Program Manager (Candidate Pool)


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 creating a candidate pool to recruit Program Managers.

Program Manager


CARE Canada’s bold Strategic Plan, From Caring Comes Courage (2021 – 2025), 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 Team 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. CARE Canada’s Global Programs Team is currently looking to build a candidate pool for Program Manager roles for immediate and anticipatory hiring needs.

Under the leadership of a Head of Program Management, the role of Program Manager oversees development, resilience and/or humanitarian projects, and are accountable for their success, through dedicated support and availability to Country Office program delivery staff. They do this work aligned to CARE Canada’s values and approaches, with decolonisation as a core principle. They lead CARE Canada’s project-specific relationship with our funders, working closely with Country Office leadership to maintain strong in-country ties with donors. As Project Lead of a matrix programs team structure in CARE Canada, they effectively oversee an internal project matrix team, with finance & program quality colleagues across the Global Program Department, to fulfill their responsibilities across the Program Management cycle. They are accountable for the success of donor reporting at all levels, playing an enabling role for Country Offices to fulfill these contractual responsibilities to our donors.


  • Significant experience in implementing development, resilience and/or humanitarian programs, including a portion of this experience gained in the Global South.
  • Significant experience and commitment to promoting gender equality and implementing gender transformative programs.
  • Experience working at multiple levels of the project cycle including one or many of the following: design, delivery, reporting, evaluation; additional sectoral technical assistance experience would be an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain positive working partnerships with stakeholders, in particular Country Offices, partners, local organizations, donors, and government officials.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage project budgets of significant size and scope.
  • Ability and experience working collaboratively in a matrix management structure.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, expertise, and passion for international development, resilience and/ or humanitarian work with a focus on quality programs; in particular, an understanding of current trends, opportunities and challenges facing this sector.
  • Experience and willingness to travel to and work in complex and/or insecure environments.
  • Related studies in international development or a related field or equivalent combination of work experience and education.


  • Multilingual candidates are strongly preferred. An ability to work effectively in two of CARE’s working languages is highly desired, including English, French, Spanish, Arabic. .
  • Previous experience managing complex Global Affairs Canada funding, including familiarity with Contribution or Grant Agreement requirements, negotiations and execution. Experience of working with other donors is an advantage.
  • Specialized technical expertise, particularly in the areas of the CARE 2030 Program Strategy (gender equality, crisis response, food and water, economic justice, health, and climate justice).
  • Demonstrated success working in large and medium sized global organizations.


  • 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 $76,000 – $81,000.
  • 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.
  • Amazing colleagues who are very committed to CARE’s mission!

If you are someone who thrives on challenge, loves to be part of a dynamic team and you are passionate about making a difference, then this opportunity is for you! Don’t think you check all the boxes? Reach out anyway – we would love to hear how your experience translates to this role!

Please apply directly here by August 31, 2023.

A cover letter (maximum 2 pages) is required as part of your application to this pool. The following information should be included:

  1. Motivation to work for CARE Canada
  2. Experience in Program Management – highlights (organization, donors, type of projects, sectors, dollar value)
  3. Related work experience in the Global South (duration, locations)
  4. Language abilities and level of working proficiency (if applicable)
  5. Relevant technical specializations (if applicable)
  6. Availability (short-term, long-term, part-time, possible start dates)
  7. Other information you wish to highlight.

CARE Canada will use this process to hire for current as well as future opportunities within its Program portfolio over the coming year.  Only successful applicants will be contacted.

CARE Canada is committed to employment equity and building a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. Research shows that women and other marginalized folks tend to apply to roles only when they meet all the criteria outlined in the posting. If you’re excited about this role but don’t have experience with each and every qualification, we encourage you to apply. Let us know in your application if you have a non-traditional background and how your experience maps to the role you’re applying for. Recruitment-related accommodations for persons with disabilities are available on request. 

CARE Canada has a mandatory vaccination policy currently in place with accommodations based on the Ontario Human Rights Code. 

As part of CARE Canada’s commitment to preventing sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, we conduct reference checks on all final stage candidates in line with the Interagency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. By applying to this role with CARE Canada, you are giving us consent to contact your previous employers to seek information in line with this scheme. 

How to Apply:

Click here to apply!


August 30, 2023


September 24, 2023


Full-time Permanent


CARE Canada