Nonviolent Peaceforce Country Director in the Philippines

Apply by 31 May 2015
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 8 May 2015

Job Description

Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is a dynamic international, non-governmental organization which works to reduce violence and protect civilians in situations of violent conflict and its aftermath, mostly through the deployment on the ground of multinational teams of civilians. In partnership with local groups, NP applies proven nonviolent strategies to support local peace processes and to create space for local peacemakers to carry out their work. NP has programmes in South Sudan, Philippines and Myanmar, as well as offices in Europe (Brussels) and the United States ( New York City and Minneapolis).

NP Philippines Program
Nonviolent Peaceforce launched a civilian protection programme in the conflict affected Mindanao region of the Philippines in May 2007, aimed at enhancing human security, through working on protection and human rights issues by proactive non-violent ways and means. In 2009 NP became an official part of the peace process structures when it was invited by the Government of the Philippines’ and Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s Peace Panels to be the only international NGO to join the Civilian Protection Component of the International Monitoring Team, mandated to ensure the safety and security of communities, including all non-combatants. In August 2011, NP became an implementing partner of the United Nations in monitoring, reporting, verifying and facilitating a response to the six grave child rights violations. NP works in Central and Western Mindanao and has four field sites.

Position of the Country Director
Reporting directly to NP’s Executive Director in Brussels, Country Director is responsible for the overall management of NP’s work in Philippines, including leadership and guidance to all national and international staff and strategic oversight of field operations. Country Director will be based in the main program office in Cotabato City, Mindanao, with travel to Manila and field sites. Country Director is a member of NP’s Global Senior Management Team.

Responsibilities include strategic planning, policy and capacity development, budgeting, financial monitoring, reporting and fundraising. The Country Director acts as country representative and spokesperson for NP and maintains bilateral and multilateral relations in the country. S/he is also responsible for the safety and security of all NP staff working in the Philippines.

The ideal candidate will have had experience working in the region and must be a self-starter. Previous experience of programme management in conflict areas and a demonstrated interest in international peace and conflict issues are essential, as is practical knowledge of programme/project management for multilateral and bilateral donors.


Overall Direction of NP Philippines Programme
o Lead the development of a coherent Philippines’ country strategy, in consultation with the Executive Director, including s sculpting programme to support new transitional institutions;
o Identify and pursue potential growth areas and funding opportunities for NP projects (Ceasefire Monitoring, Human Rights, Early Warning and Early Response, Child Protection) in the Philippines;
o Lead and manage the in-country staff;
o Serve as the link between the Philippines’ country programme, NP Head Office and the NP global organization;
o Ensure accurate records and files are kept and are effectively passed on to new staff and properly archived for organisational learning.

External Relations
o Serve as country representative and spokesperson and maintain bilateral and multilateral relations with key individuals and institutions in Philippines;
o Manage effective relationships with principle partners – within and outside of the Philippines as the programme evolves;
o Ensure other staff are appropriately representing NP at relevant forums/ meetings;
o Conduct regular stakeholder analyses to ensure that NP has a good understanding of evolving dynamics/ relationships,
o Represent NP in meetings with donors, diplomatic community, NGOs, INGOs, non-state armed actors, the government and other relevant international organisations.
Programme Management
o Direct the Philippines’ programme’s strategic planning, policy development and programmatic guidance including the planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of NP’s overall programme;
o Maintain close involvement in the field work to ensure appropriate implementation;
o Partake in the direct implementation of projects, if required;
o Regularly visit field sites.
Operational Management
o Oversee budgeting and financial management in close coordination with the Senior Operations Manager;
o Recruits, coaches and monitors the performance of all senior positions in the programme, in consultation with NP Headquarters;
o Ensures appropriate and timely grant management and reporting to donors and to NP management;
o Ensures policies, systems and procedures are in place to properly manage financial, human and physical resources of the organisation in accordance with best practice; monitors, reviews and reports on our compliance with above.

Internal Communication
o Work with NP’s global communications team and with the programme staff to ensure effective communication;
o Guides staff to advocate clearly, appropriately and strategically.

Fundraising/Resource Mobilization
o Initiate, lead and manage all fundraising/resource mobilization in the Philippines by identifying funding opportunities for new programme development;
o Establish and maintain ongoing relationships with donor community;
o Oversee and directly participate in developing financial and narrative donor reports;
o Lead proposal development and assist Development Officer, as needed, by directly participating in the preparation of proposals and funding applications.

Safety and Security
o Ensure that safety and security procedures and policies are kept up to date and monitored regularly for compliance;
o Proactively leads a good management system for staff security and safety;
o Acts in leadership capacity and makes decisions as necessary in emergency situations. Ensures that programme work is developed and implemented in a safe and secure way and that security protocols and procedures are also consistent with the programme work.


A. Education, Knowledge and Experience
o Advanced degree;
o Minimum 7 years of managing country programme;
o Excellent understanding of the political situation in the Philippines as it relates to the conflict in the south, previous experience of working in the Philippines highly desirable;
o Clear understanding of the importance of maintaining non-partisanship;
o Minimum 3 years of living and working in a multi-cultural environment;
o Proven ability to understand and work with budgets and management accounts;
o Experience in grant applications and reporting;
o Previous experience of implementing various grants including with the EU a distinct advantage;
o Proven experience of working with log frames and other project planning and design methodologies;
o Proven ability to develop and maintain relationships with officials, donors, armed forces, non-state armed actors and others.

B. Skills
o Independent Judgement/Analytical: ability to think strategically and develop plans;
o Interpersonal: ability to communicate effectively at all levels and represent the organization in important negotiations and other interactions with donors and external stakeholders;
o English language: excellent oral and written skills and ability to communicate on the full range of work-related activities, to write reports and papers, and to prepare presentations without assistance;
o Information technology: good skills in Microsoft Office applications


Please send a detailed CV, 3 professional references and a motivational cover letter explaining why you would be a good candidate for this position to:

Deadline for applications: 31 May 2015

We regret only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

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