Re-advertise of Country Manager (Philippines)

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**Re-advertise of Country Manager (Philippines)

Duty Station: Manila, Philippines

Starting Date: as soon as possible

Contract Period: One year contract with a possibility of extension.


Terre des Hommes Netherlands (TdH NL) is an international NGO that prevents child exploitation, rescues children from exploitative situations and ensures that these children can continue their development in a safe environment. In Asia, Terre des Hommes Netherlands works in Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. We support children who are victims of exploitation with education, psychosocial support, legal assistance, care, job opportunities and medical care. We launch public and media campaigns to create awareness on the problem and carry out local research into the extent and nature of abuse and exploitation.

TdH NL in Asia focuses works within four child protection themes: the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), the Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL), Child Trafficking and Migration (CTM), and Child Abuse (CA) in the form of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights. As part of its multi-year strategic plan (2016-2020) Terre des Hommes Netherlands plans to increase its support to comprehensive programs addressing Child Exploitation in Asia.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organization. Therefore, people of all gender identities, sexes, sexual orientations, races, colours, religions, cultures, abilities, etc. are encouraged to apply for this position of Country Manager (Philippines) aims to attract great talent that not only fits the job but also high standard of values and principles, who shares and demonstrates commitment to prevent and eradicate any type of misconduct including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, any other type of misuse of power or lack of integrity and financial misconduct. We are committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks, or integrity screenings/references relating to misconduct and disciplinary actions in prior employment. By submitting your application you accept that Terre des Hommes will conduct such pre-employment screening for successful candidates. Terre des Hommes participates in the Inter- Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.

Our Vision: Terre des Hommes Netherlands works towards a world where all children have a decent life and can grow up to be independent adults. A world in which children are no longer exploited. We will continue our work until this is accomplished.

Our Mission: Terre des Hommes Netherlands prevents child exploitation, removes children from exploitative situations and ensures these children can develop themselves in a safe environment.

General Characteristics

TdH NL is seeking an experienced Country Manager (CM) who will be based in Manila, the Philippines. The job profile of the CM is of a tactical nature. The CM bears the responsibility for realising departmental policy and applying HR, financial and organisational policy for one department in the short/medium term. Therefore, the CM has the authority to take decisions within the boundaries of the organisational policy and the available budget.

Objective of the function

The CM is responsible for realising the operational, policy, financial and HR objectives as a derivative of the organisational policy within one department or domain on the short and medium term.

Position in the organisation

The CM receives and accepts hierarchical leadership from the Head of Region. The CM provides hierarchical leadership to the employees within the country.

Result areas

  1. Realise and develop department policy

Result: Country Annual Strategic policy is developed and implemented so that clear and explicit objectives are formulated and realised for the country.

  • Work professionally within TdH NL policies and codes of conduct, including those related to child protection/safeguarding, confidentiality and ethical practice.

  • Develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies and in line with budgets.

  • Work closely with the Head of Region to ensure goals and objectives are aligned with strategies.

  • Identify priority activities and assignments; adjust priorities as required.

  • Foresees risks and allow for contingencies when planning.

  • Possess a strong commitment to social justice and development of quality services within the field of child sexual abuse, exploitation and violence.

  • Manage employees

Result: Employees are guided and instructed so that they are motivated to execute their tasks efficiently and effectively.

  • Manage country team to ensure project goals and objectives are achieved.

  • Provide leadership and take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

  • Empower staff to translate vision into results.

  • Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff.

  • Facilitate internal management processes

Result: Internal management processes are facilitated so that the tasks and activities are efficiently aligned and quality is guaranteed.

  • Delegate the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority.

  • Anticipate and resolve conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions.

  • Accurately judge the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and match tasks to skills.

  • Monitor progress against milestones and deadlines.

  • Make sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member.

  • Maintain the network

Result: Network is maintained so that cooperation is improved and all parties and individuals involved are correctly and fully informed.

  • Establish and maintain relationships with a broad range of groups (government, CSOs, private sector and beneficiaries) to understand project needs and gain support.


  • Academic (university) education at bachelor but preferably master level in International Development Studies, Social Studies

Experience and skills required

  • Minimum of ten years of work experience that combines strategic and managerial leadership in social development, business development or executive management. Preferably for an INGO, NGO, or governmental organisation, in the related field of child protection and safeguarding.

  • At least three years of leadership experience including supervising teams and managing budgets.

  • Fluency in written and oral English. Fluency in Filipino is desirable.

  • Excellent negotiating and communication skills and ability to mobilise support from a wide range of partners (public, private, government, civil society and community leaders).

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and work well with diverse ethnic groups in the Philippines with particular age and gender sensitivity.

Competency profile

A. Analytical capacity

Understanding the essence of complex issues by logical reasoning, investigation of potential causes, separation of key messages from the mass of detail and acknowledgment of their interdependence.

Level 2: Collects and examines information from various sources independently and on own initiative. Acquires insight by doing so and draws conclusions from their interdependence.

B. Leadership

Can mobilise and inspire others by providing guidance and direction in the attainment of clear and challenging objectives related to results and personal development. Is able to adapt the style of leadership to different employees and situations.

Level 3: Encourages others to develop themselves and to achieve maximum results and demonstrates exemplary behaviour.

C. Result orientation

Focused on setting objectives and actively achieving results.

Level 3: Is determined in achieving results and encourages and supports others in doing so.

D. Responsibility

Accepting the consequences of your own actions and/or agreements.

Level 3: Takes potential consequences into account when making risky agreements within his or her own area of responsibility – such as a team or department, or a policy area. Can make a realistic assessment of the impact of one’s own actions as well as those taken by others, and bases agreements on this.

Job Level: F

Contract Period: One year contract with a possibility of extension.

How to apply

Interested candidates, please forward your applications (covering letter and CV) by email no later than 1 March 2021 at 17 p.m. (ICT) to