• Executive-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 19 June 2018
  • Gaziantep, Turkey
  • Closing on 19 July 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.

The Deputy Director Programmes (DDP) for North Syria is responsible for overseeing CARE’s program work for North Syria and ensures that the program contributes to CARE’s vision & mission. S/he oversees our sectoral program management team and day to day program operations, reporting directly to the North Syria Area Director. The DDP is expected to provide strategic leadership in the areas of program development, implementation and adjustment of CARE’s North Syria program portfolio.

CARE operates a remotely-managed program into North Syria with a strategic focus on:

  • Emergency Response and provision humanitarian assistance (WASH, NFIs);
  • Resilience centered programming with a key focus on livelihoods;
  • Gender and protection;
  • Primary health and Sexually and reproductive health program; and
  • Strengthening the capacity of Syrian civil society.

The program works with Syrian implementing partners and has reached over more than half a million people since 2013. Monitoring is done through a third party and consultants contracted in North Syria.

The position is expected to provide strong leadership and technical expertise on program design and implementation; ensuring that the North Syria 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, with a particular focus on emergency programs to meet immediate humanitarian needs, as well as, medium-term programming that effectively addresses the food security and livelihood needs of the population caught in the conflict (displaced and host community alike). 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 lead the development, testing and implementation of new innovative program approaches appropriate for the context of North Syria that is highly fluid. S/he works closely with the Head of Program for CARE Syria and the Program Quality Unit, which will provide support in areas of M&E, partnership and strategy. S/he will guide ongoing M&E work as needed for programming in consultation with PQ. S/he also 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 DDP is a key member of the North Syria Senior Management Team and as such is responsible for leading and supporting key leadership and management initiatives. S/he is responsible for (along with the Area Director) coordinating work streams with the CARE Syria Country Office currently based in Amman and maintaining good working relationships with the various associated hubs. He/she is expected to line manage the sectoral program managers in situ or remotely, interfaces and represents CARE with donors, peer agencies and implementing partners. S/he may be required to become Acting Area Director when the Area Director is out of the country. S/he will also provide support to safety and security management of the program, ensuring in collaboration with the safety and security coordinator that the program is implemented in an accountable fashion, without unduly putting at risks partners, consultants or staff.


  • Program Strategy & Design
  • Staff Management
  • Program Management
  • External Relations and Partnerships
  • Context Monitorin & Emergency Response
  • Other responsibilities as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field
  • Demonstrated experience in leading strategic and operational planning in conflict context.
  • Extensive conceptual skills including development of viable program strategies
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple donor budgets concurrently
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with donors, UN and government counterparts.

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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