REGIONAL INNOVATION ADVISOR - ARMU
CARE is an international NGO with local staff and community partners in more than 90 countries. We create local solutions to poverty and inequality and we seek dignity for everyone every day and during times of crisis. These solutions have a broad range, from clean water to access to education; from microfinance to ensuring that everyone has nutritious food; from agriculture and climate change to disaster response. CARE puts women and girls at the center of everything we do because they have proven to be the best hope for creating lasting change in the world. Our staff live where they work, which makes us effective at understanding the challenges they face. We’ve been doing this for over 70 years, since World War II. It started with the world’s first CARE Package® of food for the post-war hungry in Europe. Our work today is as important as ever, we believe that poverty and inequality are historic injustices that we can end within a generation, for good. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us, and fight with CARE.
The Impact + Innovation Department’s overarching goal is to deliver greater impact at greater scale. We drive strategies to massively scale gender-transformative, evidence-based solutions across CARE and beyond to reach all those in need. We do this by:
• Identifying, nurturing, and validating solutions to maximize impact and minimize cost (external & internal)
• Developing organizational systems to track program quality, cost-effectiveness, and progress to scale
• Building staff capacity on pathways to scale (including market based approaches and advocacy), and innovation tools
• Providing thought leadership to influence humanitarian and development sector policy and practices
This position will sit under the Innovation Team within the Impact + Innovation Department (directly reporting to the Director - Innovation with a dotted reporting line to the Deputy Regional Director - PQ) and will support solutions in CARE’s stage-gated innovation pipeline. The Regional Advisor will work closely with in-country staff and the Impact + Innovation Team to identify internal and external solutions with potential to transform CARE and the sector, develop pathways to scale, and use rapid experimentation and iteration to refine and validate.
Key activities for this role include:
• Identifying promising internal and external innovations for the team to support
• Coordinating with country office staff and technical experts to validate solutions
• Leading development and execution of experiments for proof of concept validation
• Coaching teams to understand and utilize Innovation Tools
• Building local and regional partnerships with a range of stakeholders from local organizations to social enterprises and governments
- Pipeline Sourcing and Partnership Development
- Solution Validation - Leading Research & Development and Proof of Concept
- Coaching CARE teams to utilize Innovation Tools and analyze data
- Bachelor’s Degree
- 5-10 years’ experience with international development, social enterprise organizations, or social movement groups
- Training and experience in human-centered design, co-design and/or lean startup methodologies
- Experience structuring, managing, and executing design and experimentation engagements
- Strong local ecosystem connections and networks
- Experience in partnerships cultivation and management
- Strong creative facilitation skills Strong written communication skills
- Experience with monitoring and evaluation tools and methodologies
- Strong facilitation and presentation skills
- Strong organizational capabilities
- Proficiency in regional written/spoken languages
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