Country Director - Philippines

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 25 June 2020
  • Philippines
  • Closing on 25 July 2020
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Job Description

At Feed the Children we know the value of outstanding people. More importantly we want to find the right individuals to join our team. We pride ourselves on providing our employees with an environment conducive for productive, rewarding, long-term employment.

We are currently in search of a Country Director to join our Philippines Country Office in the Philippines! The Philippines office is currently located in Camputhaw, Cebu City, Philippines.

The Philippines Country Director will provide overall leadership, direction setting and steering of the vision, mission, goals/objectives, strategies, management and representation for Feed the Children Philippines, Inc. (FTCPI) community-based programs and operations in collaboration with Feed the Children, Inc. United States (FEED-US) based operations. This position will oversee all administration, human resource development & management and financial management elements of country operations. The position will also lead income-generation initiatives for FTCPI & FEED-US through fund-raising and project/proposal development to contribute to the long-term sustainability and impact of FTCPI & FEED-US programs and operations.

Job Responsibilities:

Program Planning and Development

In cooperation with FTCPI Board members and staff, develop short, medium and long-range strategic plans, maintaining program focus in areas congruent with FEED’s program objectives and concrete conditions of client partners and communities.

Grow FEED programs and operations through grants/donations from, and/or partnerships with, local and international non-profit organizations, private sector partners, the public sector, bi-lateral and multi-lateral institutions (e.g., USAID, World Bank, ADB, UN agencies, European Union, etc.) and other funders.

Develop new program concepts and proposals in collaboration with FTCPI and FEED-US office staff.

Maintain/enhance contacts with USAID and other donors, national and local Government agencies (i.e., Health, Education, and Agriculture), UN programs, strategic donors, partner municipalities, local NGOs/CSOs, and other partner organizations in support of current and future program and funding/raising activities.

Research relevant field data for compilation and inclusion in support of project documents while ensuring and verifying that field observations, assessments, and reports are at a level of detail and quality that can be used in project concept notes and detailed proposals and reports to partners and donors.

With approval from FTCPI Board of Trustees and FEED-US’ office, negotiate contracts and agreements with donors and/or partners ensuring both programmatic and financial requirements.

With approval from FTCPI Board of Trustees and the FEED-US’ office, identify, and where necessary, initiate and maintain program partnerships with external agencies.

Maintain effective communication with FTCPI-Board of Trustees (BOT) and FEED-US regarding program development, funding agreements and staffing.

Program Management

Strengthen and expand FEED’s child-focused community development (CFCD) program strategy in assigned area(s).

Strengthen existing program processes and systems in order to document program results and impacts.

Oversee the management of program and project implementation, including allocation of resources and ensuring that appropriate controls are maintained at all levels.

Ensure all programs and/or projects are completed within established time, on budget, and aligned with the achievement of intended objectives, resulting outcomes/impacts and outputs from accompanying input activities and tasks.

Provide adequate support to each program/project within the FTCPI portfolio.

Initiate FTCPI response to disaster and emergencies, when appropriate, in accordance with accepted global and national standards and norms in humanitarian response.

Monitor program/project implementation, communication and reporting both internally and externally.

Serve as a link between FTCPI-BOT, FEED-US and all project partner counterparts.

Human Resources Development

Oversee the leadership and management of all country staff towards achieving upgrades in knowledge, skills and attitudes towards the fulfillment of organizational vision, mission, goals and objectives.

Ensure that a human resources manual and supporting processes is implemented and adhered to; and complies with global, national/local labor and employment laws and in accordance with the standard norms and ethics of development work/program, as well as the norms of FEED-US.

Conduct annual performance reviews for those directly supervised and ensure that performance reviews of all other country staff are carried out annually.

Assess personnel requirements for all projects and programs within the country.

Provide briefings to all staff covering the organizational vision, mission, goals, objectives, program background, and future plans, policies and procedures and security or delegate this function.

Ensure that personnel movements such as hiring, placement, promotion, firing and determination of mandated benefits and compensation levels of staff are in accordance with national/local laws and practice, as well as the norms of FEED-US.

Reporting and Control

Provide program reports and regular situation reports that are timely, as needed by FEED-US, FTCPI-BOT and as required by donors.

Oversee processes to evaluate and monitor all programs/projects to determine the extent to which they are meeting goals and determine action needed to improve achievements.

Ensure that all programs/projects are completed within time, on budget and achieve their objectives.

External Representation

Maintain an appropriate image for FTCPI and protect its interests and assets.

Effective liaison with donors and lead agency representatives.

Facilitate donor visits to project sites, as appropriate.

Identify and participate in networks, alliances, fora, and meetings with the business/corporate, government and NGO/CSO sectors where a strategic benefit for the organization exists.

Financial Management

Oversee annual country operating budget preparation and performance monitoring.

Ensure that the national office and branch maintain regular, updated and accurate financial records and that records are appropriately reported and stored in line with global and national financial and accounting management standards.

Ensure equitable allocation of shared national office operating costs to the various projects and donors, as per agreed requirements.

Ensure the timely preparation and accuracy of financial reports by working with the finance officer.

Ensure overall audit compliance, financial transparency though supervision and direction of financial and administrative staff.

Other Related Tasks

Serve as the communication link between FEED-US, FTCPI–BOT, partners and country staff teams, and direct all communications up or down, as appropriate.

Maintain organizational consistency through the maintenance of strong, positive relations with staff, FEED-US and FTCPI-BOT.

Sit as ex-officio non-voting member in the FTCPI Board of Trustees and carry-out its mandated policies and resolutions.

Participate in regular community field visits to FTCPI programs in country.

Support visits from FEED-US staff, donors, and special programs, in support of operational priorities, fundraising, donor relations and program implementation.

Undertake additional related activities as required by FEED-US and/or FTCPI-BOT.


Degree in international development, non-profit/public administration, urban and/or rural development sociology, economics, or related field (BA, minimum; Master’s or equivalent, preferred).

Minimum of 10 years of field program experience, including at least five (5) years of senior management experience.

Relevant program, financial and human resource management experience, within a non-profit organizational setting.

Experience working with international development funding and relations (i.e., USAID, private foundations, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors, etc.).

Knowledge of international funding agencies and grantee regulations.

Successful fundraising and project development proposal writing experience.

Strong analytical skills.

Willing and able to travel for community field visits.

Ability to multi-task effectively.

Outstanding interpersonal skills, particularly when dealing with staff.

Solid programmatic, financial and organizational planning skills.

Proven initiative and resourcefulness.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Knowledge of the structure and content of English, and Tagalog and/or Visayan, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Demonstrated record in collaborating with national and local governments, communities and other NGOs/CSOs.

Intermediate skills using Microsoft Office products, including Office 365, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and virtual communication tools.

Ability to travel up to 30% in country and up to two international trips per year.

Valid passport.

Physical Working Conditions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk and use hands and fingers. The employee is occasionally required to stand and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Some of FEED’s area of operations are urban and/or rural communities bereft of minimum standards of living amenities.

About the Organization

At Feed the Children, we feed hungry kids. We envision a world where no child goes to bed hungry. In the U.S. and internationally, we are dedicated to helping families and communities achieve stable lives and to reducing the need for help tomorrow, while providing food and resources to help them today. We distribute product donations from corporate donors to local community partners, we provide support for teachers and students, and we mobilize resources quickly to aid recovery efforts when natural disasters strike. Internationally, we manage child-focused community development programs in 10 countries. We welcome partnerships because we know our work would not be possible without collaborative relationships.

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