The nature and number of humanitarian crises have grown to unprecedented levels, and today there are over 65 million people who are either displaced or refugees. Put another way, one out of every 113 people on Earth have been forcibly displaced from their home. This is a result of a myriad of issues which includes the increasing number of emergencies, their complexity, scale and protracted nature – all of which continue to challenge international and national capacities at all levels. In this setting, traditional emergency response approaches and structures have become increasingly inept in responding to the fluid and rapidly evolving contexts within which we work. Today, there is no clear blueprint for the future of emergency and humanitarian aid.
In response to our changing world, and with the ambition to assert ourselves as leaders in the humanitarian response world, we find ourselves faced with the reality of having to reimagine our own strategies and approaches. In response to this, a central priority of CARE’s new Strategy focuses on the need to “reinvigorate the organization’s humanitarian DNA”.
CARE is seeking for Director for Emergency & Humanitarian Assitance (EHA) who will provide critical leadership and vision to CARE USA’s emerghency and humanitarian assistance programs that both meets the demands of today and appropriately positons us for the challenges of the future. The Director – and the CARE USA EHA team will sit within the cross-departmental innovation team for a period of 12 months – to elevate the team’s work and build in cross-functional collaboration by design, before determining the structure and placement of a re-designed EHAT team within CARE. The Director will ensure that these programs are coordinated with and supportive of the work of CARE International’s Emergency Response Working Group (ERWG) and contribute to the achievement of the International Program and Operations (IPO) department strategy. S/he would be a member of the IPO SMT.
S/he is responsible for providing leadership and supervision to the CARE USA Emergencies staff and ensuring that CARE USA’s emergency preparedness and response activities follow CARE International (CI) program principles and protocols and meet the objectives of addressing underlying causes of people’s vulnerability to reduce the impact of disasters. This includes driving programs to ensure they meet the needs of vulnerable women and girls during crisis, and developing and tracking indicators that measure the empowerment of women in emergency situations.
The Director will provide strategic leadership and guidance, ensure technical support to CARE International members and Country Offices, represent CI and C-USA in different fora and with donors; and, will work to make resources available in the focus areas which have been agreed upon with CARE International, namely water/sanitation, food security, and shelter. S/he will facilitate CARE USA’s contribution to emergency responses coordinated by the Geneva-based CARE Emergency Group (CEG) and will be responsible for maintaining close working relationships with other units and divisions within CARE USA, with CEG and other CARE members to ensure staff surge capacity and financial contributions to emergency-specific efforts. The Director is also responsible for managing key relationships in the USA with bilateral donors (OFDA, Food for Peace, and BPRM) and other consortia such such as Interaction Humanitarian Policy Practice and Committee and the Interagency Working Group. Finally, the Director will work with our advocacy fundraising/marketing teams to be out-front in advocacy and fundraising/marketing thought leadership efforts.
- Strategic Leadership & Vision
- Technical Oversight
- Resource Mobilization
- Coordination: Coordination within CARE USA
- Bachelor’s in Appropriate Field
- 5 years of management experience in humanitarian sector; 3 years working overseas in multiple emergency situations and/or fragile states
- Experience in designing and managing the implementation of a strategy
- Experience brokering creative partnerships and thinking through organizational design as it aligns to mission
- Intrapraneurship – experience working within a large, complex organization to drive mission-driven transformation
- Experience leading teams through moments of transition, leading change management initiatives
- Capacity to thrive in uncertain environments where creativity, a sense of mission and leadership skills are a priority
- Strategic visioning and decision making,
- Superior interpersonal and communication skills
- Strong presentation acumen, ability to distill complex ideas to diverse audiences
- Knowledge of humanitarian architecture and evolving humanitarian/emergency environment
- Knowledge of quality and accountability initiatives