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, and fight with CARE.
As part of CARE’s priority to strengthen its humanitarian preparedness and response globally, region-based humanitarian coordinator positions have been established in major regions where CARE operates. Coordinators support country offices and regions in the initial phases of an emergency response, humanitarian programming and response, preparedness, regional donor relationships, capacity building, humanitarian policy & analysis and technical assistance in the support of quality emergency & humanitarian response.
The Regional Humanitarian Coordinator (RHC) provides critical coordination and support to CARE International’s humanitarian & emergency preparedness and response. In-between rapid onset emergencies she/he works with country offices (with a focus on high priority/risk countries), lead members’ management, members and affiliates to strengthen CARE’s humanitarian capabilities across the region in line with the Regional Road Map. This includes strengthening capacity for preparedness, emergency response, integration of emergency/humanitarian programming within CARE’s program approach, strengthening our gender in emergency capacity, humanitarian policy, and other related priority areas. She/he also represents CARE externally at regional level in the humanitarian field with key forums, partners and donors, develops a contextual understanding of the region, and undertakes appropriate humanitarian policy and analysis.
Support country offices, members and affiliates initiate responses to emergencies, in consultation with CEG (Care Emergency Group) and the lead member (as appropriate), including advising on start-up, assessments, and mobilization of resources.
Represent the region internally on behalf of CEG and in crisis coordination meetings/calls, CI conference calls, and with lead members as appropriate; ensure information flow among country offices, CEG, lead members (line management and emergency units), and with other CI members.
Establish strong and close relationships with CDs and Regional / deputy regional directors and emergency directors at CI (Care International) levels and plays an active advisory, supportive and coordination role in order to facilitate clear communication and coordination, integration of humanitarian and long-term development, contextual analysis, and address any potential issues related to our humanitarian work, emergency preparedness and response.
Promote and guide quality in humanitarian & emergency programmes throughout the region. This includes promoting and guiding CARE offices in their adherence to our humanitarian aspirations (scale, size, timeliness, quality) and regional priorities identified in the road map, to minimum standards, including CARE’s Humanitarian Accountability Framework (including, program principles and its humanitarian mandate, policies, procedures & guidance as contained within CARE’s emergency toolkit), incorporation of gender and partnership approaches.
Important stakeholder in contributing to the development and implementation of the humanitarian aspects of the Regional Road Map as part of the Regional team
Support and advise lead members, country offices, members and partners on Emergency Preparedness Planning (EPP)
Represent CARE International in regional forums and meetings in the humanitarian area including with regional entities, UN humanitarian agencies, other NGOs, partners, region-based emergency donors, inter-agency working groups etc. and coordinate with CEG and CI members as appropriate
Monitor and develop understanding of ongoing regional contexts and vulnerabilities and produce occasional updates/sit reps and support country offices to develop their own updates/sit reps when needed
Work with country offices, CEG’s HR(Human Resource) coordinator, lead members’ HR departments and technical specialists to support the staffing of the RED (Record of Emergency Data) and the Horn of Africa emergency roster with qualified and skilled staff within the region readily available to participate in CARE responses to our humanitarian and emergencies work within and outside the region
Master’s degree or relevant combination of qualification and experience
English essential French, Portuguese or Arabic desirable
At minimum 5-10 years’ experience in humanitarian preparedness, risk reduction and response
Experience and knowledge of the region
Experience in programme design, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, including SPHERE standards, gender, donor relations, security and protection considerations
Experience in scale-up emergency response, gender and women’s empowerment programming and humanitarian accountability.
Excellent training, coaching and mentoring skills
High level of writing and communication skills
Willingness to spend high proportion of time travelling away from home (approx 60%) and be deployed with limited notice period