Country Director

Website CARE

Lilongwe, Malawi

About the job

Work Location : Malawi – Lilongwe           Expected Travel : up to 30%

Language Requirement : English              Employee Duration : Full-Time

Role Summary

The CD is responsible for fulfilling the CI approved “Performance Standards of Country Offices”. They oversee the development, funding and implementation of the Country Office (CO) program portfolio. They are responsible for adequate emergency preparedness and manage emergency programming and operations. They establish and sustain productive relationships and political influence with government officials, donors and strategic partners. They lead the CO’s fundraising strategy and ensures the CO’s financial viability. An organizational citizen, they contribute to CI’s global strategy, share knowledge and support the generation of evidence to inform CARE’s global programming. The CD is also accountable for competent operational and risk management, including the proper management, well-being and safety of CARE staff and the proper stewardship of CARE’s resources. The CD models and ensures systematic practice of CARE core values – Respect, Integrity, Commitment and Excellence- They also promote Gender Equality and Diversity among CO staff and in programming. The CD models new ways of working and drives the teams toward the CARE 2020 vision, fostering innovation, holistic planning and programming and helping to build effective teams, coalitions and networks. They encourage on-going staff development to motivate and strengthen the teams’ resilience in the face of change.

Responsibilities Staff management

  • Build a strong, innovative senior leadership team and effectively manage all direct reports.
  • Manage direct reports towards high standards of performance through clear roles and responsibilities, on-going feedback and appraisals.

Strategic planning

  • Lead the implementation of the CO strategic plan in sync with the country and regional context, and in line with the CI vision and mission.

Program impact and relevance

  • Direct the mobilization, management and accounting of all resources in the CO in compliance with CARE policies and donor requirements.
  • Identify and secure adequate funding for ongoing and future program activities on a timely basis. Ensure good stewardship of the funding, negotiating acceptable terms and conditions.

External relations, Partnerships and Advocacy

  • Enhance relationships, partnerships and networks between the CO, other parts of CARE and external organizations to maximize CARE’s impact on poverty and social justice.


  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in development studies, Social Sciences or any development field.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in similar position. in addition, the suitable candidate must demonstrate the following: People/Relationship Management
  • 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; Financial Management
  • Knowledge and experience with financial management as demonstrated by ability to, Manage a complex budget and Effectively follow-up on internal and external audit recommendations
  • Demonstrated use of positive coping strategies in stressful environments

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