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.
The project “GCP/PHI/062/GFF\: Dynamic Conservation and Sustainable Use of Agro-biodiversity in Traditional Agro-ecosystems of the Philippines” aims to conserve globally important agro-biodiversity (of rice, mung bean, taro, yam, banana, Manila hemp and others) in traditional agro-ecosystems. It will have an agro-ecosystem and landscape perspective, maintaining the provision of ecosystem services on which agro-biodiversity conservation depends, and addressing threats originating in the broader landscape. This project in pilot communities in Ifugao and South Cotabato will also help ensure favourable policy conditions; consolidate community-based governance; strengthen technical and organizational capacities at individual and community levels; promote market-based incentives for agro-biodiversity conservation; and create conditions for further nationwide replication.
One of the components of the project is piloting of conservation and management practices that will enhance and expand the dynamic conservation and sustainable use of agro-biodiversity in traditional agro-ecosystem of the Philippines. The lessons learned under this component will be systematized under Component 3 which is the dissemination of information, awareness raising and preparation for scaling-up. This will be also used in an iterative manner to support the policy and institutional strengthening actions proposed at the national level under Component 1 which is mainstreaming agro-biodiversity considerations into policy and legal frameworks, development strategies and institutional structures.
The Provincial Coordinator/Agro-ecosystem Specialist to be assigned in Ifugao shall ensure that the project is properly implemented and that the project objective is attained in a timely manner.
The Provincial Coordinator/Agro-ecosystem Specialist will be under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in the Philippines, the direct supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative (Programme), and the day-to-day guidance of the National Project Coordinator/Policy and Institutional Specialist (NPC-PIS). The Provincial Coordinator/Agro-ecosystem Specialist shall be working collaboratively with the Community Facilitators for Hingyon and Hungduan, Senior Enterprise Development Specialist and other PMCU staff.
The Provincial Coordinator/Agro-Ecosystem Specialist will provide project management services including planning, implementation and monitoring services as well as coordination at the provincial level and municipal level and at the same time serve as the local agro-ecosystem specialist. The Provincial Coordinator/Agro-Ecosystem Specialist shall assist in the development local policy instruments and guidelines at the local levels, including provision of assistance in the conduct of trainings, documentation and other project related activities.
Tasks and responsibilities
- Lead in the preparation of project implementation plans and annual work plans of the project at the provincial and municipal level, in consultation with key stakeholders among participating line agencies and local government units;
- Coordinate all technical activities at the provincial/municipal levels, ensuring adequate information sharing and communication flow among LGUs and other stakeholders including NGOs, and facilitate the establishment of the Provincial and Municipal Coordinating Councils;
- Execute the project monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system at the provincial level to support project operations and oversee its execution;
- Coordinate the provision of expert technical assistance to the LGUs and communities in the conduct of ABD inventory, assessment and documentation, as well as development of methodologies for strengthening community based / LGU assisted initiatives for ABD conservation and sustainable use taking into account the bigger agroecosystem that host the ABD. Provide oversight to provincial/municipal level personnel and technical experts;
- Assist in the development of local policy instruments/specific guidelines for the implementation of policies formulated in support to ABD conservation and sustainable use;
- Assist in the development of training modules, education modules and communication materials for ABD inventory and local planning as well good management practices for on farm dynamic conservation taking into account the local cultural context;
- Assist the PSA consultants and the resource persons of the Project in the conduct of project related activities;
- Lead in the documentation of good practices and lessons learned on community based /LGUs assisted ABD conservation and sustainable use;
- Provide technical guidance to the Community Facilitator and Project Assistant for Sustainable Agriculture in the implementation of project activities; and
- Carry out any other relevant duties within his/her technical competence as may be requested by FAO.