Country Director CARE Canada

CARE Canada is currently seeking a Country Director for our Country Office in Kenya. 

Reporting to VP International Operations, The Country Director (CD) has the overall responsibility for the effective management of CARE International in country consistent with CARE International’s vision and mission, core values and program principals, global program strategy and operational code.

The Country Director has overall responsibility and leadership of the Country Office’s (CO) performance by representing the CO with key stakeholders, guiding program development and implementation consistent with CI’s global strategy, ensuring effective and timely humanitarian response capacity, leading strategy development, change management and operational planning, and overseeing financial, operations and human resource management, including the safety and security of all CO and visiting CARE staff. The CD reports to CARE Canada’s Vice President for International Operations and receives support and oversight from the International Operations team. 
The CD models and ensures systematic practice of CI values and new ways of working by fostering innovation, helping to build effective teams, coalitions and networks and encouraging on-going staff development to motivate and strengthen the organization’s resilience in the face of change. S/he promotes gender equality and diversity among CO staff and in programming.

In doing so, s/he:
•    Ensures that CARE's role in the country is aligned with CARE’s global program strategy and continuously evolves to achieve the greatest impact and relevance in the operating context;
•    Positions CARE as a partner of choice and an influential voice in reducing poverty and social injustice; 
•    Leads the organizational changes required to align to the CO’s Country Presence Review outcomes and CI’s global vision and strategy;
•    Leads and oversees the timely transformational changes required to align CARE Kenya CO to CARE International’s program priorities, advocacy strategy and operational models;
•    Lead, promote and oversees mainstreaming of gender issues in the Country program policies, strategy and program development;

What you offer:
•    University degree in a relevant discipline.
•    Minimum of ten years of experience in international development and humanitarian assistance;
•    At least five years of successful experience at the senior management level in overseas postings, in contexts similar to Kenya e.g. middle income country, competitive business environment; vulnerable to natural disasters  (experience in Kenya preferred);
•    Proven experience in overseeing and leading transformation process,
•    Proven experience in leading multi-disciplinary and multinational teams especially in response to a major disasters;  
•    Leading the review and reformulation of strategic plans; 
•    Solid understanding of financial and budget management, and of best practice programming (expertise by sector would be an asset);
•    Proven abilities in decision-making and problem-solving including in emergency contexts;
•    Experience in security management; and
•    Flexibility and willingness to undertake local, regional and international travel.
•    Fluent in English (speaking, writing and reading)
•    Advance knowledge of Excel and MS Word and Outlook

What would make you extraordinary (Assets)?
•    Master’s degree in relevant discipline
•    Fluent oral and written communication in local language.
•    Extensive experience with USAID, DFID/UK Aid, EU DEVCO, ECHO (DIPECHO), UN and private sector partnerships and contracts
•    Familiarity with accounting packages such as SCALA, SUN or others.

What we offer:
•    Generous leave entitlements;
•    Full benefits: dental, medical, vision care, paramedical, life insurance (some exceptions may apply) and professional and confidential Employee Assistance Program services;
•    Learning and Development opportunities, and specialised training;
•    The chance to be a part of a great team working to improve the lives of the most vulnerable with a focus on women and girls.

About CARE Kenya: 

CARE has been operating in Kenya since 1968 working in close collaboration with multiple stakeholders to help enhance social justice and alleviate poverty in the country.  CARE Kenya reaches approximately 2 million people per year in the areas of gender equality and women’s voice, economic empowerment, health, food and nutrition security and climate change resilience, and humanitarian assistance. CARE uses a program approach to address the underlying causes of poverty for marginalized groups and works in collaboration with national and county governments, communities and development partners to implement programs and influence policies that reduce poverty and social injustice. CARE works with a range of stakeholders including the Government of Kenya, the private sector, local and international non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations and local communities to promote lasting change and innovative solutions to complex humanitarian and development challenges.

CARE Kenya is in the midst of a role and relevance review that will enhance the country office’s alignment to CARE International global outcomes and approaches, and has been identified as a candidate for transforming into an independent local entity and national member of CARE International. The Country Director is expected to provide strategic leadership in the analysis,  planning and implementation of the organizational transformation. 

About CARE

Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. In over 80 countries, CARE works with the poorest communities to improve basic health and education, enhance rural livelihoods and food security, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity, help vulnerable people adapt to climate change and provide lifesaving assistance during emergencies. CARE places special focus on working alongside women and girls, living in poverty, because, equipped with the proper resources, women and girls have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. To learn more, visit

If you are someone who thrives on challenge, loves to be part of a dynamic team and you are passionate about making a difference, then this opportunity is for you. Please apply directly here before January 8, 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a regular basis and the position will remain posted until a qualified candidate is selected.   

CARE Canada is committed to employment equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified applicants. Recruitment-related accommodations for persons with disabilities are available on request.

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