Terms of Reference for Research Assistant

The PCIC in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is implementing the “Scaling-up  Risk  Transfer  Mechanisms  for  Climate  Vulnerable  Agriculture-based  Communities  in Mindanao  which  is   referred  to  as  “WIBI  Mindanao  Project”  in  Region  X  and  XI  focusing  on  the development  of  Weather  Index  Based  Crop  Insurance  (WIBI)  Package  in  the  provinces  of  Bukidnon, Misamis  Oriental, Misamis  Occidental,  Camiguin,  Davao  del  Norte,  Compostela  Valley,  Davao  Oriental and Davao Del Sur as its project areas. It recognizes that farmers need to be prepared for less-damaging but high probability  climate  events  through  planned  adaptation  as  well  as  low-probability  but  high-impact (or catastrophic) climate events through combination of disaster risk management and climate resilient farming practices, not only as critical in reducing climate vulnerability in their own right but as prerequisites for effective functioning and sustainability of the Weather Index-Based Insurance (WIBI) as they correspond to the important basis risks that need to be addressed. 

The  Philippine  Atmospheric,  Geophysical,  and  Astronomical  Services  Administration  (PAGASA),  the government  agency  mandated  to  provide  protection  against  natural  calamities  and  the  utilization  of scientific knowledge as an effective instrument to ensure the safety, well-being and economic security of  all  the  people  will  play  significant  role  in  the  implementation  of  the  WIBI  Mindanao  Project.  Key activities  to  be  undertaken  under  the  project  include  the  provision  of  relevant  data  needed  for  the computation  of  the  weather  based  index  as  well  as  establishing  a  national  preliminary  correlation function  for  banana,  sugarcane,  coconut  and  cacao  in  major  crop  growing  areas.  Under the project PAGASA will provide historical weather data in Regions X and XI area of implementation necessary for designing and pricing of products in WIBI Mindanao Area.  Detailed activities are discussed in the preceding sections of the report.

In line with this, PAGASA will be hiring a research assistant that will conduct the following activities:

1.      Carry out collection of relevant data;

2.      Assist in data processing and analysis;

3.      Prepare/write reports, summaries and presentations;

4.      Coordinate the various activities to be conducted under the project such as trainings/workshops;

5.      Perform other activities that may be required by the Project Leader

Occupational Competencies:

·         Must be computer literate. Skill in the use of computer spreadsheet and/or database applications in the compilation of research data

·         Must have experience in conducting research and has the ability to explain their studies: what they were trying to learn, the methods they used, what they found, and what they think the implications of their findings.

·         Has the ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing on technical issues.

·         Ability to carry out research and prepare complete and concise reports on research activities.

·         Must have background on Geographic Information System.

·         Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

·         Excellent organizational and time management skills

·         Ability to evaluate, verify, and edit research data

Required Education and Experience:

·         Bachelor’s degree in computer science or natural sciences

·         Working experience/s in projects is/are preferred 


Monthly Salary                        = P 25,000.00

Contract of employment        = 4 months 

Submission Guideline

To apply, please send or directly submit your curriculum vitae and a letter of interest mentioning the post for which you are applying on or before August 18, 2017 to:


Asst. Weather Services Chief

Climate and Agromet Data Section

PAGASA Central Office

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