Forestry and Biodiversity Portfolio Coordinator, Manila, Philippines

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

Country: Philippines

City: Manila

Office: FAO Manila, Philippines

Closing date: Friday, 3 February 2023


Forestry and Biodiversity Portfolio Coordinator

Job Posting: 20/Jan/2023

Closure Date: 03/Feb/2023, 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: Philippines-Manila

Duration : 9 months with possibility of extension

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.

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 Members 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 FAO’s values

FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination

All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices 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. FAO supports countries worldwide in addressing the complex challenges at the nexus between the environment, agriculture, forestry, marine and freshwater resources. With FAO’s mandate and expertise in agri-food systems (including crops, livestock and aquaculture), forestry and fisheries, FAO is uniquely positioned to support projects and progammes related to environmental science and management, biodiversity conservation, sustainable forest management, landscapes restoration from degradation, management of chemicals and wastes, and sustainable cities, in the context of achieving sustainable food systems and climate action.

Reporting Lines

The Forestry and Biodiversity Portfolio Coordinator will be under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative, and the direct supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative (Programme).

Technical Focus

Forestry and Biodiversity

Tasks and responsibilities

The Forestry and Biodiversity Portfolio Coordinator reports to the Assistant FAO Representative for Programme in carrying out the following tasks:

Support all activities and resources related to the implementation in the Philippines of "GCP/INT/296/GER: The Paris Agreement in action: upscaling forest and landscape restoration to achieve nationally determined contributions"

Serve as Portfolio Coordinator on forestry and biodiversity programming by providing overall guidance and technical supervision related to project development, implementation and monitoring and evaluation activities;
Support in promoting innovation and advancement in the forestry sector as indicated in FAO’s mandate and the organization’s strategic approach while promoting FAO-introduced tools and frameworks;
Formulate concept notes and detailed project proposals related to biodiversity, forestry, environment and natural resources; including proactive identification of opportunities for resource mobilization and expansion of partnerships, and design of overall programmatic approach on initiatives related to forestry and biodiversity while ensuring alignment to the updated Country Programming Framework (CPF) and other relevant strategic documents;
Ensure proper coordination with relevant technical divisions in FAO Headquarters and the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific regarding comments and recommendations on various proposals for possible FAO assistance;
Conduct review and quality assurance of technical documents, reports and relevant data, technical briefers and other related communications in support of forestry and biodiversity initiatives including requirements for project cycle management, and technical clearances;
Coordinate and liaise with the designated representatives of government counterparts, and other relevant development organizations, NGOs and stakeholders, as well other UN Organizations channeling FAO’s diverse expertise to support the government in the identification and preparation of project proposals;
Facilitate, coordinate and participate in relevant technical and sectoral workshops, meetings, consultations and other events organized by other UN agencies, Government, donors and civil societies related to the thematic areas of biodiversity, forestry, environment and natural resources, among others;
Submit regular updates to FAOPH senior management on the liaison activities with the DENR, DA and other government partners, including key developments, recommendations and opportunities that can be further pursued in line with FAO mandate;
Provide technical guidance and serve as resource person as needed, in the conduct of capacity building activities on related initiatives; prepare and submit progress reports mentioning activities undertaken, problems encountered if any, and other documents that may be required periodically.

Serve as country focal or coordinator for assigned projects and initiatives in relation to portfolio on environment and natural resources, among others;
Support visibility and outreach on environment and natural resources initiatives of FAO in the country, including development of technical briefers, speeches and contribute to other communications materials;
Carry out other relevant duties within his/her technical competence as requested by FAO Representative.


Minimum Requirements

Advanced Degree in Forestry, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Environmental Planning, Natural Resources, Economics, Development Studies, or other related fields;
At least seven (7) years relevant and progressive experience assisting in programme or project implementation related to forestry;
Working knowledge of English and Tagalog;
National or Resident of the Philippines.

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Good interpersonal skills;
Knowledge on forestry programming, at the international, national and local level is an advantage;
Proficient in report writing;
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

Experience of working for, or in cooperation with, government institutions and private sector;
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 a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).

Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help or have queries, please contact:

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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Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills

Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile

Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application

Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at

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Incomplete applications will not be considered

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Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered

Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile

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