Climate Change Specialist

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Mandaluyong City (Philippines)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Climate Change
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-03

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 member nations, 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 our values. FAO has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and FAO, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
  • All selected candidates, therefore, will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • 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 Climate Change Specialist will be under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative in the Philippines and Assistant FAO Representative (Programme), direct supervision of the National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management and Climate Change Specialist, and technical direction of the Lead Technical Officer (LTO).

Technical Focus:

The Philippines is currently developing its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) submission to the Paris Agreement. The Climate Change Commission (CCC) has been facilitating this process through a whole-of-government approach to ensure inclusive process and foster ownership within among agencies. The Philippine NDC will be based on the overarching national policy and planning frameworks which include, among others, the Philippine Development Plan (PDP), National Framework Strategy on Climate Change (NFSCC), National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP), National Organic Agriculture Program, Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA), Philippine Energy Plan (PEP), and AmBisyon Natin 2040 which will sustainably transition the Philippine economy as fast as technologically feasible into low-carbon development, protecting without compromise the interests of the Filipino people, especially those most vulnerable. FAO support will focus on providing technical assistance to the Government and increase their capacities for a low-carbon development pathway for Philippine agriculture and fisheries.

Tasks and responsibilities

The Climate Change Specialist will carry out the following tasks:

1. Lead in the coordination work with government agencies such as, but not limited to, the Department of Agriculture (DA), Climate Change Commission (CCC), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), on the agri-NDC development process, which entail the following tasks:
  • Liaising with the DA Climate Resilient Agriculture Office (CRAO) and other relevant units of the agencies;
  • Convening and facilitating technical meetings and discussions;
  • Managing written correspondence and data/information requests relevant to the process;
  • Compiling of all relevant materials;

2. Provide technical inputs on climate change adaptation and mitigation as may be relevant to the quantification and modelling exercises;

3. Assist in the supervision of the work performed by the TCP technical specialists and collaborators, to ensure project outputs are delivered, reviewed, and revised, according to the workplan;

4. Assist project technical specialists and collaborators in the desk review of reports and studies, and data-collection activities relating to the agriculture component of the NDC;

5. Lead in the writing of a synthesis report documenting the process and outputs delivered by the TCP;

6. Contribute to the preparation of the TCP terminal report;

7. Carry out any other relevant duties within his/her technical competence as may be requested by FAO;


Minimum Requirements

  • The candidate must have an Advanced University Degree in agriculture, agricultural economics, environmental science, environmental management, development studies, or related fields
  • At least eight (8) years of work experience in climate change projects, preferably in the agriculture, forestry, land use, and natural resource management sectors
  • A national of the Philippines or resident in the country with a regular work permit.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Familiar with the issues concerning the agriculture, fisheries, and forestry sector of the Philippines
  • 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

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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