• Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 16 July 2020
  • Bogota, Colombia
  • Closing on 15 August 2020
  • Current

Job Description

The establishment of a Deputy Regional Director - Humanitarian (DRD - Humanitarian) position is in direct response to the expanded capacity required to effectively guide CARE’s humanitarian efforts in the Latin American & Caribbean (LAC) region, resulting from the continuously growing sub-regional Venezuela crisis, the crisis in the Northern Triangle in Central America, the unfolding crisis in Haiti, as well as the rapidly unfolding crisis resulting from the COVID-10 global pandemic. The DRD - Humanitarian is responsible for providing strategic direction, technical support and guidance to CARE’s strategic humanitarian work within the LAC region.

This position will be responsible for providing leadership and hands-on technical support as required to Country Offices (CO) to support CARE’s humanitarian responses that are impactful, at scale, and that adhere to humanitarian principles and CARE’s approach (gender equality & women’s voice, resilience and governance). S/he will provide leadership and oversight of all key areas including; emergency response strategy development, start-up and scale up of response actions, program quality and impact, human resources management, financial stewardship, resource acquisition, communications, legal and representation.

S/he will work closely with the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator to ensure clear delineation and coordination of support and engagement with COs, as well as in representing CARE in appropriate external forums, particularly in regional meetings to strengthen CARE’s presence, active participation and relevance at key internal and external humanitarian events. The DRD - Humanitarian reports to the LAC Regional Director. The position is open for local hire in Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador or Haiti, and applicants must have a work permit in one of the locations. Approximately 30-40% travel required.


  • Work to strengthen emergency response capacity in the region and provide effective leadership to the CO’s responding to the different crisis, balancing mission and team dynamics, and self management under conditions of stress.
  • Support ongoing emergency strategy processes at country and sub-regional levels. Ensure that those countries engaged in humanitarian response (e.g. Colombia, Ecuador, Peru for the Venezuela response) have strategies in place and that they are reviewed and updated as necessary
  • Engage in the transformation of country programs in line with the LAC Regional Strategic Framework and CARE 2030 vision
  • Provide ongoing supervision, leadership support and guidance to direct reports and ensure that necessary positions to support CARE’s response are identified, recruited and orientated in a timely manner
  • Provide oversight and support to country programs to meet CARE standards for program quality and impact, in accordance with CARE International program and humanitarian principles
  • Provide support to countries to acquire and responsibly manage resources for humanitarian programmatic needs. Provide financial oversight to support proper stewardship
  • Lead on development of regional resource mobilization plan (in support of the Venezuela response regional strategy), working with key stakeholders to identify gaps between resource needs and available resources and how to resolve the gaps
  • Participate actively in the Regional Management Unit and the Regional Leadership Team


  • University degree, or relevant combination of qualifications and experience in relevant field
  • No less than 7-10 years of management experience in either/ or both the non-profit and for-profit context; in humanitarian/emergency response
  • Evidence of extensive experience in international humanitarian work at operational and management level
  • Good grasp of issues related to forced displacement, mixed migration and the cause of poverty and injustice
  • Experience working in Latin America
  • A strong commitment to, and a demonstrated experience in, the areas of organizational development and learning, knowledge-sharing and people
  • Demonstrable skills in organizational development, change management, coordinating, facilitating and creating a consensus in a complex environment
  • Proven operational management skills in large scale emergency operations
  • Strategic and critical thinking skills; experience of strategic planning
  • Evidence of capacity to innovate
  • Strong staff management, coaching and mentoring skills and experience (particularly managing remote/virtual teams)
  • Commitment to and capacity to model the behaviors that we value. Evidence of capacity to support the development of these behaviors in others
  • Ability to work independently, with little direct supervision
  • Willingness to spend approximately 30% time travelling
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork and communications skills
  • Language skills: Spanish fluency and good working English

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, and fight with CARE.

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