Education Director 



CARE is a leader in promoting a comprehensive approach to gender equality and empowerment of women and girls as key to its unshakable commitment to ending poverty. As such, CARE’s education priorities are embedded in its poverty reduction and social justice efforts. CARE focuses on the most marginalized and hard to reach, which in many contexts are adolescents, particularly girls, who have been left out of formal education. CARE’s education priorities include developing academic abilities as well as leadership skills and other 21st century skills to boost students’ agency and consequently address barriers for equal participation - in class, in their communities, and beyond. CARE’s work brings together communities, schools and government partners to create gender-transformative, innovative and sustainable solutions to ensure that marginalized children and adolescents, especially girls, are able to stay in school, succeed academically and transition to meaningful engagement in society.



The Education Director is responsible for providing intellectual and strategic leadership to CARE's efforts for adolescent and girls’ empowerment. S/he promotes the fulfillment of the fundamental right to equitable quality education, as well as driving collaboration with other sectors on integrated approaches to adolescent/youth programming. 


The Director leads and supervises a team whose mandate is to develop transformative technical approaches for adolescent and girls’ empowerment that promote innovation backed by sound evidence for demonstrated impact. S/he provides vision and direction for the team, refining its strategy, approaches, and linkages; strengthens internal capacity; and ensures alignment with organizational principles and ways of working to effectively address, promote and implement CARE’s development priorities. S/he ensures that program standards and systems are in place and implemented and also supports new business development and mobilization of additional financial resources. The Director cultivates external relationships and collaborations with key partners and stakeholders in the field of girls’ and adolescent empowerment, driving thought leadership and CARE’s global positioning.


Reporting to CARE USA’s Vice President for Programs, the Director oversees the implementation of the Education team’s strategy, work plans and initiatives, maintaining a strong collaborative relationship with other key teams across CARE and externally.


The position is based in CARE USA Headquarters office in Atlanta, with approximately 25% travel time.


Reporting to the Director are the following positions: Senior Advisor for Education, Senior Research and Learning Advisor, Senior Advisor for Operations (Education), and Senior Advisor for Adolescent Programming.



Management and Leadership of the Education Team (25%)

  • Manage and provide leadership to the entire Education team and directly supervise a sub-team of five senior advisors, comprising the senior leadership team (SLT)

  • Mentor and coach the SLT, ensuring that performance management is consistent and supportive throughout the team

  • Build the team through effective recruitment and orientation as new opportunities arise, assuring high quality staffing to ensure that that programs produce targeted results on time and on budget

  • Provide oversight of central funds and contracts, and responsibility for the team's budgets and operating plans


Program Strategy Development and Direction (25%):

  • Provide leadership in the development of the overarching vision and strategy of the Education Team, in line with the broader CARE International Program Strategy, based on an understanding of the interdependent nature of CARE and ensuring collaboration with other parts of the organization as appropriate

  • Ensure the team focuses on knowledge and learning that directly improves program quality, produces sound evidence of impact, and informs fundraising and advocacy efforts

  • Collaborate closely with other teams within the Programs, Partnerships, and Learning (PPL) division that are focused on adolescent/youth programming

  • Coordinate and/or support the strategic acquisition of financial resources and their effective allocation in line with the education strategy and in a manner that promotes innovation, scale-up, program integration and demonstrated impact


Growth of Organizational Adolescent Empowerment Programming (20%):

  • Promote innovative, integrated program design for education and girls’ empowerment in collaboration with PPL, Regional Management Units, Country Offices and relevant CARE International Members, strengthening CARE’s knowledge base, expertise and credibility globally in adolescent programming.

  • Stay current on professional developments in the field as well as remain up to date on donor priorities and opportunities, identifying priority technical areas for investment, assuring that CARE is prepositioned in priority technical areas, and carrying out assessments with partners.

  • Identify and lead initiatives to capture learning and to share technical and programmatic lessons learned within and outside of CARE


External Positioning and Representation (20%):

  • Build CARE’s profile and standing by forging relationships with key stakeholders and supporters with an ability to speak to the work in meaningful and accessible ways

  • Establish processes for learning from key external organizations important for CARE’s work on education and adolescent and girls’ empowerment, and represents CARE in strategic external conferences, working groups, and coalitions

  • Coordinate and/or support the strategic acquisition of financial resources and their effective allocation, in collaboration with CARE Country Offices and member partners

  • Contribute to the priorities and strategies of key fundraising, marketing and advocacy initiatives strategic to the organization’s commitment to gender equality & women’s and girls’ empowerment


Contribute to Collaborative and Aligned Programing and Leadership in PPL (10%):

  • As a key role within PPL, understand the principles and mandates of the division and its alignment with the CI Program Strategy and the CUSA core priority areas

  • Ensure that the education and adolescent programming incorporates and prioritizes measurement, documentation, and sharing of results to facilitate learning, innovation, and cross-sectoral application, and to inform policy decisions and fundraising

  • Work with other teams effectively to drive integrated and aligned programming that furthers CARE’s progress to its Impact Goals




  • Master's degree in Social Sciences, Education, Public Health, International Development or related field

  • 10 years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the development, implementation, management and evaluation of programs working with children, youth, and/or women from marginalized groups in developing countries.

  • 5-10 years successful senior leadership in international development field with a focus on adolescent and girls’ empowerment, gender and education and/or work with marginalized communities

  • Demonstrated experience in representation leading to growth and increased profile

  • Experience in managing bilateral grants and/or contracts (USAID, DFID, GAC, etc.)

  • Experience in management of remote teams working on a complex portfolio of projects

  • Successful large-scale fundraising experience

  • Planning for and oversight of large budgets

  • Experience in strategic planning


  • Direct program experience in implementing and promoting gender-transformative, rights-based approaches.

  • Experience in a previous position developing strategies for multi-donor support of gender programming

  • Experience with social activism on issues of social justice

  • Advocacy experience that has resulted in policy change



  • Management and Leadership

  • Strategic Planning

  • Familiarity with best practice in thematic areas

  • Advanced communication and presentation skills

  • Advanced relationship building skills

  • Fundraising

  • Excellent English language skills

  • Knowledge in impact measurement and of M&E systems    

  • Demonstrated financial management and budgeting skills

  • Advanced advocacy skills and competency in human rights desired



Interested and qualified applicants should submit a cover letter highlighting fit for the position and resume to with the subject line "CARE – Education Director"


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