SE11, London
£58,191 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Why work for us?

CARE International UK is one of the leading humanitarian agencies in the UK. CARE puts women and girls at the centre of its humanitarian action and is leading the agenda to promote women’s leadership in crises. We are a key partner for the UK Government in the delivery of humanitarian aid particularly in complex protracted emergencies, as well as a member of main UK humanitarian forums such as the Disasters Emergency Committee and the START Network. The main sectors of our work in emergencies include shelter, WASH, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and food security. As a dual-mandate organisation, we deliver development and social cohesion outcomes alongside our humanitarian work in most countries of operation, and the CIUK humanitarian team has an additional focus on supporting women and youth leadership in fragile contexts.

About you

You will have significant experience of leading teams to deliver humanitarian programming, including overseas management experience, and will have a strong understanding of quality and accountability in humanitarian programming. You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to build strong relationships, with previous experience in representation roles at a high level. You will take a proactive approach to positioning CARE with key donors and contributing to the delivery of CARE’s Vision 2030. You will have a strong and proven ability to identify, mitigate and escalate pipeline, delivery and financial risk, deliver accurate financial forecasts, and manage budgets well. The ideal post holder will have worked in challenging / politically complex conflict-affected environments and will have experience of development and peacebuilding programming as well as humanitarian. It is essential to have a strong grasp of current trends, debates and commitments in the international development and humanitarian landscape, and to understand the requirements of CIUK’s main donors.

About the role

CIUK’s Head of Humanitarian is in charge of a global portfolio of over £100m of programmes funded by institutional donors. Over the next 6 months, the Head of Humanitarian’s work will be crucial in securing new partnerships with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) that help CARE to deliver our goal to support 50 million people around the world with humanitarian assistance over the next decade. The role-holder will lead a multi-functional team of ten people working with 60+ CARE country offices to design and implement humanitarian programmes, ranging from rapid-onset START Fund programming to multi-year resilience-focussed programming in protracted crises. The role-holder will also be CIUK’s main humanitarian representative in the UK, and work with peers in groups such as the FCDO-NGO humanitarian directors’ forums, the Disasters Emergency Committee and the START Fund Assembly to influence humanitarian policy and practice in the UK. The Head of Humanitarian also participates in CARE’s Humanitarian Working Group and will have a lead role in the implementation of CARE’s Core Humanitarian Standard Verification improvement plan.

About CARE

CARE International is one of the world’s leading humanitarian and development charities. We fight poverty and injustice in the world’s most vulnerable places.  We save lives in disasters and conflicts. We stand with women, girls and their communities to achieve lasting change for a better future.


CARE International UK has a zero-tolerance approach to any abuse to, sexual harassment of or exploitation of, a vulnerable adult or child by any of our staff, representatives or partners. CARE International UK expects all staff to share this commitment through our Safeguarding Policy and our Code of Conduct. They are responsible for ensuring they understand and work within the remit of these policies throughout their time at CARE International UK.

Safeguarding our beneficiaries is our top priority in everything we do, including recruitment. All offers of employment at CARE International UK are subject to:

- satisfactory references. CARE International UK participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.  In line with this Scheme, we will request information from successful applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. 

- appropriate criminal record checks (including a Bridger check).

By submitting an application, the applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

Equality and Diversity

We are committed to Equality and value Diversity.

We are a Disability Confident Employer and particularly welcome applications from disabled people. We guarantee interviews to disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role (see person specification). If you require the candidate brief or need to submit your application in an alternative format, because of a disability, please do get in touch.

We also encourage people from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds or LGBT+ to apply for roles at CARE International UK.

Please note that in compliance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, all job offers at Care International UK are conditional on eligibility to work in the UK.

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CARE International UK

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Refreshed on: 21 September 2020
Closed date: 27 September 2020
Tags: Intl Development, Management

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