Policy and Institutional Strengthening Expert, Home-Based

Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Country: Home-based

Closing date: Wednesday, 3 March 2021


Policy and Institutional Strengthening Expert

Job Posting: 17/Feb/2021

Closure Date: 03/Mar/2021, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FAPHI

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Home-Based

Duration : 20 days WAE until September 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:

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 Policy and Institutional Strengthening Expert will be under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative in the Philippines ad interim, the direct supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative for Programme, the technical supervision of the International GEF Expert, and shall work in close collaboration with other national experts. The Development Law Service shall provide overall clearance of legal and institutional work.

Technical Focus:

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) recently approved the Project Identification Project (PIF) of the project entitled "Sustainable Management of Natural Resources towards Rehabilitation and Preservation of the Key Biodiversity Area along Bataan Province to Manila Bay". The project specifically aims to mainstream biodiversity and sustainable land management (SLM) in key biodiversity areas (KBA) along Bataan Province to Manila Bay In response to the said objective, the project’s interventions will focus on the following three components: (i) Provincial level capacity to support mainstreaming biodiversity and SLM and development and implementation of provincial level land use planning and development frameworks; (ii) Capacity building, natural resource management and sustainable livelihoods to deliver global environmental benefits in key biodiversity areas (KBAs) at sub-provincial level in Bataan province; and (iii) Monitoring and evaluation and knowledge management.

In line with this, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with the Government of the Philippines, will now develop the full project document based on the approved PIF and in alignment with the national priorities, FAO comparative advantages, and GEF 7 programming directions. Project preparation activities will include desktop review as well as multi-stakeholder consultations and workshops to ensure the involvement of key stakeholders in the project design process and generate commitments both at the national and sub-national levels.

The project will focus on the Bataan Province which is directly connected to the bigger natural system of the Manila Bay catchment. Within this project site, the nature and extent of specific target sites for field-level activities will be confirmed during the project development phase, taking into consideration the existence of globally important environmental values and addressable associated threats, community buy-in, and resource availability.

It is expected that through the project implementation, biodiversity and SLM concerns will be successfully mainstreamed across landscapes. Likewise, the project will facilitate better partnerships among stakeholders and provide appropriate tools for decision- makers to effectively address major threats on SLM and biodiversity conservation in the project sites.

Tasks and responsibilities

The Policy and Institutional Strengthening Expert will carry out the following tasks:

Provide technical inputs to ensure that the overall project design reflects and integrates a strong understanding of the policy and normative frameworks, as well as institutional challenges and opportunities related to the achievement of the project objectives;
Review existing and related legal and institutional frameworks, relevant sectoral plans, and policies on integrated landscape management, biodiversity conservation, sustainable land management, and biodiversity friendly agricultural practices that are applicable to the project site;
Identify gaps and barriers in mainstreaming biodiversity and sustainable land management in development plans/ frameworks both at the local and national levels;
Develop technical guidelines on the harmonization of multiple land use plans as well as for improving the enabling environment of national and local agencies for an integrated landscape and seascape management approach;
Identify topics and implement trainings towards enhanced capacity of partner agencies and key stakeholders for the development and implementation of harmonized land use plans, and resource management frameworks;
Identify and assess existing national and local incentives for sustainable land use and integrated natural resource management, and make any relevant recommendations for the implementation of appropriate incentive mechanisms;
Make an assessment of the existing framework (both formal and informal/customary) regarding tenure and use rights within the Protected Area and its Buffer Zone, and provide recommendations to strengthen adherence to the Protected Area Management Plan and its objectives;
Provide inputs to the discussion on the institutional engagement section of the project document, including a detailed elaboration of the institutional and project management arrangements for project implementations that will be done at local and national levels;
Complete and contribute to relevant sections of the project document and supporting materials, such as identifying relevant policies, laws and institutions to inform and finalize the full-sized project document and related documentation, including: tracking tools, social and environmental assessments, results framework, baseline information, national benefits, results framework, capacity development, etc;
Drawing on the plans developed and assessments conducted above, draft a project policy, law, and institutional analysis/strategy. The analysis, strategy and recommendations will be innovative, sustainable, replicable and will assist the project to show measurable changes and impacts relevant to the project objective and components;
Conduct individual meetings, interviews or workshops with relevant departments, including the Manila Bay Mandamus Agencies, with jurisdictions in the project sites, on approaches for harmonisation of land use governance frameworks;
In consultation with the stakeholder engagement specialist, develop activities and corresponding budget and M&E plan;
Complete and submit mission reports covering a summary of mission activities and conclusions, key persons/ organizations consulted and recommendations for the finalization of the project documents;
Undertake field missions and participate in workshops/ meetings/ consultations as required;
Provide a preliminary outline, proposed methodology, draft and final copies of all expected outputs; and

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


Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in environmental/agricultural law preferably, or in development policy or other social science related fields;
At least ten (10) years of demonstrated experience working on policy, law and institutional strengthening in the Philippine context.

A National of the Philippines.

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Experience working in Manila Bay regions related projects also an advantage

In-depth understanding of the nuances in land use governance frameworks in Philippines with a focus on Bataan Province

Language requirement: Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;
General knowledge and 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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Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help, or have queries, please contact: Careers@fao.org

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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