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Call for Applications: Project Coordinator, Animal Town Game Application Project

Background:

Since 2014, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through its Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) Project, has been supporting the Philippine Government in articulating the financial resources it needs to maintain a healthy biodiversity portfolio in-country. In particular, BIOFIN in collaboration with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) has conducted the following assessments: (1) Policy and Institutional Review; (2) Public and Private Biodiversity Expenditure Review; and (3) Assessment of financial needs (cost and gap analysis of implementing Philippine Biodiversity Strategy and Action  Plan (PBSAP). These assessments contributed significantly in the formulation of the Biodiversity Finance Plan. 

Based on the results of the conducted assessments and as laid out in the Biodiversity Finance Plan, the need to mobilize additional financing to support the biodiversity agenda of the Philippines is of importance. This financing support will ensure effective implementation of the PBSAP in fulfilling its vision of a biodiversity that is restored and rehabilitated, valued, effectively managed and secured, maintaining ecosystem services to sustain healthy, resilient Filipino communities, and delivering benefits to all by 2028. Moreover, the Biodiversity Finance Plan identifies financing solutions as transformative actions that will generate more resources for biodiversity; appropriately attribute biodiversity expenditures in the budget; attain cost-effective budget execution by eradicating overlaps in biodiversity functions; eradicate expenditures that continue to- or aggravate dissipation of biodiversity resources; and pave groundwork for a responsive policy environment through greater awareness on biodiversity and biodiversity financing, and enhance institutional support towards monitoring of PBSAP. 

As identified in the Financing Plan, a mobile gaming application is one of the finance solutions that can be tested. Supported by the UNDP BIOFIN Project, a mobile gaming application, Animal Town,  was developed in 2020, which will be subsequently turned-over to DENR-BMB for operations. However, given the government’s limitations on resource mobilization, the BMB and UNDP are engaging Forest Foundation Philippines as the NGO/CSO partner which will promote, augment, and manage the revenues generated from the gaming application.

Established in 2002, Forest Foundation Philippines is a non-government organization that provides grants to organizations that empower people to protect the forests. Through this engagement, the Foundation will develop an escrow fund generated through the revenues from in-game purchases and ads, which in turn will be directed to priority biodiversity conservation projects of the government. After which, the UNDP shall donate the mobile game app to the DENR. 


To fulfill the above tasks, Forest Foundation Philippines is in need of a Project Coordinator.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Project Coordinator shall manage and oversee the quality and timely implementation of the Mobile Game Application (Animal Town) Revenue Management Project and activities as tasked to the Forest Foundation Philippines. He/she will work closely with the Forest Foundation team and the UNDP BIOFIN Project to assist in the implementation in an effective and efficient manner.

Specifically, he/she will:

  1. Provide overall coordination and management of Animal Town Mobile Game Application Revenue Management Project activities, including technical strategies and administrative and financial systems; 
  2. Ensure implementation of the project work plan and activities; 
  3. Coordinate with the relevant stakeholders in developing the Operations Manual that will provide the guiding principles of the gaming application’s revenue generation and grant-making; 
  4. Coordinate with the Game Application Developer for feedbacks, updating, and exploring means of revenue generation;
  5. Provide direction and leadership in promoting the gaming application and its objectives, and ensuring that all interested parties are well informed about the project activities and goals; 
  6. Ensure coordination with the Forest Foundation’s Programs, Communications, Finance, and management teams for effective program and project implementation; 
  7. In coordination with the DENR-BMB, UNDP Philippines, BIOFIN Project and local stakeholders, support project development on priority biodiversity conservation activities applicable for grants; 
  8. Review and evaluate project documents, and recommend actions for adjustments in design and budget allocations; 
  9. Represent the Foundation, as required, in meetings and consultations with the Project’s relevant partners to build professional relationships, as well as ensure the full participation of a broad spectrum of stakeholders in the identification, planning and execution of project activities; 
  10. Establish and maintain relationships and act as the key focal point of the Foundation to ensure that all programming, financial, and administrative matters related to the Project are transparently, expediently, and effectively managed; 
  11. Ensure accurate and timely preparation and submission of project reports to UNDP Philippines; and 
  12. Perform other duties that may be required.

Qualifications:

The position requires work that is conceptual, analytical, and in an advisory nature, related to revenue generation and fund management. The position also requires substantive coordination and innovation. The applicant should possess the following: 

  1. Bachelor’s degree, preferably in areas related to public/business administration, project management, marketing for nonprofits, communications, or any related discipline. Postgraduate degree is an advantage; 
  2. Minimum three years working experience in project implementation and/or management, and/or fundraising for non-profit organization; minimum two years working on large projects, and/or with international development agencies; 
  3. Working knowledge in at least one of the following similar assignments: project management role with government agencies or development organizations, and CSOs; business and organizational development; operations and management;
  4. Advanced public relations skills and result orientation;
  5. Familiarity with developmental, environmental and natural resources management issues; 
  6. Demonstrated skills in teamwork; 
  7. Problem solving skills and be able to work across diversified culture to deal with emerging problems jointly with co-workers and project partners; 
  8. Excellent communication skills, knowledge of local language would be an added advantage; and
  9. With genuine commitment to the environment and community work and willing to travel to remote areas.

Duration and Place of Work:

The above assignments will be for one year. There will be a three-month probation period upon commencement of work. The above project staff will be based in Forest Foundation Philippines’ office in Makati City.

Compensation Package:

The Project Coordinator will receive a monthly gross salary ranging from Php 40,000.00 – 50,000.00 depending on his/her experience and qualifications, plus allowances, incentives, and other benefits. Salary increase will be possible upon satisfactory performance during the probation period.

Application Procedure:

Interested applicants are requested to send an application to the Executive Director through [email protected] on or before 31 January 2023 (Tuesday, closing of business). Indicate “Project Coordinator – Animal Town” as the subject of the email.

Applicants shall submit the following through email:

  1. Letter of intent (not more than one page) briefly describing the suitability of the applicant; and 
  2. Comprehensive CV, indicating relevant projects, contact details (email and phone number), and at least three professional references.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted by the Foundation.