Position: Social Cohesion Specialist
Reports to: Country Director - Philippines
Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 20 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty
Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships, and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them
RI is recruiting to fill positions anticipated for a proposed multi-year USAID-funded project focused on advancing durable solutions for individuals displaced by the Marawi crisis in the Philippines. The project will address the early recovery needs of individuals displaced by the conflict and work towards their long-term rehabilitation needs.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Key Experts are anticipated to cover the following duties):
- Work with the RI Country Director and Chief of Party (COP) on strategic direction and overall supervision and successful implementation of the social cohesion component of the program.
- Engage with local governments, community members, and IDPs on constructive activities to improve local governance and service delivery, as well as advance peace-building initiatives.
- Support an approach to incentivize local governments to become more efficient and accountable service providers.
- Coordinate activities with relevant national, regional and local governments, and various stakeholders including non-governmental organizations, the business sector, and academia, and other USG programs, as appropriate.
- Lead efforts to increase community participation in local peacebuilding and conflict prevention.
- Liaise with community members, including IDPs and host-community committees, to draft plans and facilitate a dialogue between committees and development partners, government bodies, or businesses to obtain financial/in-kind support and create partnership agreements to accomplish project goals.
- Analyze key assumptions, capacity gaps, service delivery needs, and to develop a deeper understanding of the local political economy to ensure success of activities.
- Oversee sub-grants process to support projects that empower the community, identified through community meetings and dialogue.
- Develop activities to support a stabilization-enabling environment, such as social reconciliation, trauma-healing activities, or any other activity that fosters a willingness to engage in peace building.
- Facilitate the development of appropriate and innovative relationship structures and organisational capacity cognizant of traditional structures, values, and practices.
- Oversee and manage the day-to-day activities of social cohesion activities and capacity improvements of the program (both at the administrative level and in the field), including oversight of staff under this specific component.
- Work with the CD and COP to recruit, screen, and hire national staff and ensure that all internal administrative and HR policies/procedures are followed in accordance with RI and USAID standard practices.
- Travel regularly (as security situation allows) to the field to meet with project stakeholders to ensure proper performance and implementation of the project.
- Ensure appropriate Monitoring and Evaluation activities are carried out regularly (including data collection & analysis, monitoring of project progress against established work plans, monitoring of established indicators and utilization of results to inform program design).
- Ensure sound administrative practices with regards to record keeping, compliance with USAID regulations, communications, etc.
- Ensure regular communication with the COP regarding relevant activities; this will include submitting required program reports in an agreed upon format.
- At least 10 years’ experience working on the inclusive participation of local communities and institutions, local community ownership and contribution, building consensus and partnerships, and/or peacebuilding.
- Knowledge of and experience with social cohesion methodology and approaches.
- Facilitation skills and experience in engaging local and national governments to support social cohesion.
- Experience with USAID-funded projects.
- Graduate degree in sociology, economic development, or other related field.
- Ability to live, work, and travel within Philippines (work permit will be facilitated by RI).
- Previous experience in Southeast Asia; experience in Philippines is highly preferred.
- Fluent English required, proficiency in Tagalog preferred.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, required in English.
- Strong leadership and teambuilding skills, facilitation and capacity building experience.
- Highly organized and systems-oriented.
- Good security and safety management skills.
- NGO experience and knowledge of USAID guideline requirements.
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities. We value:
- Transparency and Accountability
- Agility and Innovation
About the Organization
Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 20 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.
Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships, and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.