CARE Australia Job Vacancy: Senior Manager, Program Delivery Unit - Melbourne or Canberra, Australia


  • Work with a team dedicated to creating a more equal world and ending poverty
  • Based in Canberra/Melbourne
  • Full-time, permanent role

CARE is a leading international humanitarian aid organization fighting global poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities.

About the Role
The Senior Manager Program Delivery role is responsible for ensuring CARE Australia’s humanitarian and development programs are delivered in line with corporate program priorities and with  the full collaboration of local partners,  CA-managed Country Offices and CI entities and structures as appropriate.  The position plays a critical role in managing an experienced team of program managers and is expected to work collaboratively with other Senior Managers and Heads of Unit in the department to ensure CA delivers high quality programming in SE Asia and the Pacific.

Key Responsibilities
  • Overall responsibility to lead the effective implementation of CARE Australia’s development and humanitarian programs in priority program areas across SE Asia and the Pacific with a priority given to localisation and ‘nexus’ programming.
  • Build, lead and manage a multidisciplinary PDU team to ensure it plans and works collaboratively and cohesively to meet CA’s overall strategic program and develops a culture focused on delivering high quality programs.
  • Actively contribute to the development and implementation of IPO’s Program Logic as well as a program strategy that prioritises a localised approach to ‘nexus programming’, delivers measurable impact and aspires to high quality program standards in GESI/Resilience, economic justice, DRM and Climate Justice
  • Lead CA’s senior level program related negotiation and engagement with key external stakeholders especially DFAT Humanitarian Support Unit,  DHA, Managing Contractors, UN agencies and ACFID  in order to identify opportunities to influence policy, promote innovation and facilitate cooperation.
  • Lead and manage CARE Australia’s ANCP program at a strategic ‘grant’ level.
  • Working collaboratively with the BDU, contribute to the overall process of securing program funding from the Australian Government and other institutional donors. 
  • Represent and contribute on behalf of CA to CARE International’s program strategy and policy development through working groups, Communities of Practice and other similar platforms and mechanisms.
  • Actively contribute to organisation-wide quality improvement and strategic development as a member of the CA Senior Leadership Group.
  • International and domestic travel as required.
Ideally you will have:
  • A Bachelor degree or equivalent in a relevant field, and a minimum five years’ field experience in humanitarian and development contexts with an INGO.
  • An understanding of Australian Government Aid program culture, systems and procedures. 
  • A thorough understanding and experience of developing and implementing programs within the “humanitarian / development nexus” especially in the Pacific and or the Mekong sub region of Southeast Asia.
  • A thorough understanding of international development and humanitarian programming, and the changing role of INGOs in the global architecture.
  • Experience of programming  effectively with and through local/national partners and a clearly articulated commitment to the  ‘localisation’ agenda.
  • Proven leadership ability and personal attributes of a high order including, strong initiative and drive, a record of achievement, and strong people management and team building skills .
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to represent CA’s program work articulately in internal and external forums.
  • An understanding of the importance of empowering women and girls and a commitment to the protection of children and the prevention of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse.  
What we can offer you
  • A flexible and supportive working environment
  • Generous salary packaging benefits
  • 17.5% leave loading
  • Professional development and training opportunities
CARE Australia reserves the right to seek information from job applicants’ previous employers about incidents of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment, and/or child abuse the applicant may have been found guilty to have committed or about which an investigation was in the process of being carried out at the time of the termination of the applicant’s employment with that employer.  By submitting the application, the job applicant confirms that s/he has no objection to

CARE Australia requesting the information specified above.

CARE Australia is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and encourage applications from people living with a disability and/or have lived experience of disability. We also encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply.

How to Apply

To apply for a job with CARE Australia, please review the Candidate Information Pack linked to the relevant vacancy on our careers page (CLICK HERE) .Please ensure you attach your CV and one page cover letter outlining your suitability for the role, when you submit your application.

Questions about the role

Please contact Nate Rabe, (please do not email applications to this address).

Applications Close: 11:59 pm (AEST), Monday 30 November 2020