Program Officer, Humanitarian

CARE Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
8th August, 2018

Job Description

CARE’s Global Program Strategy and Humanitarian and Emergency Strategy commits CARE to be a leading humanitarian agency that has a lasting impact on the needs of women, men, boys and girls affected by humanitarian crisis, and have a unique ability to reach and empower women and girls in emergencies.  The Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Team (HAET) is part of CARE Canada’s International Operations & Programs unit, which is responsible for the overall management of CARE Canada’s development and humanitarian programming.

We are seeking dynamic humanitarians with experience in humanitarian program management, supporting humanitarian responses and working in complex environments to join HAET. The Program Officer – Humanitarian works with the team and Country Offices to support the management of a diversified portfolio of programs funded by GAC and other donors, as well as for identifying and developing new program opportunities. The PO supports the administration and implementation of projects, including high quality reporting and proposal development. Because of the nature of the work, the role requires someone who can respond to fast-paced and unpredictable demands.

Tasks include:

  • Program Management & Support:  supporting the implementation of humanitarian programs across a diverse geographic portfolio; liaising with Country Offices to make sure projects are on track; ensuring high quality donor reports;
  • Monitoring on-going emergencies in order to signal major shifts and crises to Senior Management
  • Travelling up to 30% of the time to support country office staff with project implementation, including to insecure and high risk locations
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of knowledge management systems and tools to improve efficiencies in program management & development, including tools and templates
  • Support the development high quality concept papers and proposals in collaboration with Country Offices and the New Business Development team;

Is this right for you? Here’s what we’re looking for: 

  • You have previous experience working in a country from the global south, preferably in a humanitarian context
  • You are fluently biligual in English and French
  • You have exceptional writing and editing skills – you love producing high quality reports and proposals
  • You’ve worked for an international NGO, local NGO or a UN agency
  • You are very flexible, love solving complex problems and are willing to provide hands on support wherever needed
  • You have practical experience in designing, implementing and monitoring international humanitarian programming
  • You have a Bachelor’s degree in International Development or Humanitarian Assistance or in a related field, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • You have an understanding of the humanitarian architecture.
  • You excel at establishing priorities in a time-sensitive environment and your ability to multi-task is unparalleled
  • You are an effective collaborator and are able to work with small, cross-cultural and remote teams
  • You have a results-oriented focus, keen drive, with an infectious enthusiasm and passion for delivering results

What would make you extraordinary?

  • Knowledge of Global Affairs Canada and its humanitarian program funding modalities
  • Relevant advanced degree or equivalent
  • Previous specialised training in humanitarian or emergency response
  • Previous experience working in fragile/conflict-affected contexts
  • A strong understanding and practical experience integrating gender equality in humanitarian interventions
  • Technical specialisation in a thematic area of expertise relevant to CARE Canada’s work (ex.  Gender in Emergencies, WASH, food security, Sexual & reproductive health)

What we offer:

  • A rewarding career with a competitive compensation package and strong emphasis on work-life balance, learning and development opportunities, and saving incentives, including:
  • The opportunity to contribute to a great cause, by helping save millions of lives of people in emergency situations, as well as helping defeat poverty and fight social injustice globally
  • International travel opportunities
  • A competitive salary
  • A generous leave entitlement
  • Comprehensive Group Health Benefits and Insurance from start
  • Work-life balance: reduced work hours, flexibility and telecommuting policy
  • Tax-saving benefits through a Group Retirement Saving Plan
  • Group Retirement Pension Plan benefits
  • Learning and professional development opportunities through hands-on experience, peer coaching, as well as specialized training with the CARE Academy
  • Full-service Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and work-life/wellness resources
  • Business casual four days per week, Jeans Fridays
  • Onsite BBQ and shower facilities


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