Senior Systems Specialist, Quezon City, Philippines

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

Country: Philippines

Field location: Quezon City, Philippines

Office: FAO in Quezon City

Closing date: Thursday, 1 July 2021


Senior Systems Specialist

Job Posting: 17/Jun/2021

Closure Date: 01/Jul/2021, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FAPHI

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Philippines-Quezon City

Duration : 132 days WAE until 15 December 2021

Post Number : N/A

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People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply

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:

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 Senior Systems 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 Coordinator, and guidance from the Mindanao and Emergency Response and Preparedness Group (MERG).

Technical Focus:

FAO is implementing a Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) in enhancing farmers information system for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) in Agriculture that would enable timely, critical, and efficient decision-making and delivery of interventions to improve the management of crops and farm lots. This is through capacity building of the agriculture sector on data collection and information management.

Tasks and responsibilities

In collaboration with the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Senior Systems Analyst will undertake the following duties:

Plan, organize, and supervise the activities leading to the development of the Farmers‘ and Geo-Referenced Farm Lot Information System;
Document, analyze and recommend business process redesign in the applicable area;
Prepare and deliver reports and updates on the development of the system;
Check completeness and quality of prerequisite data and info necessary for the development of the system;
Provide status review to stakeholders, process owners and customers;
During system acceptance phase, validate data initialization and conversion to confirm processes and utilities used to populate the system database;
Manage a series of exhaustive acceptance tests on the systems‘ functions and processes to validate their performance to specifications;
After examination of test results, determine whether the system is ready for roll-out;
Oversee the refinement of supporting materials that supports the use, operation and maintenance of the system to reflect any necessary adjustments resulting from acceptance test results;
Implement design system solutions and maintain delivered solutions; and

Perform other tasks that may be assigned by the FAO Representative.


Minimum Requirements

Tags agricultural production continuous improvement data collection disaster risk disaster risk reduction fisheries information management information technology knowledge sharing monitoring and evaluation natural disasters oral communication technical cooperation transparency

University degree on Information Technology or related fields

At least seven (7) years of working experience with Governments or the private sector on successful implementation of information technology

A national of the Philippines

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Experience in developing protocols for managing the database system for operational policy guidance, program design, monitoring and evaluation; reviewing existing and planned data infrastructure (hardware and software); operational strategy for regular and systematic updating of system

Proven ability to conceptualize, plan, and execute complex processes across a wide range of stakeholders

Strong skills in organizing and leading consultative processes involving various stakeholders.

Familiarity with the Department of Agriculture’s Farmers and Fisherfolk Registration System and/or Registry System for Basic Sector in Agriculture (RSBSA) is an advantage

General knowledge and skills in the use of standard office software, such as MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point).

Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Tagalog

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


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

Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list If you are in possession of language certificate/s from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT), please attach the certificate/s when submitting the application.

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