HUMANITARIAN TEAM LEADER

Maiduguri, Nigeria
Apply by 24 June 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 25 May 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 Emergency Team Leader leads and manages the Northeast Nigeria Emergency Team and is the interface between the Emergency Team and the Country Director and Program Director along with the Regional Emergency Coordinator (REC) for West Africa. The Team Leader is responsible for the quality and effectiveness of CARE’s emergency response within his/her designated area of responsibility. He/she is the leader of the Emergency Team, responsible and accountable for developing, coordinating and managing all emergency activities. He/she directly supervises 3 senior international Sector Program Managers – FNS Manager, SRHR Manager and the GBV and Protection Advisor. The Team Leader works closely with the Safety and Security Manager to ensure the security and well being of emergency staff.

Current programming focuses on FNS (significant WFP funding in hard‐to‐reach areas – Food and Cash); Emergency SRHR services (Private Donors, CARE Austria and UNFPA) and GBV Protection (integration of prevention and response). Current preparations include: OFDA CN/proposal; SRHR Private Donors; French MoFA CN; Norwegian MoFA CN; other private donors/foundations. Priorities for following 8 weeks include a focus on deepening quality, staff capacity, compliance with humanitarian principles and standards and resource mobilization.

Specifics include:

  • Ensure consistent and effective CO participation in sector groups and humanitarian coordination groups in the Northeast.
  • AAR/ RAR outcome. Coordinate and ensure the implementation of recommendations and action plan.
  • Contribute to the CO Presence Review. Inputting into recommendations on model/type of presence that come out of the review analysis.
  • Strengthen the presence and visibility of CARE in Local Government Areas (LGAs) and State level Coordination platforms (Borno and Yobe).
  • Continue actions of improving the living conditions of CARE teams in the field (Guest Houses, vehicle for displacement).
  • Strengthen Program Managers accountability ‐ for analysis of context, documenting and using lessons learned from project implementation, regular assessment of gaps in relevant sectors and services and new and evolving needs of affected populations in order to increase readiness for new proposal development.
  • Strengthen the system of supervision and monitoring quality of field operations through weekly field visits of Sectoral Program Managers.
  • Maintain strategic relations with the WFP Office for the renewal of ongoing FLAs.

Responsibilities:

  • General Management and Leadership
  • Assessment, Program Design and Planning
  • Emergency Project Management and Implementation
  • Safety and Security
  • Financial Management and Planning
  • Program Support
  • Human Resources
  • Public Relations/ Media

Qualifications:

  • People Skills: Ability to work independently and as a team player who demonstrates leadership and is able to support and train local and international staff and also able to work with disaster affected communities in a sensitive and participatory manner.
  • Communication Skills: Well developed written and oral communication skills. Able to communicate clearly and sensitively with internal and external stakeholders as a representative of CARE. This includes effective negotiation and representation skills.
  • Integrity: Works with trustworthiness and integrity and has a clear commitment to CARE’s core values and humanitarian principles.
  • Resilience/Adaptability and flexibility: Ability to operate effectively under extreme circumstances including stress, high security risks and harsh living conditions. Works and lives with a flexible, adaptable and resilient manner.
  • Awareness and sensitivity of self and others: Demonstrates awareness and sensitivity to gender and diversity. Have experience and the ability to live and work in diverse cultural contexts in a culturally appropriate manner. Has a capacity to make accurate self‐assessment particularly in high stress and high security contexts.
  • Work style: Is well planned and organized even within a fluid working environment and has a capacity for initiative and decision making with competent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Knowledge and skills: knowledge of CARE policies and procedures, Sphere and the Red Cross/ NGO Code of Conduct. Requires general finance, administration, information management and telecommunication skills and proficiency in information technology/ computer skills.
  • 3 – 5 years humanitarian aid experience.
  • Multiple language skills desirable.
  • Minimum of 5 years humanitarian aid experience in complex and natural disasters.
  • High level of all aspects of managerial experience, including managing multi‐million dollar budgets.
  • Experience in complex decision making and leading a multi‐disciplinary, multinational team under difficult circumstances.
  • The highest level of expertise in representation and negotiation with governments and donors.
  • Strong understanding of the humanitarian emergency operating context, including Sphere, the humanitarian system, donors, security, civil military liaison and program management.
  • Relevant language skills for the country of deployment – English in Nigeria.
  • Must pass HEAT trianing

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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