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Disaster Risk Reduction/Climate Change Specialist

Cotabato (Philippines)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Cotabato (Philippines)
  • Grade: NPP - National Project Personnel - Local Contractors Agreement - All levels
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Conflict prevention
    • Environment
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Security policy
    • Climate Change
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-24

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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:

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. FAO interventions will include, among others:

  1. Introduction of various productivity enhancing technologies to improve household incomes and promote sustainable agricultural practices.

  1. 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.

  1. Capacity building on enterprise development and agribusiness that will allow farmers, fisherfolk and local government units to maximize potential market opportunities.

  1. 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

  1. Enhancing the competitiveness of farm households, particularly women, to establish and manage microenterprises

  1. Facilitating the establishment of agribusiness enterprises with production-market contract agreements or similar arrangements

Reporting Lines:

The Disaster Risk Reduction/Climate Change Specialist will be under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative, general supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative (Programme), the technical guidance of relevant RAP and HQ backstopping officers, in close collaboration with the Team Leader, MERG, Project Backstopping Officer, Project Manager and in close consultation with other project staff and consultants, project implementing partners and National Government Agencies and Local Government Units (LGUs), NGOs, and Community-Based Organizations directly concerned with implementation of the project.

Technical Focus

FAO has been implementing various projects in Mindanao, which are guided by the FAO Mindanao Strategic Programme for Agriculture/Agribusiness (MSPAA), which is in line with the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP, 2015). One of the projects being implemented in Mindanao supported by the Government of New Zealand is the project entitled “Support to agri-based livelihoods and agribusiness enterprises for sustainable peace and development in Maguindanao and Cotabato”. The overall objective of the project aims to contribute to the development of agriculture and agribusiness in the priority provinces of Maguindanao and Cotabato in Mindanao to reduce poverty and ultimately result in inclusive growth as well as sustaining peace and development in the region.

Tasks and responsibilities

The Disaster Risk Reduction/Climate Change Specialist will carry out the following duties:

  1. Support the Project Manager in the development, planning and implementation of a Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) agenda/activities for agriculture;
  2. Document and assess institutional capacities to design risk reduction strategies and community resilience to natural and human-induced hazards for agriculture;
  3. In collaboration with partners and stakeholders, lead the preparation of at least 16 municipal and 2 provincial draft CBDRR plans or Plan of Actions (PoAs) on agriculture;
  4. Facilitate the conduct of a validation workshop involving key stakeholders to review and finalize the draft CBDRRPs/PoAs;
  5. Support the project in knowledge sharing on the social dimensions of CBDRR on agriculture especially related to vulnerability and adaptation to a wider audience (national, regional, provincial levels);
  6. Provide technical advice and support to partners in the field of CBDRR in response to risks related to climate and other drivers, including promoting the mainstreaming of DRR and CCA;
  7. In collaboration with the Training Specialist, other project staff and key partners, design and implement training courses on DRR and community adaptation to climate change and integrated risk assessment for agriculture and fisheries;
  8. Provide monitoring support and reports as required related to DRR and CCA aspects, including specific DRR and CCA sections of the mid-term and terminal/technical report for donor and partners;
  9. Provide inputs to the communications/visibility materials and activities.
  10. Submit end-of-assignment report summarizing accomplishments based on TOR, including limiting and enhancing factors, key recommendations and lessons learned.
  11. Perform any other task that may be assigned by the FAO Representative.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advance University degree in agriculture, disaster risk management or other related fields
  • At least five (5) years of professional and practical experience in agriculture and field implementation of rural development projects. The candidate must have advanced knowledge of the hazard context in the Philippines and DRR/M concepts/frameworks.
  • National of the Philippines

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Long experience in adult training and capacity building and excellent understanding of national institutional and regulatory frameworks in DRR and CCA is required.
  • Sound experience in the design and implementation of DRR/M planning and programming as well as capacity building of and tools for national authorities in the agriculture sector.
  • Strong coordination, facilitation, good writing and presentation skills are required.
  • Ability to work in a team and cultural sensitivity/empathy is essential for this assignment.
  • Knowledge of FAO and UN system experience would be an advantage.
  • Working experience in the Philippines
  • 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: [email protected]
  • 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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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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