Livestock/Halal Specialist, Cotabato, Philippines

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Country: Philippines

Field location: Cotabato City, Philippines

Office: FAO in Cotabato City

Closing date: Thursday, 22 October 2020


Livestock/Halal Specialist

Job Posting: 08/Oct/2020

Closure Date: 22/Oct/2020, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FAPHI

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Philippines-Cotabato

Duration : 110 days WAE until 31 December 2021

Post Number : N/A

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants 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. 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 Livestock/Halal Specialist will be under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in the Philippines ad interim, general supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative (Programme), the direct supervision of the Project Team Leader, and guidance from the Mindanao and Emergency Response and Preparedness Group (MERG), and with close collaboration with the Department of Agriculture (DA), Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR) - Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), and other relevant partners.

Technical Focus

FAO is implementing a Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) on the development of Halal Livestock Production Systems in Mindanao, Philippines that ultimately help increase incomes of stakeholders in the Halal food supply chain thus contributing to the improvement of food security and nutrition. This is through capacity building of agricultural technicians and farmers on the use of developed Halal protocol and standards in the production of feeds/forage for small and large ruminants, good agricultural practices and technologies on Halal livestock production. Similarly, the project aims to promote and disseminate information on Halal livestock production systems in farming communities in Mindanao.

Tasks and responsibilities

The Livestock/Halal Specialist will carry out the following tasks:

Coordinate with relevant government agencies, development organizations, NGOs, and other stakeholders on the plan and implementation of Halal livestock production developed jointly by FAO, DA and MAFAR-BARMM;
Closely liaise with DA, MAFAR-BARMM, BAI, BAFS, ATI and LGUs during the implementation of the project;
Assess the technical soundness of Halal livestock production plan;
Provide technical advice on issues raised pertaining to livestock taking into consideration impacts on associated human health risks;
Development of training materials and implement trainings on Halal livestock production and health management;
Prepare and submit an end of assignment report; and

Carry out any other relevant duties within his/her technical competence as may be requested by FAO.


Minimum Requirements

The candidate must have a University degree in animal science or related field with complementary knowledge in Halal livestock production;
Must have at least five (5) years of professional and practical work experience in livestock or animal production projects (including Halal livestock production and meat processing) at the field or regional level;
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A national of Philippines

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Must be familiar with the local rural setting in Central Mindanao and Bangsamoro areas

Proven ability to conceptualize, plan and execute complex processes across a wide range of stakeholders, advance ability to work quickly and under pressure.

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;
He/she must have intermediate to advance computer skills in the use of standard office software, such as MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point).

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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Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.

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