National Project Personnel - Project Field Assistant (2)

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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

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

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

Reporting Lines:

The Project Field Assistant will be under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative ad interim, the direct supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative (Programme), day to day guidance of the Head of the Mindanao and Emergency Response and Preparedness Group (MERG), and the 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

Specifically, the Project Field Assistant (FA) will carry out the following tasks:

  1. Assist in the implementation of project interventions to include, but not limited to, distribution of project inputs, monitoring and assessment of initial results of intervention and report writing;
  2. Provide overall support to Project Technical Specialists in the conduct of capacity-building activities, such as organizing trainings and workshops; preparing documentation reports on all training activities, workshops, and other project activities; and submitting these documentation reports to Project Technical Specialists for review;
  3. Inform Project Technical Specialists and Project Team Leader on existing and potential field implementation problems and issues that require immediate attention, and recommend viable alternatives to resolve problems and issues;
  4. Assist in maintaining an up-to-date database information system of partner CBOs including sub-projects implementation and capacity-building interventions; and
  5. Perform other related duties as required by the Project Team Leader and FAO Representative.


Minimum Requirements

  • University Degree in Agriculture, Fisheries, Agri-business Management, Social Sciences or other related disciplines.
  • At least two (2) years relevant and progressive experience assisting in project implementation at the field level.

  • A national of the Philippines

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Relevant experience in field project operations in both emergency/rehabilitation and development assistance particular in Mindanao context.
  • Familiarity and/or work experience in North Cotabato or Cotabato province.
  • Familiarity with UN administrative operations is an asset.
  • Ability to plan and work under pressure and within tight deadlines.
  • Language requirement: Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Tagalog

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


  • 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
  • For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website:
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