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Contract duration: 12 months

Location/Duty Station: Philippines

Closes: Monday September 2nd 2019

Projected start date: September 2019

Reports to: Country Manager - Philippines

Salary range: $942 up to $1,505 total (gross) per month, including benefits

About HOT

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 175,000 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 help lead a project in the Philippines, starting as soon as possible (September 2019). This assignment is expected to last 12 months with the possibility of extension.


HOT’s project in the Philippines focuses on supporting the expansion of 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 Deputy Country Manager will serve as the project and operations manager of HOT in the Philippines. Reporting to HOT’s Country Manager for the Philippines, 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, supporting day-to-day management of activities in the country, building and maintaining relationships with government agencies, NGOs, and donors, and assisting with staff and volunteer supervision.

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. This is a full-time position that is preferably based in Manila, Philippines, but likely with lots of travel and with the potential for location flexibility.

Responsibilities include:

  • Serve as the deputy and 2nd in command of the Philippines Country Manager.
  • Liaise and collaborate with partner organizations and government agencies.
  • Support timely implementation of all project activities.
  • Support the management of a team of national staff and oversee the work of interns and community volunteers.
  • Support the writing and delivering of project reports according to donor schedule.
  • Support the development of country-wide and project-specific strategies in coordination with HOT Country Manager and local stakeholders.
  • Support the accurate management of country finances and track projected vs. actual spending.
  • Support the production of communications about project activity, including regular blog posts and social media updates.
  • Support the growth of the OpenStreetMap volunteer community.
  • Support the technical guidance and expertise on participatory data collection and OpenStreetMap.
  • Support proposal writing, and other duties as assigned.

About You


  • Care deeply about the mission: passionate about humanitarian & development work demonstrated through prior professional or volunteer experiences.
  • University or college degree in international development, GIS, disaster risk reduction, urban planning, business administration, entrepreneurship, or related fields. Ideally but not necessarily an advanced degree.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and Tagalog.
  • A least 3 years managing complex operations with project budgets of $200,000 USD and greater.
  • Excellent analytical and decision making skills, and ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent team management skills in managing and coordinating groups of people, including speaking and training sessions, and especially with volunteers.
  • Personable, with excellent networking and relationship building skills.
  • Demonstrated experience developing teams, especially volunteer teams.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and experience working in the Philippines.
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and react quickly and calmly to changing or emergency circumstances.
  • Willingness to travel and work for prolonged periods in challenging environments with limited amenities.

Additional desirable skills:

  • Fluent in Bisaya and/or other Filipino languages.
  • Experience in open data projects and/or open source software development.
  • Experience in working in startup ventures.
  • Expertise in the humanitarian sector, especially disaster risk reduction and response.
  • Experience working with the OpenStreetMap platform.
  • GIS and/or statistical data analysis skills.
  • Experience working with governments and in the international humanitarian system, preferably on disaster risk management and reduction projects.
  • Experience managing dispersed virtual teams operating in many locations and the project management technologies required to do so effectively.
  • 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 understanding of open source culture and ethos.
  • Experience managing USAID funded projects.
  • Existing network of contacts in the Philippines Government and humanitarian sector.
  • Knowledge of the Philippines Government’s legal, HR and administrative requirements for non-profit organizations.


  • Assignment on contractor basis.
  • HOT values salary transparency and equity. Salaries and pay rates at HOT are determined by an open framework: please see
  • 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.