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Programs Manager


Established by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat in 2015, Grow Asia is a non-profit platform that builds regional and country partnerships to broker market-driven solutions for sustainable food systems in Southeast Asia. We do this by convening global and regional stakeholders from public, private, and civil society organizations around macro-level issues  ('Flagships') such as responsible investing, agri-food innovation, women’s economic empowerment, and climate change, and by facilitating the development of more inclusive and sustainable value chains by brokering partnerships, developing and sharing best practice, and creating an ecosystem that supports pre-competitive collaboration.


The Grow Asia network comprises our regional office in Singapore and five national chapters in Cambodia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and Viet Nam. The network collectively engages 600+ partner organizations and supports 44 Working Groups that are reaching over two million rural businesses across Southeast Asia.


In 2020, Grow Asia was accredited as an Entity Associated with ASEAN. This accreditation recognizes the important role Grow Asia plays in the region, particularly in facilitating multi-stakeholder partnerships for more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable food systems in our region.


Grow Asia’s Country Partnership in the Philippines (Philippines Partnership for Sustainable Agriculture (PPSA) is engaged with various agricultural programs and projects aimed at pursuing sectoral and community-level interventions that support smallholder farmers' growth and Philippine food systems transformation. Grant projects handled by the PPSA include the ASEAN Green Recovery through Equity and Empowerment (AGREE) project funded by the International Research Development Centre and the Inclusive Value Chains Philippines (IVC Philippines) funded by the CSIRO and ACIAR. There are also some projects being implemented with corporate partners. PPSA foresees its engagement in more donor-based / restricted projects.


To oversee the effective implementation and monitoring of these projects’ deliverables. In line with these priorities, the PPSA is in need of a Programs Manager who will lead the implementation of PPSA’s grant/restricted projects in partnership with various donors and implementing partners.


The Programs Manager will be responsible for the following essential functions (the role may include other tasks not included below):


Grant Projects Oversight and Management

  • Coordinate between multiple grant/donor projects related to Grow Asia’s flagship programs on agricultural innovations, women’s economic empowerment, responsible agriculture investing, and climate resilience and adaptation to ensure alignment with PPSA’s overall strategic and partnership goals and monitor the progress of PPSA’s deliverables

  • Lead the development of the implementation plans and monitoring and evaluation methods for various restricted projects to ensure the delivery of short-term, medium-term, and long-term goals

  • Support PPSA’s Finance and Administration Manager in developing the projects’ budget plans based on the requirements of the funding partners

  • Oversee the development of accurate and timely project accomplishments or donor reports, in compliance with the required donor templates

  • Work with the PPSA Country Director in supervising and coordinating with project implementing partners and consultants for grant projects


Learning and Knowledge

  • Ensure alignment and information cascading with the rest of the PPSA team members towards the identification and execution of potential engagement and communication materials related to the projects being managed by the PPSA

  • Initiate the development of a knowledge management database across all of the restricted projects implemented by the PPSA


Resource Mobilization

  • Support the PPSA in exploring further funding opportunities with various stakeholder groups such as international development organizations, corporate partners, and other private and public entities through proposal co-development for grant projects, creation of experts and third-party partners database, linking with potential experts and implementing partners, and flagging leads for restricted projects among others


  • Expertise in agriculture value chains in the Philippines

  • Experience working around gender equality or women’s economic empowerment and responsible agriculture investing and/or inclusive finance

  • Experience engaging with local and international donors, the diplomatic community, and private sector actors, particularly C-suite or high-level  

  • Proven experience in programs management and donor/progress reporting

  • Proven experience in project budget management

  • Excellent communication skills, including fluent written and spoken Filipino and English. (demonstrated through writing samples and training, interview, and/or knowledge-sharing sessions) 

  • Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite products 

  • English required



Qualified applicants are invited to send a resume and cover letter to by March 15, 2023. We ask that you kindly include your name and the position you are applying for in the subject line (e.g., “Application: Programs Manager – Your Name”).


Due to the volume of applications expected, only shortlisted candidates will be notified.


As a multi-stakeholder platform we believe all voices matter, and we actively seek to bring them to the table. Aligned with this ethos, PPSA is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or gender identity.

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