Program Officer


Job Description


Program Officer Canada ● Virtual Req #230 Wednesday, January 4, 2023 About CARE:
CARE helps women and girls in developing countries lift themselves and their families out of poverty and out of crisis.
We bring people together to end inequality. Not just for one person, but a whole community. Not just for now, but for a lifetime and across generations. We develop solutions with women and girls and their communities to tackle the big issues facing them like Climate Change, economic empowerment, food security and emergency relief in times of crisis or disaster.
About the role:

CARE Canada is looking for a Program Officer


CARE Canada’s bold new Strategic Plan, From Caring Comes Courage (2021 – 2024), sets out CARE Canada’s commitment to bring all our resources, talent, and expertise together to unlock women’s leadership for a gender-just future. It recognizes that to lead change and realize a better life for herself and her community, every woman needs to be safe, healthy and have a dignified livelihood. It also fundamentally realizes that ‘business as usual’ is no longer good enough: this Plan challenges us to reimagine how we achieve our mission, inspire Canadian investment in that mission, and transform our organization to be future-ready.

CARE Canada’s Global Programs unit is responsible for developing and managing the organization’s programs in both development and humanitarian assistance focusing on the injustice of poverty and gender inequality.

The Unit is currently seeking a Program Officer with experience in Program Management with exceptional skills in gender equality programming, women and youth’s rights and empowerment, agrifood systems & food security, Climate Change Adaptation. Reporting to the Program Manager, Gender, Food and Climate Justice Programs (GFCJ), the Program Officer is responsible for supporting key components of CARE Canada’s women’s and youth rights, and climate-resilient agricultural livelihoods programing. This includes day-to-day project support relating to donor relations, compliance, sharing learning and engagement. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with team members within the GFCJ team, as well as with CARE’s Senior Gender Advisor, Senior MEAL Advisor, Senior Climate & Environment Advisor and other colleagues within the Global Programs unit and across the organization. This position requires innovation, flexibility, a strong commitment to gender equality, a collaborative approach, excellent interpersonal skills, and a strong commitment to localization and decolonization. Prior experience in gender transformative programming and/or Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) will be considered as a strong asset.

The post-holder will contribute to intersectional gender analyses, strategies and plans, as well as assessing project outcomes and impact with a focus on gender equality, economic justice and resilience to climate change. The incumbent will work on a range of projects focusing on gender transformative approaches to youth engagement in agricultural Food Systems and associated livelihoods, financial inclusion and climate change adaptation.

The post-holder will work in close collaboration with members within the GFCJ team, with other colleagues within the Global Programs unit, as well as with colleagues in the Public Engagement unit. The project portfolio will vary as needed and may include countries in different regions and complex and conflict environments.

The post-holder must be very flexible, a self-starter, provides support, and who works well within a team, including virtually. A strong understanding and practical experience integrating gender equality is required. Knowledge of feminist programming, feminist monitoring and evaluation, participatory facilitation, and distance work with local colleagues and women’s rights organization partners in developing countries is highly desirable. Experience supporting programming funded by Global Affairs Canada and/or Mastercard Foundation would be considered a strong asset.


  • Experience working with international or local Development Projects (supporting project cycle management)
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation, gender Analysis, gender equality activity Design, results measurement and coaching
  • Experience using participatory and collaborative approaches
  • Experience in results based management
  • A knowledge of gender equality and women’s rights programming
  • Working knowledge of MS Office
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills in English (fluent)
  • Bachelor’s degree in international development studies, food security, women’s studies, environment and climate change or social entrepreneurship or a related field with senior course work in gender equality, rights and international development or equivalent combination of education and work experience


    • Experience working on Global Affairs Canada and/or Mastercard Foundation projects
    • Field experience working overseas, in a development context (preferably in Africa)
    • Experience working with gender transformative or feminist MEAL
    • Experience working on gender analyses
    • Experience working with projects focused on women’s rights, partnerships with local organizations, climate change, food security or food systems, entrepreneurship, youth empowerment and financial inclusion
    • Experience of distance working with COs and local partners in developing countries
    • Experience with Teams, Zoom or other virtual platforms
    • Experience in participatory facilitation
    • Familiarity with elements of feminist theory and women’s rights frameworks
    • A knowledge of gender equality, food security, climate change, food security, entrepreneurship and financial inclusion sectors.
    • A knowledge of financial management
    • A knowledge of development and humanitarian issues in complex environments
    • Strong written and verbal communications skills in French and/or Arabic would be considered a strong asset
    • Master’s degree in international development, food security, environment and climate change, women’s and/or youth studies, financial inclusion, corporate social responsibility, Humanitarian Action or a related field or equivalent combination of education and work experience
    • Prior experience working in Africa, Latin America or Asia


      Promote and maintain an organizational culture that advances gender equality, reduces power abuse and inequalities, and fosters trust and safety.

      Create an environment within CARE's workplaces, programming, and communities where CARE works that is free from sexual harassment, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation and Child Abuse (SHEA-CA).

      Ensure high standards of prevention and response measures for SHEA-CA are in place consistent with the CARE International (CI) Safeguarding Policy and Safeguarding Code of Conduct.


      • Starting Salary Range between $55,000 - $60,000.
      • Comprehensive benefits package and confidential employee assistance program services available to you and your dependents from your first day of employment
      • 3 weeks of annual leave (increases to 4 weeks from 2nd year of employment)
      • In addition to annual leave, we offer a December 24-January 1 office closure so we can all recharge simultaneously
      • Inclusive holiday policy
      • Paid sick leave
      • Parental leave top-up
      • Employer contributions to group pension plan after first year of employment
      • Optional participation in group RRSP
      • International and domestic travel opportunities
      • Annual all-staff retreat in Ottawa
      • Learning and development opportunities and specialized training
      • Flexible work hours to support employee wellbeing and productivity
      • A focus on wellness and work-life balance
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