CARE USA is seeking a Director, Gender in Emergencies who will provide strategic leadership and oversight of CARE’s direction setting and strategic positioning on humanitarian response, gender, protection, and (Gender-based Violence) GBV in emergencies and related advocacy and policy issues. This is a key position on the team and the person in this function will lead and contribute towards the overall goal and CARE’s 2030 vision, which is to advance efficient, at-scale women-centered, locally-led, and globally connected humanitarian action.

The Director, GiE will be responsible for ensuring excellence of the Humanitarian Affairs department’s response, programming, G/GBViE priorities, as well as alignment across not only the work of the sub-teams but across departments as relevant and required to ensure consistency and coherence. S/he ensures that his/her team is responsive to the needs of regional, country, and field offices. The position is also responsible for ensuring strong linkages between CARE’s gender, protection, and GBV in emergencies, with related advocacy and policy efforts, with the aim of delivering evidence-based and programming-driven thought leadership work.

This leadership role will be responsible for the external influencing of donors, peers, UN agencies, government institutions, other stakeholders, and CARE supporters, as well as for increasing CARE’s profile as a leading humanitarian organization by crafting CARE’s thought leadership/messaging on gender, protection and GBV in emergencies issues and leading a team to deliver the content required to support that thought leadership; representing CARE at high-level events; optimizing internal alignment in order to bring the team’s full capacities. The person in this role will oversee the department’s gender, protection, and GBV in emergencies-related research agenda and work, to support organizational profile and influence, and to advance humanitarian response’s design, quality, relevance, and scale. They will partner closely within the team as well as with fundraising departments to advance ambitious resource mobilization.

The Director, GiE will be responsible for ensuring Humanitarian Affairs provides high-quality, relevant technical support in gender, protection, and GBV in Emergencies and other relevant areas. As part of this effort, the position is responsible for ensuring that strong lines of communication and coordination are in place with relevant departments to most effectively capitalize on capacity across the organization and ensure alignment of efforts. This function collaborates and works closely with the humanitarian policy analyst to ensure CARE is more efficient, effective, and relevant in its humanitarian advocacy and policy work, as well as to mobilize resources to support gender, protection, and GBV in emergencies related humanitarian programming, policy, and operations.

In the absence of other key personnel on the team, the Director, GiE will support selected response and coordination functions. S/he will be a member of the Humanitarian Affairs’ Senior Leadership Team and will contribute to the overall strategy and management decision-making on relevant issues. The person in this function will also deploy as necessary.

To achieve the goals and objectives of this role, it is essential for the successful candidate to be based in Washington DC. This is to ensure that existing links to government, policymakers, and the INGO community can be fostered, and stronger links can be established.


  • Overall Leadership of Gender, protection, and GBV in emergencies
  • Strengthening CARE’s profile on humanitarian issues in the US (role based in Washington DC)
  • Strategic Planning & Resource Mobilization
  • Staff Management, support, and development


  • Graduate Degree in related field (international affairs, social sciences, women’s studies, humanitarian studies, or relevant practical experience
  • Must have a strong understanding of the external actors and forum in Washington, DC, and have the established connections/network and capacity to strengthen CARE’s influence and profile.
  • 7 – 10 years experience in humanitarian action and/or gender in emergencies in a senior management and leadership position with established connections in the sector in the US
  • 5-7 years of leadership, management/supervisory experience
  • Deep knowledge of humanitarian aid, gender, and protection in emergencies and related programming, advocacy, and policy issues
  • Substantial experience in the design and implementation of policy interventions, and especially in policy analysis, research, and writing

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