Country: Canada
Organization: CARE Canada
Closing date: 2 May 2022

CARE Canada is looking for a Head of Programs on a permanent contract to lead our Humanitarian and Resilience Team!


Under the leadership of the Director of Global Programs, the Head of Humanitarian & Resilience Programs is responsible for providing leadership, vision, and strategic direction to their portfolio. This senior leadership role oversees a large team of up to 15 program, technical and financial specialists, with a portfolio of around 20-25 million annually, to support CARE country teams & partner organisations to effectively implement high quality programs. Grounded in a feminist transformative approach, the Head of Program understands the need to evolve the work of their team towards decolonisation principles and localisation-based approaches.

The Head of Program will be accountable for the implementation of CARE Canada humanitarian and resilience programs, ensuring the team meet high quality standards, applying best practices in project cycle and financial management, effectively liaising with key donors, and adhering to donor compliance and CARE policies. They will be the main technical lead for Humanitarian Assistance within the organization and are responsible for setting and implementing CARE Canada’s strategic direction in their area of programming. A critical part of this will involve resource mobilization and new business development. They will be responsible for building and maintaining strategic partnerships, including government relations, and setting advocacy/policy positions.

The key areas of focus for this role include:

Lead a measurable, innovative, and impactful Humanitarian Assistance & Resilience portfolio

Team Leadership and Management

Technical leadership to guide CARE Canada’s thought leadership, visibility, and influence in the Humanitarian Assistance & Resilience sectors

Program development and resource mobilization

Emergency Preparedness & Response

Drive improvements in organizational effectiveness


We are looking for a dynamic people-leader with senior management experience in designing and implementing Humanitarian Assistance and Resilience programs, including a significant portion of this experience gained in the Global South. Some of the other skills & experience we are looking for include:

Proven strategic thinker and people leader at a senior level, and who is comfortable managing a team of diverse individuals in a matrixed management environment.

Skilled at representation and advocacy, they must have a keen ability to build networks with external and internal stakeholders.

Experience and commitment to promoting gender equality and designing gender transformative programs.

Experience and willingness to travel to and work in insecure environments

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) Safeguarding Policy and Safeguarding Code of Conduct.


Ideally, the Head of Programs has a thorough understanding of Government of Canada funding mechanisms (grants and contributions), having

A second key language (French, Spanish or Arabic) is highly desirable

A technical specialisation aligned with CARE’s work


Starting Salary Range between $87,000 – $97,000 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 hybrid work from home options available

A family friendly environment

Amazing colleagues who are very committed to CARE’s mission

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.

How to apply:

If you are someone who thrives on 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 at, by May 2, 2022. Please note resumes will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and the advertisement will be removed once candidate has been identified. We are only able to consider candidates who currently have the right to work in Canada.

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