Humanitarian Program Director

at CARE Ethiopia
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted November 19, 2021
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Social Sciences
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


CARE is an international NGO with local staff and community partners in more than 90 countries. We create local solutions to poverty and inequality and we seek dignity for everyone every day and during times of crisis.  These solutions have a broad range, from clean water to access to education; from microfinance to ensuring that everyone has nutritious food; from agriculture and climate change to disaster response. CARE puts women and girls at the center of everything we do because they have proven to be the best hope for creating lasting change in the world.  Our staff live where they work, which makes us effective at understanding the challenges they face. We’ve been doing this for over 70 years, since World War II. It started with the world’s first CARE Package® of food for the post-war hungry in Europe.  Our work today is as important as ever, we believe that poverty and inequality are historic injustices that we can end within a generation, for good. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us.

I.  Job Summary

The purpose of the Humanitarian Program Director (HPD) position is to provide strategic direction for CARE Ethiopia’s humanitarian portfolio and subsequent leadership to the humanitarian team. S/he is responsible for ensuring that the design and subsequent implementation of all programs/projects are in accordance with CARE Ethiopia’s mission, strategic objectives and program approaches and in line with international best practices.  The HPD manages staff who are responsible for the technical and operational management of humanitarian projects. As such, s/he ensures that all projects are technically and financially sound and implemented in compliance with donor and Government of Ethiopia requirements. This includes the timely and quality reporting against agreed plans. In collaboration with the CO technical team, s/he develops plans for enhancing field office capacity to carry out its development plan and to draw lessons for increasing program impact and sustainability. S/he establishes and maintains effective working relationships with key government partners and NGOs working in the same geographic areas within the humanitarian sector.

II. Responsibilities

Job Responsibility #1:  Defining Strategic Direction (15%)

§  Monitor national policy and sector best practice strategies and standards ensuring that CARE is responsive and engaging with these

§  Ensure humanitarian program reflects International best practice and adherence to agreed standards in all key competency areas

§  Support the identification of new partnerships to advance Care Ethiopia’s humanitarian programming portfolio

§  Foster partnerships with CARE CI members for organizational learning and impact

§  Regularly review and update CARE Ethiopia’s Humanitarian Strategy and Emergency Preparedness Plan to reflect current trends and evolving priorities in the Country

§  Lead in the identification and subsequent positioning for new funding opportunities

§  Strategically define CARE’s evolving humanitarian portfolio in coordination with the senior planning and technical manager and Country Director and regularly assess the appropriateness of geographic areas of intervention in consultation with the humanitarian operations manager

Job Responsibility #2 Staff Management (15%)

§  Manage and supervise all direct reports. Complete all CARE performance management activities including: performance planning, monitoring, and annual performance appraisals.  In consultation with the Country Director and HR Unit, takes appropriate personnel actions to address problems.

§  Ensure the development of key leadership, management, financial and administrative skills of direct reports to increase their capacity to develop and undertake major initiatives and assume larger responsibilities to further expand program/project impact and sustainability

§  Support the development of high performing teams at the program level and ensure that appropriate procedures and policies are followed

§  Work with SLT members to advance CO’s efforts in promoting and realizing diversity and gender objectives within the organization and programming.

Job Responsibility #3:  Program Quality  (15%)

§  Provide strategic oversight and guidance to the senior program and operations manager and his team in relation to commodity management

§  Provide strategic input into new proposal development and subsequent planning activities

§  Work with program and operation teams to monitor and adjust strategies to maximize progam quality and impact

§  Support efforts to ensure sound management and timely reporting of NFIs and agricultural commodities at an organizational level

§  Ensure that reports are prepared and submitted to concerned parties, donors, counterparts and CARE members on time and in a professional manner

Job Responsibility #4:  Program Management (15%)

