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Training/Community Development 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:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Social Affairs
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Infrastructure and Urban-Rural development
    • Urban Development, planning and design
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-03

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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.

2. 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.

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

4. 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.

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

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

Reporting Lines:

The Training/Community Development Specialist will be under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in the Philippines, the supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative for Programme, Project Team Leader with guidance of the Team Leader of the Mindanao and Emergency Response Preparedness Group (natural and human-induced), and the Leader of the Emergency Response Preparedness Sub-Group.

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 Training/Community Development Specialist will carry out the following duties:

a) As Training Specialist

1. Review project training needs, work plans and timelines under the project;
2. Prepare the overall training implementation plan based on the project implementation plan (PIP) and result management table (RMT);
3. Identify and compile appropriate training materials and methodologies for the project;
4. In coordination with implementing partners (Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 12 (DA-RFO12), Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR), local government units (LGUs), service providers and relevant entities), prepare training plan with detailed training programme for each of identified training courses including training coverage, duration, venue, target beneficiaries, resource persons/institution, training details, and estimated budget requirement, among others;
5. Organize approved training courses in coordination with Agriculture Training Institute (ATI)-Region 12, implementing partners, beneficiaries and training providers using the most appropriate tools (i.e. training-of-trainers (ToT), farmer field school (FFS), farmer business school (FBS), among others for target beneficiaries and government staff;
6. Serve as resource person and/or facilitator during the conduct of training courses;
7. Provide training and guidance in the conduct of ToT on climate-smart agriculture (CSA) FFS FBS for government staff;
8. Prepare training report, training evaluation and training materials as output of the training sessions conducted;
9. Document lessons learned on training delivery and effectiveness evaluations; and

b) As Community Development Specialist

10. Identify community skills, assets, issues and needs;
11. With reference to the result of baseline study, seek to actively engage communities in recognizing and understanding the issues and needs vis-à-vis the community skills and assets which affect their lives (e.g. alternative livelihoods, food processing, among others);
12. Work with LGUs, entrepreneurs and other project specialists towards expansion of knowledge on rural development;
13. Develop new methodologies for delivery of training contents based on the current context of COVID-19 and situation conflict-affected communities, where face-to-face meeting is not possible;
14. Provide professional guidance and support to all technical staff of the project relating to community development issues to ensure that project objectives and individual outputs are achieved;
15. Help to raise public awareness on issues relevant to the community (e.g. crop protection, DRRM, CCA, value chain of commodities/enterprises, among others);
16. Submit end-of-assignment report summarizing accomplishments based on TOR, including limiting and enhancing factors, key recommendations and lessons learned.
17. Perform any other task that may be assigned by the FAO Representative.


Minimum Requirements

• University degree in agriculture, agricultural extension, community development, or other related fields;
• At least five (5) years of professional experience in agriculture, community engagement and providing training related to rural development projects ;
• National of the Philippines

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

• Must have a proven experience in development planning, process facilitation and in participative training and extension methodologies, gender issues, and a good knowledge of the agriculture production systems and rural livelihoods in Central Mindanao and Bangsamoro areas;
• Must be familiar with the local rural setting in Central Mindanao and Bangsamoro areas;
• Ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team is of importance as is the ability to take leadership when appropriate;
• Language requirement: Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Tagalog
• General knowledge and skills in the use of standard office software, such as MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point).


  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
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  • 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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