Job Opportunity: Technical Monitoring Officer for Coastal & Marine Ecosystem

Position: Technical Monitoring Officer for Coastal & Marine Ecosystem
Official Work Station: Quezon City
Deadline of Application: February 23, 2024

About the Project

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded the Investing in Sustainability and Partnerships for Inclusive Growth and Regenerative Ecosystems “INSPIRE” Project to the Gerry Roxas Foundation on September 14, 2021.  INSPIRE is a five-year project that aims to contribute to NRSG’s goal of advancing natural resource resilience, security, and governance through the increased participation and critical engagement of CSOs, media, Indigenous Peoples (IPs), local communities, and the private sector.

About the Post

The Technical Monitoring Officer (TMO) for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems will work closely with the INSPIRE technical and grants teams and will support grantees working in coastal and marine environments, including those in the West Philippine Seascape.

The TMO will proactively provide technical assistance to grantees in implementing their approved work plans, monitor their progress in accomplishing target outputs and desired outcomes, and ensure that activities are carried out per USAID guidelines and policies. The TMO will provide the first line of review of the technical deliverables and reports of grantees. Part of the TMOs’ responsibility is to keep abreast of all relevant developments and trends in the coastal and marine sectors that might impact the implementation of the INSPIRE project.

Duties and Responsibilities

Specifically, the TMO, under the direction of the INSPIRE DCOP will perform the following functions:

  1. Provide guidance in the preparation of annual and quarterly work plans and review progress and accomplishment reports to assess and analyze trends in grantee performance vis a vis work plans and grant agreement target outputs;
  2. Review and appraise the relevance and technical soundness of activity designs (methods and tools) and proposals submitted by grantees or other partners;
  3. Initiates periodic check-ins with grantees to apprise grantees of project-level developments and new directives, if any, and identify jointly with grantees solutions to current implementation challenges and concerns;
  4. Conduct field validation of on-site activities and participate, as needed, in training and capacity building of local partners and communities on various aspects of coastal and marine resource assessments, management and protection, and in the organization of INSPIRE events in grantee sites;
  5. Prepare and submit on a timely basis written contributions to INSPIRE progress reports, knowledge products, training materials, relevant stories of interest, and communication materials;
  6. Document innovative approaches and good practices adopted in grantee sites and assess their sustainability and replicability in other sites. Initiate cross-learning and value-adding activities to promote such approaches and practices;
  7. Assist the finance and grants teams in monitoring grantee compliance with contract obligations;
  8. Monitor risk management at the grantee level and conduct environmental screenings and environmental monitoring of site-based activities that may adversely impact coastal and marine habitats and species. Informs INSPIRE Team of critical risks and findings identified during such monitoring activities; and
  9. Perform other tasks that may be required.


  • Bachelor or advanced degree in fisheries, marine or environmental science, development studies, or a related discipline;
  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in environment-related projects focusing on marine ecosystems;
  • Strong knowledge of relevant national policies, frameworks, priority programs, and the problems and challenges on coastal and marine biodiversity conservation and protection, and coastal resource and fisheries management;
  • Knowledge and experience in the use of coastal and marine resource assessment, planning and evaluation tools, methods and processes;
  • Experience in working with relevant national agencies, local government units, civil society organizations, fisherfolks organizations, local communities, and other stakeholders in the coastal and marine sector; and
  • With good communication, documentation, and reporting skills, both oral and written.

Submission Instructions

Interested applicants should send their Curriculum Vitae and a cover letter highlighting relevant experiences. Include a list of three references with contact information. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted by GRF. 

Send applications via email to: [email protected].

The deadline for applications is at 5:00 PM, February 23, 2024.

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