Chief of Party, Marawi Response Project

Save the Children, Philippines

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
27th April, 2018

Job Description

Save the Children is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated 3-year USAID-funded Marawi Response Project in Marawi, Lanao del Sur, Mindanao, the Philippines. The project will advance durable solutions for individuals displaced by the Marawi crisis in two main areas: 1) supporting local economic recovery and development; and, 2) strengthening social cohesion. This senior leadership position will provide overall strategic direction in the design, management, implementation and overall quality assurance of the project. S/he will also provide technical assistance on economic recovery/ development and social cohesion. The COP will be Save the Children's primary point of contact with USAID and all relevant stakeholders. S/he will collaborate with relevant national, regional and local government offices including the Task Force Bangon Marawi and member agencies such as the Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Trade and Industry, Mindanao Development Authority, Office of the Civil Defense, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Regional Government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur, city government of Marawi and other local government units, etc. and other critical partners to provide high-level support for effective capacity building at the local level and sustainability of the project interventions. The COP will oversee a team of experts and support staff, prepare reports and annual operating plans, align project initiatives with in-country priorities and ensure the program is compliant with USAID and Save the Children regulations. The project must be designed to align closely with the current objectives of the Government of the Philippines so that activities are complementary and create sustainability.

Qualifications and experience

  • Master's Degree in relevant areas of expertise or international development is preferred; Bachelor's Degree is required
  • Minimum 10 years of professional experience designing, managing and implementing large and complex programs in this technical area
  • At least five years of senior program experience working and living in a developing country; ideally within this region/country location
  • In-depth knowledge of USAID approaches and regulations
  • Prior experience as Chief of Party or Deputy COP preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations
  • Creative problem solving skills with the ability to work effectively in resource-constrained environments is important
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of local language preferred

Contract length: Fixed Term Contract for 3 years

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.


Working in the Philippines for more than 30 years, Save the Children provides long-term support for children to fulfil their potential and ensure that their voices are heard. We work with the government, partners and communities in addressing the critical needs of Filipino children through capacity and resilience building, and better accessibility and delivery of social services in both development and humanitarian contexts. We also advocate policy formulation and reforms as well as for programs and policies for children and their families to have access to quality services. In addition, Save the Children Philippines provides capacity-building activities needed support for sustainability and strengthened systems of child-centered services. We work for children and their families to improve their health and accessibility to education, reduce malnutrition rate, address and prevent child abuse and exploitation.


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