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Appointment Brief – CARE Yemen


  • Are you looking for a challenging, fascinating role in one of world’s most highly regarded International NGOs? Are you good at building teams, managing change, networking and new business development?
  • Do you have significant hands-on experience managing programs and leading teams in complex humanitarian and conflict settings, particularly in the Middle East?
  • Do you have in-country experience and a sound understanding of the historical, economic, humanitarian and political context of Yemen and the Middle East?
  • You will need to be proficient in English and preferably have a working knowledge of Arabic and the ability to communicate and represent CARE effectively across a wide range of audiences and stakeholders.

If this sounds like you, then read on – this is a life changing opportunity for the right person, where you could make a real difference working with an amazing team to improve the lives of millions of marginalized and vulnerable people in Yemen, which is facing one of the largest food and protection emergencies in the world.

CARE has worked globally for over 70 years, with a mission to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. They put women and girls at the centre because they know that they cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities.

The Country Director will be based in Sana’a, and will be CARE’s senior representative in Yemen. You will lead a senior management team that drives CARE’s humanitarian and development strategy in Yemen and you will develop, motivate and support the well-being of the country team.

You will be responsible for managing emergency programming and operations in an incredibly complex operating environment, managing all manner of risks in a robust way to support an enabling environment for effective, impactful programming. You will establish and strategically foster partnerships with donors, local authorities and implementing partners.

Donors include USAID, DFID, Norway, German MoFA, The Netherlands and a number of foundations.

There is huge potential and there are also major challenges given the operating environment, which is currently facing one of the world’s biggest, yet neglected, humanitarian crisis of our time.

Salary : Approximately $120,000 pa plus international benefits



Full description

The Country Director (CD) is CARE’s senior representative in Yemen and is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership to CARE’s strategic directions and programme approaches that contribute to CARE’s vision of “a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been eliminated and people live with dignity and security”. CARE has been active in Yemen since 1992.  CARE’s overarching programme goal is to reduce poverty, promote social justice, and support people affected by disasters. CARE’s programmes have evolved from purely emergency relief to longer-term development initiatives that focus on social justice and gender equality, livelihoods and food security, youth support, civil society strengthening, good governance and humanitarian assistance.

Due to the current large scale humanitarian crisis in Yemen, CARE has shifted its programmes’ focus to respond to urgent humanitarian needs. CARE’s current humanitarian response includes WASH, food/cash assistance, emergency livelihoods, protection and early recovery interventions.

Yemen’s issues are largely related to under-investment in development and structural injustices (unequal power relations and gender inequality), resulting in some of the highest levels of poverty, as well as significant levels of urgent humanitarian need. The Country Director is responsible for overseeing the development, funding and implementation of the Country Office (CO) programme strategy (including humanitarian as well as integration of resiliency approaches into longer term development activities), a business model, and accompanying resource mobilisation plan that are appropriate to the operating context and CARE’s programme priorities and impact objectives (in line with CARE’s broader MENA Strategy). CARE’s aim is to play a significant role in addressing long-term structural poverty and under-development challenges while also maintaining adequate capacity to prepare for and respond to shocks.

The CD must also ensure that systems are in place and being properly implemented that ensure the proper management, wellbeing and safety of CARE staff, including the proper stewardship of CARE resources. The CD is responsible for promoting Gender Equity and Diversity and ensuring an organisational culture where CARE core values – Respect, Integrity, Commitment and Excellence – are practiced, where team work is encouraged and all staff feel valued. The Country Director is also accountable for the safety and security of CARE Yemen staff and assets (including visitors) in accordance with CARE’s safety and security principles, policies and guidelines.

The CD leads the Country Office Senior Management Team (SMT) and as such is responsible for managing and providing leadership in all CO initiatives. The Country Director leads the Country Office Crisis Management Team and provides stewardship over the CO Safety and Security Committee. S/he is responsible for establishing and maintaining good working relationships with host government officials, donors and other partners. The CD is also a member of CARE’s Regional Leadership Team (RLT), which holds collective accountability for the implementation of the MENA Regional Strategy.

The Country Director Yemen position is based in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, with frequent travel to field operations (security conditions permitting). Given the current operating context in Yemen, this is an unaccompanied post.

Person Specification


Programme Management

  • Demonstrated experience in leading strategic and operational planning
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills in a very complex, insecure operational setting
  • Extensive conceptual skills including strategic analysis
  • Demonstrated experience in programme design, implementation and evaluation of both development and emergency programming
  • Experience in emergency response activities
  • Background in conflict sensitive programming

People/Relationship Management

  • Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Ability and interest to coach and develop staff capacity
  • Experience with performance management and able to hold staff (and self) accountable
  • Strong representation and negotiation skills
  • Demonstrated use of positive coping strategies in stressful environments
  • Demonstrated cross cultural communication skills and sensitivity

Financial Management

  • Knowledge and experience with financial management as demonstrated by:
  • Ability to develop and manage a complex budget
  • Follow-up on internal and external audit recommendations
  • Donor compliance and reporting

Communication/Information/Knowledge Management

  • High level of English language proficiency including clear and cogent writing skills
  • Ability to establish a learning culture within the CO
  • Ability to convey compelling messages in timely, clear manner to external audiences
  • Computer literacy and familiarity with all MS Word applications

External Relationships/Fundraising

  • Experience in successfully managing institutional partnerships with national and international NGOs
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with donors and government counterparts


  • Professional or academic background in the Middle East, with knowledge of broader political, economic, social and development context
  • Arabic language proficiency
  • Experience and knowledge of operationalising a rights-based approach
  • Experience in development of programme support systems and operational procedures
  • Experience with management of a diverse workforce
  • Demonstrated experience with proposal development with range of international donors (i.e USAID, EU, DFID, SDC)
  • Experience and skills in organisational change processes

Qualifications/ Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field. Desired: Master’s Degree.



  • Substantive experience in a senior management position in humanitarian and development field
  • Considerable experience of senior leadership in designing and implementing emergency programming in complex environments


  • Very substantive experience in a senior management position in humanitarian field

Application Instructions

Oxford HR has been retained as an executive search consultancy to assist CARE in finding suitable candidates for this role.

To apply for this post, please download and read the Appointment Brief, then complete our online application form. Please complete the form in sentence case – there is no need to use block capitals.

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