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Community and Family Services International: Vacancy Announcement 


THE COMMUNITY AND FAMILY SERVICES INTERNATIONAL (CSFI) is a humanitarian organization committed to peace and social development, with a particular interest in the psychosocial dimension.

Its mission is to protect and promote human security—specifically the lives, well-being, and dignity of people uprooted by persecution, armed conflict, disaster, and other exceptionally difficult circumstances.  Established in 1981 and based in the Philippines, CFSI works domestically and internationally. For more information, visit www.cfsi.ph.

CFSI is expanding its humanitarian response to the displacement of more than 100,000 people in Zamboanga City. This will include providing humanitarian services that are responsive to the needs and priorities of affected populations, particularly the most vulnerable. The aim is to help affected communities rebuild their lives, as quickly and effectively as possible. In this context, CFSI urgently seeks qualified and experienced applicants with diverse backgrounds for posts to be based in Zamboanga City. 


Project Officers manage humanitarian response projects that aim to protect and promote the welfare of conflict-affected populations. Responsibilities include ensuring the needs of affected populations are identified and addressed, either directly by CFSI and/or through networking and advocacy efforts. Project Officers lead, supervise, evaluate, and strengthen the service delivery capacity of staff and volunteers, including community-based volunteers.  In collaboration with both internal and external stakeholders, Project Officers are expected to help prepare and execute a project strategy, operational work plans, financial plans, and periodic reports. They must be able to work effectively with others in highly dynamic, stressful conditions.

Qualifications: Master’s degree in social work, public health, public administration or related field preferred, with bachelor’s degree in the same or similar professions required. Minimum of five years of progressively responsible, related experience, ideally in emergency response, project management, and working with internally displaced persons (IDPs). Demonstrated commitment to the empowerment of others required.  Verbal and written proficiency in English required, in addition to relevant local language skills. Required proficiency in Microsoft Office and web-based applications.


Community Organizers employ participatory processes with affected populations to assess needs, carry out humanitarian assistance efforts, and contribute to local capacity in their respective areas—all in close cooperation with other stakeholders.  Humanitarian assistance efforts are presently expected to include food assistance/food security; protection, including child protection activities; psychosocial support; and other services directed at helping affected communities rebuild their lives as quickly as possible.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in social work, community development, nursing, public health, public administration, or a related field, preferably with a license in the appropriate field.  Minimum of two years of professional experience, ideally in Mindanao and/or including work with internally displaced persons (IDPs).  Demonstrated capacity to quickly engage with others and build effective working relationships.  Relevant local language skills, including English, required.  Computer literacy required, preferably proficiency in Microsoft Office and web-based applications. 


Finance/Administration Assistants help ensure the resources made available to CFSI are well managed and properly accounted for.  They are also responsible for supporting operations by ensuring funds and financial information are provided in a timely manner. Finance/Admin Assistants also help ensure human resources are mobilized, supported to perform at their highest level, and evaluated. 

Qualifications:  A bachelor’s degree in accounting/accountancy, finance, business administration, or public administration is required.  Certification as a public accountant (CPA) is a major plus factor.  Two years of related experience is required.  Verbal and written proficiency in English, as well as the relevant local languages is required, as is proficiency in Microsoft Office and web-based applications.


Logistics Assistants are expected to provide operational support and assistance to the staff in the field.  Services include the procurement and management of transportation services, goods, equipment, and supplies.  Logistics Assistants are also responsible for the installation and maintenance of communications equipment, computers, equipment, and facilities

Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in communications, computer science, business, commerce, or a related field is required. Two years of related experience in logistics is required, preferably in Zamboanga City. Verbal and written proficiency in English, as well as the relevant local languages is required, as is proficiency in Microsoft Office and web-based applications.


Applicants should send the following documents to headquarters@cfsi.ph:  Cover letter expressing interest in employment with CFSI addressed to the Screening Committee; updated and complete résumé; names and contact details of three (3) references.

The deadline for applications is 04 October 2013. Posts will be filled as soon as the most suitable candidates are identified, owing to the urgency of the situation. The Screening Committee will contact only short-listed candidates.

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