Helen Thompson

Helen Thompson

Role: Head of MENA Programmes

Team: Humanitarian team

Profile:

I joined CARE International UK in July 2017 and head up our programmes in the Middle East and North Africa region, which includes large humanitarian grants in Syria and Yemen. I joined CARE from DFID, where I worked in Afghanistan and Palestine, as well as on the Middle East and North Africa more widely. At DFID I was an accredited governance advisor with a specialism in anti-corruption and political systems, and will be working closely with our governance and women’s economic empowerment teams on expanding CARE International UK’s development programming in the Middle East and North Africa.

One good thing I’ve read

Farewell Kabul: From Afghanistan to a more dangerous world by Christina Lamb – I read this shortly after I left Afghanistan following a 2.5 year posting in Kabul. I found that it resonated with my experience of the country and the conflict, however limited that was by security restrictions, and provides a valuable insight into the history and futility of the war.

Email: HThompson@Careinternational.org

Twitter: @HVThompson24


Blog posts

Working in consortium to deliver large, complex programmes has become the norm for NGOs over the last few years. Increasingly, working in consortium is a clear expectation set out in donor tenders and calls for proposals. But is the sector taking


Humanitarian team

CARE International UK’s humanitarian team supports CARE’s humanitarian work by accessing funding, and by providing project management and technical advice and capacity to CARE’s country offices and CARE’s emergency responses. CARE has a strong focus on ensuring that all our humanitarian programming responds meaningfully to the needs and capacities of different people, whatever their gender, identity or particular circumstances. CARE’s emergency shelter team is also based at CARE International UK.

Head of Humanitarian

As Head of Humanitarian at CARE International UK, I provide leadership on humanitarian issues and sit on CARE’s Emergency Response…

Senior Humanitarian Advisor

Suzy Madigan is CARE International UK’s Senior Humanitarian Advisor specialising in Gender and Protection. She has recently returned from Mozambique…

Inclusive Governance team

Poverty and social injustice are caused and maintained by unequal power relations that result in the inequitable distribution of resources and opportunities – between women and men, between power-holders and marginalised communities, and between countries. CARE believes poor governance is a key cause of poverty and social injustice. Our Inclusive Governance team promotes inclusive and accountable governance systems so that poor and marginalised people have influence over decisions that affect their lives. We help communities get organised and get their priorities included in development planning. We work to increase women’s voice and leadership in public life. We support service users to hold service providers to account. We work with public authorities and service providers to help them become more transparent and responsive to poor and marginalised people.

Senior Gender Advisor

My role is to provide technical advice to CARE International UK’s programme and operational teams to help meet our commitment…

Inclusive Governance Business Manager

I lead on business development for CARE's Inclusive Governance team. I lead the diversification and growth of inclusive governance across…

Programmes and Policy team

The Programmes and Policy team is responsible for overseeing programme quality and multiplying the impact of our programming by encouraging governments, business and donors – based on the evidence we witness on the ground – to adopt policy reforms that support the world’s poorest people and communities. Working in partnership with our country programmes, women’s rights organisations and civil society, we put forward the views of the most marginalised to governments, including the UK government, multinational businesses and global institutions and press the case for change. In short, our goal is to change the rules of the game that keep people poor.

Head of Programmes

I am Head of Programmes for CARE International UK, overseeing our development and humanitarian programming in Africa, Asia and the…

Senior Policy Advisor

I joined CARE in 2005, since then I’ve been lucky enough to work with our local teams and civil society…

Strategic Partnerships team

Strategic partnerships are a key way for CARE to increase and widen our impact. Our Private Sector Engagement team partners with national and multinational companies to co-create innovative 'inclusive business' approaches that drive new opportunities for poor people as producers, workers, entrepreneurs, and consumers. We – and our partners – believe this makes good business sense: helping to generate efficiency, securing supply chains, accessing new markets and products, and improving credibility with consumers who increasingly expect companies to behave responsibly. Our Institutional Partnerships team connects the vision and commitment of our funding partners with poverty-fighting programmes throughout the world.

Head of Private Sector Engagement

Laura joined CARE International UK in May 2018 as Head of Private Sector Engagement. She previously worked as Ethical Trading…

Partnership Officer

In my role at CARE I provide support across the team ranging from reporting for our partnership with GSK to…

Women’s Economic Empowerment team

Our Women’s Economic Empowerment team leads CARE’s work globally to ensure women have greater access to and control over economic resources, assets and opportunities. We focus on four inter-related pathways to economic empowerment, based on a combination of women’s core economic roles as producers, workers, entrepreneurs and consumers: financial inclusion, women and value chains, dignified work, and entrepreneurship. We also focus on supporting the involvement of women in creating resilient markets in fragile and humanitarian contexts.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor

Regine is currently on leave. I lead CARE International’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning work for our Women’s Economic Empowerment programmes.…

Advisor – Dignified Work

I provide technical expertise for CARE globally on Dignified Work – CARE’s strategy for promoting access to gender-equitable, economically empowering…

I joined CARE in August 2014, because I believe strongly in our focus on economic development, gender equality and people…

CARE International alumni

Many CARE staff who have written Insights blogs have since moved on to other roles. Your blogs are still part of the CARE story – and we welcome any future contributions you may make to Insights and to our shared learning on what works in humanitarian response and international development.

Gender and Protection Researcher

At CARE I led a research project which aimed to strengthen collaboration between women-led civil society organisations (CSOs) and international…

Business Manager

Sandra was Business Manager within the Women’s Economic Empowerment team and  supported the team to manage priorities and scope and…