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Job Number:  40717
Emergency Response Specialist, Team Leader
Job Posted: Tuesday, 2 January 2018
Closing Date: Sunday, 28 January 2018
(50 days ago)
CARE Canada
Region: International Type: Contract - Full time
Location: Worldwide Salary: (not entered)

CARE Canada is currently seeking two Emergency Response Specialist, Team Leaders.


CARE experience has shown that capacity is often stretched beyond its limits by humanitarian disasters, and that additional senior staff resources specializing in emergency response are needed to provide operational and strategic support from the onset to ensure a more effective response and to reduce financial and operational risks.  In support of its Humanitarian Strategy, CARE International has standing team of emergency response specialists. Members of the Rapid Response Team (RRT) are expected to be deployed to the field/traveling approximately 65% of their time, on average.


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 Program Specialist (Team Leader) will be a key member of the RRT within the CARE Emergency Group (CEG). The position will provide support, assistance and advice to CARE International country offices, national members and CEG in assessment and team leader aspects of emergency response and preparedness. S/he will be available to respond at short notice to emergencies and Country Office requirements.  Requests for emergency deployment take precedence over other assignments.  



The primary responsibility includes leading and coordinating assessment teams, managing the start-up and ramp-up of emergency operations and responses -- and as time allows, contingency and emergency preparedness planning and development -- along with the refinement of required systems and procedures. A key underlying principle of the approach to this work is gender equality and women’s empowerment, as outlined in CARE's Humanitarian Strategy document. For more effective coverage for CARE globally, the Team Leader will also be available for deployments in alternative/more specific roles such as:

  • Proposal writer
  • Quality and Accountability or Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator
  • Partnership Advisor
  • Cash Transfer Programing.


This position will respond to the fluid and changing requirements of Country Offices and involve frequent travel at short notice. Each deployment is expected to be associated with a detailed Terms of Reference developed by the country office concerned, but generally speaking assignments as Team


Leader will require a combination of the following areas of responsibility:

  • Assessments:  Lead and manage emergency assessment teams, rationalizing inputs and decisions for the team, leading the representation and coordination with other actors and determining final assessment recommendations for CARE responses.
  • Strategy:  Provide detailed strategic analysis of the humanitarian context, including basic gender, protection and/or environmental impact analyses with clear and relevant recommendations for program design, funding targets and implementation period. 
  • Operations:  Manage emergency response start-up and ramp-up in cooperation with CARE staff and partners (as per the operating context) based on assessment findings and strategy recommendations, focusing on operational requirements for both program and program support.
  • Preparedness:  Support emergency preparedness activities through the development, refinement and application of CI standards/protocols/guidelines for assessments and emergency start-up operations.
  • Gender Equality: Ensure that gender equality is integrated into all aspects of emergency response and preparedness activities and operations.  Help build country office and staff capacity in considering and integrating gender equality throughout their emergency response strategy and approaches all the way along the continuum from needs assessment to after-action review.
  • Team building: Ensure that country office staff are fully integrated into the emergency response, that the programme developed is building on CO experience and that there is ownership of the programme by the senior leadership of the country office. 


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

  • Bachelor’s degree in International Development or Humanitarian Action or in a related field, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Extensive 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 and capacity to work in harsh conditions and insecure environments, including complex emergency environments
  • Experience and commitment to promoting gender equality within humanitarian work
  • A very good understanding of the humanitarian system, principles and key relief sectors  
  • Capacity to work closely with communities affected by disaster and complex emergencies, including familiarity with participatory assessment methods, with a focus on gender equality and ability to identify specific needs of men, women, boys and girls.
  • Excellent research, assessment, report writing, proposal development, and emergency strategy development skills.
  • Experience in working with local partners and developing partnership based operations in emergencies
  • Language skills essential (excellent written and spoken English is essential, a second key language (French or Spanish) is highly desirable)


Other Conditions

  • Expected percentage of time traveling: 65% of the time
  • Special conditions: home based


What we offer:

  • Generous leave entitlements;
  • 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;
  • The opportunity to be a part of a great team working to improve the lives of the most vulnerable with a focus on women and girls


About CARE

Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. In over 80 countries, 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. We place 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. To learn more, visit www.care.ca



How to Apply:
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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 and we would like to hear from you. Please apply directly at https://goo.gl/HWFumZ before January 28, 2018. Please note resumes will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and the advertisement will be removed as soon as candidates have been identified.

CARE Canada is committed to employment equity, embraces diversity in the workplace and supports applications from all qualified applicants. Recruitment-related accommodations for persons with disabilities are available on request.
Contact Details:
Melanie Wissink
CARE Canada
9 Gurdwara Rd
Ottawa, ON, K2E 7X6

Tel: 6132285600

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