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Country Manager - Philippines
Contract duration: 12 months
Location/Duty Station: Philippines
Projected start date: Mid 2019
Reports to: Director of Programs
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) is a US-based NGO and global community of thousands of volunteers working together to use maps and open data for humanitarian response and the Sustainable Development Goals. As the world’s preeminent participatory mapping NGO, HOT has fostered a global mapping community composed of more than 100,000 people with ground operations in eight countries. When major disaster strikes anywhere in the world, HOT rallies this global network to create the maps and data that enable responders to reach those in need.
HOT is soliciting CVs of experienced mid-career and senior-career level digital development and humanitarian professionals to lead a project in the Philippines starting mid 2019. This assignment is expected to last between 6 and 12 months.
HOT’s upcoming projects in the Philippines focuses on supporting the expansion of DisasterAware (https://www.pdc.org/apps/disasteraware/), and supplying accurate and up to date open data (via OpenStreetMap) to feed into this platform. Aside from data collection and mapping, this project will have a strong focus on capacity building and training with various government agencies and ministries, both at the national and local level.
The Country Manager will serve as the senior representative of HOT in the Philippines. Reporting to HOT’s Director of Programs, you will have wide and varied responsibilities. These range from assisting in the set up of HOT’s country presence in Philippines to project planning, day-to-day management of all activities in the country, building and maintaining relationships with government agencies, NGOs, and donors, staff supervision, and oversight of administrative, operational, and security procedures in the country.
HOT typically works with a range of international and national partners (both government, NGO, and civil society) as well as interact frequently with the HOT global network. Projects span sectors and typically focus on participatory mapping using OpenStreetMap, data analysis and storytelling, and training/capacity building of national and international partner organizations.
- Serve as the senior HOT representative in country of deployment.
- Liaise and collaborate with partner organizations and government agencies.
- Ensure timely implementation of all project activities.
- Manage a team of national staff and oversee work of interns and community volunteers.
- Lead on writing and delivering project reports according to donor schedule.
- Develop country-wide and project-specific strategies in coordination with HOT senior management and local stakeholders.
- Accurately manage country finances and track projected vs. actual spending.
- Direct production of communications about project activity, including regular blogs posts and social media updates.
- Provide technical guidance and expertise on participatory data collection and OpenStreetMap.
- Lead on proposal writing, and other duties as assigned.
- Care deeply about the mission: passionate about humanitarian / development work demonstrated through prior professional or volunteer experiences.
- Fluent in written and spoken English.
- Experience working with governments and in the international humanitarian system, preferably on Disaster Risk Management and Reduction projects.
- University or college degree in international development, public health, GIS, Disaster Risk Management, urban planning, or a related field.
- A least 5 years experience working in development cooperation and donor funded projects involving digital development, of which 3 years must be in management positions.
- Experience managing project budgets of $200,000 USD and greater.
- Excellent analytical skills, and able to prioritize and meet deadlines.
- Excellent team management skills in managing and coordinating groups of people, including speaking and training sessions.
- Experience designing and carrying out community mapping exercises, including: collecting data, using OpenStreetMap, teaching data quality assurance, collaborating with various stakeholders, and building capacity in partner organizations.
- Experience in data analysis and information management.
- Experience in participatory data collection, preferably using mobile, digital data collection tools such as Kobo, OpenDataKit, and OpenMapKit.
- Experience developing self-sufficient and sustainable community groups, including developing technical skillsets.
- Demonstrated cultural competency including experience working in a developing country context.
- Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity.
- Demonstrated understanding of open source culture and ethos across cultural contexts.
- Ability to solve practical problems and react quickly and calmly to changing or emergency circumstances.
- Willingness to live and work in a challenging environment with limited amenities .
- Able to travel 100% and be deployed/stationed in countries of operation.
Additional desirable skills
- Fluent in written and spoken Filipino.
- Experience in open data projects and/or open source software development.
- Sector expertise in disaster risk reduction, public health, or water, sanitation, & hygiene.
- GIS and/or statistical data analysis skills.
- Spanish and other language skills.
- Assignment on contractor basis.
- HOT values salary transparency and equity. Salaries and pay rates at HOT are determined by an open framework: please see https://www.hotosm.org/salaries
- HOT is a leader in flexible working arrangements. As a young, innovative, and open organization, we provide ample space and opportunity for personal initiative and growth.
- Health and medical benefits are provided to all staff through group insurance plans for employees, corporate insurance for accidents and medical emergencies, and 8% wage differentials for independent contractors.
- Reasonable local accommodation will be provided during deployment.