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.

URBAN REFUGEE PROJECT

SOCIAL WORKERS

Responsibilities: The Social Workers 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 counseling—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 is 25 February 2018.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Responsibilities:  Performs a variety of tasks associated with the operation, installation of computer hardware and software, networking, troubleshooting and resolving hardware and software problems, and assist staff as I.T. help-desk unit.  This also includes hardware/software protection, backup, upgrade and procurement, and maintenance of the organisation’s e-mail and internet account.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, or related field.  Minimum of three years or progressively responsible service in similar capacity. Strong understanding of TCP/IP, DNS, and networking principles. Verbal and written proficiency in English required. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Access and web-based applications required.

MARAWI RESPONSE PROJECT

PROTECTION OFFICER

Responsibilities: The Protection Officer serves as the focal point for ensuring the rights of the IDPs and other affected populations are articulated and respected throughout project implementation. S/he will work with relevant stakeholders to support the issuance of civil documentation to the IDPs, thereby enhancing social protection. S/he will take the lead in the mapping of referral pathways for community members with other protection concerns. S/he will facilitate the mainstreaming of protection priorities into all other components of the project. S/he will provide technical support to staff involved in protection activities, demonstrating good practice while doing in the affected communities. Establishes and/or reviews guidelines and working tools related to protection activities, including restoring family links. Regularly participates in the efforts of the Protection Cluster and sub-clusters, as when assigned by the Project Coordinator to whom s/he reports.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and preferably masters in law, social work, community development, political science, or related field. Minimum of five (5) years of professional work experience in the protection arena, ideally in situations of displacement. Experience in community engagement and participatory action planning required. Likewise, collecting and properly managing protection-related data. Proficiency in the formulation and implementation of training designs as well as adult education is required. Excellent verbal and written proficiency in English is required, ideally complemented with fluency in Maranao, Maguindanaon, Visayan and/or Cebuano dialects. Knowledgeable about Mindanao, the conflict-affected areas, and the socio/political dynamics. Proactive and rigorous approach to problem solving and professional responsibilities. Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as in a team. Proficient with personal computers and appropriate software.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS

Responsibilities: The Community Organizers shall be responsible for the field implementation, including ensuring social preparation and other project activities are carried out in a timely and effective manner. S/he is expected to work closely with Protection, Psychosocial Support, and Livelihood Officers—as well as government counterparts and other stakeholders—in the implementation of project components. S/he employs participatory processes with envisaged project beneficiaries to assess needs, carry out response and recovery efforts, and contribute to local capacity strengthening in their respective areas in close coordination and collaboration with all key stakeholders. Contribute to the formulation/revisions of the project policies through proactive reporting of actual experiences and difficulties on the ground.

Qualifications: At least a bachelor’s degree and preferably a masters in Social Work, Community Development, Economics, Public Administration, or a related field. Ideally licensed in the respective field. Minimum three (3) years of experience in community organizing/development including, preferably, work with diverse groups of people in areas devastated by armed-conflict and/or disaster. Strong analytical and relationship building skills. Very good verbal and written proficiency in English is required, ideally complement with fluency in Maranao, Maguindanaon, Visayan, and/or Cebuano dialects. Knowledgeable about Mindanao, the conflict-affected areas, and the socio/political dynamics. Proactive and rigorous approach to problem solving and professional responsibilities. Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as in a team. Proficient with personal computers and appropriate software.

COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT

Responsibilities: The Communication Assistant will provide information and communications support to the project team. In collaboration with the project team, s/he is expected to formulate effective communications strategies and tactics, making sure to ensure the voices of the envisaged project beneficiaries are heard.. S/he will be responsible for assisting team members with their reporting responsibilities and packaging information and communications products for CFSI. S/he shall maintain an updated calendar of activities and appointments; lead in the development of information, education and communication materials like project briefings, newsletters, and monograph. S/he is also tasked to support the mainstreaming of the CFSI Feedback and Complaints Mechanism.

Qualifications: At least a bachelor’s degree and preferably a masters in communications or a related field. At least three (3) and preferably five (5) years of experience in information management for the humanitarian and development sector, including secondary data reviews, 3/4/5W reporting, gap analysis, interviewing, photography, and audio-visual production. Proficiency with Excel is required and desktop publishing preferred. Excellent verbal and written proficiency in English is required, ideally complemented with fluency in Maranao, Maguindanaon, Visayan and/or Cebuano dialects. Knowledgeable about Mindanao, the conflict-affected areas, and the socio/political dynamics. Proactive and rigorous approach to problem solving and professional responsibilities. Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as in a team. Proficient with personal computers and appropriate software.

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.

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.

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 with: (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.

For positions under the Fresh Start Project or Marawi Response Project, email the following documents with “Application for Fresh Start Project”or “Application for MRP” respectively as the subject line: (1) Cover letter expressing interest in employment with CFSI addressed to the Screening Committee; (2) updated and complete résumé; (3) evidence of professional license—if applicable; (4) NBI or police clearance (unless otherwise advised); and (5) names as well as contact details of three (3) references who are not relatives of the applicant. The Screening Committee will contact only short-listed candidates, owing to the large number of anticipated applicants.