  • Ensure that CARE humanitarian programs and projects are managed in a manner which achieves the program/project goals, is in line with CARE policies and procedures and demonstrate sound resource management
  • Ensure that qualified staff and appropriate policies, procedures and systems are in place to properly manage CARE's humanitarian programs/projects
  •  Monitor the humanitarian programs and projects to ensure that they are implemented in a professional manner in line with the project proposal through project visits and the review of annual implementation plans and activity reports
  •  Ensure proper management of financial and other resources entrusted to CARE's programs and projects, including the review and approval of program/project budgets (including project matches) and the monitoring of budget reports (including the proper recording of matches)
  • Ensure donor and government reporting is done according to agreed standards and in a timely manner
  • Work closely with units in Program Support (finance, procurement, HR, transport, etc.) to ensure proper coordination exists for efficient program implementation
  • Ensure strong commodity management and accountability
  •  Regularly review and ensure that the most efficient humanitarian structure is established and functional in order to ensure program quality and the cost -efficient achievement of project objectives

·         Review and provide approvals for new project proposals and corresponding budgets

Job Responsibility # 5:  Reflective Practice and Learning (15%)

  • Ensure that the CO program remains dynamic, with opportunities for innovation and personal growth by promoting a culture of, and mechanisms for, reflective practice and learning at all levels
  • Establish mechanisms for knowledge sharing and learning between projects and programs within the CO and with parties beyond the CO
  • Model a culture that recognizes and supports innovation, risk taking and learning
  • Ensure the CO actively participates in organization wide and regional learning initiatives related to CARE's priority program themes and approaches
  • Ensure that lessons learned are consolidated and used to inform ongoing and future practices

Job Responsibility No. 6: Networking, Representation and Learning (15%)

§  Represent CARE’s humanitarian unit in agreed coordination platforms, events or fora

§  Network with other NGOs (International and local) working in the humanitarian sector to explore partnership development programs and advance policy influence opportunities

§  Identify donors interested in funding humanitarian related activities and promote relationships with them at all levels

§  Establish and maintain formal and informal communication mechanisms with government, community partners, donors and other key humanitarian stakeholders

§  Monitor developments in the program, including best practice examples in-country and internationally, and ensure ongoing personal development and learning across the unit and its staff

§  Contribute to the documentation and dissemination of lessons learned and promote CARE’s humanitarian work when and where possible

§  Contribute to new tool development and subsequent analysis for advocacy as required   

Job Responsibility #7:  Other

·         Perform other duties as assigned

Job Requirements


§  Master’s Degree in international development field of study, Public Health or equivalent combination of education and work experience

§  8-10 years of experience in development and management of humanitarian or development programs

§  Expertise in one or more of the following program areas: nutrition/health, water/santitation, cash transfer programs, food assistance and protection

§  Proficiency in verbal and written English, proposal development, strategic and operational planning, budget planning and management, monitoring and evaluation and report writing

§  Proficiency in standard office software package

§  Demonstrated leadership ability to inspire and empower others

§  Good interpersonal communication skill and ability to effectively liaise with government, community leaders and other stakeholders

§  Understanding of the importance of gender, youth and social inclusion

§  Demonstrated commitment to principles of gender, equity, diversity, inclusion and PSHEA (safeguarding) through previous positions or programming experience


§  Significant exposure to projects involving networking and multiple partnerships, particularly related to food security issues, good governance/democracy and advocacy

§  Experience in managing food commodities for regular distribution and monetization funded by USAID

§  Working knowledge of programming in chronically vulnerable environments

§  Knowledge of local languages

§  Skills in organizing and facilitating training even

Applying Instructions

CARE Ethiopia is committed to preventing all unwanted behavior at work. This includes sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, and child abuse. We expect everyone who works for us to share this commitment by understanding and working within the CARE Safeguarding Policy and related framework. CARE Ethiopia has a zero-tolerance approach to any harm to, or exploitation of, a vulnerable adult or child by any of our staff, representatives or partners.

CARE Ethiopia reserves the right to seek information from job applicants’ current and/or previous employers about incidents of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment the applicant may have been found guilty to have committed or about which an investigation was in the process of being carried out at the time of the termination of the applicant’s employment with that employer.

By submitting the application, the job applicant confirms that s/he has no objection to CARE Ethiopia requesting the information specified above. All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks.

If you are interested to be part of our dynamic team, exciting work environment and contribute to CARE Ethiopia’s mission and vision, please send your CV (not more than 3 pages) and cover letter (not more than one page) through

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Passionate and dedicated candidates who meet the requirement are strongly encouraged to apply, especially women!

CARE seeks to improve the lives of the most marginalized, particularly women and girls. Our diversity is our strength. We encourage people from all backgrounds and experiences to apply.
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