United Nations Development Programme Vacancy Announcement


Vacancy No  : SC-2011-010

Date Issued  : 6 April 2011

Closing date : 17 April 2011 (re-advertised)

I. Position Information

Job code title:  Project Manager

Pre-classified Grade:   SC 11

Supervisor:    Director of PAWB

Duty Station:  Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau

Duration:  April – December 2011 with possibility of extension



II. Organizational Context


The Philippines is home to more than 20,000 endemic species of plants and animals, including 576+ bird species (34 % endemic), 258+ reptile species (66 % endemic), 204+ mammal species (54 % endemic) and 101+ amphibian species (78 % endemic).  There are five major and at least five minor centers of endemism, ranging in size from Luzon, the largest island (103,000 km²), which, for example, has at least 31 endemic species of mammals, to tiny Camiguin Island (265 km²) which has at least two species of endemic mammals. The Philippines has among the highest rates of species discovery in the world (sixteen new species of mammals have been discovered in the last ten years alone).


The national PA network managed under the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) provides protection for a portion of the country’s biodiversity resources.  The existing network consists of 107 proclaimed Protected Areas covering a total of 1.85 M hectares of terrestrial area and 1.49 M hectares of marine area, however this is only 6 percent of the total land area of the Philippines (approximately 298,000 km²).


PA expansion is constrained by insufficient financial resources to acquire and effectively manage a larger PA estate.  Park boundaries have not been well demarcated, and management and enforcement capacities are limited. Two-thirds of parks have human settlements, and one-quarter of their lands have already been disturbed or converted to agriculture.  The PA estate is also highly fragmented.  For example, a total of 341,000 ha is under protection on the island of Luzon, however this is spread across 34 PAs of various categories (some as small as 100ha), interspersed amongst agricultural landscapes, indigenous tribal domains, rural communities and other land-uses.


At the same time, the Philippines is home to 88.75 million people, with a population density of 273 persons/km2 (the second-highest in South-East Asia after Singapore), growing at a rate of 2.04% per annum.  Gross domestic product grew by 7.3% in 2007, primarily driven by the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors.


The combination of a fragmented PA estate and extensive agricultural production forces many endangered species to coexist with human populations.  Endemic plants and shrubs survive as remnant populations in scrubland and verges.  Coastal and freshwater fishing grounds contain many endemic fish species – including species that have not yet been identified.    Species being conserved in protected areas also depend on the broader production landscape for their survival.


Given the pressures of a growing population dependent on agriculture, and the constraints facing the NIPAS system, conserving this valuable biodiversity wealth solely through an expanded system of protected areas is unrealistic. The ultimate goal of the project therefore is to ensure that activities in the production landscape conserve species assemblages and maintain ecosystem functions.


Hence, to ensure that activities in the production landscape conserve species assemblages and maintain ecosystem functions, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through UNDP has approved the project proposal of DENR-PAWB entitled “Partnership for Biodiversity Conservation: Mainstreaming in Local Agricultural Landscape”. The project will likewise build on existing initiatives or undertakings of partners, such as DILG, DA, Conservation NGOs, LGUs and other concerned stakeholders in identified project sites.


To ensure that the objectives under this Project are implemented accordingly, a Project Manager will be hired.


III. Functions / Key Results Expected

General Description of Responsibility:

Under the over-all guidance of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau,  the Project Manager is expected to ensure smooth implementation of project activities towards the achievement of expected project outcomes.  He/She will be expected to supervise staff and manage relationships with project partners and other stakeholders.  The Project Manager is expected to prepare periodic work plans and budgets as well as ensure monitoring of project’s progress.  He/she is expected to network with various local and national stakeholders and coordinate with donors for updating and reporting purposes.


Specific Functions:

  1. Programme Implementation

1)       Provide appropriate support to the  Implementing Agency in the implementation of the Project

2)       In the context of National Implementation (NIM) guidelines, provide assistance in developing operational policies for Project implementation and endorsing the same to the Project Board for deliberation and approval.

3)       Over-see day to day project implementation and ensure conformity to expected results, outputs, objectives and work plans;

4)       Prepare and ensure prompt submission of technical and financial reports to UNDP; recommending appropriate measures for enhancement of project efficiency and effectiveness and endorsing the same to the NPD for review/integration and eventual presentation to the project board and other stakeholders.

5)       Ensure the preparation and conformity of the project’s annual work and financial plan with the project’s expected outcomes and outputs and with UNDP’s country programme.

6)       Ensure that PAWB and UNDP is apprised of relevant project updates and developments as needed;

7)       Conduct field/site visits as part of project implementation and monitoring activities;

8)       Facilitate project meetings, workshops, and other related events;

9)       Ensure coherence and complementation of activities and outputs of the identified project partners in the delivery the expected outcomes of the Project;

10)   Maintain effective relationship with RPs, other NGOs, government institutions, donors, other project stakeholders and participate at events for project information dissemination purposes;

11)   Perform other managerial functions as may be assigned by the National Programme Director (NPD)


Financial Management

1)       Ensure judicious use of project funds;

2)       Ensure that the project funds are used effectively and efficiently to deliver the expected project outcomes and outputs.

3)       Perform other functions as assigned by the National Programme Director



V. Competencies

Possess competencies on programme/project management and implementation in the field of environmental management/protection and biodiversity conservation; Good communication and interpersonal skills required; good knowledge on budget control and financial management; strong personal management, communication and networking skills



VI. Recruitment Qualifications

Education: Post graduate degree in the field of natural sciences


At least 10 years of combined relevant experience in development work, biodiversity conservation and natural resource management-related projects; at least 5 years of which in Program management including administration, finance, and supervisory work, preferably in national and/or regional (multi-country) projects and foreign-assisted projects;
Language Requirements: Fluency in English and national language of the duty station



The selected candidate will receive a salary that is commensurate with his/her background and work experience.  Interested applicants are requested to complete the UN Personal History Form (P.11), available in our website http://www.undp.org.ph/jobs/ and send to:


[email protected]


Human Resources

United Nations Development Programme

30th Floor, Yuchengco Tower I, RCBC Plaza

Ayala Ave., cor. Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City


indicating the Vacancy No. and Post title on or before 17 April 2011 (re-advertised).  Kindly note that only completed P.11 forms will be reviewed.  UNDP is an equal opportunity employer.  Please note that we will contact only the short-listed candidates.




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