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.

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Responsibilities:  The Executive Assistant helps ensure the Executive Director’s leadership and management success by providing effective technical and administrative support. This includes ensuring that the Office of the Executive Director is well organised, properly coordinated, and enabled to function consistent at its maximum capacity. This requires contribution to organisational development and resource development efforts, leading to long-term sustainability for CFSI.

Qualifications: Master’s degree or equivalent in international relations, political science, public administration, social work, management, communications, or a related field. Minimum of five years progressively responsible, related experience. Excellent interpersonal skills. Strong social research and analytical skills. Excellent English language and writing skills. Proficiency in the use of log-frames and participative planning processes. Communications and advocacy experience as well as strong presentation skills. Knowledgeable about the external CFSI environment. Proactive and rigorous approach to problem solving and professional responsibilities. Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as cooperatively in a cross-cultural, international setting. Proficient with personal computers and appropriate software including, but not limited to, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, and Project.

FRESH START PROJECT

SOCIAL WORK TRAINING OFFICER

Responsibilities: The Social Work Training Officer facilitates the conduct of training needs assessments; analyzes and determines the training requirements; takes the lead in formulating the training design as well as developing the required training materials; and ensures the effective preparation of the training schedule, venue, logistics, participants and resource persons. S/he provides training, ensures the documentation and evaluation of trainings, and manages the compilation and archiving of training materials. Based in Cotabato City, the Training Officer reports to the Project Coordinator, with some travel in the conflict-affected area of Mindanao.

Qualifications: Licensed Social Worker with a master’s degree in social work and significant teaching/training experience. 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, Tausug, Yakan, 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.

SOCIAL WORKERS

Responsibilities: The Social Workers shall be responsible for the field implementation, including ensuring social preparation and other project activities are carried out in a timely and effective manner. Coordinates and strengthens partnership between the project stakeholders; works closely with the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO) in the training, coaching and mentoring of Para-Social Workers, especially in the actual conduct of the case study and progress monitoring. Ensures proper case management and facilitates the strengthening of existing, or development of new, referral pathways. Contributes to enhanced social protection through proactive reporting of actual experiences, difficulties on the ground, identification of lessons learned, and formulation of recommendations. Three of the more highly qualified/experienced social workers will serve as Senior Social Workers, with their responsibilities including supervision of other social workers. Based in Cotabato City, Iligan City, or Zamboanga City, Social Workers report to Senior Social Workers responsible for operational leadership at each of the three project hubs. The Senior Social Workers report to the Project Coordinator.

Qualifications: Licensed Social Worker, ideally with a master’s degree in social work, and at least three (3) years of experience in child protection, case management, social work supervision, and/or community organizing in the conflict-afflicted areas. Senior Social Workers will have more experience and, possibly, higher academic credentials. Strong analytical skills and relationship building skills. Proficiency in community-based, participative processes that promote peace and prevent harm is required. Very good verbal and written proficiency in English is required, ideally complemented with fluency in Maranao, Maguindanaon, Tausug, Yakan, 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.

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

Responsibilities: The Information Management Specialist shall be responsible for developing the information management system (IMS) for the project, ideally building on systems already available. Specifically, use of smart phones in data collection that can be directly transmitted to the central database via wireless internet, which can be translated into inforgraphs, matrices and maps. S/he will be the focal point for the collection, analysis and dissemination of information relevant to the project. Provides technical support on the use of IMS tools. Provides quality and timely technical support to the data gathering of Social Workers and Para-Social Workers. Leads the training of staff and partners on IMS operation.

Qualifications: At least a bachelor’s degree and preferably a master’s in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field. At least three and preferably five years of experience in information management for the humanitarian and development sector, including secondary data reviews, 3/4/5W reporting, gap analysis, analytical situations of target beneficiary services. Proficiency with Excel is required and desktop publishing preferred. Based in Cotabato City with some travel to other duty stations, the Information Management Specialist reports to the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. Excellent skills in English, both written and verbal.

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.

PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT OFFICER

Responsibilities: The Psychosocial Support Officer is the focal point for formulating and ensuring the effective delivery of psychosocial support services to the benefit of the crisis-affected populations, especially those who are most vulnerable and/or need special assistance. Trains project staff, community volunteers, and others in basic psychosocial care and ensures that psychosocial first aid, counseling, and stress debriefing services are provided in accordance with established principles and standards, as/where deemed appropriate. Leads training efforts related to the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse, crisis intervention, and stress management. Ensures persons with disabilities and/or special needs are enabled to participate in all project activities and receives assistive devices to improve the quality of their lives. S/he will be responsible in monitoring and on-site coaching visits, will work closely with the Community Organizers and other members of the project teams. Reports to the Project Coordinator and regularly participates in the efforts of the pertinent clusters/sub-clusters as well as other relevant coordination bodies.

Qualifications: Licensed Social Worker, Psychologist or Mental Health professional with a master’s degree and at least five (5) years of experience in that field. 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.

Deadline for applications is 31 October 2017. 

CHILD PROTECTION SPECIALIST (MYANMAR)

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.

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 deadline for applications is 08 December 2017. The Screening Committee will contact only short-listed candidates, owing to the large number of anticipated applicants.