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Senior Manager, Humanitarian Assistance

CARE Canada


CARE Canada is currently seeking a Senior Manager, Humanitarian Assistance.

Under the leadership of the Director of Global Programs and Impact, the Senior Manager, Humanitarian Assistance is responsible for:

  • Oversight and ensuring the effective implementation of CARE Canada’s humanitarian and early recovery program portfolio, with a clear focus on strengthening gender equality and the resilience of affected populations
  • Managing and leading a team of Program Managers and Program Officers to effective support and enable Country Offices to deliver high quality humanitarian programming, liaise with key donors, monitoring, evaluation, and applying learning to ensure CARE Canada is well positioned to drive and response to trends within the humanitarian sector.
  • External representation: the role will require confidence with GAC policies and procedures, as well as representation with Canadian partners, government desks, and CARE International
  • A critical part of the role is working in collaboration with the Senior Managers in Global Health, Women’s Economic Empowerment, and Food Security & Resilience to Climate Change to ensure strong linkages and programming leadership across the humanitarian and development nexus.

The Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Team currently manages a programming portfolio of $25 – 30 million CAD annually. This is comprised of funding from Global Affairs Canada, various UN Agencies, including UNCHR, WFP, UNFPA, FAO and UNICEF and the Humanitarian Coalition. This is a complex funding portfolio made up of over 25 contracts, all with differing donor obligations, various implementation timelines and detailed reporting requirements.
Because of the nature of the work, demands are fast-paced and unpredictable. This position requires an individual who is very flexible, provides expertise and leadership at a senior level and who works well within a team. A significant understanding and practical experience integrating gender equality in humanitarian interventions is required. The Senior Manager must also have the ability to build effective working relationships with the Government of Canada, as well as ability to build networks with external and internal stakeholders.

Is this right for you? Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • You have senior management experience in complex crises, natural disasters and conflict, including a significant portion of this experience spent in the field
  • You have experience in and are committed to promoting gender equality within humanitarian work
  • Demonstrable leadership and strategic management skills - including management and leadership teams in a humanitarian settings
  • You have a track record of high resilience under pressure and ability to support and motivate teams in these situations
  • You have the ability and experience leading and working within a matrix management structure, and supporting direct reports to do the same
  • You have a high political acumen and excellent team building and interpersonal skills
  • You have demonstrated your ability to coach, mentor and develop staff and build effective teams

  • You have a very good understanding of the humanitarian system, principles and key relief sectors (e.g. strong knowledge of and demonstrated experience with IHL, the Red Cross Code of Conduct, Grand Bargain, SPHERE, IASC Gender, and the Core Humanitarian Standards)
  • You have well-developed written and oral communications skills with the ability to represent the organization to a variety of stakeholders and convincing presentation skills
  • You have the capacity to work closely with communities affected by disaster, including familiarity with participatory assessment methods, with a focus on gender equality and ability to identify specific needs of men, women, boys and girls.
  • You have excellent assessment, emergency strategy, report writing, and proposal development skills.
  • You have the ability and willingness to undertake travel to insecure locations – up to 25% of the time
  • You have a Bachelor’s degree in International Development or Humanitarian Action or in a related field, or equivalent combination of education and work experience


What would make you extraordinary?

  • A second key language (French, Spanish or Arabic)
  • Previous experience managing complex humanitarian funding from Global Affairs Canada
  • Master’s degree in international development or Humanitarian Action, or in a related field.
  • Technical proficiency in one of CARE’s focus areas (WASH, shelter, food security/nutrition, sexual and reproductive health, gender in emergencies, gender-based violence, logistics, emergency preparedness)

What we offer:

  • Generous leave entitlements, including December holiday closure;
  • Full benefits: dental, medical, vision care, paramedical, life insurance (some exceptions may apply) and professional and confidential Employee Assistance Program services;
  • Learning and Development opportunities, and specialised training;
  • Flexible work hours and a work from home policy;
  • Free parking; transportation routes, central location which is close to popular amenities;
  • We also have an onsite BBQ and shower facilities;


About CARE

Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. In over 80 countries, CARE works with the poorest communities to improve basic health and education, enhance rural livelihoods and food security, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity, help vulnerable people adapt to climate change and provide lifesaving assistance during emergencies. We place special focus on working alongside women and girls, living in poverty, because, equipped with the proper resources, women and girls have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. To learn more, visit

If you are someone who thrives on challenge, loves to be part of a dynamic team and you are passionate about making a difference, then this opportunity is for you and we would like to hear from you. Please apply directly at before March 31, 2018. This position is open to those eligible to work in Canada and those requiring a work permit. This position will be based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Please note resumes will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, please submit your application as soon as possible. The advertisement will be removed once candidate has been identified

CARE Canada is committed to employment equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified applicants. Recruitment-related accommodations for persons with disabilities are available on request.


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