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Work Location : US- Washington, DC Type of Post : Not Applicable
Other Possible Location :  Funding : APPROVED
Expected Travel : up to 30% Type of Contract : 
Language Requirement : ENGLISH Application Deadline : 
Employee Duration : Active Full-Time  


CARE is a leading humanitarian and development organization dedicated to fighting poverty and social injustice with a special emphasis on rights programming, gender equality, and women and girls. The Program Strategy and Impact team (PSI) within CARE USA is seeking a talented and strategic leader to serve as the new Senior Director for Climate Justice reporting into the Vice President for PSI. CARE USA’s new Climate Justice program, SOLVE, seeks to put power and resources in the hands of women on the frontlines of the climate crisis and impact the lives of 15 million women and youth globally by 2030. SOLVE integrates climate resilience across our entire portfolio and focuses on three domains: food, water and nutrition, humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction, and gender. CARE USA’s SOLVE Climate Justice Initiative is closely aligned with the CARE International’s Climate Justice Impact Area Strategy 2030.The incumbent will play a pivotal role as a thought leader to direct and build the CJ initiative (i.e., the SOLVE program) and work cross-functionally to integrate climate resilience across CARE USA’s programmatic portfolio and organizational operations.

Ideally, the incumbent will be a respected Climate Justice leader with a strong track record of innovating and scaling Climate Justice solutions, working with CJ-oriented stakeholders including social movements and civil society organizations in the Global South, academia, private sector and donors. The incumbent will be knowledgeable on global trends and discourse of climate action, finance and solutions, and be conversant with CJ challenges that the mainstream climate action world needs to confront. They will ideally have experience navigating those challenges with government, the private sector and across a spectrum of civil society partners.

The Senior Director for CJ will be expected to represent CARE with USG, investors, corporate partners, as well as with CJ movement organizations, peer organizations and CSOs. The candidate should have the ability to translate CJ knowledge, research and trends for influencing global policy and practice. In addition, they must be able to build and maintain positive relationships internally and externally and be a team player with excellent written, inter-cultural and verbal communication skills.

The Senior Director for CJ will report to the Vice President of PSI and directly supervise the CJ Senior Technical Advisor. The incumbent will be a member of the PSI Senior Leadership Team (senior leaders from the Food and Water Systems, Gender Justice, Education, and Health teams) and work closely with other CARE USA program teams (International Programs and Operations, Humanitarian Affairs, Impact & Innovation) as well as Strategy and Resource Development teams that cuts across institutional funding/USG, private sector, foundations and others. The Senior Director will also collaborate with CARE International’s Climate Change and Resilience Platform (CCRP) and CARE Netherlands, CARE’s member partner global lead for the climate justice impact area.


  • Program strategy and leadership
  • Influencing policy and practice
  • Supporting program quality 
  • Building strong and innovative partnerships
  • External thought leadership and engagement
  • Resource development
  • Cross-functional team collaboration


  • Master’s degree level in a relevant field, such as International Development, Climate or Environmental Sciences
  • 10+ years’ experience in INGO or CSO leadership roles, mostly in country offices or regions
  • Direct management and senior experience leading climate change programs with a large range of donors, strategic partners and implementing partners
  •  Ability to lead, influence and coordinate across teams, develop and manage partnerships
  • Proven ability to navigate a highly complex and matrixed global organization
  • Successful fundraising experience
  • Oversight and management of portfolio with diverse investors and donors
  • Experience in gender transformative approaches 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to act as a thought leader in climate justice discussions (preferably with track record of development of relevant practice, research or policy papers)
  • Consistently demonstrate commitment to gender equality, diversity, equity and inclusion



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