Looking for a job? UN agencies, NGOs hiring in post-typhoon Philippines

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits Tacloban City, one of the hardest hit areas in the Philippines during Typhoon Haiyan. The U.N. and other nongovernmental organizations are seeking experts who will take part in the post-typhoon recovery efforts in the country. Photo by: Evan Schneider / U.N.

In the past few weeks, we’ve noticed that top international organizations, including U.N. agencies and NGOs, have been increasingly reaching out to development professionals eager to take part in the post-typhoon recovery efforts in the Philippines.

Most of the vacancies are for local staff and require competence in Tagalog and other regional languages, but some are for international specialists in emergency relief, logistics and communication.

For instance, the U.N. Development Program is hiring several experts in different fields, Save the Children is looking to fill in almost ten positions in the field, and Habitat for Humanity is seeking committed individuals to assist in the daunting task of building thousands of homes for the displaced by the storm.

It’s worth noting that Save the Children and Merlin are curiously recruiting separately despite their merger last year, and we’ve been informed by several aid workers recently deployed to the country that the influx of expatriate development professionals has already driven up the price of short-term rental apartments in Manila and Cebu, the two main hubs for the post-typhoon response.

Since Typhoon Haiyan struck Tacloban and other populations of the Visayas region over two months ago, the United Nations has doubled its staff in the country with over 500 new specialists, most of which are expected to stay only three months although the job offers posted on the world body’s online recruitment system says contracts can be extended if needed. This is similar to what happened four years ago in Haiti, where even today scores of international aid workers continue to help the local population recover from the devastating effects of the 2010 earthquake.

Check out some of the positions available in the Philippines on Devex’s job board.

Read more development aid news online, and subscribe to The Development Newswire to receive top international development headlines from the world’s leading donors, news sources and opinion leaders — emailed to you FREE every business day.

About the author

  • Carlos Santamaria

    Carlos is a former associate editor for breaking news in Devex's Manila-based news team. He joined Devex after a decade working for international wire services Reuters, AP, Xinhua, EFE ,and Philippine social news network Rappler in Madrid, Beijing, Manila, New York, and Bangkok. During that time, he also covered natural disasters on the ground in Myanmar and Japan.

Join the Discussion