The Regional Emergency Coordinator (REC) position is a relatively new position created to support CARE International’s (CI) emergency strategy, specifically to strengthen organizational capacities in emergency response. In 2007 two REC positions were established in CARE’s two Africa regions (SWA and ECA). CI plans to establish (subject to final CARE Board budget approval) two additional field based positions to support Latin America and the Middle East and Eastern European regions. The REC positions currently open for recruitment will be based in Cairo (to cover the Middle East and Eastern European region) and Panama (to cover Latin and Central America).

The role of the Regional Emergency Coordinator (REC) is to provide critical coordination and support to CARE emergency preparedness and response activities at the regional level. The REC works with country offices, lead member regional management, and CI and lead member emergency units on strengthening capacities in preparedness, early warning, disaster risk reduction, and other related priority areas in-between emergencies in order to reduce the impact of disasters. It also represents CARE externally at the regional level in the humanitarian field with key forums, partners and donors. During major emergencies, the REC may be the first rapid response staff member from outside a country office and would support Country Office to conduct initial assessments, act as the first wave team leader until second wave deployable staff arrive, and assist with start-up and fundraising. As a member of CEG, the REC represents all of CI, liaises with various CI offices and members, and should ensure consistency with CI global humanitarian approaches and standards. For these reasons, the REC reports to the CI Emergency Group (CEG), but maintains strong links to lead member management structures, including both their regional management and emergency units.

Requirements for this position include: a Masters degree, or relevant combination of qualifications and experience, in a relevant field; a minimum of 5–10 years experience in humanitarian preparedness, response and poverty reduction, including experience in the region concerned; experience in humanitarian program design, management, monitoring and evaluation, including SPHERE standards, donor relations, security and protection considerations; excellent training, coaching and mentoring skills; advanced oral and written communication skills; excellent team building and interpersonal skills; In addition to English language skills other languages are required (see JD for each region giving details on language skills).

Interested and qualified candidates should send an application letter and CV to Jonathan Mitchell, CI Emergency Response Director to by June 25th, 2008. Please write the job title and the region in the subject header of the email. CARE promotes diversity and encourages applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.