• Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 5 December 2018
  • Hargeysa, Somalia
  • Closing on 4 January 2019

Job Description

​CARE is seeking an Assistant Country Director - Program (ACD-P) who will be responsible for ensuring that CARE Somalia’s programs contribute to CARE’s vision of “a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been eliminated and people live with dignity and security”. The ACD-P is expected to provide strategic leadership in the areas of program quality, development, implementation and scaling up of CARE Somalia’s humanitarian interventions.

A major emphasis in this position is to play a strong Resource Mobilization and Technical leadership role in ensuring that the Country Office has a robust and diverse donor funding base and that programs are implemented fulfilling standards for quality and accountability along with delivering to the desired impacts in making a significant contribution to reducing poverty and social injustice.

The ACD-P will be responsible for overseeing the development of program strategies appropriate for the Somalia context and environment which is associated with chronic poverty and emergency humanitarian needs due to the ongoing conflict and instability. S/he will manage a team of professionals focused on the design, funding, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs and projects, with large focus on emergency programs, that effectively address the underlying causes of poverty and meeting immediate humanitarian needs in line with CARE’s Programming Principles.

The Assistant Country Director - Programs must also ensure that systems, policies, procedures and people are in place to ensure the proper management and implementation of those projects and programs and will be responsible for overseeing the development, testing and implementation of new innovative program approaches appropriate for the context of Somalia.

S/he will work closely with, and will be supported by, the program units at CARE International, regional and CARE USA HQ levels, as well as with other interested CARE International members. The ACD-P is a key member of the Country Office Leadership Team and as such is responsible for leading and supporting the CO leadership and management initiatives. S/he, along with the Country Director, will be responsible for maintaining good working relationships with host government officials, donors, peer agencies and other partners. S/he may be required to become Acting CD when the CD is out of the country.


  • Program Quality
  • Staff Management
  • Program Management
  • Program Strategy
  • External Relations and Partnerships


  • Bachelor’s Degree in International Development or related field. Master’s degree preferred
  • At least 5 years in senior management and leadership positions in humanitarian and development programs
  • 8 years of progressive overseas experience in humanitarian and development programs
  • Must possess a strong background and extensive experience in emergency humanitarian programming in order to lead a possible scale up of CARE Somalia’s emergency humanitarian programs as required
  • Substantial experience leading large and complex humanitarian and development programs
  • Demonstrated experience in emergency response management
  • Demonstrated experience in leading strategic and operational planning
  • Knowledge and experience of humanitarian and development policy and advocacy in complex settings
  • Track record of successful new business development
  • Extensive conceptual skills including development of program strategy
  • Demonstrated skills in program design (including proposal development), implementation and evaluation
  • Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Strong representation and negotiation skills
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural communication skills
  • Excellent skills in written and spoken English

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.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. 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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