Program Officer

at CARE Österreich
Published September 1, 2022
Location Vienna, Austria
Category General  
Job Type Full Time  


About CARE:


CARE is fighting poverty and injustice in over 100 countries and helping 70 million people each year. We save lives in disaster and conflicts and stand with women, girls and their communities to achieve lasting change for a better future.


Objective of the position:


In line with CARE’s mission, vision and core values, the Program Officer develops and oversees CARE Austria´s emergency project portfolio around the Syria crisis and Southern Africa (this may also change).




Management of donor contracts in accordance with CARE program standards and donor guidelines (mostly European Union, Austrian Development Agency (ADA), Neighbour in Need Foundation (NIN))

Overall coordination of CARE Austria projects and activities in collaboration with CARE Country Offices and consortium partners

Mentoring and backstopping of country office staff, in particular regarding donor contract compliance

Provide technical support in the development of country offices humanitarian preparedness plans. Carry out field visits to allocated emergency responses for monitoring, steering and coordination purposes as required.

Project acquisition: identification of new funding opportunities, development of new projects, and proposal writing (mainly ECHO, ADA, NIN)

Management of donor relations and liaison at country and regional level

Contributing with best practises from the regions to knowledge management and learning within CARE Austria

Support to CARE Austria´s and CARE International´s advocacy, media, and fundraising efforts



University degree in law or economy or comparable qualification

Proven professional experience of minimum 5 years in emergency preparedness, response and humanitarian program management in complex humanitarian settings through national partners, with a recent experience in developing countries desirable

Strong skills and proven experience in project management and coordination, project cycle management and ensuring donor contract compliance in a responsible and self-organized manner; experience with ECHO, ADA and NIN contracts, as well as with international consortia projects are a strong asset

Demonstrated knowledge and experience of practical application of the Sphere standards, Core Humanitarian Standards and other key accountability standards and policies on e.g. safeguarding, gender, environment, fraud & corruption, anti-terror, etc., and their foundational documents.

Knowledge of the local humanitarian context and related emerging trends, including policy developments at national, regional and global levels

Experience in project proposal development; strong facilitation and ideally proposal writing skills. Experience with financial project administration is an asset

Ability to work under time pressure, managing competing deadlines

Excellent communication skills and intercultural competence as well as excellent spoken and written English; good German desired

Demonstrated experience with working and/or traveling in occasionally insecure areas and following strict safety & security protocols.

Identification with the values, mission, and goals of CARE

How to apply

We offer:


Well-equipped office in central Vienna

Salary starting at EUR 46.000 gross annually. Please note: Actual classification will depend on relevant professional experience and will be calculated in accordance with CARE Austria’s salary scheme

Attractive fringe benefits (e.g. annual ticket for public transport Wiener Linien)

Working in an international context with professional and committed teams

Diverse project portfolio in a dynamic and innovative working environment

Please note: An EU citizenship or work permit valid for EU countries are a necessary requirement for this position. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.


We look forward to receiving your application including a CV and cover letter in English, as well as copies of relevant certificates and recommendation letters by email.

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