Country Director for the Philippines

Country Director for the Philippines

Contract Length: 2 years with the possibility of extension

Country Programme: Philippines

Base: Manila with frequent travels to Mindanao, the Philippines

Line Manager: Regional Director for Asia

About the Philippines Programme of People in Need:

People in Need (PIN) is a Czech nonprofit, non-governmental organization that has been providing relief and development support in both developing and conflict regions around the globe since 1992. In Asia, PIN has a growing portfolio of projects focused on accelerating the uptake of green technologies in agricultural value chains through innovative applications of market systems approaches

In the Philippines, we are operating in some of the most impoverished and climate-vulnerable areas of the country such as Mindanao and Tawitawi Island, to provide access to livelihood, disaster alert dissemination and green energy. Through this, we aim to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities and their ability to cope with the consequences of future disasters. We also support small local CSOs in the Caraga region and BARMM (Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) strengthening their role in public decision-making processes. We aim to support governance and development processes in the Philippines to become more inclusive, transparent, and accountable to its citizens’ needs.

About the role:

Country Director (CD) is responsible for the overall management and development of the mission and its employees (2 expatriates and 15 nationals) and for PIN´s representation at the country level. CD supervises the mission’s programmes, finance, and administration as well as human resources; at the same time, the CD is ultimately responsible for the security management of the mission. The CD will be based in Manila, but the main office and implementation takes place in Mindanao.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:


  • Responsibility for fulfilling the strategy, vision and mission of the RDD and compliance with the core values of PIN;
  • Lead of the country programme team and overall coordination of all its operations;
  • Supervise the country programs, finance, compliance and administration as well as human resources, logistics and security;
  • Medium-term and long-term strategic planning, institutional development, staff capacity development, establishment and maintenance of managerial procedures, recording and putting in use of lessons learned and capacity building;
  • Works with other CDs globally or at regional levels on internal organizational development topics.
  • Program Management
  • CD in cooperation with the Head of Programmes (HoP), supports and supervises senior programme staff, follows all critical phases of the Project Cycle Management (PCM), and actively participates/leads the design of new programmes/projects;
  • Responsible for maintaining a high quality of programming and ensuring compliance with internal and external procedures and policies.

External relations, representation and fundraising

  • Networking among donors and key stakeholders to actively seek funding opportunities, help increase the quality of proposals, understand donor priorities, and ensure coordination;
  • Actively contribute to the development of new programs or projects, in line with PIN country priorities and PIN Relief and Development Department strategy;
  • Represent PIN at meetings with government partners and media, regional and local authorities, donors, local agencies, clusters, coordination bodies and other relevant stakeholders, at all levels of project implementation as required. Liaise with development counterparts and actors to contribute for better understanding and response towards challenging topics and areas in the country;
  • Actively seek partnerships with national and international organizations to improve the scope and impact of projects.

Human Resource Management

  • Plans key HR requirements, including capacity-building needs for the key staff in collaboration with heads of support departments or other line managers, and ensures regular appraisals of all staff are performed;
  • Ensures sufficient human resources are in place for the projects to meet their objectives;
  • Ensures a coherent policy towards recruitment, remuneration, and benefits across the country program and that this is compliant with local/international legislations.

Logistics and finance

  • CD supervises the operations and logistics department, approves all-important purchases;
  • Oversight of mission economy and assurance of appropriate and relevant usage of operational/program budgets.

Security & Safety

  • Ensures that all security and safety rules (SOPs) are set up and followed and regularly reviewed;
  • In cooperation with the PIN security department ensures that security measures are adequate to a given situation;
  • Incident management: Participates or leads critical security interventions or establishes investigations under the internal policies and procedures.

Main requirements:

  • Strong leadership and staff management skills, with a record of managing large, diverse teams and contributing to staff capacity building of all national and international staff;
  • Proven international experience of at least five years in team management, project development, and management in relevant positions;
  • Fully conversant with the budgeting, financial reporting, and economic management of a country program or large-scale program;
  • Experience with strategic program planning, project cycle management, and knowledge of the institutional donor environment, including the EC, UN agencies, USAID, etc.
  • Knowledge of institutional donor environment and experience with donor relations, and strategic program planning; proposal development and external communication;
  • Experience in networking, partnership building, and partnership management;
  • Working experience within South East Asia and an understanding of local dynamics are preferable;
  • Sound understanding of principles of humanitarian and development work
  • Reliable and self-reliant personality with a responsible and systematic approach to work;
  • Excellent communication skills and cultural sensitivity;
  • Be a dynamic and result-oriented profile;
  • Ability to organize and plan effectively;
  • Critical analysis and problem-solving skills.

PIN Offers:

  • Working environment in a well-established middle-sized and continuously growing humanitarian organization in a challenging context;
  • Salary and benefits according to PIN salary scale and HR policies; expected salary of 3050 - 3250 EUR super gross (based on experience), plus monthly subsistence allowance of 1350 EUR;
  • Housing allowance;
  • 25 days of holiday per year;
  • Travel health insurance (covers health care incl. the repatriation);
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses with travel to the country of residence once every 6 months of work;
  • Reimbursement of costs of visas and vaccinations; assistance with the visa application procedure;
  • Reimbursement of the medical check-up before and after the deployment;
  • Free 24/7 medical helpdesk and psychological consultation available online;
  • Free access to e-learning sites, global PIN’s Induction Training, Knowledge and Learning department onboarding, and individually tailored capacity-building opportunities; including HEAT training.

 How to apply:

If you are interested in this position, send us your CV and short cover letter via our application form.

Please note only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on rolling basis and the vacancy will be closed when filled.

People in Need is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct and is committed to promoting the welfare of children and adults with whom People in Need involves. People in Need expects all staff to perform job duties and responsibilities in accordance with People in Need code of conduct and key policies (available at: People in Need Staff will undertake the appropriate level of training.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organization and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.