CARE USA, Karnali, Nepal
Job Summary

Job Description

CARE is an international NGO with local staff and community partners in more than 90 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 clean water to access to education; from microfinance to ensuring that everyone has nutritious food; from agriculture and climate change to disaster response. CARE puts women and girls at the center of everything we do because they have proven to be the best hope for creating lasting change in the world. Our staff live where they work, which makes us effective at understanding the challenges they face. We’ve been doing this for over 70 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

CARE is seeking an experienced Country Director and proven leader who will be responsible for the development, design and implementation of the CARE Nepal’s Country Office (CO) program portfolio. S/he will have overall leadership for emergency preparedness and will manage emergency programming and operations. The Country Director will establish and sustain productive relationships and political influence with government officials, donors and strategic partners. S/he will lead the country office’s fundraising strategy and will ensure the CO’s financial viability. As an organizational citizen, the Country Director will contribute to CARE International’s (CI’s) global strategy, share knowledge and support the generation of evidence to inform CARE’s global programming, and fulfill the CI approved “Performance Standards of Country Offices”.

The CD will also be accountable for competent operational and risk management, including the proper management, well-being and safety of CARE’s staff and the proper stewardship of CARE’s resources. S/he will model and ensure systematic practice of CARE core values - Transformation, Integrity, Diversity, Excellence and Equality. S/he will be responsible and will be held accountable for promoting Gender Equality and Diversity among the country office staff, and in programming.

As the country leader, the CD will continuously enhance ways of working to support the Country Office to meet and exceed goals, innovate, deliver impactful programming and work in effective teams, coalitions and networks. S/he will drive the team towards the CARE 2030 agenda and vision, fostering innovation, holistic planning and programming and helping to build effective teams, coalitions and networks. S/he will be a great representative, role model and motivator for the Country Office and will be an advocate for the team, especially during times of change.

Country Directors are a critical part of the CARE’s global work, and as part of that will contribute to CARE International’s global program strategy by contributing ideas, sharing knowledge and evidence from your country programming. The person we select for this role will also lead the Country Office fundraising strategy and ensure the program’s financial viability.


  • Build and maintain a strong, innovative senior leadership team
  • Lead the design, implementation, and evolution of the Country Office strategic plan
  • Oversee Country Office programming to advance CARE’s vision and mission, in line with CARE’s Program Strategy and standards for program quality
  • Direct the mobilization, management, and accounting of all resources in the Country Office
  • Oversee the management and development of the Country Office human resources to ensure a diverse, skilled, and productive workforce
  • Establish and sustain productive relationships with government officials, donors and strategic partners
  • Ensure full compliance with CARE’s and donors’ rules and regulations
  • Develop and enhance relationships, partnerships and networks between the Country Office, other parts of CARE and external organizations to maximize CARE’s impact on poverty and social justice
  • Ensure CARE’s stance on Protection, Sexual, Harassment Exploitation and Abuse [PSHEA] is monitored and adhered to by both staff and our Partners and individuals/organizations held accountable for violation Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field

  • 6-8 years in senior management position in development field
  • Demonstrated experience in leading strategic and operational planning
  • Extensive conceptual skills including strategic analysis
  • Demonstrated management skills in a complex international setting
  • Demonstrated self-awareness, leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Strong human resource management skills including capacity building, coaching and conflict management
  • Experience supervising and developing a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural setting;
  • Demonstrated interest and ability to give feedback, develop, motivate and lead a diverse team to achieve results
  • Demonstrated use of positive coping strategies in stressful environments
  • Knowledge and experience with financial management as demonstrated by ability to:
  • Manage a complex budget
  • Effectively follow-up on internal and external audit recommendations
  • Ensure donor compliance and reporting
  • Must possess the ability to establish a learning and innovation culture within the Country Office and to facilitate knowledge sharing across CARE
  • Experience in successfully managing various forms of partnerships with national and international NGOs, etc.
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with donors and government counterparts
  • Strong representation, influencing and negotiation skills