Program Officer (m/f/d) in Davao, Philippines

Job Vacancy at forumZFD. Deadline: 9 December 2018

forumZFD is looking for a Program Officer (m/f/d) in Davao, Philippines. The successful candidate will directly report to the Program Manager. As part of the team implementing forumZFD's overall conflict transformation program, she / he will work in direct cooperation and collaboration with and provide support to other team members. The tasks, as listed below, are a combination of independent content-based work on cross-cutting issues relevant to the program as a whole, support to the project teams in carrying out conflict transformation activities, and supporting program-level staff (the Program Manager and the PM&E Coordinator in particular) in their management, planning, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting tasks.


  • Conduct applied peace research, with the guidance of the Program Manager, on topics identified in consultation with the Program Manger and Project Managers;
  • support the planning and design of conflict transformation activities based on the findings of applied peace research;
  • coordinate and take a leading role in ongoing project activities with partners on various issues, including dialogue platforms for civil society organizations in conflict-affected areas;
  • collaborate with other forumZFD area teams in the implementation of the overall conflict transformation program;
  • conduct public outreach: manage forumZFD Philippines’s Facebook page and website. Develop a public outreach strategy, support projects with the writing and uploading of new content and news updates on website and Facebook;
  • assist the PM&E Officer in knowledge management and carry out other PM&E-related tasks as needed;
  • assist the Program Manager in:
    • conceptualizing, planning, and preparing, and reviewing program activities related to conflict transformation and internal functions of the organization, such as workshops, trainings and meetings;
    • documenting program activities and write reports, proposals, and analyses;in implementing the organization’s security plan, including the preparation of drills and trainings, and editing the weekly news digest


  • University degree (minimum BA, ideally MA/MSC or similar) preferably in the social sciences, community development, or related fields
  • strong ability to analyze peace and conflict related developments from different perspectives and to put them in a broader context
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • strong interest in project development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation (following a conflict-sensitive approach)
  • good networking skills and experience in facilitating networks
  • ability to work effectively and inclusively with people from different cultural backgrounds, various hierarchical levels, and with different viewpoints
  • two years of working experience in a (preferably multi-cultural) team environment
  • • proven experience in being the responsible team member for designing and implementing tasks and projects in difficult circumstances
  • strong personal commitment to nonviolent conflict transformation
  • proficiency in computer-based word processing, spreadsheet and presentation, preferably also knowledge of open source programs – respectively readiness to acquire the needed skills
  • willingness and ability to travel within the Philippines and overseas related to work assignments, and to work flexible working hours
  • high tolerance for ambiguity
  • EU citizenship is required for this position
  • Fluency in German
  • knowledge of a local language (Visayan, Tagalog, or other)
  • knowledge of negotiation and mediation
  • experience in working in the Philippines and/or other developing countries
  • familiarity with Philippine history, politics, society, and culture
  • Valid license and driving experience is an asset.

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