Project Development and Technical Services Head

Regular position Project Development and Technical Services (PDTS)

Directs and oversees all activities related to the development of SEARCA flagship projects with cross-cutting concerns of the core programs; Sources, initiates, develops and markets, projects related to SEARCA's Core Programs and projects requiring SEARCA's professional technical services (PTS).



MS Degree in Business Administration, Management, Economics, Agricultural Economics or related fields, agriculture or related field is a must.

Work Experience

10 years relevant work experience, preferably in a similar post, in a managerial capacity, preferably in an agricultural and rural development setting. Experience in agricultural research and rural development is an advantage.

Basic Knowledge

Project Cycle Management, especially proposal development in Southeast Asian agriculture and development

Technical Knowledge

  • Highly proficient in project identification, proposal development, presentation, marketing and fund generation.
  • Good working knowledge of computer software applications (word processing, presentation, spreadsheets, database, search engines).

Core Competencies

  • Innovativeness: seeks smart and creative solutions to emerging challenges
  • Flexibility/Adaptability to Change: work effectively with a variety of situations and adapts one's thinking, behavior and style appropriately in dealing with change. Adapting to different ways of thinking and doing things in a quick and positive manner
  • Professionalism: exemplifies high standards of professional behavior adhering to ethical as well as moral principles, values and standards of SEARCA
  • Effective Communication: conveys organized thoughts, listens diligently, and engages in formal or informal conversation or writing that is easily and clearly understood by the receiver or audience to acquire or relay information, and motivates people or changes behavior
  • Team orientation: builds, develops and utilizes collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of the Center's goals
  • Service orientation: anticipates and determines internal and external stakeholders' needs and provides timely and relevant assistance
  • Attention to Detail: reports and records accurate information, spots errors in documents and other forms of written communication, and notices quality issues on various work projects
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making: addresses issues and concerns with decisive action based on a systematic process of problem analysis and solution-seeking

Technical Competencies

  • Program Planning and Development: identifies, prioritizes, and develops programs in support of the Center's thrusts
  • Program Implementation and Management: leads, coordinates, manages, and programs according to plans and the Center's standards
  • Monitoring and Evaluation: monitors and evaluates programs to ensure achievement of objectives
  • Highly innovative in developing core program-related projects and schemes
  • Networking and Partnership Building: establishes and maintains networks and partnerships with foreign and local institutions and seeks the support of people who can contribute to the achievement of goals
  • Knowledge/Learning Events Organizing: develops, designs, plans, and implements knowledge/learning events that articulate the Center's thrust

Leadership Competencies

  • Negotiation: Uses proper influence skills to obtain positive outcomes and make decisions that align with the strategic direction of the Center
  • Strategic management: Able to "see the big picture," think multi-dimensionally, craft innovative solutions, identify connections between situations or things that are not obviously related, and come up with new ideas and different ways to enhance Center effectiveness and responsiveness, thereby influence and realign the Center's goals and directions; monitors and reviews data from various aspects of corporate planning, and recommends enhancements
  • Risk management: identifies, analyzes, evaluates, and deals with risks relative to the achievement of goals and targets in general and of the offices/departments in particular
  • Empowering others: creates an enabling environment, which nurtures and sustains a performance-based, mentoring culture that includes a strong focus on developing people for current and future needs, managing talent, and promoting the value of continuous learning and improvement

Interested applicants are requested to accomplish an Employment Application Form using the following link: and return the same together with the other requirements.

Only applicants who meet all of the listed minimum qualifications will be considered.

Recruitment is still ongoing until a suitable candidate is accepted/hired.