CARE International Regional Humanitarian Coordinator Job in Nairobi, Kenya

CARE International – East, Central and South Africa

Job Title: Regional Humanitarian Coordinator

CARE is a global leader within a worldwide movement dedicated to eradicating poverty.

We are known everywhere for our commitment to dignity of people.

We currently work in over 100 countries with a focus on women and girls as the most disproportionately affected by poverty, while engaging men and boys as well to ensure the success of our mission. Care’s East, Central and SOuthern Africa Regional Office (ECSARO) is responsible for the oversight of CARE’s operations in the region as well as the provision of support and guidance to 15 County Offices in the region.

We are currently looking for an energitic, talented, well connected and innovative individual to work with us in the role of Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for our East, Central and Southern Africa Region and will be reporting to the Head of Emergency Operations.

Work Location: Kenya – Nairobi

Type of Post: Accompanied – Family


Expected Travel: Greater than 50%

Language Requirement: ENGLISH

Employee Duration: Active Full-Time

As part of CARE’s priority to strengthen its humanitarian preparedness and response globally, region-based humanitarian coordinator positions have been established in major regions where CARE operates.

Coordinators support country offices and regions in the initial phases of emergency response, humanitarian programming and response, preparedness, regional donor relationships, capacity building, humanitarian policy & analysis, and technical assistance in the support of quality emergency & humanitarian response.

The Regional Humanitarian Coordinator (RHC) provides critical coordination and support to CARE International’s humanitarian & emergency preparedness and response. In-between rapid onset emergencies she/he works with country offices (with a focus on high priority/risk countries), lead members’ management, members, and affiliates to strengthen CARE’s humanitarian capabilities across the region in line with the Regional Road Map.

This includes strengthening capacity for preparedness, emergency response, integration of emergency/humanitarian programming within CARE’s program approach, strengthening our gender in an emergency capacity, humanitarian policy, and other related priority areas.

She/he also represents CARE externally at the regional level in the humanitarian field with key forums, partners and donors, develops a contextual understanding of the region and undertakes appropriate humanitarian policy and analysis.


  • Support country offices, members and affiliates initiate responses to emergencies, in consultation with CEG (Care Emergency Group) and the lead member (as appropriate), including advising on start-up, assessments, and mobilization of resources.
  • Represent the region internally on behalf of CEG and in crisis coordination meetings/calls, CI conference calls, and with lead members as appropriate; ensure information flow among country offices, CEG, lead members (line management and emergency units), and with other CI members.
  • Establish strong and close relationships with CDs and Regional / deputy regional directors and emergency directors at CI (Care International) levels and plays an active advisory, supportive and coordination role in order to facilitate clear communication and coordination, integration of humanitarian and long-term development, contextual analysis, and address any potential issues related to our humanitarian work, emergency preparedness and response.
  • Promote and guide quality in humanitarian & emergency programmes throughout the region. This includes promoting and guiding CARE offices in their adherence to our humanitarian aspirations (scale, size, timeliness, quality) and regional priorities identified in the road map, to minimum standards, including CARE’s Humanitarian Accountability Framework (including, program principles and its humanitarian mandate, policies, procedures & guidance as contained within CARE’s emergency toolkit), incorporation of gender and partnership approaches.
  • Important stakeholder in contributing to the development and implementation of the humanitarian aspects of the Regional Road Map as part of the Regional team
  • Support and advise lead members, country offices, members and partners on Emergency Preparedness Planning (EPP)
  • Represent CARE International in regional forums and meetings in the humanitarian area including with regional entities, UN humanitarian agencies, other NGOs, partners, region-based emergency donors, inter-agency working groups etc. and coordinate with CEG and CI members as appropriate
  • Monitor and develop understanding of ongoing regional contexts and vulnerabilities and produce occasional updates/sit reps and support country offices to develop their own updates/sit reps when needed
  • Work with country offices, CEG’s HR(Human Resource) coordinator, lead members’ HR departments and technical specialists to support the staffing of the RED (Record of Emergency Data) and the Horn of Africa emergency roster with qualified and skilled staff within the region readily available to participate in CARE responses to our humanitarian and emergencies work within and outside the region


  • Master’s degree or relevant combination of qualification and experience
  • English essential French, Portuguese or Arabic desirable
  • At minimum 5-10 years’ experience in humanitarian preparedness, risk reduction and response
  • Experience and knowledge of the region
  • Experience in programme design, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, including SPHERE standards, gender, donor relations, security and protection considerations
  • Experience in scale-up emergency response, gender and women’s empowerment programming and humanitarian accountability.
  • Excellent training, coaching and mentoring skills
  • High level of writing and communication skills
  • Willingness to spend high proportion of time travelling away from home (approx 60%) and be deployed with limited notice period

How to Apply

If you feel that you are driven, challenged and motivated to join our organization in this particular role, can contribute to the fight against poverty, and have the necesary requirements, submit your applications online at by 14th June 2020.

CARE seeks to improve the lives of the most marginalised, particularly women and girls. Our diversity is our strength.

We strongly encourgae women of various backgrounds and abilities to apply.

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Updated: June 6, 2020 — 6:52 am