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Job Number:  44308
Emergency Response Specialist – Program Development and Quality
Job Posted: Monday, 7 May 2018
Closing Date: Sunday, 3 June 2018
(74 days ago)
CARE Canada
Region: International Type: Full time
Location: (not entered) Salary: (not entered)

CARE Canada is currently seeking  an Emergency Response Specialist – Program Development and Quality.


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 will be deploying in order to support country office emergency response and teams with program design, resource mobilization and program quality, monitoring and evaluation.  This will include leading program design, development and proposal writing, ensuring appropriate technical input and assistance, program implementation, and/or support monitoring & evaluation, accountability and learning.  A key underlying principle of the approach to this work is gender equality and women’s empowerment, an integral part of the Humanitarian Strategy.

The 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 specific country office, but generally speaking assignments as Team Leader or Partnership Advisor will require a combination of the following areas of responsibility:


Program and Proposal Design & Development:  Provide the coordination and writing skills needed to write concept notes and donor proposals to secure funding for emergency programs.


Situation Awareness

  • Familiarize yourself with existing CARE programming in the country and/or region to inform opening sections of letters of intent, concept papers and proposals.
  • Write concise pieces for proposals that communicate the humanitarian situation and the areas of attention for CARE and that fit with the emergency strategy.


Context and Capacity Assessment

  • In coordination with the CO and other relevant internal offices and stakeholders determine the overall implementation capacities of a given Country Office and/or project location in relation to the existing or predicted context(s).
  • Once/if capacity gaps are identified in relations to the planned program development; define the scale-up or remedial measures necessary to reduce the associated risks and close the gaps and submit your findings accordingly.
  • Actively support and advise the Country Office to scale up its capacities if required.


Donor and Sector Awareness

  • In coordination with the CO contact, liaise and reach out to donors in country.
  • Be familiar with the requirements and formats of different donors with respect to sectors, priorities, guidelines and what budget lines are fundable and what are not.
  • Know the time frame and submission deadlines for the relevant donors.
  • Identify strategies for multiple funding of the emergency response strategy.
  • In coordination with the CO maintain contact with the CI member that is supporting the proposal submission to donor.


Proposal Design and Writing

  • Work closely with the CARE Team Leader, Assistant Country Director, Program Coordinator, Assessment Co-ordinator and sector specialists to develop concept papers based on the emergency assessment outcomes, donor interest and emergency response strategy.
  • Work closely with the CO finance team to ensure that the budget complies with CO requirements.
  • Identify information gaps blocking proposal completion and secure the necessary information to complete.
  • Ensure CO team members and CARE staff are fully aware of what information is needed.
  • Rapidly revise, update and expand concept papers into full project proposals as recommended by donors.
  • Develop project proposals in such a way as to ensure harmonization across projects and sectors to produce a cohesive, credible and coordinated program according to agreed program strategy.
  • Ensure that all project proposals adhere to CI Humanitarian Accountability Framework, DM&E standards and Sphere.
  • Provide direct supervisor and CO Head of finance with final copies of submitted proposal.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning


A critical part of developing proposals and program quality is ensuring that MEAL is taken into consideration. Therefore, it is important the candidate have some experience in MEAL and can bring this lens to their work:

  • Prepare logical, coherent and consistent technical documents including log frames
  • Integrate CARE gender marker and take into account other CARE’s data collection tools and systems while designing proposals
  • Integrate if need be different experience, methodologies and approaches from a diverse range of stakeholders, organisations and technical experts from multiple sectors through adapting facilitation techniques.
  • Conduct assessments and gather primary data that to be translated into concept notes and later proposals
  • Support Country Office Emergency M&E staff in their efforts to develop an appropriate monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system, adapt and implement data collection and analysis tools, mechanisms and systems based on a coherent monitoring framework.


 In all deployments RRT members are expected to contribute to:

Gender Equality:   Ensure that gender equality is integrated into all aspects of emergency response and preparedness activities and operations.  Help build country office, partner 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 and partner agency 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.  All efforts must be made to ensure that an emergency response is integrated to the fullest extent possible into the existing country office structure.



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

  • Master’s degree in International Development or Humanitarian Assistance or in a related field, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years management experience in complex and natural disasters; both slow and rapid onset
  • Experience leading humanitarian responses delivered primarily in partnerships
  • Demonstrated experience in designed and developing programs and writing proposals.
  • Experience in program design, management, monitoring and evaluation, including application of SPHERE standards and integration of gender equality approaches; understanding of the Core Humanitarian Standard
  • Excellent capacity building, coaching and training skills, particularly in a partnership setting
  • Experience and commitment to promoting gender equality within humanitarian work
  • High level of demonstrable leadership and strategic management skills - including management and leadership of multi-sector teams in an emergency setting
  • 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
  • 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 and girls.
  • Excellent research, assessment, report writing, proposal development, and emergency strategy development skills.
  • Well-developed written and oral communications skills with high level experience in representation, 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
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation best practices and application in emergency settings.
  • Language skills: Excellent written and spoken English is essential, a second key language (French or Spanish) is highly desirable.



  • Specialised training in humanitarian/emergency response.
  • Experience in working with local partners and developing partnership based operations in emergencies
  • Technical proficiency in one of CARE’s focus areas (WASH, shelter, food security/nutrition, sexual and reproductive health, gender in emergencies, gender-based violence, logistics)
  • Proficiency in French


Other Conditions

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


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
  • A competitive salary
  • A generous leave entitlement
  • Comprehensive Group Health Benefits and Insurance from start
  • 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




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/PZd9jM before Jun 3, 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
www:   care.ca

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