The MANILA OBSERVATORY is a Jesuit scientific research institution with research work in the fields of atmospheric and earth science in the Philippines and the Southeast Asian region. It advocates a science-based approach to sustainable development and poverty reduction through its principal focus on the areas of climate change and disaster science.  

Unit: Office of the Executive Director/ Resilience Collaboratory
Employment Type: Full-Time


The Project Development Officer will work closely with the research laboratories of the Manila Observatory in writing research grant and project proposals, with a particular focus on the rigorous development of the scientific components.

In line with this, the officer will carry out the following tasks:

  • Assist the Executive Director of the Manila Observatory in project development activities
  • Develop and write science-based concept notes or project proposals in the areas of climate change, environment, and disaster risk reduction and management
  • Coordinate with MO Laboratory / Collaboratory Heads and staff in the preparation of project proposals, particularly with the Resilience Collaboratory Coordinator
  • Shape the scientific components of proposals, ensuring proper conceptualization of research objectives and development of methodologies/ approaches
  • Conduct review of scientific literature and gray literature, to determine research gaps and match with priority areas of funding organizations
  • Build relationship with potential project partners, and coordinate meetings as necessary
  • Identify potential funding sources, and monitor calls for proposals
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of a tracking system to determine progress of on-going project proposals


  • Preferably Master’s Degree in mass communication, development communication, environmental science, sustainability science, or any related fields
  • At least two (2) years of proposal development experience in the areas of climate change, environment, and disaster risk reduction and management
  • Preferably published scientific articles in international journals or other reputable publications
  • Experience in liaising with government agencies, civil society organizations, and funding organizations
  • Good organizational and interpersonal skills and multi- disciplinary team worker


All interested applicants must submit the following:

a) An Application Letter addressed to Antonio Gabriel M. La Viña, JSD, Officer-in-Charge of the Manila Observatory.
b) Curriculum Vitae with three professional work references (including their emails and contact numbers).
c) Transcript of Records and recent passport size photograph.
d) Sample research grant and project proposals developed, especially those that were approved for funding
e) Sample scientific articles published, if any

Please submit the required documents via e-mail to, with “Applicant- Project Development Officer” as subject. Deadline for the submission of applications is on 8 March 2021.