• Executive-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 2 January 2019
  • Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Closing on 1 February 2019

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.

CARE is seeking an experienced Assistant Country Director - Program Quality (ACD-PQ). The ACD-PQ is responsible for ensuring that CARE Malawi’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”. S/he is expected to provide strategic leadership in the areas of program quality, development and implementation.

A major emphasis in this position is to play a strong Resource Mobilization and Technical Leadership role in ensuring that 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-PQ will be responsible for overseeing the development of program strategies appropriate for the Malawi 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. S/he must also ensure that systems, policies, procedures and people are in place to ensure the proper management and implementation of those projects and programs.

The Assistant Country Director will be responsible for overseeing the development, testing and implementation of new innovative program approaches appropriate for the context of Malawi. S/he works closely with, and is supported by the program units at CI, 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 is responsible for (along with the CD) 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.


  • Staff management
  • Program quality
  • Program management
  • Reflective practice and learning
  • Program strategy
  • External relations



  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field. Master’s degree preferred
  • 5 to 8 years of experience in senior management position in development field
  • Program Management
    • Demonstrated experience in leading strategic and operational planning
    • Demonstrated leadership and management skills in a very complex international setting
    • Extensive conceptual skills including development of program strategy
    • Demonstrated experience in program design (including proposal development), implementation and evaluation
    • Experience in emergency related activities
  • People/Relationship Management
    • Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills
    • Ability and interest to coach and develop staff
    • Experience with performance management and experience with the management of a diverse workforce
    • Strong representation and negotiation skills
    • Demonstrated use of positive coping strategies in stressful environments
    • Demonstrated cross cultural communication skills
  • Financial Management
    • Knowledge and experience with financial management as demonstrated by:
      • Ability to manage a complex budget
      • Donor compliance and reporting
  • Information/Knowledge Management
    • Ability to establish a learning culture within the CO
  • External Relationships/Fundraising
    • Experience in successfully managing institutional partnerships with national and international NGOs
    • Experience in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with donors and government counterparts.


  • Experience and knowledge of operationalizing a rights-based approach
  • Demonstrated experience with proposal development with range of international donors (i.e USAID, EU, DFID, CIDA)
  • Experience and skills in organizational change processes

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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