Project Officer – Coastal & Marine, PCP4NbS

TitleProject Officer – Coastal & Marine, PCP4NbS 
Monthly Salary PhP 50,000.00 to 55,000.00 (gross) 
Allowances and Benefits1. Mandatory government contributions
2. Insurances (life, accident, and health)
3. Sick leave conversion
4. Monthly allowance
5. Annual clothing allowance
Duty StationOn-site reporting in Makati, with occasional field work in project sites
Deadline for ApplicationsJune 7, 2024


Forest Foundation Philippines (doing business as Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation (PTFCF), Inc.) is a non-stock, non-profit, non- governmental organization that provides grants and technical assistance to organizations and individuals that empower the people to protect and conserve the forests. 


The Philippines is a megadiverse country, yet it is considered a biodiversity hotspot and one of the most vulnerable to the impacts of the climate crisis. Majority of the population is exposed to hazards such as flooding, cyclones, droughts, and landslides, while the adverse impacts on vulnerable groups are amplified by gender inequalities and threats to natural resources.

The Philippines-Canada Partnership on Nature-based Solutions (NbS) for Climate Adaptation (PCP4NbS) is a new program of Forest Foundation Philippines in partnership with the Government of Canada. The program will be implemented between 2024 to 2028, and targets the three wins of biodiversity conservation, climate adaptation, and ensuring gender equality in natural-resource management. 

PCP4NbS aims to achieve (1) improved decision-making and gender-responsive climate change adaptation planning, practices, and governance of community- and nature-based solutions (NbS); and (2) enhanced adoption of gender-responsive NbS with biodiversity co-benefits for climate adaptation of women and communities. Ultimately, the program seeks to contribute to strengthening climate resilience of communities, particularly rural and indigenous women, while ensuring co-benefits for natural resources and healthy ecosystems.

PCP4NbS will employ a participatory, holistic, and transdisciplinary form of natural-resource management, targeting project sites that have rich biodiversity and high climate vulnerability. Collaboration with Canadian institutions, both academic and from the private sector, will also be pursued for cross-sectoral partnerships and collective mobilization of knowledge and resources. Additional information on the program is available here.

To contribute to the program, the Foundation is calling for applications for a Project Officer with expertise in coastal and marine ecosystems. 


The Project Officer will play a critical role in the attainment of outcomes of PCP4NBS, through the provision of technical expertise in the day-to-day operations, in support of, and with the guidance of the supervising officer. Aside from technical support, the Project Officer will provide assistance in enhancing the socio-economic capacities of the project partners.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the supervising officer and working collaboratively with other PCP4NbS and relevant Foundation staff, the Project Officer will:

Operations and Administrative Support 

  1. Provide technical insight in the various stages of the execution of projects;
  2. Provide support in ensuring the efficiency of the day-to-day operations, promoting smooth workflow;
  3. Provide support in project quality assurance and control, ensuring appropriate utilization of human, material, and time resources;
  4. Help ensure the successful achievement of milestones per defined timeline, and offer solutions when irregularities arise;
  5. Lead coordination with relevant project stakeholders;
  6. Help ensure that project stakeholders are working collaboratively and that respective deliverables are on track;
  7. Help in the management of information and documentation of all stages of the project;
  8. Critically spot ongoing and emerging problems and proposes creative solutions;
  9. Act as thinking partner of the supervising officer in exploring opportunities for growth within the project;
  10. Engage in the monitoring, review, and documentation of all aspects of the full cycle of the project; 
  11. Assist in writing technical reports documenting the end-to-end activities of the project development and management based on prescribed guidelines;
  12. Assist the supervising officer in gathering data, information, and documents to ensure timely compliance with reportorial requirements; 
  13. Participate in training activities, meetings, and other key events;

Project Strategy Support

  1. Contribute to developing strategic and tactical plans, outlining scope, activities, tasks, people involved, timeline, and budget;
  2. Assist in defining measurable success outcomes and outputs;
  3. Provide input in identifying potential risks and help establish mitigation measures;
  4. Help identify lessons learned, feedback shared, and key recommendations for improvement;
  5. Provide timely, clear, and actionable feedback surrounding improvements of projects; and


  1. Perform tasks assigned by the supervising officer, as needed in the performance of the above.


The assignment will be for the duration of the PCP4NbS program. There will be a 6-month probation period, after which a substantive evaluation will be carried out. The individual contract will be reconfirmed annually by the Executive Director.

The assignment will primarily be based in the Foundation’s office in Makati City, with occasional work in project sites.


The Project Officer will receive a compensation commensurate with qualifications and professional experience. Basic salary will range from PhP 50,000.00 to 55,000.00 (gross) monthly. Benefits will include mandatory government contributions, insurance (life, accident, and health), sick leave conversion, monthly allowance, and clothing allowance.

As an employer, the Foundation offers:

  1. Clear, engaging, and empowering work assignments
  2. Dynamic and enabling learning environment
  3. Transparent and agile performance management  
  4. Collaborative, capable, and sustainable teams and leadership
  5. Holistic staff well-being initiatives


The Project Officer must have:

  1. An undergraduate degree in a course related to Climate Change, Environment,  Coastal and Marine Management, Biodiversity, Natural-resource Management, and/or Community Development. A relevant graduate degree is an advantage; 
  2. Demonstrated experience related to coastal and marine resource management. Knowledge or experience related to nature-based solutions is an advantage;
  3. Basic understanding of gender dynamics in executing duties and responsibilities;
  4. Demonstrated ability to work with a team;
  5. Concrete experience in managing relationships with stakeholders; 
  6. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to understand and speak local languages (Visayas and Mindanao region) is an advantage; and
  7. Capacity to handle fast shifting roles, from operational to administrative.

Technical Competencies

  1. Technical expertise in coastal and marine management;
  2. Working knowledge of climate change, biodiversity conservation, and/or natural-resource management
  3. Project and program management;
  4. Donor and stakeholder management;
  5. Staff management;
  6. Participatory data-gathering and conduct of community consultations and dialogues;
  7. Report writing; and 
  8. Communication skills

Non-Technical Competencies

Achieving excellence

  • Results-orientation
  • Planning and organizing
  • Analytical thinking and problem-solving
  • Adaptability
  • Ingenuity

Working with others

  • Teamwork
  • Influence
  • Communication

Living out organizational values

  • Stewardship
  • Integrity


Interested applicants are requested to send an application addressed to Atty. Alaya de Leon, Program Manager, PCP4NbS, through on or before June 7, 2024.  Indicate “PROJECT OFFICER – PCP4NbS” as the subject of the email.

Applicants must submit the following through email:

  1. One-page letter of intent, addressed to Atty. Alaya de Leon, Program Manager, PCP4NbS; 
  2. Curriculum vitae (3-5 pages only);
  3. Sample written and other work demonstrating relevant experience, if any; and 
  4. List of at least three character references.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted by the Foundation.