Country Director


CARE is seeking a Country Director (CD) based in Malawi who is responsible for fulfilling the CI approved “Performance Standards of Country Offices”. S/he oversees the development, funding and implementation of the Country Office (CO) program portfolio. The CD is responsible for adequate emergency preparedness and manages emergency programming and operations. The person in this role establishes and sustains productive relationships and political influence with government officials, donors and strategic partners. S/he leads the CO’s fundraising strategy and ensures the CO’s financial viability. As an organizational citizen, the CD contributes to CI’s global strategy, shares knowledge and supports 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- S/he also promotes Gender Equality and Diversity among CO staff and in programming.

The CD will model new ways of working and driving the teams toward the CARE 2020 vision, fostering innovation, holistic planning and programming and helping to build effective teams, coalitions and networks. S/he encourages on-going staff development to motivate and strengthen the teams’ resilience in the face of change.??

Within Malawi, the CD is responsible for progress in the business plan. Currently, CARE Malawi is balancing emergency response with development program in food nutrition security and adolescent girls. The CD continues to build on staff development, program development and strengthening partnerships and advocacy. ??


• Staff management
• Strategic planning
• Program impact and relevance
• Resource mobilization and operations viability
• Human Resources
• External relations, partnerships and advocacy
• Perform other duties as assigned


• Bachelor’s degree in related field6-8 years in senior management position in 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 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

External Relationships/Fundraising

• Experience in successfully managing various forms of partnerships with national and international NGOs, etc.
• Experience in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with donors and government counterparts
• Strong representation, influencing and negotiation skills