Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE works with the poorest communities and places special focus on working alongside women and girls living in poverty because, equipped with the proper resources, women and girls have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty.
Care CANADA’s office is based in Ottawa. Globally, CARE Canada is a member of the CARE International federation, comprised of: CARE Australia, CARE Austria, CARE Canada, CARE Denmark, CARE Germany-Luxembourg, CARE France, CARE India, CARE Japan, CARE Netherlands, CARE Norway, CARE Peru, CARE Raks Thai, CARE UK and CARE USA. Care International is headquartered in Geneva.
CARE works in 94 countries around the world.
- Emergency & humanitarian assistance
- Women’s economic empowerment
- Food security and resilience to climate change
- Sexual & reproductive health & rights
CARE Canada Projects
Improving Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health – TAMANI Project
While Tanzania has made great strides in reducing preventable deaths of children under the age of five, progress in reducing maternal and newborn mortality has been much slower. Maternal mortality rates remain high at 556 deaths per 100,000 live births due to challenges such as inadequate quality of services, lack of access to emergency obstetric care, and limited ability of women and girls to independently access health services. CARE is implementing the Tabora Maternal Newborn Health Initiative (TAMANI) project with the aim to improve both the quality of reproductive, maternal, newborn health services available, and women and girls’ access to health care. TAMANI will help achieve lasting change through:
- Training and mentoring of health care workers to provide emergency obstetric care, respectful maternity care, contraception and youth-friendly health services
- Health facility rehabilitation projects, and equipping health facilities to effectively deliver emergency obstetric care
- Training and mentoring of district and regional health planners in budgeting, data collection and use, and the financial management of maternal and newborn health services
- Distribution of ambulances to support women and girls’ access to emergency care
- Facilitating communities and health facility staff to develop joint action plans to improve health service delivery and accountability
- Training and support to scale up community health worker program to deliver community-based health care and monitoring
Strengthening Women and Children’s Nutrition – The Southern African Nutrition Initiative
Malnutrition affects every stage of life and has severe consequences that can impact families and communities for generations. Malnourished women are more likely to die in childbirth and have low birth weight babies. And their babies are more vulnerable to disease and death. Addressing malnutrition now could bring economic benefits over 100 times as large as the cost of interventions. The Southern African Nutrition Initiative (SANI) is funded by the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada. It aims to improve nutrition in women of reproductive age (15-49) and children under 5 years in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. It is designed to give women, families, and health providers the tools they need to end malnutrition in children under 5 and in pregnant and nursing women. SANI will help achieve lasting change in the lives of beneficiaries by:
- Individual and group nutrition counselling for women and men
- Training health care workers to provide nutrition education for pregnant and nursing women and their families as well as children under five
- Providing therapeutic feeding to severely malnourished children
- Supporting community and backyard gardens by providing seeds, tools, equipment and training to produce a healthy and diverse range of food for families
- Building wells and water systems in collaboration with community members to ensure safe access to clean drinking water
- Empowering women and expanding their economic opportunities through village savings and loans associations which strengthen women’s economic status and autonomy and their ability to generate an income
- Improving access to nutrition and psycho-social support for mothers and families living with HIV and AIDS
- Generous leave entitlements, including December holiday closure;
- Full benefits: dental, medical, vision care, paramedical, life insurance (some exceptions may apply) and professional and confidential Employee Assistance Program services;
- Learning and Development opportunities, and specialised training;
- Flexible work hours and a work from home policy;
- Free parking; transportation routes, central location which is close to popular amenities;
- We also have an onsite BBQ and shower facilities.
Meet Some Team Members
Marnie Davidson, Health Adviser and Program Manager for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Marnie joined CARE Canada in September 2012. In her role, she leads the maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) portfolio where she overseas funding in 4 countries (Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia). Specifically, she manages and provides the operational oversight for grants and provides technical support in the areas, particularly in the Tanzania project, around health system strengthening. Marnie also advises on project development in the health sector and she is in charge of networking in the health field for CARE Canada.
Prior to CARE, Marnie led various global health initiatives with the Canadian Public Health Association and the Canadian Society for International Health. Holding a Masters degree in European and Russian Studies from Carleton University, she enjoys leading innovations in program performance measurement along with pursuing her ongoing research interests including social determinants of global health and health equity. When asked what she enjoys the most, it is the fact that it has a strong development focus. It is intersectoral and she thinks there are a lot of opportunities to bring in different sectors into development. Since Marnie also comes from a public health background, it is really nice to be able to work with colleagues from a gender perspective, from a food security perspective, and look more comprehensively at how CARE Canada does development programming and integrating different systems with the government, community, private sector to really have a larger impact and leverage the different programs that CARE does.
Dr. Pierre Kadet, Food Security and Livelihoods Technical Advisor
Pierre joined CARE Canada in October 2013. His work consists of providing expertise to guide and grow the integration and improvement of CARE’s agriculture, economic development and microfinance activities. He essentially supports new food and livelihoods business development activities and strategic planning initiatives, and provides monitoring and evaluation and technical guidance to programs. This involves identifying or designing innovative implementation and monitoring tools and strategies, maintaining and broadening CARE’s strategic partnerships (e.g. academic, research, UN agencies, donors, etc.), and facilitating learning and knowledge sharing among CARE programs and between CARE and its key partners.
Pierre holds a PhD in physical geography and rural planning from the University of Montpellier in France. Before joining CARE Canada, Pierre worked for a number of non-governmental organizations, including the Norwegian Refugee Council and Action Against Hunger (USA). He was also the national coordinator of the Food Security Cluster of FAO-WFP in Mali in response to the 2012 political crisis. Pierre most enjoys how CARE partners with communities and beneficiaries. It is the first time he has seen an international NGO that has a very flat (horizontal) community partnership approach. What he means by that is CARE is very inclusive. All initiatives and steps are designed, implemented, monitored and evaluated in a joint effort with every stakeholder involved in each stage of the process. In CARE’s approach, beneficiaries and implementing partners play an important role as collaborators.
- CARE Canada seeks a world of hope, inclusion and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live with dignity and security.
- CARE Canada puts women and girls in the centre because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities.
How to get involved with CARE Canada
How often does CARE Canada hire people?
On an ongoing basis. CARE Canada has select volunteer opportunities to support specific projects. Currently, CARE Canada, along with Cuso International, are actively recruiting for positions to support global health projects in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. Read more here.
CARE Canada offers a limited number of internship opportunities each year.
Advice for Candidates
CARE Canada employs staff in the field and within Canada to support programs overseas. The international staff CARE hires, almost without exception, are individuals with previous work experience in developing countries or nations in transition.
CARE Canada encourages you to register your resume to ensure you are considered for openings over the next year. Once you’ve applied to a specific position, you will receive an email confirming receipt. The database is scanned daily and you will be contacted if your skills and experience complement a position. Please update your information regularly.