Agency Director Manila-Philippines

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Reports to: Regional Director Philippines
About Children International

Children International, a $114 million global humanitarian organization, seeks a dynamic, results-driven leader for their Manila Agency. This executive will spearhead strategic initiatives and enhance operational effectiveness. At Children International, every employee plays a crucial role in impacting the lives of children and youth, driving change in the communities they serve.

Rooted in the belief that empowering children and youth is key to breaking the cycle of generational poverty, Children International's approach transcends mere poverty alleviation. They concentrate on four critical development areas: health, education, life skills, and job readiness.

This holistic approach delivered in community centers around the world by a passionate, high performing team delivering impact that lasts.

Today, Children International directly invests in children and youth through 13 agencies in 10 countries around the world.

The career opportunity

The Agency Director role represents the highest leadership position at each of our Agencies around the world. This inspirational leader is employed by Children International (CI) – Manila, a locally registered organization with offices and operations in Manila. CI – Manila is an affiliate of Children International, a global development organization based in Kansas City, USA.

The Agency Director will guide the CI team in Manila to fulfill the vision: “Bringing people together to end poverty for good.” She/He will be responsible to integrate the team, leading around 8 direct reports and around 101 indirect staff spread into 9 community areas within Metro Manila and Bulacan.

More about the role

This role, reporting to the Regional Director, is pivotal in leading our Agency towards impactful child and youth development. Your mission is to align the Agency strategy and execute our strategic vision, oversee our “Child Path” Change Model, and foster operational excellence.

As an innovative leader, you’ll cultivate a high-performance culture aligned with CI’s values. You’ll champion staff development, accountability, and collaboration, ensuring operational efficiency and adherence to our policies, including child safeguarding.

Your role involves driving problem-solving, building key partnerships, and promoting continuous improvement. We seek a passionate advocate for children, possessing operational expertise and a deep understanding of child and community development.

This challenging yet rewarding position is crucial for Children International’s future. You’ll witness the impact of your leadership in our youth’s success and our employees’ growth. If this excites you, you might just be who we’re looking for.

The persona

Agency Director must be a believer and practitioner of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity.

Agency Director should have, from day one, a passion for the cause of the marginalized children and families, self-motivated and proactive with a high level of compassion, empathy, and integrity. Our aspirant should be an advocate of change, resilient, and a lover of collaborative works.


  • Lead successful strategic planning and execution around our Change Model focused on the area of greatest need for the agency. Align the staff and activities to support this endeavor.
  • Oversee daily operations of the agency, ensuring performance, and productivity.
  • Build a high-performance, values-based culture in partnership with the local leadership team.
  • Proactively lead change within a complex, ever-changing work environment.
  • Actively identify, analyze, and improve existing business processes to improve services to the beneficiaries.
  • Develop and empower a learning culture that addresses Agency challenges and solves problems.
  • Ensure Agency financial stewardship, key performance metrics, child impact results and outcomes.
  • Partner with other Agencies to share best practices, learnings, and other approaches to stakeholder engagement.
  • Develop your team of leaders and ensure long term sustainability by having a strong pipeline of ready now leaders.
  • Prepare strategic and financial plans; coach the agency in delivering results.
  • Participate regularly in key stakeholder activities carried out in the community areas and elsewhere to observe, build alliances, engage, and solicit feedback.
  • Drive growth of the Agency in the areas of constituent base, programs, partners, and budget outlay.
  • Ensure compliance with Child Safeguarding protocols and policies.
  • Ensure adherence to all statutes, CI policies and local laws. This includes key financial controls, auditing, purchasing and the segregation of duties.
  • Coordinate meetings with the Board of Directors in accordance with policies established in the Articles of Incorporation and CI guidelines; maintain minutes and statutory records.
  • Champion and model the CI values.
  • Communicate strategy and results to the Agency’s employees.
  • Report key results to regional and corporate officers.
  • Engage with regional and corporate officers in broader organizational strategic planning.
  • Build strong relations and networking with colleagues in headquarters and other Agencies.
  • Network and build alliances with external partners, government, and other NGOs.
  • A bachelor’s degree, advanced degree preferred, with a minimum of 7 years of relevant management and operations experience. Experience with the NGO is a plus.
  • A proven track record in managing funds, multi-disciplinary teams, information systems, external agencies and working with a Board of Directors.
  • A passion for children and youth; a commitment to making a difference in the world.
  • Comfort working in multiple environments from our community center to the neighborhoods where our children and youth live, to the Board Room.
  • Exceptional leadership capabilities with the ability to inspire, influence, develop and empower diverse teams.
  • An ability to critically and strategically adapt to address an ever-changing work environment.
  • Exhibit the highest standards of honesty and integrity reflective of a leader within an outstanding organization.
  • Excellent interpersonal, relational and communication skills, with a history of inspiring collaboration across various functions.
  • Results-oriented with demonstrated ability to execute strategic objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve outcomes within established resources and work effectively in a flat organization.
  • Promotes diversity and inclusion, values other cultures, and demonstrate respect while relating with all organizational constituents, irrespective of their race, color, faiths, gender, sexual orientation, age, caste, disabilities, experiences, beliefs, and ethnicity.
  • Ability to project and maintain a calm work atmosphere while concurrently operating in a time and deadline intensive, customer-driven environment.
  • Embrace and foster a positive outlook toward change.
  • Fluency in spoken English and Spanish and advanced writing skills in both.

The Agency Director position is based in Quezon City, Philippines, which boasts of outstanding natural beauty in its numerous stunning beaches, sunny weather, and rich biodiversity. Quezon City, one of the largest cities in the Philippines, is a bustling metropolis that offers a diverse range of tourist attractions. With its vibrant culture, rich history, and modern infrastructure.


We strongly encourage individuals from all backgrounds to apply for the Agency Director role at Children International. Your diverse perspectives are what make us stronger.

To apply, send us your CV and cover letter in Microsoft Word Format. Please submit your updated resume and cover letter to with the with the subject: “Application for AD – CI Manila. Application deadline is January 31, 2024. Your privacy is paramount to us; rest assured, all your information will be kept strictly confidential. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Each application will be given careful consideration.


The hiring process at Children International entails a series of conversations with different stakeholders. Your journey will start with video conferences with CI's leadership, progressing through a series of discussions that evaluate your fit for the role. It is a process designed to give the candidate and CI the opportunity to learn and assess if this is a good fit and aligns with career and life goals. The organization takes much care of selecting the right person, since this role is critical for the success of CI.

Following your interviews, Children International will promptly provide feedback and, if you're the top choice, an offer contingent on positive outcome from third party back ground verification and reference from your current employer. This interview framework is designed to be flexible, adapting as necessary.

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