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, and fight with CARE.

CARE is working in Syria to support vulnerable women, men, girls, and boys affected by conflict. 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. Currently, CARE’s core sectors in Syria are Food Security & Livelihoods (FSL), WASH, Emergency Response, Protection, and Gender programming, working with over 120 staff in hubs across the country.

CARE’s programs in 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 emergency response with a mixed approach of direct implementation and providing managing food distribution programs through local service providers. On-going monitoring is being done by both CARE staff and partners contracted locally in North-East Syria and CARE will continue and strengthen a mixed hybrid implementation modality.

Reporting to the Deputy Country Director – Operations, the Director of Programs (DoP) will be based in North East Syria and will be responsible for the direction and development of CARE’s programs in all areas covered by CARE 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.


  • Program Implementation, People Management + Grants Management
  • Program Quality
  • Partnerships + External Relations
  • Program Strategy


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Minimum of 7 years of progressive overseas experience in humanitarian and development programs
  • Substantial experience leading large and complex humanitarian and development programs in CARE
  • Demonstrated experience in emergency response management
  • Demonstrated experience in leading strategic and operational planning
  • Cross-cultural communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience in humanitarian and development program management
  • Excellent skills in written and spoken English
  • Extensive conceptual skills including development of program strategy
  • Demonstrated skills in program design (including proposal development), implementation and evaluation
  • Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Strong representation and negotiation skills

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