Company Vision

We seek a world of hope, inclusion, and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live with dignity and security.

Company Mission

CARE works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty, and achieve social justice.

Job Description

About CARE 

CARE International is a global leader within a worldwide movement dedicated to ending poverty. CARE works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty, and achieve social justice. We put women and girls in the center of our work because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. CARE has been working in Uganda since 1969 and we work across all the regions of Uganda. The goal of our 2021-2025 business plan is to reach 10 million people, through our lifesaving and gender-transformative humanitarian, development, and nexus programs. We are committed to working with the government, the private sector, and local civil society, especially women-led and women’s rights organizations.  Our annual portfolio is $15 million, funded through a diverse range of donors.

Project Summary

The SPA II program is a four-year DANIDA-funded climate resilience program that will be implemented in seven countries namely, Uganda, Somalia, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Bukina Faso, Mali and Niger. The Uganda component will be implemented in Karamoja and the Southwestern District of Kikuube with the objective of strengthening food and energy security among 13,000 poor and vulnerable households (60% women and girls). Based on the innovation cycle, the project will promote gender-transformative solutions for food production (both crop and livestock) and energy, some of which have been tested under the CAMP+ project. Beyond the innovations, the project will catalyse actions for disaster preparedness and response and will support actions of relevant civil society organizations, private sector, and coalitions to influence the enaction and implementation of green and just policies.

Job Summary

The partnership and innovations specialist will report to the Senior Initiative Manager and will be responsible for the quality delivery of innovative solutions. Specifically, the Specialist will facilitate the learning and iteration process as required under the innovation process as well as the networking, lobbying and advocacy that is necessary for the uptake and scaling up of the innovative solutions. The Specialist is tasked to ensure that CARE’s standards for gender transformation and building resilience are adhered to and will be expected to liaise with relevant project team members to train, coach and mentor project stakeholders in a bid to facilitate systemic change. This will be a field-based role, with 20% travel time to other project locations and CARE offices.


Responsibility #1: Technical Leadership and steering of the innovation cycle (30% of the time)

  • Take the lead on the ideation process in liaison with the SIM and the relevant partners, ensuring that proposed innovations address the needs of targeted communities.
  • Develop clear value propositions for solutions using tools such as the business canvas.
  • Define proof of concept and testable hypothesis for the innovative solutions
  • Validate the food and energy solutions and their pathways to scale.
  • Support the identification of scaling partners and facilitate their sustained engagement along the innovation cycle.
  • Coordinate the interventions of private sector partners in liaison with the different Local Government and/or settlement level structures from ideation to scaling of innovative solutions.

Job Responsibility #2: Program quality and Learning (20%)

  • Support continuous iteration of solutions and a rigorous learning process, including the use of an innovation Log.
  • Developing concrete prototyping and testing plans for the solutions together with partners.
  • Support documentation, and management of knowledge from implemented interventions (including the innovations), to support decision-making, reporting and presentation at different national and international fora.
  • Coordinate research and analytical processes (such as GCVCA) in close collaboration with program partners and the Program Quality and Learning team, for purposes of generating climate and gender disaggregated information and knowledge.
  • Support the development of knowledge and learning products, working closely with the SIM and the Communications team.
  • Support the SIM to design and implement the project feedback and accountability mechanism.

Job Responsibility #3:  Networking, lobbying, and advocacy (20% of the time)

  • In liaison with the SIM, identify spaces for influencing policy and practice at local, national, and global levels level, and support organizing the necessary engagements.
  • Initiate and/or strengthen multistakeholder platforms (where needed) for response to local adaptation needs.
  • Support initiatives for learning and influencing climate-related policy and practice within CARE, using the available spaces.
  • Support both CARE and stakeholder-led processes for implementing climate change policies, strategies, and plans at the national and sub-national levels, including advising CARE on the relevant actions that need to be taken.
  • Support program-level actions that are geared toward positioning CARE Uganda as a Climate Change organization among donors and the government of Uganda.
  • Identity networks, coalitions, and movements that are relevant for advancing CARE’s climate and gender agenda and in liaison with the IM and the Program Manager (Climate Justice), use these for learning and/or sharing best practices.

Responsibility #4: Gender transformation and Climate Resilience (20%)

  • Initiate and implement actions for strengthening gender agency based on proven CARE models and best practices, working closely with the Gender advisor and the SIM.
  • Take the lead on all key interventions for building resilience to climate change at the community and household level, based on the CARE resilience framework and using tested CARE and/or other models and approaches.
  • Promote approaches for sustaining climate change adaptation and gender behavior change, ensuring that these approaches are integrated along the entire innovation and project cycle.
  • Work closely with the SIM and the gender advisor to facilitate partner learning and systemic change towards gender transformation and building of resilience to climate change.
  • Closely monitor partner interventions to ensure adherence to gender and resilience standards, with the use of CARE tools such as quality markers.

Responsibility #5: Promote Gender Equity and Diversity and Safeguarding Practices (5%)

  • Practice a behavior consistent with CARE’s core values, and promotion of gender equity and diversity goals.
  • Play a leadership role in identifying and implementing initiatives that enhance CARE’s commitment to gender and diversity.
  • Ensure that CARE Safeguarding policies and procedures are adhered to by all and the staff that S/he supervisors both directly or indirectly.
  • Ensure that staff and related personnel under your jurisdiction are familiar with the following organizational policies and procedures and can identify when needed how these may have been breached, The CI Safeguarding policy, Protection from Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Abuse and Child Abuse, The anti-discrimination and harassment policy, The code of conduct and the organization’s Values.

Responsibility #6: Any other duties assigned from time to time (5%)

  • Any other duties incidental to the role or assigned by the supervisor.


  • A Post Graduate Diploma in Business management, entrepreneurship, or another business-related field is a MUST.
  • Minimum of6years’ experience in facilitating community development programs. Experience of working in the Innovation ecosystem is a MUST.
  • Demonstrated understanding of private sector engagement will be an asset.
  • Exceptional conceptual abilities, strategic thinking, and analytical writing skills. The ability to think outside the box will be an asset.
  • Excellent writing, presentation, and public speaking skills.
  • Organizing skills and capacity to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated personal commitment to relevant organizational codes of conduct including anti-fraud and anti-corruption, safeguarding etc.
  • Leadership and interpersonal skills and proven experience influencing others without necessarily directly managing them.
  • Ability to ride a motorcycle, and possession of a valid riding permit.