Accountability to Affected Population (AAP)/Gender Specialist

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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:

  1. Introduction of various productivity enhancing technologies to improve household incomes and promote sustainable agricultural practices.

  2. 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.

  3. Capacity building on enterprise development and agribusiness that will allow farmers, fisherfolk and local government units to maximize potential market opportunities.

  4. 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

  5. Enhancing the competitiveness of farm households, particularly women, to establish and manage microenterprises

  6. Facilitating the establishment of agribusiness enterprises with production-market contract agreements or similar arrangements

Reporting Lines:

The Accountability to Affected Population (AAP)/Gender Specialist will be under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative, general supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative (Programme), the technical guidance of relevant RAP and HQ backstopping officers, day to day guidance of the Team Leader of Mindanao and Emergency Response and Preparedness Group (MERG) and in close collaboration with the Project Backstopping Officer, and Project Team Leader.

Technical Focus:

FAO has been implementing various projects in Mindanao, which are guided by the FAO Mindanao Strategic Programme for Agriculture/Agribusiness (MSPAA), which is in line with the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP, 2015). One of the projects being implemented in Mindanao supported by the Government of New Zealand is the project entitled “Support to agri-based livelihoods and agribusiness enterprises for sustainable peace and development in Maguindanao and Cotabato”. The overall objective of the project aims to contribute to the development of agriculture and agribusiness in the priority provinces of

Maguindanao and Cotabato in Mindanao to reduce poverty and ultimately result in inclusive growth as well as

sustaining peace and development in the region.

Tasks and responsibilities

The Accountability to Affected Population (AAP)/Gender Specialist will carry out the following duties:


  1. Assist in the elaboration of a sound AAP strategy, framework and tools for FAO’s emergency response in Mindanao, in particular Cotabato, based on the existing project and Organization’s framework;
  2. Ensure that AAP principles are embedded in project/programme activities and cross-sharing of best available practices/lessons learned are being employed or practices;
  3. Encourage the practice of AAP among partners and government counterparts by promoting the FAO guidelines and protocols;
  4. Assist in linking AAP, gender and M&E strategy to project partners and counterparts’ activities; and
  5. Monitor the implementation of AAP within the project sites.


  1. Develop a gender strategy for the project or refining the strategy developed during project preparation as needed, and ensure alignment to the FAO Policy on Gender Equality;
  2. Ensure that project activities that involve women are carried out at times and locations convenient for women;
  3. Assist other project specialists in organizing community-level training as needed concerning participation and gender issues and specific training for women in skills needed for the project (incorporating SEAGA for emergencies. See;
  4. Work with other project staff, partner NGOs and the community to develop and maintain an M&E system that integrate gender concerns;
  5. Ensure that the project’s M&E system can provide gender-disaggregated data and indicators that can be used to measure the gender sensitivity of project activities. The system should be designed to provide staff, partner NGOs and the community with timely information that can be used to adjust and reformulate the project in the course of implementation, if needed;
  6. Analyse participation of men and women in the project and their access to and control over the management and resources. This includes assessing types of involvement: decision-making, financial, participation on committees, management, maintenance, and so on;
  7. Organize meetings, workshops, or both to inform project staff and communities of M&E findings.


  1. Provide regular feedback to the MERG through the National Emergency Coordinator, Project Manager and relevant programme staff/personnel and government counterparts;
  2. Liaise closely with the Communications team in the FAO Representation especially in producing informative pieces and materials for DRR, gender, M&E and communication with affected populations;
  3. Submit end-of-assignment report summarizing accomplishments based on TOR, including limiting and enhancing factors, key recommendations and lessons learned; and
  4. Perform any other task that may be assigned by the FAO Representative or by the Project Team Leader


Minimum Requirements

  • Advance University degree in agriculture, social science, development studies or rural development with complementary knowledge in development planning
  • At least five (5) years of professional and practical experience in agriculture and field implementation of rural development projects;
  • A National of the Philippines

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Must have a proven experience in development planning, process facilitation and in participative training and extension methodologies, gender issues, and a good knowledge of the agriculture production systems and rural livelihoods in Central Mindanao and Bangsamoro areas;
  • Must be familiar with the local rural setting in Central Mindanao and Bangsamoro areas;
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team is of importance as is the ability to take leadership when appropriate;
  • 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 and Tagalog


  • 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 please contact: [email protected]
  • 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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