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.


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.


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.

The deadline for applications for this position is 04 June 2017. Screening Committee will contact only short-listed candidates.


Responsibilities: The Child Protection Specialist provides family-centered services within a trauma-informed system to assure safety, permanency, and well-being for children who are at risk of or have been subjected to child abuse. Responsibilities include: assessing child safety, determining appropriate interventions to control for safety threats, developing treatment plans for parents to build protective capacities and strengthen families, implementing timely permanency plans for children that ensure placement stability and meet requirements of established laws; and assuring positive outcomes with regards to children’s and families’ well-being; including physical and mental health issues.

Child Protection Specialist programming in northern Townships of Rakhine has to be urgently scaled up to respond to the increased child protection needs and risks for children as a result of the resumption of violence. This includes: provision of psychosocial support through child friendly / safe spaces and community based initiatives, mental health support to children and parents through self-help group and/or behavioral interventions, and prevention and response to violence against children, including those survivors of sexual violence or physical injuries.

The Child Protection Specialist will be based in Maungdaw District, with occasional travels to project sites in Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung, and in Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar.

Qualifications: University degree in social work, psychology, social science or related field, at least 5 years of proven professional work experience in designing, delivering training in psycho-social support and/or child protection, preferably for humanitarian actors, demonstrated experience in implementing community-based psychosocial support programme, excellent training and communication skills, proven ability to work independently under difficult conditions, proven track records of, creativity, and taking initiative, other combinations of directly related education and experience maybe considered on a case-by- case basis, child protection work experience and professional certification preferred, previous experience with an NGO working in a field duty station is an asset.

The deadline for applications for this position is 21 May 2017. Screening Committee will contact only short-listed candidates.


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.

The deadline for applications for this position is 04 June 2017. Screening Committee will contact only short-listed candidates.


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 (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.