Here are five government organizations that offer development work opportunities.
- The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC)
- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
- The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA)
- The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS)
- The Population Commission (POPCOM)
- The Local Economic Development (LED) project
Each of these organizations post general and particular requirements for the job openings they post, plus specific hiring and employment guidelines. Some of these work opportunities are directly related to women/gender and development.
The Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC) lists the organizations registered under its authority. Their database is accessible through the name, region, and main purpose of the organization. You may also browse though the alphabetically arranged list.
PCNC seeks to sustain “financial management and accountability”among NGOs that serves Filipinos (About PCNC).
The Asian Association of Women’s Studies (AAWS) is an institution that links feminist education and research in Asia. It holds various academic fora on feminist topics pertinent to the region, and holds a Congress every three years. The last AAWS Congress was in 2013. Those interested in becoming a member may do so online through their Membership Page.
At the national level, the Women’s Studies Association of the Philippines (WSAP) is the one organization that coordinates academic and non-academic efforts to advance women’s studies. It held its 9th National Conference in 2013.
The Center for Women’s Studies (CWS) is the system-wide institution in University of the Philippines that coordinates and promotes its women’s and gender studies programs and activities. Its programs include “research, publication, curriculum development, training and outreach, and the services–crisis counseling and day care facility” (CWS Facebook Page). Its office is in UP Diliman.
Below are links to regularly posted job vacancies in some women’s organizations.
- Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) – the “national machinery for gender equality and women’s empowerment” in the Philippines
- The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) -a network of organizations in Asia fighting for women’s human rights and working towards women’s empowerment
- The Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) – a global Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights (SRHR) advocacy network
- Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) – an organization working for “gender equality, sustainable development and women’s human rights”
- The Global Fund for Women (GFW) – “an international grantmaking foundation that supports groups working to advance the human rights of women and girls”
The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), the country’s “primary policy-making and coordinating body on women and gender equality concerns” (PCW Herstory), provides a directory of local women’s NGOs. Information about the organizations include their basic profile, target groups, programs and services, location and contact details.
There is ongoing need for gender specialists, development workers with a background on gender, or women’s/gender studies students and graduates at the United Nations (UN).
Vacancies are posted at Employment at the UN Women, and are searchable in UN Development Programme (UNDP) Jobs, UNDP-Asia Pacific Jobs, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Job Openings, UN Volunteers, UNOPS Global Recruitment Personnel System (GPRS) and UN Jobs. Women’s/Gender and development students and workers may choose among vacancies for permanent employment, consultancy jobs, short-term projects, volunteer and internship programs. While most of the jobs are in international locations, a few are also based in the Philippines. Posts are regularly updated.
Below are some websites that provide a database of (paid and unpaid) job opportunities in development work here and abroad.
- The Development Job Portal lists job openings in development jobs around the world. Its search engine allows you to search for jobs by country, experience, skill and job type.
- Jobs in NGOs is another database of development work jobs. These are listed according to the latest vacancy, but are also categorized according to the type of job.
- UN Jobs provides an updated extensive listing of jobs in the UN and other international organizations both governmental and non-governmental. Their database can be searched for job openings by date,, country, and duty station. For instance, Jobs in Manila and Jobs in the Philippines can easily be identified. Their search engine can also search particularly for jobs related to women and/or gender.
- The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) posts Job Vacancies both in their organization and in other similar organizations. Aside from visiting their website, job seekers may also subscribe to AWID’s newsletter for updated employment opportunities.