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CARE is an international NGO with local staff and community partners in 100 countries. We create local solutions to poverty and inequality and we seek dignity for everyone every day and during times of crisis.  These solutions have a broad range, from disaster response to food and nutrition to education and work for women and girls to healthy mothers and children. CARE puts women and girls at the center of everything we do because when they have equal access to resources, they lift their families and communities out of poverty. Our staff live where they work, which makes us effective at understanding the challenges they face. We’ve been doing this for 75 years, since World War II. It started with the world’s first CARE Package® of food for the post-war hungry in Europe. Our work today is as important as ever, we believe that poverty and inequality are historic injustices that we can end within a generation, for good. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us, and Fight with CARE.‚Äč


Work Location : Syria - Derike                            Type of Post : Unaccompanied                  

Other Possible Location :                                         Funding : APPROVED

Expected Travel : up to 20%                                              Type of Contract : 

Language Requirement : English                          Application Deadline : 

Employee Duration : Active Full-Time

CARE is working in Syria to support vulnerable women, men, girls and boys affected by the ongoing civil war. We work both through partners and through direct delivery of humanitarian assistance across different parts of Syria. In addition, CARE supports livelihoods recovery and resilience programming across Syria. Most of our work is through cross border, remote-managed assistance modalities from neighboring countries, working closely with Syrian civil society organizations. Currently, CARE’s core sectors in Syria are Food Security & Livelihoods (FSL), WASH and Protection, working with over 120 staff in hubs across the country.

CARE's programs  North-East Syria (NES) have a strategic focus on the provision of humanitarian assistance (FSL, WASH, NFIs, etc.) and resilience centered programming with a key focus on livelihoods and food security. The NES program provides an emergency response with a mixed approach of directly implementation and providing managing food distribution programs through a local service provider. On-going monitoring is being done by both by CARE staff and partners contracted locally in North East Syria. And CARE will continue and strengthen a mixed hybrid implementation modality.

Reporting to the NES Area Director, the Deputy Director Programs (DDP) will be responsible for the direction and development of CARE's programs in NE Syria. He/she directly oversees program teams comprised of both international and national staff. S/he will ensure that our approaches are based on sound contextual and needs analyses, in coordination with Syria-wide technical teams. The active involvement of CARE Program leadership elsewhere in the Care Syria response is crucial, as is the ability to provide appropriate training to newly-hired CARE colleagues in-situ.

The DDP is expected to provide strategic leadership in the areas of program development, implementation of CARE's North East Syria humanitarian and where appropriate resilience and recovery interventions. The position is expected to provide strong technical leadership on program design and implementation; ensuring that the Hub has a robust and diverse donor funding base and that programs are implemented fulfilling high-quality standards, delivering to the desired impact.

S/he manages a team of professionals focused on the design, funding, implementation of programs and projects. S/he must also ensure that systems, policies, procedures and people are in place to ensure the proper management and implementation of those projects and programs.

The DDP will be based in CARE's hub office in NES.


  • Program Strategy & Design
  • Staff Management
  • Program Management
  • Context Monitoring & Contingency Planning
  • External Relations, Partnerships
  • Other responsibilities as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading strategic and operational planning in conflict context.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills in a very complex international setting
  • Extensive conceptual skills including development of viable program strategies
  • Demonstrated experience in program design (including proposal development), implementation, monitoring and evaluation




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