Programme Manager

Vacancy at Civil Peace Service (forumZFD). Closing date: 5 February 2017

For their programme in the Philippines, forum ZFD is recruiting a Programme Manager located in Davao, Mindanao, starting 1st March 2017/latest by 1 May 2017. Please apply until 5 February 2017.


Davao with frequent duty trips to our other project sites in Central Mindanao (Cotabato) and North East Mindanao (Butuan) as well as to Manila and to Germany.

Your duties

As manager of the forumZFD’s programme in the Philippines you will report to the Department Projects and Programmes. You will be responsible for the implementation as well as the financial viability and the ongoing conceptual development of this programme. The financial management, project-related public relations activities and other duties will be carried out in close cooperation with the operational departments of the forumZFD.

In detail, your tasks and duties will include:

  • Managing and guiding the current projects of the forumZFD at various locations with at present 15 staff members (personnel guidance and development, financial management, programme planning);

  • Further development of the programme in the Philippines within the framework determined by the relevant strategic markers;

  • Acquisition of financial means – together with cooperation partners, if feasible;

  • Safeguarding the quality of the programme’s operational processes in line with the internal standards of the forumZFD and supporting the impact-oriented implementation of the various programme components;

  • Operational management of the programme office in Davao: administration, financial management, personnel guidance, technical requirements;

  • Support for the political work and public relations activities of the forumZFD on location and in Germany;

  • External representation of the forumZFD’s programme.

Your Profile

  • Vocational qualifications and/or a university degree (social sciences, political sciences, ethnology or related studies);

  • Several years’ experience in development cooperation and/or in conflict management (e.g. Civil Peace Service) in crisis regions; desirable is a profound knowledge of the political situation in the Philippines and work experience in South East Asia;

  • Qualifications as an expert advisor in the methods of non-violent conflict transformation;

  • Profound management and advisory experience in the areas of personnel guidance, project planning, administration and financial controlling in a complex social environment;

  • High social competencies, flexibility and ability to work in a team;

  • High competency for communication coupled with a profound awareness of structures and different roles in the cooperation with partner organisations and local partners, given the inter-cultural context;

  • Suitability for assignments in tropical areas and strong ability to work under physical and psychological pressure;

  • High command of verbal and written English (the official project language);

  • High confidence in using IT tools (experience with Open Source, if possible) and online-based working platforms;

  • EU or Swiss citizenship.

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