Assistant Country Director, Programme


CARE Canada is currently seeking an Assistant Country Director, Programme for our Country Office in Zimbabwe.

The Assistant Country Director – Programme (ACD-P) is expected to provide strategic leadership in the areas of programme design and proposal development at the same time as implementation, donor reporting, project budget management, monitoring and evaluation of ongoing activities. The ACD-P will work to ensure that projects support CARE Zimbabwe’s programme approach framework and that project interventions make a significant contribution to the programme strategy to reduce vulnerability to drought/disaster, and overcome poverty and social injustice.

The ACD-P is responsible for overseeing the development of new business and funding which support our three programmes/impact groups with a particular emphasis on resilience, girl’s education and women’s empowerment within a complex political and economic environment in Zimbabwe. S/he manages a team of professionals focused on the design, funding, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of multi-donor, multi-sector programmes that include a broad range of livelihood provisioning, protection and promotion activities, along with emergency preparedness/disaster mitigation interventions. The combined impact of the programmes should effectively address the underlying causes of poverty in line with CARE’s Programming Principles. S/he must also ensure that systems and people are in place to ensure the proper management of those projects and programmes.

The ACD-P is responsible for overseeing the development, testing and implementation of new and innovative program approaches appropriate for the context of the Country Office. S/he works closely with, and is supported by the programme units at CARE Canada and colleagues in Southern Africa, as well as with interested CARE International members (CARE UK, CARE USA, CARE Deutschland, CARE Australia).

The ACD-P is a key member of the Country Office Leadership Team (COLT) and as such is responsible for leading and supporting Country Office initiatives. S/he is responsible for (along with the Country Director) maintaining good working relationships with host government officials, donors and other partners. S/he may be required to become Acting CD when the CD is out of the country.

About CARE Zimbabwe:

CARE started operations in Zimbabwe in 1992. CARE Zimbabwe directly operates in three provinces in Zimbabwe, Harare, Masvingo and Midlands and through partners operates in three other provinces. CARE Zimbabwe currently operates nine [9] offices in Zimbabwe. The Country Office is located in the capital city, Harare, at 8 Ross Avenue, Belgravia, one sub-office in Masvingo (Masvingo town) province and nine district offices located in Bikita, Chivi, Zaka, Mwenezi, Mberengwa, Gutu, Gokwe South, Gokwe North, and Chiredzi. CARE’s programme promotes sustainable livelihoods of poor and vulnerable people with a focus on micro-enterprises in the informal sector, agriculture, helping HIV/AIDS-affected households, reducing malnutrition, community-based health education, and helping orphans and vulnerable children..

CARE’s work in Zimbabwe began as a response to a severe 1992 drought that threatened the nation’s food security and left millions in need of food aid. In a country where many of the people are subsistence farmers, CARE quickly distributed food throughout the nation, establishing itself as a valued partner in Zimbabwe.

Today, CARE works to promote sustainable programmes that help people acquire the financial stability and skills they need to prepare for, and survive, disasters such as the 1992 drought. Over the past 24 years, CARE’s major initiatives in Zimbabwe have focused on agricultural and natural resources, emergency drought assistance, small economic activity development, and health and nutrition.

CARE works in Midlands (North and South), Masvingo, Manicaland and Mashonaland provinces with some urban operations in Chitungwiza.

About CARE

Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. In over 80 countries, CARE works with the poorest communities to improve basic health and education, enhance rural livelihoods and food security, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity, help vulnerable people adapt to climate change and provide lifesaving assistance during emergencies. CARE places special focus on working alongside women and girls, living in poverty, because, equipped with the proper resources, women and girls have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. To learn more, visit

If you are someone who thrives on challenge, loves to be part of a dynamic team and you are passionate about making a difference, then this opportunity is for you. Please apply directly at: before September 09th, 2016. Applications will be reviewed on a regular basis and the position will remain posted until a qualified candidate is selected.