Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Apply by 16 July 2018
Posted on 25 June 2018

Job Description

At CARE, we seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live with dignity and security.

This has been our vision since 1945, when we were founded to send lifesaving CARE Packages® to survivors of World War II. Today, CARE is a global leader in the movement to eradicate poverty. In 2016, CARE worked in 94 countries and reached 80 million people with an incredible range of life-saving programs. We also put women and girls at the center of our work because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. We seek dynamic, innovative thinkers to further our mission. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us.

Originated by CARE in Niger in 1991, Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) and savings groups like them have demonstrated tremendous potential to improve the lives of their members, particularly low-income women with limited economic opportunities. Today, CARE has supported nearly 7 million women and men to form VSLAs, improving not only economic well-being but also everything from maternal health to political participation. We are proud of these impacts but we also believe there is potential to go far beyond what has been achieved to date. We are seeking a leader who shares our conviction and focus. In the years ahead, CARE will deepen our commitment to and investment in VSLA scaling through a combination of accelerated momentum in Sub-Saharan Africa and expansion to new regions and contexts.

To help lead this effort, CARE seeks an exceptionally skilled and highly motivated professional with expertise in women’s economic empowerment. The Access Africa Director will be central to both shaping our approach and achieving our goals. The Director will lead a small but seasoned technical team working across the continent to deepen existing partnerships and develop new ones; further integrate VSLAs in CARE’s programming and the programming of scaling partners; conceptualize, demonstrate and mainstream innovations that deepen impacts, increase cost-efficiency and drive sustainability; expand the evidence base on when, why and how VSLAs do (and do not) contribute to women’s empowerment and poverty reduction; and drive resource mobilization and partnership formation in support of strategic goals. The Director will initially have four direct reports as well as direct access to a host of internal programming teams; a stable programming base on which to build; and access to fundraising and technical teams across the federation. The Director will report to a global director responsible for coordinating the expansion of VSLA worldwide. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated track record of successful fundraising; deep technical knowledge of savings groups and self-help groups; substantial experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa on women’s economic empowerment programming; motivation to test innovations ; an ability to represent CARE’s vision and approach to a wide range of internal and external constituencies with clarity and impact; and proven management experience.


  • Lead implementation of CARE’s VSLA scaling strategy across Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Initiate and drive program design and fundraising efforts to ensure strategy is well-resourced
  • Recruit, manage and ensure the performance of the Access Africa team
  • Engage with a wide array of internal and external collaborators to support strategy progression on the continent and guide CARE’s global vision and results
  • Ensure the Access Africa team has effective channels for engaging with key internal collaborators
  • Serve as an authoritative voice on CARE’s work, our learning and our priorities


  • Advanced degree in business, public administration, economics, non-profit management, marketing, gender studies or international development required
  • Fifteen (15) years of experience in international economic development or financial inclusion with substantial focus on sub-Saharan Africa
  • Five (5) years of financial management experience including costing, budgeting, expense tracking and overall budget responsibility
  • Demonstrated expertise in women’s economic empowerment and/or gender-transformative approaches to development
  • Significant knowledge of informal savings groups and the state of both practice and evidence as it relates to women’s empowerment
  • Seasoned manager with track record of leading high-talent, virtual teams in resource constrained environments to achieve results
  • Established experience working with a wide array of donors including professional foundations, bi- and multi-lateral agencies, corporations, family foundations and high-net worth individuals.
  • Robust industry knowledge and network across the continent with potential to advance CARE’s programming
  • Partnership development experience with public, non-profit and private sector actors
  • Fluent English speaker with excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Creative, entrepreneurial thinker and manager capable going beyond the status quo to achieve results

Location: Flexible but preference will be given to candidates currently based/residing in and able to work in Sub-Saharan Africa. A list of CARE presence countries can be found here:

Travel: Up to 30%, primarily within Sub-Saharan Africa

Application deadline: July 16, 2018

About the Organization

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. We place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of disease, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.

Our diversity is our strength; we encourage people from all backgrounds and experiences, particularly women, to apply.

CARE USA is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you’d like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please click here.

The closing date for this posting, if listed, is approximate. Job postings may be removed from CARE's career website at any time.

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