CARE Deutschland-Luxemburg e.V. is currently recruiting a

CARE Program Development and Quality Manager

Location: Iraq – Dohuk, Northern Iraq
Starting Date: As soon as possible
Ending Date: December 31st, 2018

About CARE
CARE is an international humanitarian aid organisation fighting global poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities. As a non-religious and non-political organisation, CARE works with communities to help overcome poverty by supporting development projects and providing emergency relief. We know that supporting women and girls is one of the most effective ways to create sustainable outcomes in poor communities. CARE is an equal opportunity employer irrespective of nationality, religion, ethnicity or gender.

Under the line management of the Head of Program (HoP), the Program Quality and Development Manager, in close cooperation with the Project Managers, Sector Specialists, and HQ Desk Officer, will

  • 1) Provide effective leadership, management and technical oversight to the Program Quality (PQ) team and associated MEAL and gender-related activities of CARE and partners.
  • 2) Participate in conceptualizing and designing high impact and cost-effective projects, including the redaction of concepts and proposal documents, liaising with donors, and other related activities.
  • 3) Support the development of timely and high quality internal and donor reports and strategy documents.

Key areas of accountability:

1. Proposal and strategy development (40%).

  • Contribute to, and where required, coordinate the development of humanitarian and transitional project proposals, including narrative proposal writing, budgets, logframes and implementation plans.
  • Contribute to the revision of CARE Iraq’s program strategy.
  • Coordinate with project partners, local authorities, UN and INGO peers on humanitarian needs and support gaps to inform proposal and strategy development.
  • Coordinate with CARE International Lead Members and CARE Emergencies Group (CEG) in identifying and pursuing funding opportunities.

2. Program quality (25%).

  • Ensure technical oversight of CARE’s PQ   team, and set the direction of CARE’s PQ activities by prioritizing and organizing actions and resources. This role entails line management responsibility for CARE’s MEAL and Gender/Protection team.
  • Enhance the quality and functionality of the beneficiary Complaint’s and Feedback Response Mechanism (CFRM). Ensure that the results of the CRFM is fed back into the project cycle to enhance project quality.
  • Support strong project design by ensuring all projects have a market assessment and response analysis to determine appropriate selection of modalities for the  projects (cash, in-kind, service provision or a combination).
  • Strengthen CARE’s programming in relation to gender, ensuring minimum standards for Mainstreaming Gender Equality into Programming and key Gender in Emergencies considerations  are being implemented.
  • Review and provide input into the improvement of existing data reporting, MEAL and information management systems for both internal (CARE and partners) and external use on project progress and impact.
  • Support CARE and partner MEAL staff to provide timely and accurate data for reporting.
  • Ensure that the findings of project & program evaluations, assessments and surveys are incorporated into ongoing program planning and implementation.
  • Support CARE and partner staff to ensure accountability to beneficiaries in Iraq, ensuring CARE meets relevant international relief and development standards (e.g. Gender in Emergencies, Humanitarian Accountability Framework, Core Humanitarian Standards and SPHERE).
  • Work closely with the Country Representative, Head of Programs, Finance and Administration Manager and Desk Officers in relevant CARE Lead Members, to strengthen linkages and information provision.

3. Donor and internal reporting (20%).

  • Contribute to, and where required, coordinate the timely production of high quality donor and internal reports, including liaising with the Head of Programs, project managers, gender and MEAL staff to ensure accurate and timely information provision.
  • Review and revise donor and internal reports for coherence and consistency, and adherence to donor and CARE Lead Member reporting requirements.

4. Coordination (5%)

  • Actively engage in UN emergency cluster and other inter-agency coordination meetings and provide timely reporting back to CARE.
  • Coordinate with REACH Initative regarding vulnerability analysis and market price monitoring.
  • Liaise with regional/global CARE technical advisors to coordinate and engage technical support to support programme quality, research and learning.

5. Management of staff (10%)

  • Provide day-to-day management of the Program Quality team (2x MEAL officers, 1x Gender & Protection officer), ensuring monitoring of activity progress, quality of PQ inputs to programs and quality of outputs (reports, databases, communications within CARE Iraq and CARE International, and externally).


  • A good understanding and experience in the application of international relief and development standards and principles (e.g. Minimum Standards for Mainstreaming Gender Equality into Programming, CARE’s Gender in Emergencies and Humanitarian Accountability Framework, Core Humanitarian Standards, SPHERE, Do No Harm), particularly in relation to gender, protection and MEAL.
  • Skills/Experience in implementation of humanitarian & development MEAL activities, the development and application of MEAL frameworks, and the development of and reporting on project objectives, outputs and indicators.
  • Skills/Experience in information management, such as maintenance of project & beneficiary databases, ActivityInfo and Cluster 4Ws reporting and other project data.
  • Skills/Experience in gender and protection programming, including implementation of key Gender in Emergencies activities (Gender Action Plan, Rapid Gender Assessments, sector-based gender activities, referral mechanisms)
  • Skills/Experience in proposal writing and strategy development
  • Knowledge experience in implementing cash programming

How to apply:

Women and men are equally encouraged to apply.

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their CVs and a covering letter of interest in English to Ms. Judith Berger, by June 23rd, 2018.  Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

If you applied for this position in March 2018 your previous application will be considered automatically.