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 overall purpose of CARE USA’s Senior Director for Impact, Learning, Knowledge and Accountability (ILKA) is to provide strategic leadership to navigate the organization in adopting the most effective, innovative, fit-for-purpose ILKA practices, systems, and mindsets required of a development organization known for its transformative and lasting impact at scale. S/he plays a critical role in positioning the organization for excellence in program quality and to better understand and communicate CARE’s distinctiveness and impact story to internal and external audiences. The position and the ILKA team it convenes is based within CARE USA’s Program, Partnerships and Learning team, with extended networks across the organization.
The Sir. Director ILKA role holds six key responsibilities:
- VISION AND COMMON ILKA FRAMEWORK | Lead the crafting, socialization and adoption by the organization of a common vision, framework and road-map for excellence in Impact, Learning, Knowledge and Accountability [25% year the first year, and then reduced later]
- TEAM AND EXTENDED NETWORKS | Manage CARE USA’s Impact, Learning, Knowledge and Accountability team and thoughtfully guide their interface with extended MEL/ Impact/ knowledge networks across CARE USA and the wider organization [25%]
- IMPACT MEASUREMENT AND ANALYSIS | Transform CARE USA’s work on impact for greater coherence and quality in measuring, understanding and scaling impact, and telling CARE’s impact story [20%]
- SCALING/ MULTIPLYING IMPACT | Build coherence, capacity and thought leadership on scaling the impact of CARE’s humanitarian and development programming efforts [20% the first year, and then reduces later]
- PROGRAM PERFORMANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY | Lead the assessment of program performance and quality gaps and development of research and capacity strengthening initiatives and accountability processes to address them [5%]
- INTELLECTUAL LEADERSHIP AND POSITIONING | Provide intellectual leadership within CARE to transform practice for deeper impact, and to position CARE as a thought leader in transformative and lasting impact at scale [5% the first year, and then increases later]
- Lead the crafting, socialization and adoption by the organization of a common vision and framework
- Manage CARE USA’s Impact, Learning, Knowledge and Accountability team and thoughtfully guide
- Transform CARE USA’s work on impact for greater coherence and quality in measuring, understanding
- Build coherence, capacity and thought leadership on scaling/ multiplying impact through CARE’s humanitarian
- Lead the assessment of program performance and quality gaps and development of research
- Provide intellectual leadership within CARE to transform practice for deeper impact
- Other responsibilities as assigned
- Masters Degree in a development-related field, with a preference for social science research or monitoring and evaluation.
- Additional training certification in nonprofit management, organizational development, and strategy.
- Training in staff and team management, or equivalent in work experience (at least five years managing others successfully).
- At least 10 years of progressive professional experience in development organization performance assessment
- Experience in social science research and monitoring and evaluation using qualitative and quantitative methods
- Theoretical background in CARE’s approaches and emerging approaches and discourse in development practice, such as complexity science, systems thinking, innovation and scaling for impact, ICT for Development, responsible data, among others
- 3-5 years of experience at a global level in a multi-national organization on questions of impact and program quality assessment
- At least 5 years of successful management experience
- Extensive knowledge of the history and practice of development since the colonial period and the changing paradigms of and for development over the last 100 years
- Systems thinking
- Process facilitation
- Presentation skills
- Expository writing and speaking
- Organizational and team learning and development.
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.
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