Organization: CARE
Closing date: 27 Apr 2022


CARE’s experience has shown that capacity is often stretched beyond its limits by humanitarian disasters and conflict, and that additional senior staff are needed to provide program, operational and strategic support to ensure a timely, quality, and effective response and to reduce financial and operational risks. In support of CARE’s Humanitarian Strategy, CARE International is investing in a standing Rapid Response Team, whose members spend up to 65% of their time deployed to the field and/or remotely support Country Offices and/or Region(s) from their home base. Because of the nature of the work, demands are fast-paced and unpredictable. This position requires an individual who is very flexible, provides expertise and leadership at a senior level and who works well within a team. Experience in integrating gender equality considerations into humanitarian interventions is required.

The Emergency Response Specialist (Team Leader) will be a key member of the Rapid Response Team within the CARE Emergency Group (CEG). The position will provide support, assistance and advice to CARE International’s Country Offices, national members and CEG in assessment and team leader aspects of emergency response and preparedness. The incumbent will be available to respond at short notice to emergencies and Country Office requirements. Requests for emergency deployment take precedence over other assignments. The Emergency Response Team Leader is intended to spend the majority of their time in the field ‘roving’ between emergency locations and/or support remotely the activities of Country Offices/region(s) from their home base. Non-deployed time may be spent at home with responsibility for tasks according to a prescribed work plan, or routine follow up such as report writing, document review, response follow-up, training/coaching/mentoring, and preparedness planning.


· Promote and maintain an organizational culture that advances gender equality, reduces power abuse and inequalities, and fosters trust and safety

· 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)

· Ensure high standards of prevention and response measures for SHEA-CA are in place consistent with the CARE International (CI) Policy on PSEA-CP and CI Performance Standards

· Master’s degree in International Development or Humanitarian Assistance or in a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience

· Minimum of 5 years senior management experience in complex and natural disasters; both slow and rapid onset

· Ability and willingness to undertake frequent travel; ability to deploy at short notice for up to 12 weeks

· Experience in new program design, development, and management

· Demonstrated experience in concept and proposal writing for donors’ consideration and approval

· Experience leading humanitarian responses delivered primarily in partnerships

· Demonstrated experience in developing, fostering, and working in partnership specific to humanitarian action

· Experience in program monitoring and evaluation, including application of SPHERE standards and integration of gender equality approaches; understanding of the Core Humanitarian Standards

· Excellent capacity building, coaching, and training skills, particularly in a partnership setting

· Experience and commitment to promoting gender equality within the humanitarian work

· High level of demonstrable leadership and strategic management skills – including management and leadership of multi-sector teams in an emergency setting

· Experience and capacity to work in harsh conditions and insecure environments

· Track record of high resilience under pressure and ability to support and motivate teams in these situations

· High political acumen and excellent team building and interpersonal skills

· A very good understanding of the humanitarian system, principles, and key relief sectors (e.g. strong knowledge of and demonstrated experience with IHL, the Red Cross Code of Conduct, SPHERE, IASC Gender, HAP and understanding and experience of the cluster approach to coordination and response)

· Capacity to work closely with communities affected by disaster, including familiarity with participatory assessment methods, with a focus on gender equality and ability to identify specific needs of men, women, boys, girls and non-binary folks

· Excellent research, assessment, report writing, proposal development, and emergency strategy development skills

· Well-developed written and oral communications skills with high level experience in presentation, negotiation, training, coaching, and mentoring

· Excellent skills and interest in mentoring and capacity building of national staff and partners in a broad range of emergency response and leadership skills including gender equality and diversity

· Experience in working with local partners and developing partnership-based operations in emergencies

· Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation best practices and application in emergency settings

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is essential


· Experience managing CARE emergency responses

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills in French and/or Spanish

· Specialised training in a humanitarian/emergency response


· Starting Salary Range between $85,000 – 92,000 CAD, depending on skills and experience

· Full benefits: dental, medical, vision care, paramedical, life insurance (some exceptions may apply) and professional and confidential Employee Assistance Program services

· Generous leave entitlements, including December holiday closure

· International travel opportunities

· Learning and development opportunities and specialised training

· Flexible work hours and work from home arrangement

· A family friendly environment with a focus on work/life balance

· Amazing colleagues who are very committed to CARE’s mission

How to apply:

If you are someone who thrives on a challenge, loves to be part of a dynamic team and you are passionate about making a difference, then this opportunity is for you! Don’t think you check all the boxes? Reach out anyway – We would love to hear how your experience translates to this role! Please apply directly a by April 27, 2022. Please note resumes will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and the advertisement will be removed once a candidate has been identified.

CARE Canada is committed to employment equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified applicants. Recruitment-related accommodations for persons with disabilities are available on request.

CARE Canada has a mandatory vaccination policy currently in place with accommodations based on the Ontario Human Rights Code.
As part of CARE Canada’s commitment to preventing sexual harassment, exploitation, and abuse, we conduct reference checks on all final stage candidates in line with the Interagency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. By applying to this role with CARE Canada, you are giving us consent to contact your previous employers to seek information in line with this scheme.

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