Program Officer

CARE Canada , Canada

Skill Required:, Project ManagementProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
27th November, 2020

Job Description

CARE Canada is looking for a Humanitarian Program Officer for a temporary, 7 month contract (bilingual French/English preferred) to work remotely, in Canada with our Humanitarian and Resilience Team.


CARE Canada’s Global Programs (GP) unit is responsible for ensuring the effective implementation of the organization’s global programs in both development and humanitarian assistance, focusing on the injustice of poverty and gender inequality. In humanitarian assistance, CARE Canada is committed to meeting the urgent life-saving needs of women, men, girls and boys affected by disasters and conflict, consistent with CARE’s humanitarian mandate and the CARE Humanitarian Strategy (2013-2020).

As a member of the Humanitarian and Resilience Team (HART), you will play an important role in supporting our portfolio of $30-35 million CAD projects from Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the Humanitarian Coalition and other donors.

Under the leadership of a Humanitarian Program Manager (PM), as Humanitarian Program Officer (PO) you will support the quality implementation of a diversified portfolio of humanitarian and nexus projects in line with humanitarian principles and best practices, through guidance and support to country offices around the world, including programmatic, administrative, financial, and contractual elements.

Being the primary point of contact for country office colleagues on their Canadian-funded projects, you will thoughtfully engaging with their needs, aligned with our core values and team culture, with the goal of forging strong, trusting relationships with Country Offices. You will help to ensure that humanitarian programs are delivered according to international standards and with a gender in emergencies lens and localization approach embedded, connecting local program teams with sectoral technical guidance and capacity throughout CARE Canada and the CARE Confederation. You will be accountable for ensuring that processes are in place to ensure projects are successful, acting as an advocate for Country Offices within internal dynamics and processes at CARE Canada.

In your role, you will contribute to and lead on program development initiatives by supporting Country Offices to develop high quality concept papers and proposals, under the coordination and leadership of the New Business Development team. And of course, it wouldn’t be a headquarters role without a healthy dose of reporting. You will support Country Offices in the production of high quality project reporting, including strengthening CO knowledge of shifting donor guidelines and requirements

While you will be working closely with colleagues on the ground, under current COVID travel restrictions, travel will not be a possibility for the duration of this contract. You will be home-based, at a location of your choosing, in Canada and must have the legal right to work in Canada.

Because of the nature of the work, demands are fast-paced and unpredictable. To thrive in this job, you will need to be flexible and be willing to both lead and work as part of a close-knit team when needed.

Gender is at the heart of CARE’s mandate, and therefore at the centre of everything we do. You must have a strong commitment to gender equality and be keen to learn more about how this fits into the work that we do.


  • You have several years experience working in an international NGO, local NGO or UN agency, or similar organisation or role
  • You have previous experience working specifically within a humanitarian crisis or emergency context (minimum 6 months duration) and an understanding of the related realities and challenges
  • You are comfortable working within unpredictable parameters, and juggling competing priorities
  • You’re able to forge strong relationships across cultures and willing to be accommodating and flexible in support of colleagues in the field (yes, sometimes a 6AM Skype, because, time zones).
  • You’re guided by humanitarian principles in your decision-making
  • You currently have the right to work in Canada
  • You will promote and maintain an organizational culture that advances gender equality, reduces power abuse and inequalities, and fosters trust and safety.
  • You will create an environment within CARE's workplaces, programming, and communities where CARE works that is free from sexual harassment, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation and child abuse (SHEA-CA).
  • You will ensure high standards of prevention and response measures for SHEA-CA are in place consistent with the CARE International (CI) Safeguarding Policy and Safeguarding Code of Conduct.


  • You are fluent in French (exceptional speaking and formal writing ie. reports & communications) and have strong working-level English (comfortable attending meetings, discussing with colleagues & sending day-to-day emails)
  • You have previous experience managing humanitarian and/or development Global Affairs Canada funding
  • You have Spanish language skills
  • You have a specific technical specialisation in the humanitarian sector, including but not limited to: Gender in Emergencies, WASH, food security, sexual & reproductive health, shelter, cash etc. -- we’re excited about what you bring!


  • Generous leave entitlements, including December holiday closure
  • Full benefits: dental, medical, vision care, paramedical, life insurance (some exceptions may apply) and professional and confidential Employee Assistance Program services
  • Learning and development opportunities and specialised training
  • Flexible work hours and current work from home arrangement
  • A family friendly environment
  • Amazing colleagues who are very committed to CARE’s mission!

About CARE

CARE is a leading international humanitarian organization dedicated to saving lives, defeating poverty and achieving social justice. Founded in 1945, CARE began delivering CARE Packages to displaced people in Europe following the Second World War. Today CARE International is a global confederation of 14 member and 4 affiliate organisations, including CARE Canada, working together to end poverty. CARE works in over 90 countries around the world, reaching more than 80 million people. CARE works with the poorest communities to improve basic health and education, enhance rural livelihoods and food security, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity, help vulnerable people adapt to climate change and provide lifesaving assistance during emergencies. CARE places special focus on working alongside women and girls living in poverty, because, equipped with the proper resources, women and girls have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty.


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