Assistant Program Officer, EMERGE, Philippines

Location: Philippines
Program area: Law and Justice
Deadline: August 18, 2021

This position is open to Filipino nationals only.

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region? You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, The Asia Foundation addresses critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

If you share the same vision and commitment, we invite you to look into this vacancy under EMERGE (Empowered Movements for Rights and Gender Equality). This is a 3-year project implemented by The Asia Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, with funding from Global Equality Fund. The project will advance the human rights of persons who face discrimination, violence, or abuse on account of their real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex characteristics in the Philippines. It will improve the organizational capacity of LGBTI-led civil society organizations, increase proactive engagement from national and local service providers, and increase acceptance of LGBTI persons from family members, community leaders, and broader society.

The position of the assistant program officer will support the Law and Human Rights unit, specifically the Empowered Movements for Rights and Gender Equality (EMERGE) project on implementation and monitoring. She/he is also expected to perform tasks in the project budget, administration, document management, and logistics. The assistant program officer will work with the program officer and senior program officer to ensure smooth program operations. She/he will have extensive interaction with Law and Human Rights team members, as well as with the Foundation’s operational units in Finance, Sub-Awards, and Audit, and other support services to ensure that the program fulfills its donor requirements and towards the efficient conduct of program-related activities. The successful recruit will closely coordinate and liaise with EMERGE’s partner organizations, consultants, subgrantees, and other stakeholders to ensure alignment with program objectives, timely delivery of outputs, and compliance with the Foundation’s rules on expenditures and overall program management.


  • The successful candidate must have a bachelor’s degree, with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Should be computer proficient in MS Office, spreadsheets, and database management.
  • Must have strong management skills and professional organizational abilities.
  • Must have initiative, strong attention to detail, and ability to multi-task.
  • Should have excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Able to take direction and work independently under general supervision. Must have at least one-year of relevant experience in project management.
  • Involvement and/or knowledge of the LGBTQ+ community and/or non-profit organizations preferred.

More details about this position. Interested applicants should also complete the Foundation Application Form and send it with a letter of intent to [email protected] on or before August 18, 2021 by 4 pm. Position and project should be the subject of your email.