; (b) leading or participating in country level consultations (together with FAO) and; (c) drafting of bankable proposal/s, stock-taking report/s, based on the outcomes of the in-country consultations;

The Consultant is required to review the proposal and re-write the document in alignment with GCF comments (GCF Review Sheet). Specifically:

  1. Conduct detailed cross-checking of any other Readiness proposal already in the pipeline in Sudan and referencing in the text the alignment with the other projects. Also align the proposal components with the recommendations for additional activities (and formulate accordingly) as presented in the NAP.
  2. Conduct stakeholder consultation meeting/s to validate the proposed activities under the revised version of the proposal.
  3. Document the consultation process, including how have the activities been decided and ensure detailed justification and context is provided for all of the new activities. The process shall include direct stakeholder inputs and support for the Readiness proposal.
  4. Assess the baseline and target information for each of the activities in consultation with the National Designated Authority (NDA) and national experts.
  5. Once the activities are confirmed by the NDA, provide draft budget in alignment with the new log frame. 


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced University Degree in related field to agriculture, economics, sustainable development, geography and climate change adaptation
  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience in areas such as designing projects and/or programmes on water resources management, climate change adaptation, working on multi-sectoral initiatives, institutional capacity-building, development planning and budgeting, development management, public administration and related initiatives
  • Working knowledge of English

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • More than 10 years of work experience in project/programme planning, design of technical assistance in the field of sustainable development and climate change adaptation.
  • Proven competencies and demonstrated work experience in project formulation including policy, institutional and community based policies and mechanisms in agriculture or natural resource management.
  • Strong skills in organizing and leading consultative processes involving various stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills as well as analytical skills and ability to write clear and concise reports in English.

Selection Criteria

  • Past experience of working in the Philippines


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