Director of Research, Innovation, Evaluation, and Learning

CARE USA, Atlanta, United States

Skill RequiredHR and Admin Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th December, 2016

Job Description

CARE is seeking for Director of Research, Innovation, Evaluation, and Learning (RIEL). The Team of CARE USA’s Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) Unit promotes a culture of learning and information sharing, identifying and scaling the good practices of CARE & others, and influencing policy and practice by diverse actors and decision-makers on food and nutrition security and climate resilience. This team of dynamic and proactive people builds connections around the CARE International network and is a strong asset to the FNS team, providing support to COs and CI, generating evidence of impact, seeking to influence change at scale, and telling CARE’s unique story in order to achieve CARE’s ambitious goal of supporting 50 million people to achieve their food and nutrition security and their resilience to climate change by 2020.


As part of the Senior Management Team of the FNS Unit, the Director of RIEL works to:

  • Lead and manage the RIEL team to effectively deliver on its mandate.
  • Lead the research, innovation, learning, story-telling, communication and impact measurement for CARE International as part of CARE’s USA leadership on the food and nutrition security and resilience to climate change (FNS & RCC) outcome area.
  • Mobilize strategic resources to fund the RIEL team as well as flagship programs as part of the overall FNS & RCC portfolio as well as provides input in the design of new programs and their implementation.
  • Forge strategic partnership management to multiply our FNS & RCC 2020 impact.
  • Contribute thought leadership to achieve the FNS & RCC impact goals and position CARE as a key player.


  • Masters in a field related to food and nutrition security, climate resilience, economic development, applied research;
  • At least 8 years’ experience in international development work at the field level combined with a minimum of 3 years’ experience at regional or global levels (relief, rehabilitation, and long-term development);
  • 8 years of senior management/leadership experience with international agencies;
  • 8 years of experience in international programming in economic development or food and nutrition security;
  • Experience in managing geographically disbursed and multidisciplinary teams;
  • Demonstrable success in fundraising;
  • Experience in research design, monitoring and evaluation systems, knowledge management, and learning;
  • Experience in management technologies and organizational development processes;
  • Gender analysis and application in research and impact assessment;
  • Experience working with a range of stakeholders to develop common agendas and action;
  • Proven ability to think critically and strategically, and to engage internal and external stakeholders in pursuing common action;
  • Substantial technical knowledge and field experience in food and nutrition security, climate resilience, women empowerment and gender equality;
  • Deep understanding of adult learning styles, and experience designing appropriate training and learning experiences;
  • Familiarity with qualitative and / or quantitative research design, implementation and analysis;
  • Demonstrated ability to design and execute impact assessments, M&E plans and research related to food and nutrition security and climate resilience;
  • Skilled in developing and implementing storytelling, communication and dissemination strategies, and publications;
  • Professional connections with stakeholders spanning donors, academic institutions, NGOs and the private sector that can be leveraged to support the work;
  • Strong verbal, written and editing skills in English.

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