Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Philippines

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
4th May, 2019

Job Description

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.

The project “TCP/PHI/3601: National Food Consumption Quantification Study” aims to formulate the Food Production Strategy that will specifically identify policy and program recommendations towards achieving food and nutrition security as embodied in SDG Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. This initiative is made possible in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, and in collaboration with the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), National Nutrition Council (NNC) and Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute (PSRTI).

This study will primarily provide the Department of Agriculture with the updated data and enhanced analysis on major food consumption patterns of Filipinos, and the country’s current production of major commodities. It will also contribute to the Department’s formulation of plans and programs that are responsive to the needs of the people particularly in projecting the volume of food needed in the future to support the growing population. Further, this study hopes to provide the rational to harmonize food security and nutrition invention programs.

The main outputs of the study are:

  • Food Production Strategy;
  • Case Studies;
  • Capacitated national staff; and
  • Web-based information system.

The Statistician to be assigned in the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) shall provide technical support to the FNRI in the extrapolation of data on nutrition.

Reporting Lines: The Statistician will work under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in the Philippines, the direct supervision of the Assistant FAO for Programme, and day to day guidance of the National Project Development and Coordination Specialist.

Technical Focus

The Statistician will provide technical support to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute in terms of the extrapolation and calculation of data on nutrition and consumption. The Statistician is expected to provide statistical report on food consumption patterns, food requirements and gaps between the nutritional requirements and actual food intakes. Further, the Statistician shall contribute to the formulation of the Food Production Strategy in terms of projection of food production needs of the Philippine population at the national and provincial level.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Work in close coordination with the FNRI in the extrapolation of data on nutrient adequacy, and food commodity requirements and consumption at the provincial level, and in the calculation of gaps between commodity requirements and consumption;
  • Work with the Senior Statistician and MIS Specialist in the statistical data to be inputted into the web-based information system;
  • Assist the Senior Statistician in the collection and analysis of production and consumption data;
  • Carry out any other relevant duties within his/her technical competence as may be requested by FAO

Minimum Requirements

  • National of Philippines;
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Economics or related field;
  • 1-2 years of relevant experience in the subject area;
  • Working knowledge (Level C) of English.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Strong analytical skills and excellent command of applied economic/statistical theories, and econometrics or other methods related to field of expertise;
  • Knowledge and skills on stata instruments;
  • Experience of working for, or in cooperation with, government institutions and private sector;
  • Good analytical skills, effective teamwork, and good communication and writing skills


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