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  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Home Based - May require travel
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-04-24

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Team Leader for National Mindanao and Emergency Preparedness and Response Group (natural and human-induced)

Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)


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

Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries are encouraged to apply.

Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.



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. To help realize the larger goal of contributing to the attainment of sustainable peace and development and inclusive growth in the Bangsamoro areas, 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 National Mindanao and Emergency Preparedness and Response Group (natural and human-induced) - Team Leader will be under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative in the Philippines, and the direct supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative – Programme.
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. The National Mindanao and Emergency Preparedness and Response Group (natural and human-induced) - Team Leader will provide technical inputs and strategic direction for expansion of the portfolio and resource mobilization.
Tasks and responsibilities
Managerial Responsibilities as National MERG Team Leader\:
  • Lead and manage the Mindanao and Emergency Preparedness and Response (including natural and human-induced disasters) Group of the FAOPH Programme Unit – Project Development and Management Team and its members;
  • Provide quality assurance and clearance on outputs of the team members and ensure submission in a timely manner;
  • Ensure continuity of work within the team by anticipating potential gaps and implementing solutions;
  • Contribute to further enhance the positive image and overall credibility  of FAO as a technical organization in the areas related to food security, nutrition, agriculture, environment, natural resources, disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) and resilience building, climate change adaptation; and
  • Submit regular updates on the liaison activities with the Department of Agriculture and other government partners.
Expansion of FAO Portfolio Through Project Identification, Formulation, Funding  and Implementation Backstopping\:
  •  Contribute to resource mobilization efforts and expanding the current FAO portfolio by, among others, providing  technical
  • support to the FAO programme team in identifying potential project ideas and formulation of  concept  notes and detailed  project  proposals related  to agriculture in the context of emergency response to areas affected by natural and human-induced disasters, including Mindanao and related regional initiatives;
  • Identify potential project ideas, conduct reviews and provide technical support to in relation to agriculture and emergency response;
  • Coordinate with relevant government agencies, development partners and other stakeholders who can be potential partners for project funding and project implementation;
  • Identify opportunities for funding and partnership through discussions with national counterparts, development partners and other stakeholders, including as well regular monitoring of call for proposals, among others;
  • Provide operational and administrative support to project team as needed to ensure that requirements for project implementation are met;
  • Ensure  representation and visibility of FAO in relevant priority areas where it has comparative advantage through establishing close coordination  with the identified focal persons(s) and line agencies, namely Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Mindanao Development Authority (MinDa), Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP), Department of Agriculture and Fisheries – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DAF-ARMM), and other key government agencies related to Mindanao and Emergency Response;
  • Participate, where possible, in relevant technical and sectoral meetings and working groups to be established by DA, DAR, DENR, MinDA, OPAPP, DAF-ARMM and other key government agencies related to food security and nutrition;
  • Provide technical support as needed to the DA, DAR, DENR MinDA, OPAPP, DAF-ARMM and other concerned agencies technical working groups and in joint project formulation;
  • In coordination  with  the  projects  team government regional offices, provincial offices and identified Non-Government Organization (NGO) partners, provide technical support in the implementation of  project  activities; •     Provide technical guidance and serve as resource person as needed, in the conduct of capacity building activities (e.g. farmer field schools, farm business schools, community-based Mindanao and Emergency Response);
  • Prepare and submit progress reports mentioning activities undertaken, problems encountered  if any, and other documents  that may be required periodically; and
  • Represent FAO in meetings and other activities related to Mindanao and Emergency Response.
  • Prepare and submit progress reports mentioning activities undertaken, problems encountered  if any, and other documents  that may be required periodically
  • Perform any other tasks/functions that may be assigned by the FAO Representative, and the Assistant FAO Representative


Minimum Requirements
  • The candidate must have an advanced degree in the field of agriculture
  • At least 10 years practical experience in the planning and implementation of agriculture and emergency response programmes at the field 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
  • Proven knowledge and experience of Mindanao and Emergency Response in the Philippines.
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, plan and execute complex processes across a wide range of stakeholders, advance ability to work quickly and under pressure.
  • Good experience in managing a team



  • 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 please contact\:

  • 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

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




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