Deputy Country Director

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka


Vacancy title:
Deputy Country Director , Programmes

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Nonprofit, and NGO , Category: Management ]

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Deadline of this Job:
Friday, May 03 2024

Duty Station:
Within Zambia , Lusaka, South – Central Africa

The Deputy Country Director is responsible for ensuring that CARE’s programmes in Zambia tackles poverty and injustice with the overarching aim of reaching transformative social and economic equality for women and girls. The DCD will assist the Country Director maintain a high profile for CARE International in Zambia as a leader in bringing about long lasting social and economic change. As a member of the CARE International in Zambia country office senior leadership team, the Deputy Country Director will contribute to country programming and leadership priorities.

This position will lead program strategic meetings, as well as provide input and feedback on key issues. By engaging with key regional and HQ stakeholders, the Position will support overall leadership and key program functions of the country Zambia office. They will oversee the country office compliance with the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse, and anti-fraud policies in particular, and reinforce this behavior with staff and partners in the line of duty.
The Deputy Country Director will maintain CARE Zambia’s Humanitarian response capacity and provide timely support and direction to the Emergency Response team as well as interact with the CARE Emergency Response team as and when necessary.

Leadership & Strategy
• The Deputy Country Director will be a key member of the Country Office Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and is responsible for leading and as well as supporting the SLT uphold the highest standards of behavior, programme outcomes and impacts.
• The Deputy Country Director will be expected to provide innovative leadership and encourage staff to take an active role in programme design and proposal development in line with the strategic directions within the CARE Zambia Business Plan. This direction should be broadly in line with the Southern Africa Food and Nutrition Security and Climate Change strategy (FNS-CC), the SA Regional Road map and the CARE Vision 2020, as they exist now.

Programme Quality and Resource Mobilization
• The successful candidate will be responsible for driving data-based decision-making at all levels, with a specific focus on ensuring that both humanitarian and development programs designed and implemented by CARE Zambia meet the minimum standards as laid out in the Program Quality Standards.
• The role requires pursuing and tracking business opportunities for new projects and programmes and maintain the pipeline at a minimum of USD10m annual goal.

Communication & Coordination
• The Assistant Country Director will encourage Project Managers and staff to engage with their project work as part of the Knowledge Management and Learning Framework where accountability, gender transformation and resilience will be among the markers of change and impact.
• The ACD will foster communication between projects and programmes and inject a spirit of unity across the CO programme teams. Key programme and project staff with the responsibility for Knowledge Management, Learning and innovation will be directed in maintaining and improving key databases for measuring program impact and reach, and ensure that Program Impact data is captured, documented, and sent to CARE in a timely manner each year.

Relationships, Networking and Capacity Building
• Build the capacity of CARE Staff and Implementing Partners to manage financial resources according to good accounting practice and in compliance with Donor & CARE International standards,
• Support the development and implementation of strategies for bridging the partner capacity gaps that are identified during partner assessments,
• Ensure that CARE Staff and Partners fully understand what is expected of them and are equipped to manage awards and sub-awards according to best practice, policies, and procedures.
• Deploy the team of Awards & Sub-Awards Staff to the project teams; ensuring that they provide all necessary support, and carry out monitoring visits according to the project plan

1. Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field or equivalent work experience.
2. Seven (7) or more years of relevant work experience in a senior management position.
3. Relevant work experience in International Non – non-governmental organizations operations or relief/Development field.
4. Experience in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with donors and government counterparts.
5. Demonstrated experience with proposal development with a range of international donors (i.e. USAID, EU, FSCD, GAC, UN Agencies etc,)

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Starting salaries are based on internal equity, candidate experience, and the cost of labor where the job is based. Salaries listed only apply to jobs based in the US.

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 84

Level of Education: Bachelor Degree

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