The Chief Program Officer leads a team to develop and promote CARE’s state of the art program strategies and successfully integrate these program strategies into country office projects and operations. They lead the global technical, humanitarian, and program operations units, which includes more than 7,000 employees in regional and country offices that deliver CARE programming worldwide. They also drive bold innovation as well as strong cohesion among teams to increase scale and deepen CARE’s impact. Finally, the Chief Program Officer strengthens collaboration between regional, country, and headquarters teams.


The Chief Program Officer is a member of CARE USA’s Executive Management Team and helps develop CARE USA’s overall strategic plan. They manage the (1) Vice President, International Program Operations; (2) Vice President, Program, Strategy & Impact; and (3) Global Humanitarian Director.

1.Lead program positioning and execution

  • Support the CEO of CARE USA & the leaders of CARE international to develop, clearly articulate, and implement CARE’s global program strategy.
  • Ensure that CARE’s cross cutting theme of gender equity is incorporated into all programs and projects, so that CARE remains the recognized global leader in gender programming.
  • Champion the application of data, technology, and unusual partnerships to maximize resources, facilitate new approaches, and scale impact by 10x.
  • Help steer CARE’s business model towards localization and local partnerships while navigating the various challenges inherit in this paradigm shift for the sector.
  • Provide financial planning and oversight for global annual portfolio of $800M+. This includes developing budgets, monitoring expenditures of grants and contracts, developing country funding pipelines, and identifying areas for cost savings.
  • Collaborate with global operations departments including Finance, People & Culture, and Digital Solutions to ensure that country teams have the resources, infrastructure, and expertise they need to be agile, efficient, and effective.
  • Lead efforts to identify, communicate emerging trends and issues that affect CARE’s work and ensure that programs adapt to these challenges and opportunities.

2.Actively engage in major fundraising efforts

  • Help fundraising teams tell the story of CARE’s work and state of the art program approaches.
  • Help cultivate, solicit, and steward major donors and institutional funders.
  • Ensure that growing resources are available to support programs, as well as research and development into new programs and strategies.

3.Elevate CARE as a thought leader in development and humanitarian response

  • Translate CARE’s technical strategy into compelling and persuasive presentations and narratives.
  • Ensure CARE’s work is highly profiled at global industry conferences, donor meetings, and other events.
  • Author compelling articles for external publications, including industry blogs and peer-reviewed journals.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with thought leaders in the global development and humanitarian space.

4.Strengthen innovation & partnerships

  • Work with executive team to adopt audacious but achievable goals in service of CARE USA’s mission.
  • Hold HQ, regional and country teams accountable for strategy integration, program quality, performance, innovation, and partnerships.
  • Break down silos to increase learning, sharing, and scaling of CARE’s programs.
  • Promote innovation, adaptation, and best practices across CARE’s programs.
  • Ensure recruitment and retention of a diverse staff network that reflects the communities where we work.
  • Ensure strong succession planning across Country Offices, Regional Offices, and HQ program teams.


  • MBA, MPH, or master’s degree in international development or other relevant area preferred; bachelor’s degree required.
  • 10+ years’ experience working in an executive leadership position in international development or humanitarian assistance, or at a multinational organization.
  • Extensive experience leading programs across the full continuum from emergency response and humanitarian to long term development work.
  • Outstanding communication and public speaking skills.
  • Lived experience of the challenges and opportunities of working in fragile, developing contexts.
  • Demonstrated visionary and strategic thinking skills with the ability to rally organizational leaders behind ambitious goals.
  • Successful experience with organizational transformation across numerous offices and countries.
  • Ability to inspire, motivate and guide a global, diverse, and geographically dispersed teams of 500 or more.
  • Experience soliciting and stewarding $100M+ donors.
  • Ability to define objectives, develop and manage budgets, appropriately allocate resources, and evaluate outcomes.
  • Demonstrated success in creating clear and compelling program strategies that excite donors and employees.

The search for the Chief Program Officer is being managed by an Executive Search firm. Please apply for the position via this link: Chief Program Officer – CARE – CARE USA – Oxford HR

How to apply

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