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.
The Vice President of International Programs Operations (IPO) is responsible for CARE USA’s leadership, implementation and management of high impact humanitarian and development programs and effective operations in regions (Africa, Asia, Middle East, Europe and Latin America) and in the country offices managed by CARE USA. Reporting to the Chief Program Officer, the VP, IPO has a span of control of over 6,000 employees and responsibility for hundreds of millions of dollars. He or she provides global line management that aligns the organization’s strategic priorities with the necessary capabilities to deliver on the mission, program objectives, and desired outcomes managing organizational development, safety and security, key relationships with other members of the CARE confederation, and overseeing implementation of regional and country programs and initiatives. The VP, IPO commutes both ways across the bridge between headquarters and the country offices and is an important connection point between our impact work around the world and all supporting functions. The VP, IPO also plays a key role with CARE International ensuring that CARE USA and the confederation are working together to provide best in class support and thinking to our organization. All of this requires the successful candidate to be an action-oriented, seasoned and innovative driver who can successfully navigate the route to enterprise-wide collaboration and success while making sure that the voices of our program participants and implementers are always at the center of the discussion. We are looking for someone with significant impact for driving change within the organization and in the world.
Job Responsibility 1: Programmatic Strategy
- Provide leadership and strategic oversight of regional and country offices and programs managed by CARE USA.
- Ensures that expertise and experience from the field informs and shapes program strategy.
- Directly manage the ongoing change process within CARE USA-led regions and countries towards CARE’s vision 2030.
- Lead the advancement of CARE USA’s humanitarian assistance, sustainable development, and policy influence strategies within CARE-USA led regions, countries, and programs.
- Guide and oversee development of regional and country programs to ensure that CARE plays appropriate roles and is well positioned for continued relevance and impact in each country context.
- Support our work for continued transformation, including agility for supporting local partners, promotion of local and regional leadership within our country offices, and new models of operating.
Job Responsibility 2: Operational Innovation
- Oversee the management administrative and financial resources in CARE’s regional and country operations to ensure they are used to maximize impact and effectiveness.
- Maintain CARE’s commitment to high standards of compliance and accountability.
- Understand different funding sources and subsequent operational opportunities and limitations.
- Given the central role of CARE’s international operations to the entire organization, work across departments to assure integration of international operations.
- Lead a process of fundamental change within CARE USA-led regions and countries towards CARE’s vision 2030 focused on scale of impact, evidence-based innovation, and gender-equal programming.
- Contribute to the leadership of CARE USA’s overall change process and CARE International processes.
Job Responsibility 3: Organizational Strategy and Leadership
- Lead and manage regional directors, Global Security, Change Management, Business Operations and other senior staff.
- Oversee the development and management of staff with attention to the program functions and the cultural factors indigenous to the specific geographies.
- Ensure that each regional office has the resources in place and the capacity mobilization capability to deliver upon requirements.
- Oversee the recruitment, management, development, and succession planning of staff in CARE’s regional and country programs to ensure a commitment to excellence, growth, and a strong, diverse and high performing talent pool.
- Implement best-in-class talent management practices that prioritize equity and inclusion across all dimensions.
Job Responsibility 4: Partnership Engagement and Scale
- Establish and promote relations with other CARE International members, bilateral and multilateral donors, other NGOs and private funders to advance and promote CARE USA.
- Work closely with CARE’s policy/advocacy team, regions, and affiliate partners for multiplying impact.
- Lead the development and implementation of policy influence strategies to support the goals of CARE’s international programs.
Job Responsibility 5: Key Skills
- Display a deep commitment to CARE’s core beliefs
- Have experience leading and an understanding of CARE’s thematic pillars from both a humanitarian and a development perspective
- Proven experience integrating cross cutting teams and initiates across thematic programs
- Ability to create an environment that inspires collaboration across the CARE confederation
- An action-oriented approach to problem-solving and process improvements
- Minimum of 10-year experience managing international organizations in both humanitarian response and international development
- Master’s Degree or an equivalent combination of a Bachelor’s degree and experience
- Experience in program management, policy influence & evaluation
- Proven track record in international and distributed operational organizations of significant scale
- Familiarity with funding agencies and international organizations and skills in external relations and advocacy
- Understanding of the evolving roles of international NGOs
- Leadership, organizational development & strategy skills
- Operations management skills & experience
- Planning, budgeting and financial management experience & skills
- Organizational and staff leadership, management, decision-making & development skills
- Internal communications, teamwork and collaboration skills
- Travel expectation is 20-30%
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