• Executive-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 16 May 2019
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Closing on 20 February 2020

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 working in Syria to support vulnerable women, men, girls and boys affected by the ongoing civil war. We work both through partners and through direct delivery of humanitarian assistance across different parts of Syria. In addition, CARE supports livelihoods recovery and resilience programming across Syria. Most of our work is through cross border, remote-managed assistance modalities from neighboring countries, working closely with Syrian civil society organizations. Currently CARE’s core sectors in Syria are Food Security & Livelihoods (FSL), WASH and Protection, working with over 120 staff in hubs across the country.

CARE’s programs North East Syria (NES) have a strategic focus on provision of humanitarian assistance (FSL, WASH, NFIs, etc.) and resilience centered programming with a key focus on livelihoods and food security. The NES program provides emergency response with a mixed approach of directly implementation and providing managing food distribution program through a local service provider. On-going monitoring is being done by both by CARE staff and partners contracted in locally in North East Syria. And CARE will continue and strengthen a mixed hybrid implementation modality.

Reporting to the NES Area Director, the Deputy Director Programs (DDP) will be responsible for the direction and development of CARE’s programs in NE Syria. He/she directly oversees program teams comprised of both international and national staff. S/he will ensure that our approaches are based on sound contextual and needs analyses, in coordination with Syria-wide technical teams. The active involvement of CARE Program leadership elsewhere in the Care Syria response is crucial, as is the ability to provide appropriate training to newly-hired CARE colleagues in-situ.

The DDP is expected to provide strategic leadership in the areas of program development, implementation of CARE’s North East Syria humanitarian and where appropriate resilience and recovery interventions. The position is expected to provide strong technical leadership on program design and implementation; ensuring that the Hub has a robust and diverse donor funding base and that programs are implemented fulfilling high quality standards, delivering to the desired impact.

S/he manages a team of professionals focused on the design, funding, implementation of programs and projects. 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 DDP will be based in CARE’s hub office in NES.


  • Program Srategy & Design
  • Staff Management
  • Program Management
  • Context Monitoring & Contingency Planning
  • External Relations, Partnerships
  • Other responsibilities as assigned


  • Bachelors degree in related field or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading strategic and operational planning in conflict context.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills in a very complex international setting
  • Extensive conceptual skills including development of viable program strategies
  • Demonstrated experience in program design (including proposal development), implementation, monitoring and evaluation

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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