• Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 22 August 2019
  • Kigali, Rwanda
  • Closing on 21 September 2019

Job Description

CARE Rwanda is in a critical and exciting phase in its role in Rwanda in driving impact that benefits women and girls, enhances the lives of poor and vulnerable communities and addresses injustice and discrimination. In 2017 CARE Rwanda introduced its One Program Strategy “Her Dignity, Our Pride” focused entirely on achieving gender justice for women and girls through a single program approach. It has undertaken a restructuring of the office to deliver this ambitious strategy, which includes a greater focus on developing, implementing and learning from high quality and proven models for impact; and redefining its partnerships with Rwandan partners, including government, the private sector and civil society organizations.

At this significant time in implementing this new strategy, CARE International in Rwanda is seeking a dynamic, future-oriented Country Director (CD) to lead CARE’s strategy and operations in the country and drive for impact in a unique and enabling policy and legal environment. Strategic leadership, ability to build and maintain partnerships, ability to manage change and manage knowledge, strong communication skills, and the ability to build coalitions and consensus are key strengths needed - along with the ability to innovate, mobilize resources, manage change, and build a strong organizational team and strengthen structures and processes to drive this agenda.

The Country Director will provide strategic leadership and guidance to the Country Office team and to external partners to ensure that CARE’s role in the country continuously evolves for maximum impact and relevance to the environment and to the people we serve. S/he will oversee the development, funding and implementation of the Country Office (CO) program portfolio and will be responsible for adequate emergency preparedness while managing emergency programming and operations.

The person in this role will establish and sustain productive relationships with government officials, donors and strategic partners. S/he will lead the CO’s fundraising strategy and ensure the CO’s financial viability. As an organizational citizen, the Country Director will contribute to CI’s global strategy, share knowledge and support the generation of evidence to inform on CARE’s global programming. S/he will also be accountable for competent operational and risk management including the proper management, well-being and safety of CARE staff and the proper stewardship of CARE’s resources.

In summary, the CD will model and ensure systematic practice of CARE’s core values – (Transformation, Integrity, Diversity, Excellence and Equality), promote Gender Equality and Diversity among CO staff, identify new ways of working and drive the teams toward the organizational vision, while fostering innovation, holistic planning and programming and helping to build effective teams, coalitions and networks. S/he will encourage on-going staff development to motivate and strengthen the teams’ resilience in the face of change.


  • Lead the design, implementation, and evolution of the Country Office (CO) strategic plan
  • Develop and enhance relationships, partnerships and networks between the CO, other parts of CARE and external organizations to maximize CARE’s impact on poverty and social justice
  • Identify, secure and mobilize program and project funding consistent with CI’s program strategy in Rwanda through CI Members, bilateral and multilateral donors and non-traditional sources
  • Build and maintain a strong and innovative leadership team
  • Oversee the management of CO programming to advance CARE’s vision and mission, in line with CARE’s Program Strategy and standards for program quality
  • Oversee the direction of management, and accounting of all resources in the CO
  • Oversee the management and development of CO human resources to ensure a diverse, skilled, and productive workforce, where CARE Core Values are practiced
  • Oversee the promotion of staff development and the maximization of local talent, through coaching and mentoring, talent management, succession planning and active career development
  • Ensure CARE’s stance on Protection, Sexual, Harassment Exploitation and Abuse [PSHEA] is monitored and adhered to by both staff and our Partners and individuals/organizations held accountable for violation


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, Political Sciences, International Relations, Humanitarian and International Cooperation or related field
  • 6-8 years in senior management position in development field
  • Demonstrated experience and strength in leading strategic and operational planning
  • Demonstrated knowledge of program design, implementation and evaluation
  • Extensive conceptual skills including strategic analysis
  • Ability to establish a learning culture within the CO and to facilitate knowledge sharing across CARE
  • Demonstrated skills in leading a diverse team to achieve results in a complex international setting
  • Demonstrated self-awareness, leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of oversight of financial and budget management, including risk management and ensuring value for money
  • Strong human resource management skills including motivation, capacity building, coaching, conflict management, giving and receiving feedback,
  • Demonstrated use of positive coping strategies in stressful environments
  • The ability to communicate in Kinyarwanda, English (required), and French (both verbal and written) is desired

About the Organization

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.

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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