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Project Field Assistant (2)

various locations

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: various locations
  • Grade: NPP - National Project Personnel - Local Contractors Agreement - All levels
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-25

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  • 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 member nations 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 our values. FAO has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and FAO, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
  • All selected candidates, therefore, will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
  • The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs 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 Project Field Assistant will be under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative, the direct supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative (Programme), and the day to day guidance of the Team Leader of the Socio-Economic & Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Environment and Natural Resources (ENR)/Forestry group and Project Field Coordinator.

Technical Focus:

FAO’s Early Warning Early Action (EWEA) translates warnings into anticipatory actions to reduce the impact of disasters on vulnerable and food insecure communities. Acting early, before a disaster has actually happened, or reached its peak is critical: it can save lives and protect livelihoods from the immediate shocks while increasing the resilience of local communities over time. FAO EWEA is a key element of FAO’s Strategic Programme 5: ‘Increase the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises’. FAO’s EWEA work includes global level (risk analysis, advocacy and partnerships) as well as country activities (setting up country level Anticipatory Action systems and implementation).

This engagement aims to support the pilot Anticipatory Action approach in priority areas in the country, including Eastern Samar, in line with the regional project funded by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations on "Scaling up Forecast based Financing/Early Warning Early Action (FbF/EWEA) and Shock Responsive Social Protection (SRSP) with innovative use of climate risk information for disaster resilience in ASEAN.” Known to be historically prone to climate-related hazards, the pilot implementation will start in Region 5, specifically in the province of Catanduanes.

Tasks and responsibilities

The Project Field Assistant will be assigned in either Virac, Catanduanes or Eastern Samar and shall perform the following responsibilities:

  1. Assist the Project Field Coordinator in the implementation of project activities for FAO’s Anticipatory Action initiatives in the assigned Duty Station (a. Virac Catanduanes; or b) Eastern Samar);
  2. Coordinate and liaise with provincial and local government partners, and other relevant stakeholders for the conduct of project activities;
  3. Provide support to the Project Field Coordinator in the documentation of project activities and preparation of relevant reports;
  4. Facilitate the processing of administrative requirements for the implementation of project activities;
  5. Facilitate the submission of reports and other relevant documents to the Team Leader;
  6. Carry out other relevant duties within his/her technical competence as requested by the FAO Representative.


Minimum Requirements

  • University Degree in Agriculture, Social/Political Science, Community Development, Public Administration, Economics, Development Studies, or other related fields;
  • At least two (2) years relevant and progressive experience assisting in project implementation at the field level and coordination with national/regional government structures, and private sector;
  • National of the Philippines

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Good interpersonal skills;
  • Knowledge on social protection programmes/projects, including CCA/DRRM, at the national and local level is an advantage;
  • Proficient in report writing;
  • General knowledge and skills in the use of standard office software, such as MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point).
  • Language requirement: Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Tagalog


  • 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
  • For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website:

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

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