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Ethiopia: PROGRAM DIRECTOR Job Vacancy in Ethiopia

Organization: CARE USA
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 10 Nov 2018

At CARE, we seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live with dignity and security.

This has been our vision since 1945, when we were founded to send lifesaving CARE Packages® to survivors of World War II. Today, CARE is a global leader in the movement to eradicate poverty. In 2016, CARE worked in 94 countries and reached 80 million people with an incredible range of life-saving programs. We also put women and girls at the center of our work because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. We seek dynamic, innovative thinkers to further our mission. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us.

CARE is seeking a talented Program Director who is responsible for ensuring that CARE’s programs in Ethiopia contribute to CARE’s vision of “a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been eliminated and people live with dignity and security”. The Program Director is expected to provide strategic leadership in the areas of program development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and ensure that CARE’s programs/projects make a significant contribution to reducing poverty and social injustice.

The Program Director is responsible for overseeing the development of program strategies appropriate for the specific environments in which CARE works. S/he manages a team of professionals focused on the design, funding, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs and projects (including emergency programs) that effectively address the underlying causes of poverty in line with CARE’s Programming Principles. S/he must also ensure that systems and people are in place to ensure the proper management of those projects and programs. In Ethiopia, there is a particular emphasis on programmatic learning and developing evidence of scalable methods and models capable of influencing wider policy and practice.

The Program Director is responsible for overseeing the development, testing and implementation of new and innovative program approaches appropriate for the context of the CO. S/he works closely with, and is supported by the program units at regional and CARE USA HQ levels, as well as with other interested CARE International members.

Given the high level of recurrent humanitarian need in Ethiopia, the CO has standing emergency response capacity in addition to three long-term programs focused on the empowerment of vulnerable girls and women. CARE is a leader in the humanitarian policy and coordination arena and the Program Director is expected to be familiar with CARE’s humanitarian mandate and able to represent the CO at highest level for a country.

The person in this role will be a key member of the Country Office Senior Leadership Team and as such, is responsible for leading and supporting CO initiatives. S/he, in partnership with the Country Director, will be responsible for maintaining good working relationships with host government officials, donors and other partners and may be required to play the role of Acting Country Director when the CD is out of the country. With a very large and diverse program, the Program Director position in Ethiopia requires significant sharing of representation and coordination duties between the CD and ACD, especially in the humanitarian arena.


  • Staff management
  • Program quality
  • Program management
  • Reflective practice and learning
  • Program strategy
  • External relations and partnerships
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field. Master’s degree (or equivalent) preferred
  • Five (5) years in senior management position in development field
  • Demonstrated experience in leading strategic and operational planning
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills in a very complex international setting
  • Extensive conceptual skills including development of program strategy
  • Demonstrated experience in program design (including proposal development), implementation and evaluation
  • Experience in emergency related activities
  • Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Ability and interest to coach and develop staff, along with strong performance management skills
  • Experience with the management of a diverse workforce
  • Strong representation, negotiation and networking skills
  • Demonstrated use of positive coping strategies in stressful environments
  • Demonstrated cross cultural communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience with financial management as demonstrated by the ability to manage a complex budget and Donor compliance and reporting
  • Ability to establish a learning culture within the Country Office (CO)
  • Experience in successfully managing institutional partnerships with national and international NGOs
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with donors and government counterparts#LI-AM2

How to apply:

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The closing date for this posting, if listed, is approximate. Job postings may be removed from CARE's career website at any time.

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