Humanitarian Partnership Coordinator

Geneva | Geneva


One of CARE’s global programing principles is that we ‘work in partnership with others’. CARE’s Global Program Strategy and Humanitarian and Emergency Strategy (HES) emphasize and further commit CARE to this principle and to working in effective and meaningful ways to partner strategically and operationally within humanitarian action and emergency response and preparedness. This includes CARE’s commitment to gender equality in all of our work.

CARE’s Vision 2020 strongly speaks to CARE’s relevance in diverse types of presences and the CARE International Board has committed to significantly expanding southern Membership in the international confederation by 2020. The HES commits CARE to delivering on its humanitarian mandate within an increasingly wide range of diverse presences. This includes timely and appropriate emergency response with an aim to multiplying impact through innovative approaches, including local to global and global to local advocacy and policy. Underlying all of this is the need to effectively work with relevant actors within and across this diverse range of presences to support emergency preparedness and response.

****Summary of Responsibilities:****

The Humanitarian Partnership Coordinator is a new position within the CARE International Secretariat Emergency Group and will provide overall leadership of humanitarian partnership for CARE International. The position is responsible for development and oversight of CARE’s humanitarian partnership strategy; internal coordination of humanitarian partnership work and resources within the confederation; advancing learning, tools and capacity development to support humanitarian partnership; providing technical assistance and remote and in-country support to specific emergencies; representing CARE and contributing to external fora working to advance humanitarian partnership; and engaging with development colleagues to support a cohesive CARE approach to partnership across a diverse range and type of presences (least developed, middle income and developed country contexts).

The emphasis during the initial year of the position will be focused on advancing internal and external coordination, developing/refining CARE’s approach to humanitarian partnership and working across the confederation to put a sub-strategy and associated guidance in place to advance the aspirations within the Humanitarian and Emergency Strategy around partnership. As these corner stones are put in place, it is anticipated that the amount of time dedicated to advancing learning, skills development, and in the provision of technical assistance will increase.

****Key responsibilities:****

  • Thought leadership on CARE’s approach to humanitarian partnership: as a diverse organization committed to fighting poverty (as injustice) and advancing gender equality, CARE engages in a wide-range of partnerships from the local to the global level. There is significant space and need to articulate CARE’s approach to humanitarian partnership. This will benefit from close collaboration with development colleagues to work toward a common framework for CARE as a dual mandate organization (though the emphasis for this position will be on the humanitarian inputs). Similarly, this will include assessment of opportunities to engage and influence within the larger community of humanitarian actors with a specific view to advance CARE’s commitment to gender equality in emergencies through strategic partnership.
  • Humanitarian Partnership sub-strategy leadership and implementation: lead the process of development of a humanitarian partnership sub-strategy for CARE and the associated support for and measurement of its implementation. This sub-strategy will include a business case that lays out a roadmap inclusive of the required investment.
  • Guidance for effective humanitarian partnerships within a range of diverse types of presence: CARE currently has well-developed sub-grants management tools and processes that are predominantly focused on compliance with back donor regulations. With increasingly diverse types of presence (Member, traditional Country Office, light footprint, ultra-light footprint, etc.) there is a need for guidance to support effective humanitarian partnerships, leading to timely and appropriate humanitarian response/action, across these diverse presences. The Humanitarian Partnership Coordinator will lead the development of this guidance.
  • Internal coordination: lead internal coordination within the CARE confederation on humanitarian partnership in order to ensure efficient use of resources, consistent application of standards and policies and to continue to develop and expand CARE’s global initiatives relating to humanitarian partnership.
  • Global coordination and representation:coordinate with relevant global networks working on humanitarian partnership to promote learning and sharing of good practices.
  • Learning and impact enquiry: work with CARE’s M&E, Quality & Accountability Coordinator to promote learning around humanitarian partnership, including documenting and disseminating good practice case studies and participating in impact enquiry work. Actively participate in monitoring and evaluation of CARE’s emergency response programs to ensure partnership standards are being met and to recommend any required improvements in CARE’s response
  • Skills development: work closely with CARE’s Capacity Building Coordinator and Emergency Human Resources Coordinator to leverage opportunities for integrating partnership approach, tools within existing emergency training curricula/courses and to assess and promote internal and external opportunities for skills development
  • Review, develop and promote tools for humanitarian partnership: CARE has a wide range of partnership tools in use, most of these in relation to implementing partnerships and the transfer of resources. There is a need to review and refine/develop appropriate tools for the humanitarian context as well as to strongly integrate partnership within existing tools/processes. This will require close collaboration with program support and development colleagues to ensure cohesive approaches across CARE.
  • Technical assistance: provide remote or in country technical assistance and advice to emergency response teams in relation to partnership as part of preparedness planning, assessment and response.

****External Contacts Internal Contacts****

· UN agencies

· NGO forums, such as ICVA

· Other NGOs

· Institutes and/or think tanks dedicated to developing and promoting humanitarian and/or partnership work· Other colleagues in CEG & CI Secretariat

· CI members – emergency units, programming heads, emergency response working group (ERWG), program support colleagues, sector leads for core emergency sectors etc.

· Country and regional offices

· EPP and partnership point persons

\*The above list is provided for guidance only and is not an exhaustive list of all the contacts with whom the post-holder may be required to liaise.*****

****Reporting Lines:****

The Humanitarian Partnership Coordinator reports to the Head of Emergency Program Quality and works closely with the Head of Emergency Operations

****Required Qualifications:****

Masters degree, or relevant combination of qualifications and experience in humanitarian action; demonstrated experience working on humanitarian partnership at a strategic and operational level.

****Required Experience and Background:****

  1. At least 8 years experience in humanitarian and emergency sector
  2. Demonstrated experience with natural and complex political emergencies in diverse cultural and climatic settings
  3. Demonstrated experience in developing, fostering and working in partnership specific to humanitarian action
  4. 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
  5. Strong skills and experience in external relations with donors, UN and others, including fundraising, negotiation and liaison
  6. Excellent training, coaching and mentoring skills
  7. High level of writing and communication skills
  8. Willingness to spend proportion of time traveling away from home (approximately 20-30%)
  9. Language skills: English fluency and preferably a second relevant language (i.e. French, Spanish)

****Required Competencies:****

  1. Managing relationships across units
  2. Self awareness
  3. Interpersonal skills
  4. Cross cultural and gender sensitivity
  5. Stress tolerance
  6. Negotiation
  7. Customer orientation
  8. Planning and organizing
  9. Proactive problem solving
  10. Political acumen
  11. Resilience, adaptability and ability to self-manage

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their CVs and a covering letter in English to by September 30th, 2015. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

More Information on CARE International is available at

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: CARE
  • Location: Geneva | Geneva
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Humanitarian Aid
    • Humanitarian Aid
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  • Closing Date: 2015-09-30

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