Agriculture Governance and Institutions Specialist, Mandaluyong City, Philippines

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

Country: Philippines

Field location: Mandaluyong City, Philippines

Office: FAO in Mandaluyong City

Closing date: Friday, 29 January 2021


Agriculture Governance and Institutions Specialist

Job Posting: 15/Jan/2021

Closure Date: 29/Jan/2021, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FAPIHI

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Philippines-Mandaluyong City

Duration : 45 days

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:

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 Agriculture Governance and Institutions Specialist will be u nder the overall guidance of the FAO Representative in the Philippines ad interim, direct supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative (Programme), day to day guidance of the National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management and Climate Change Adaptation Specialist, and working in close coordination with the TCP/PHI/3803/C3 Project Team, the Technical Assessment Team of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Technical Focus:.

Philippines Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA) of 1997 has mandated the Department of Agriculture (DA) to formulate an Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Plan (AFMP) to develop the agriculture and fisheries sector and meet the country goals on food security, poverty alleviation, social equity, income enhancement and profitability, global competitiveness, and sustainability. In August 2019, the DA Secretary William Dar introduced the "New Thinking for Agriculture" as the Department’s strategy to achieve a food secure Philippines with prosperous farmers and fisherfolk. This strategy includes 8 paradigms: 1) modernization of agriculture, 2) industrialization of agriculture, 3) promotion of exports, 4) consolidation of small and medium, 5) infrastructure development, 6) roadmap development, 7) higher budget and investments, 8) legislative support. Anchored on this new strategy, the DA has initiated the formulation of the National Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization and Industrialization Plan (NAFMIP) 2020-2025 with the technical assistance of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). NAFMIP will represent a segment of the long-term efforts in support of the thrusts and priorities set in the Ambisyon Natin 2040 and more immediately the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022, Chapter 8 on "Expanding Economic Opportunities in Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries".

Tasks and responsibilities

The Agriculture Governance and Institutions Specialist will review and recommend refinements in the plan level monitoring, evaluation and reporting within the Department of Agriculture for the implementation of the NAFMIP 2020-2025.

The Agriculture Governance and Institutions Specialist will carry out the following tasks:

Lead in the conduct of an assessment on the institutional and organizational framework and arrangements for preparing and implementing the NAFMIP at the local, regional, and national levels;
Lead in the preparation of agricultural stakeholder and institutional analysis and mapping and provide recommendations on institutional arrangements/ re-engineering for NAFMIP implementation and more broadly, ways to enhance sector-wide governance (transparency, accountability and participatory-ness) at all levels.

Lead in the preparation of an institutional development and capacity building plan for various agriculture stakeholders to support effective implementation of the NAFMIP;
Work closely with the DA, LGUs, Department of the Interior and Local Government, and other concerned agencies;
Lead in the writing of sections or sub-sections of the NAFMIP or component plans, integrating above technical inputs, as designated by DA;
Prepare presentation materials for various meetings, consultations, workshops;
Perform other tasks relevant to the technical specialization as deemed necessary by the project


Minimum Requirements

The candidate must have an Advance University degree in development planning, development management, political science, social science, public administration or related fields

At least eight (8) years experience as governance and institutions expert

A national of the Philippines

FAO Core Competencies

Tags agricultural production climate change climate change adaptation competitiveness continuous improvement development planning disaster risk disaster risk reduction fisheries food security knowledge sharing local government natural disasters oral communication participatory political science poverty alleviation public administration transparency

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Familiar with relevant international standards and benchmarks on governance and institutions in agriculture ad fisheries

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

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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