Regional Director (Latin America & the Caribbean)


Job Description


Work Location : Guatemala - Guatemala City Type of Post : Not Applicable Other Possible Location : Ecuador - Quito Funding : APPROVED Expected Travel : up to 40% Type of Contract : Language Requirement : ENGLISH Application Deadline : Employee Duration : Full-Time

Location : Guatemala City, Guatemala

Manager : Vice President, International Programs and Operations

Countries: Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Venezuela, El Salvador, Bolivia


CARE seeks a world of hope, inclusion, and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live in dignity and security. CARE places a particular emphasis on women and girls, their dignity and empowerment to lead their communities out of poverty. This year, CARE and partners have worked in 111 countries, reaching more than 174 million people around the world through poverty-fighting development and humanitarian aid programs.

As a member of CARE USA Global Leadership Team, the Regional Director (RD) for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is expected to drive organizational transformation at global and regional levels, toward a locally led organization. The RD will guide and support the evolution of CARE’s role, presence and engagement in countries and the region.

The Regional Director is also expected to lead strategic engagement, influence partnerships and effectively mobilize resource at regional level. This must be done in conjunction with ensuring that CARE provides timely and quality response to humanitarian crises in the region and strengthens its impact on poverty and injustice as well as tackling gender inequities in a rapidly changing complex region.


To achieve these goals, CARE is looking for a talented and visionary Regional Director (RD) for LAC who will lead the region in the pursuit of its vision, influence and inspire, advocate for people we serve at the regional level while identifying and generating new revenue for CARE programs.

The key responsibilities of the Regional Director are:

Drive Strategy and regional performance : Lead the regional team on strategy development and execution, have high-level oversight of key areas of regional performance. Oversee the implementation of the Partnership for Central America (PCA) strategy. Lead the Design and implementation of regional strategies and roadmaps. Act on CARE’s vision of a Locally Led network in the region: Lead the design and ensure implementation of future fit networked operating models in the region, to strengthen CARE’s legitimacy, local partnership, ownership and leadership, relevance, impact, and efficiency. Management Excellence : Partner with various CARE USA departments and CARE Member Partners to ensure that program quality, program support, risk management and financial oversight are provided to country offices and lead performance assessment at regional level to inform overall organizational performance assessment, and promote mutual accountability across the region as well as with relevant parts of the Confederation Represent CARE to all parties and stakeholders , including members of the CARE Confederation, regional decision-making bodies, donors, civil society and other organizations, and act as a conduit to external networks, alliances and (women’s) movements to harness the power of new and diverse actors (e.g. philanthropists, the private sector and diaspora) Advocate, network and influence : Mobilize and partner with key stakeholders in the region to influence policy makers and donors and advance relevant humanitarian and development policies Mobilize resources : Identify and cultivate prospective regional multilateral, corporate, foundation, and individual donors, promoting and identifying new and creative resource streams for humanitarian crises response and longer-term development Operational excellence: Ensure the quality and efficiency of programs and management processes at regional and country office levels and ensure that key performance indicators are met Successfully Line manage Country Directors, and Deputy Regional Directors in the region Ensure Talent Development and Succession Planning at senior level in the region.


You are passionate about social justice and gender justice and you are deeply concerned about saving lives. You have a deep knowledge of the underlying causes of poverty and social justice in LAC. You have great leadership skills and lead by example; you have high capacity to problem solve and establish priorities for you and your team. You possess adaptive management skills to deal with different styles of leadership. You are excited about driving impact at scale and portfolio growth.

Regional leadership skills. You have at least 10 years’ experience leading change, managing people, budgets and working in international organizations or corporations. 5 years of leadership experience within Latin America and the Caribbean, preferably in a Country Director/RD role, with proven ability to navigate a highly complex and matrixed global organization. You have a bachelor’s degree in social science or related international development field. An MPH, MBA or other relevant post-graduate degree, is highly desired. Agile Change Champion. You possess the ability to establish, enhance and lead a regional leadership team to provide collective direction and leadership to CARE's work across the region and to build region-wide ownership and engagement in CARE's regional and global priorities and directions. You have the ability to develop a shared vision for LAC programs within CARE and, in partnership with country directors and regional colleagues, lead strategic change processes across LAC country offices and subregions, including assessing the most appropriate 'footprint’ for CARE in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as regionally and ‘adapt, adopt, drop’, where and when needed. Humanitarian leader. You have experience leading humanitarian programs in the region and oversee operational risk and staff safety in fragile, conflict contexts. Connected and influential – with Business Development & Fundraising skills: You have a good network, and extensive experience in engaging with and influencing leaders in LAC (donors, government authorities, leaders from private sector and international organizations, etc.). You have extensive experience developing and securing funds for programs and services, from regional and global institutional donors like USG and EU, private foundations, and philanthropists. People, Culture, Diversity, Equity, Belonging and Inclusion : Effectively develop, lead and provide strategic direction to a diverse and inclusive team of leaders across a vast/diverse region. Consistently demonstrate your commitment to Gender Equality, diversity, equity, belonging and inclusion Financial Management skills/Fiscal Responsibility : You’ve managed budgets of $100 million+/year. You understand the basics of financial oversight and a good understanding of institutional donor compliance. Communication: You must be able to clearly communicate (both verbally and written) in English and Spanish


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