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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 has been operating in South Sudan since 1993 with around 400 staff currently spread across five states. CARE South Sudan’s Strategy (2019 to 2022) focuses on women and girls with community-level intervention to respond to emergencies, build peace, and strengthen resilience.

CARE is seeking an innovative, visionary, and talented Country Director (CD) who will be responsible for fulfilling the Care International (CI) approved “Performance Standards of Country Offices” and will lead the development, funding, and implementation of the Care South Sudan program portfolio. The CD will also be responsible for adequate emergency preparedness and will manage emergency programming and operations.

The person in this role will establish and sustains productive relationships and influence with government officials, donors, and strategic partners. They will lead the Country Office’s fundraising strategy and ensure the CO’s financial viability. The CD will contribute to CARE’s global strategy, Vision 2030 of being locally-led and globally connected, share knowledge, and supports the generation of evidence to inform CARE’s global programming.

The Country Director will be accountable for competent operational and risk management processes, including the proper management, wellbeing and safety of CARE staff and the proper stewardship of CARE’s resources. This is a leadership role in which the CD will model and ensure the systematic practice of CARE’s core values – Transformation, Integrity, Diversity, Excellence, and Equality. They will 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 2030 vision, fostering innovation, holistic planning, and programming and helping to build effective teams, coalitions, and networks. They will encourage ongoing staff development, empowerment, and autonomy to motivate and strengthen the teams’ resilience in the face of change and challenge and build a strong, innovative senior leadership team while effectively and successfully managing all direct reports.


  • Staff management, development, and empowerment
  • Strategic planning
  • Program impact and relevance
  • Resource mobilization and operations viability
  • Human resources/Human Capital
  • External relations, partnerships, and advocacy


  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field
  • 6-8 years in a senior management position in the development field
  • Strategic and Operational Management
    • Demonstrated experience in leading strategic and operational planning
    • Extensive conceptual skills including strategic analysis
    • Demonstrated management skills in a complex international setting
  • 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
    • 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
  • Financial Management
    • Knowledge and experience with financial management as demonstrated by the ability to
    • Manage a complex budget
    • Effectively follow-up on internal and external audit recommendations
    • Ensure donor compliance and reporting
  • Information/Knowledge Management
    • Ability to establish a learning culture within the CO and to facilitate knowledge sharing across CARE

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