Career Opportunities

CFSI is a humanitarian organization committed to peace and social development, with a particular interest in the psychosocial dimension. Its mission is to protect and promote human security—specifically the lives, well being, and dignity of people uprooted by persecution, armed conflict, disaster, and other exceptionally difficult circumstances. Established in 1981 and based in the Philippines, CFSI works domestically and internationally.

Now entering a new period of growth and development, CFSI seeks qualified and experienced applicants with diverse backgrounds for the following posts, based at CFSI Headquarters in Pasay City.

DIRECTOR FOR PHILIPPINE PROGRAMME

Responsibilities: The Director for Philippine Programme provides overall programme and operational leadership for CFSI efforts in the Philippines. This includes playing the lead role in formulating and implementing the Country Programme Plan as well as growing the Philippine Programme. The Director is tasked with ensuring programme efforts are well planned, effectively coordinated, properly supported, and efficiently carried out towards the achievement of the strategic objectives of CFSI. Working in close collaboration with both internal and external stakeholders, the Director identifies service and funding opportunities, formulates project proposals, negotiates project agreements, and ensures projects in the Philippine Programme are properly planned, resourced, implemented, monitored, evaluated, and documented in full compliance with contractual obligations and in accordance with the highest quality, professional and ethical standards. The Director leads the Philippine Team and directly supervises several colleagues, including, but not limited to, the Deputy Director and one or more Programme Officers.

Serving as a member of the Senior Management Team and reporting to the Executive Director, the Director for Philippine Programme is expected to actively contribute to the overall planning, policy formulation, and development activities of CFSI through active participation in regular meetings, consultations, and other organizational development processes. This post includes representational responsibilities, direct engagement in response to humanitarian emergencies, significant field travel, and occasional international missions. Continuous professional development is also a requirement, some of which can be supported by CFSI.

Qualifications: Post-graduate degree and advanced training in social work, public health, education, or another relevant profession. At least seven years of proactive leadership experience in humanitarian and/or development assistance, preferably including significant experience in managing a nonprofit organization or complex programme. Strong management, analytical, communication and problem solving skills. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a dynamic, multidisciplinary and multicultural environment. Proficiency in both written and spoken English and Filipino. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and web-based applications.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST

Responsibilities: The Information Technology (IT) Specialist is responsible for ensuring the IT systems of CFSI, including mobile technology, are properly installed, secured, effective, efficient, and regularly updated as well as enhanced. This includes performing a variety of tasks associated with the installation and operation of computer/mobile phone hardware and software, including maintenance and protection, backup, upgrading, and networking. The IT Specialist is responsible for helping to develop systems for records retention, ensuring the security of the CFSI archives, and business continuity. In coordination with several colleagues, the IT Specialist maintains the Organization’s e-mail and internet accounts. As IT help-desk, the IT Specialist also provides support to staff, through troubleshooting and resolution of hardware/software issues, providing relevant IT training, and continuously scanning the development of IT products and services.

Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field. Minimum of five years of progressively responsible service in similar capacity, preferably in an international nongovernment organization. Strong understanding of TCP/IP, DNS, and networking principles. Strong analytical, communication and problem solving skills. Proficiency in written and spoken English and Filipino. Proficiency in Windows, OS X, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Access, web-based applications, and relevant accounting software, preferably Quickbooks.

FINANCE OFFICER

Responsibilities: The Finance Officer is responsible for all accounting, reporting and analysis of periodic financial reports, forecasting, budgeting, and compliance with government requirements and donor expectations. This includes establishing and maintaining appropriate internal control processes, procedures and systems and ensuring compliance, and managing the accounting systems to ensure provision of timely, consistent and accurate information for management decision making. The Finance Officer also manages and supervises finance staff across all program areas.

Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in accounting/accountancy and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Five years of related experience in a supervisory level is required, preferably with an international non-government organization (INGO). An in-depth knowledge of financial systems, financial management and reporting. Strong, management, analytical, communication and problem solving skills. Ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment. Verbal and written proficiency in English and Filipino. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, web-based applications and relevant accounting software is required.

SOCIAL WORKERS

Responsibilities: Provide direct service and other forms of assistance to recognized refugees, stateless persons, asylum seekers, and their families. Their interventions include assessing needs; crisis intervention; providing or arranging access to basic services; and providing information on key issues and concerns, such as cultural adaptation. Social Workers also provide individual, family and group counselling—where appropriate—and other forms of psychosocial care. They promote the development of life skills and greater self-reliance; arrange access to additional social, health, and legal services, as required; and make every effort to help the persons of concern find durable solutions. Other responsibilities include conducting home visits and liaising with others. Social Workers develop social support groups, referral pathways, and carry out other appropriate interventions (e.g. health, education, advocacy, and networking) for the benefit of these uprooted people from various parts of the world. Social workers coordinate with UNHCR, government agencies, service providers, and other key stakeholders in the course of providing protection and assistance to these uprooted persons.

Qualifications: Minimum of three years’ experience in a similar capacity preferably focused on case management and direct service with individuals, families, and groups. Master’s degree in social work or related field preferred. Cross-cultural experience and demonstrated skills in networking and advocacy ideal. Knowledgeable about refugee protection issues, policies, programmes, and services. Proactive approach to responsibilities and problem-solving. Excellent interpersonal skills. Excellent English language skills and writing skills. Proficiency with personal computer and appropriate software. Demonstrated ability to work in a cross-cultural setting required. Availability for crisis intervention and sudden increases in the refugee populations required.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS

CFSI values diversity, is an equal opportunity employer, and welcomes into the Organization those who are committed to human rights, subscribe to the Humanitarian Principles, and meet the requirements of specific posts. Committed to being a learning organization, CFSI invests in the further development of its human resources, including contributions towards higher education.

Interested qualified applicants should send the following documents to headquarters@cfsi.ph: (1) cover letter expressing interest in employment with CFSI addressed to the Screening Committee; (2) updated and complete résumé; and (3) the names and contact details of three (3) references. The Screening Committee will contact only short-listed candidates.