Philippines Program: Junior Program Officer
Since its establishment in 1995, Focus on the Global South (Focus) has become a leading activist think tank that works with social movements, progressive individuals and organizations, academics, policymakers and legislators who are challenging neoliberalism, market capitalism, militarism and corporate-driven globalization, while strengthening just and equitable alternatives. We work in solidarity with the Global South – the great majority of humanity that is marginalized and dispossessed by corporate-driven globalization – believing that progressive social change and solidarity are imperative if the aspirations and priorities of oppressed peoples are to be met.
The Philippines office is looking for a new program officer, whose main job would be:
To contribute to the development and implementation of the organization’s thematic programs (climate change and environmental justice, trade and investments, power and the Commons – land, water, forest)
To conduct research and produce knowledge outputs from research
To represent Focus in social movements and other campaign platforms
Location and Reporting
The post is based in Quezon City. Occasional travel to other areas of the country is expected. The program officer will report directly to Focus’ Philippines Coordinator/Head of Office and is expected to work closely with fellow program officers in the Philippines, as well as in Bangkok and New Delhi.
NB: Work patterns will require flexibility, self-motivation and judgement from the post holder and strong coordination with relevant program staff.
Support the Philippines Coordinator/Head-of-Office and fellow program officers in developing the thematic programs by generating ideas and innovative projects
Undertake research and/or policy analysis
Develop knowledge outputs/communication materials
Develop, manage and nurture national level advocacy partnerships / alliances on key Focus issues
Represent Focus in meetings, conferences and workshops and to visitors as needed
Be actively involved in advocacy and campaigns carried out by Focus
Develop a strong analysis of local, national and sub-regional contexts to inform everything Focus does
Actively participate in and contribute to team processes
Minimum of two-year work experience in civil society and/or advocacy and/or activist organizations in the Philippines
Substantial knowledge of issues related to climate change and environmental justice, land and water at the national, regional and international levels; and of social movement work in the Philippines, Asian and international level
Have done research on issues important to Focus work (specific research outputs will be required)
Very good writing skills, esp. in English, that reflect capacity for analytical thinking (sample work will be required)
Knowledge of Tagalog, Cebuano or other languages desirable
Knowledge of key communication principles and processes, especially those that are pertinent to social movement campaigns and CSO advocacy work
Strong awareness of and sensitivity to gender issues
Must be based in the Philippines
Terms and Conditions of Employment
The post offers a competitive salary with benefits, commensurate with experience. Focus on the Global South encourages a diverse work environment and women, LGBT, and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
How to apply
Applications should be in English and include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the contact details of two referees. Please send applications by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Philippines Program Officer” in the subject line.
Deadline for applications: 28 February 2015
Previous applicants need not reapply.
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