Community Development Facilitator

at Islamic Relief
Published May 29, 2022
Location Surigao City, Philippines
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  



About Islamic Relief Worldwide Philippines:


Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) is an international relief and development organization founded in the UK in 1984 that envisages a caring world where people unite to respond to the suffering of others, empowering them to fulfil their potential. Working in over 34 countries, it promotes sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities to eradicate poverty, illiteracy and disease. IRW also responds to disasters and emergencies, helping people in crisis by providing them immediate support in rehabilitation.


Islamic Relief started operations in Philippines in 2013 in order to respond to Typhoon Yolanda in collaboration with the Government and UN/NGOs/private organizations. Over 39,000 Typhoon Haiyan affected families had been reached by providing access to livelihood opportunities, access to water, health and sanitation (WASH) and a decent house to live in accordance to Build Back Better design.


Islamic Relief moved its Country Office to Cotabato City (Mindanao) during 2017 to support the government in its efforts to help communities in case of disasters/Emergencies and provide support in government’s efforts to alleviate poverty and illiteracy in the region.


About the Project:


Generally, the project intends to revive economic, social wellbeing and improve resiliency of 1200 extreme poor households in 10 vulnerable coastal communities in Surigao del Norte through (i) Providing integrated sustainable livelihoods; (ii) Support establishing the protection and mental well-being services for women, children, and other at-risk groups, and (iii) Strengthening the resiliency of coastal communities for the occurrence of disasters.


Islamic Relief Philippines is looking for Community Development Facilitator (CDF) with specialization on community mobilization, coordination, monitoring and facilitating.


REPORTING TO: Project Officer


About the position:


The Community Development Facilitator (CDF) will lead in the community mobilization and coordination in the specified area for the full implementation of REBUILD into Resilient Coastal Communities Affected by Typhoon Odette in Surigao del Norte Province, a 2-year recovery to development project. The Project Officer will also lead the technical implementation of Livelihood and Disaster Risk Reduction - Climate Change Adaptation activities.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:


The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:


Lead in the community mobilization, organizing, and coordination with key leaders in the barangays, for the implementation of various activities of the project.

Assist in preparing quality activity designs of activities and projects that are linked to the program goals, end-of-program outcomes, and approved annual plan of the project;

Support in organising activities, which may include coordination and liaising with community partners and stakeholders, technical support in managing the day-to-day operations of activities/program, documentation of the proceedings and drafting of activity accomplishment reports;

Support the MEAL team in its monitoring activities, which may include providing technical support and organizing surveys, key informant interviews, focus group discussions, and gathering of data and information;

Provide support to the drafting of annual work plan and six-monthly progress report;

Provide support in conducting the Quarterly Project Reviews, reflection and knowledge sharing sessions;

Other duties as may reasonably be required by the Project Officer or Area Programme Manager consistent with the incumbent’s qualifications and experience.



Degree in Community Development or related field (desirable);

Strong working experience (at least 2 years) in the areas of community and stakeholders organizing, preferably significant experience with livelihood and climate change advocacies.

Strong knowledge and understanding of the cultural and economic context of the area neighboring provinces in Mindanao

Excellent interpersonal skills and has ability to work effectively with others in a cross-cultural and fragile environment.

Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, Tagalog, and local dialect.

Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Office; and

Excellent coordination, liaising, and events organizing skills



With technical knowledge and skills in implementing sustainable livelihoods and agricultural production and fishery, protection, and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management – Climate Change Adaptation action.

Keen understanding of the humanitarian system, principles and key relief sectors (e.g. strong knowledge of and demonstrated experience with IHL, the Red Cross Code of Conduct, SPHERE, IASC Gender, HAP, Core Humanitarian Standards and understanding and experience of the cluster approach to coordination and response).

Previous experience of dealing with Institutional/ International donors and projects

Demonstrated experience in developing, fostering, and working in partnership with local/national organizations specific to humanitarian action.

Experience in program monitoring and evaluation, including application of SPHERE standards and Core Humanitarian Standard. Good capacity building, coaching and training skills for working with external Partner organizations.



2-3 years’ experience of working with various International NGOs in Philippines/developing countries.

An in depth understanding of national and international Humanitarian issues.

Relevant experience in project development and developing proposals for a variety of donors including dealing with EC, ECHO, UN and DFID

Experience of and commitment to participatory management and maintaining a supportive, open environment to ensure the learning and development of all staff.

Experience of managing and mentoring of staff from various backgrounds and cultural settings.

The position requires strong understanding of national and international Humanitarian discourse around UNSDG/Agenda 2030, quality standards under CHS, familiarity with Sphere Standards, Do no harm policy, Red-Cross/Red-crescent Code of Conduct etc.

Experience of working in Conflict/post conflict areas.

Experience of developing links with INGOs, Government agencies, Institutional donors and other stakeholders.



Good interpersonal skills including the ability to listen, sensitivity to other peoples’ views and perspectives, and conflict resolution.

Experience and excellent program development skills for donors like ECHO, DFID, SIDA etc

Strategic leadership skills

The capacity to develop and maintain an understanding of and be sympathetic to the social, cultural and political context of the post

Ability to represent, liaise and negotiate at different levels (national, provincial and local).

Excellent communication skills

Knowledge/familiarity/expertise in program areas: e.g. Economic Empowerment/Livelihoods, DRR, Peacebuilding and Education etc.

An ability to work under pressure with limited support.

Previous experience, Knowledge/familiarity with Mindanao region/country

Excellent written and spoken English

Good knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, data analysis



Fluent in English and Filipino; familiarity with regional dialects as well as knowledge in using various social media platforms for marketing and advocacy campaigns are an advantage.



Sympathy and commitment to organisational values and ethos.

Any qualification/certification in humanitarian and disaster risk reduction field will be an added advantage.


How to apply


Interested applicants should send their CV with a cover letter  with email subject or reference: CDF - REBUILD Application.

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