• Care International
  • Nairobi County, Kenya
  • Sep 14, 2017 - Oct 11, 2017
Full time Management

Job Description

CARE is seeking a proactive, innovative Managing Deputy Regional Director-HORN who will report to the East and Central Africa Regional Director. The position is to inspire and motivate others to embrace resilience in the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia). It requires going beyond quality programming within each border but really building upon the best in each office and ensuring that all programmes are meeting quality and that there is learning and knowledge sharing for a strong regional portfolio –with others.  The position manages Country Directors and provides support for them to have quality programming, great staffing reflecting diversity and very good management of resources to maximize impact.  The MDRD - Horn liaises with other organizations, within CARE International to help with institutional, technical and financial support for quality programming and effective program support.  S/he is not a postal box but adds value to programming and effective organizational development at country office, regional and international levels. 

This role ensures that we are operating in line with established expectations (strategic plans, organizational standards), operating principles and CARE’s humanitarian mandate. 

All the countries of the sub-region have been engaged in a process of reflection and redesign to deliver transformational change in our programming and operating model

Towards effectively achieving CARE’s vision to reach 43 Million, people in East, Central, and Southern Africa by 2020. The MDRD role has the added leverage as a change champion to work with countries through this transformational process.

The MDRD will also be accountable for the delivery of sub-regional activities identified within the Horn Presence Review, including identification of opportunities for joint learning and programming. S/he will be a point of leadership and coordination on the quality management of the change process in the sub-region including team building, learning and innovation, GED, partnership, human resources, monitoring & evaluation/accountability, change management and leadership development, and systems development as appropriate. S/he will also ensure the incorporation of humanitarian response capacity is embedded in strategic planning, systems, and program implementation.

This role will suit someone comfortable with fairly frequent travel to both country offices, member partners, and other potential gatherings, with 30% to 40% of the time being spent on travel. This position is also typically based in the region for effective management but this can be negotiated with exception. The Horn countries work in English primarily and therefore this is the primary working language.

We are looking for an exceptional individual for this role, which is a Senior Leadership role in ECSA. Your experience in development and humanitarian assistance, coupled with good strategic development experience, a passion for creativity and solution-finding, solid background on program quality, accountability and impact, working in partnership, change management, staff development, coordination, and teamwork, is highly admired.


  • Provide on-going supervision, leadership support and guidance to Country Directors and other direct reports. 
  • Conduct country program visits as needed and set annual performance objectives for direct reports
  • Ensure that CARE’s programs in the sub-region are relevant, coherent, legitimate and impactful by providing guidance and input into country level strategic plans, transformation plans, annual plans and regional and global Roadmaps, and provide oversight on strategy implementation.
  • Provide overall leadership to the sub-region to ensure that the change management process is effectively implemented and meets its objectives in line with the CARE2020 vision.
  • Provide oversight and support to country programs to meet CARE standards for program quality and impact.
  • Provide support to countries to acquire and responsibly manage resources for programmatic needs.
  • Provide financial oversight to support proper stewardship.  Identify and mitigate risks. 
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor degree or relevant combination of qualifications and experience in a relevant discipline
  • Evidence of extensive experience in international humanitarian & development work at management level
  • Good grasp of issues related to the cause of poverty and injustice; knowledge of HORN COs an advantage
  • A strong commitment to, and a demonstrated experience in, the areas of organizational development and learning, knowledge-sharing and people development
  • Demonstrable skills in organizational development, change management, coordinating, facilitating and creating a consensus in a complex environment
  • Proven operational management skills in large scale operations
  • Strategic and critical thinking skills; experience of strategic planning
  • Innovative, creative and open-minded
  • Strong staff management, coaching and mentoring skills and experience (particularly managing remote/virtual teams)
  • Commitment to and capacity to model the behaviors that we value
  • Evidence of capacity to support the development of these behaviors in others
  • Ability to work independently, with little direct supervision
  • Willingness to spend approximately 40% time traveling
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork and communications skills
  • Language skills: English fluency