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 and rebel 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 with its main office located in Cotabato City, a strategic liaison office in Manila and field offices located in Maguindanao, Lanao Del Sur, Lanao Del Norte, North Cotabato, General Santos City and the conflict-affected islands of Sulu and Basilan.
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. Now entering its second decade, NP’s global activities are developed and managed in the head office in Brussels. NP has programmes in South Sudan, Philippines and the South Caucasus region, as well as a fundraising office in Minneapolis, USA.
To support the activities of its largest programme, NP is looking for a Country Director to be 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 in Mindanao.
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, reporting directly to NP’s Programme Director. He or she is also responsible ultimately for the safety and security of all NP staff working in Philippines.
Key responsibilities are described in the job profile. 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.
The position will require some travel to NP field offices. All employees are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to the organization’s mission and objectives and, for this position, strong written and verbal communication skills in English (the official working language).
The Application Process
Please send your CV/resume, along with a cover letter in English (quoting reference PH/108/2011) highlighting your experience and qualifications against the requirements of the position and compensation expectations, to:recruitment [at] nonviolentpeaceforce [dot] org ( recruitment [at] nonviolentpeaceforce [dot] org)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received by 11 December 2011 (2300 UTC)