International Disaster Relief Program Manager

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
  • Location
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 10

Position description

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the humanitarian relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church (UMC), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization operated under the auspices of the General Board of Global Ministries.



The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is seeking a Manager of International Disaster Response who will assist in leading the department in the Atlanta office, while overseeing the United Methodist emergency/disaster and response efforts. This person will report to the Assistant General Secretary (Director) of International Disaster Response (IDR). 


  • Managing grants provided to partner organizations; evaluating grant applications, providing feedback and recommendations to grantee and UMCOR supervisor; reviewing reports; conducting occasional related monitoring visits.
  • Strengthening the capacity of UMCOR field offices and partners worldwide to prepare for and respond to disasters, through provision of program support and guidance, training, mentoring and structured feedback.
  • Conducting site visits to support and monitor partners as appropriate.
  • Monitoring new and ongoing emergencies and disasters, emerging trends and issues in the humanitarian sector, and international relief efforts on a daily basis.
  • Coordinating and communicating regularly with local partners, local authorities, and/or peer organizations to conduct needs assessments; collecting information; making recommendations for new programs; and monitoring ongoing activities.
  • Making strategic recommendations on involvement in, and resource allocation for, emergency and disaster response.
  • Working closely with UMCOR Grants Operations Manager to monitor and evaluate progress, strengthen capacity for grants management, and ensure transparency and accountability within UMCOR and with donors and implementing partners.
  • Recruiting, training and managing support staff, volunteers, and interns as necessary.
  • Managing and working with individuals.
  • Representing the program and UMCOR to church and other partners, as needed. 
  • Preparing and delivering presentations and briefings for internal and external audiences.


Grants Making:

  • To cultivate and develop potential IDR implementing partners and maintain partner contact information.
  • To proactively engage with partners in the wake of disasters and explore possible disaster response activities.
  • To review partner proposals and budgets, suggest improvements, and otherwise respectfully coach partners in current best practices of humanitarian assistance.
  • To summarize and promote viable grants to agency leadership for their review and approval.
  • To review grant reports and provide feedback to partners.
  • To organize and maintain information related to IDR grants
  • To prepare reports and analyses on IDR grants.

Representation, Fundraising and Networking:

  • To represent UMCOR in United Methodist, humanitarian, and ecumenical forums and contribute to technical interactions and discussions on the same.
  • To support the objectives of the Communications and Development Department in telling the UMCOR story.
  • To build and strengthen significant relationships between UMCOR partners, INGOs, UN, institutional donors and relevant government departments.

Program Development and Implementation:

  • To prepare regular reports on IDR activities and the disaster context for UMCOR program’s donors and quarterly reports as needed.
  • To develop and adjust strategies and protocols for IDR programming in light of current humanitarian assistance best practices, global developments, and local contexts.
  • To ensure effective technical support of the program including the development of effective reporting system.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • To conduct reviews of IDR programs.
  • To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the IDR programs in the field.

Capacity Building: 

  • To identify the needs and support development of staff and partners to increase their competence.
  • To provide training to develop the capacity of UMCOR’s IDR partners


  • The Manager for IDR is expected to spend approximately up to 25-40% of on average each month representing UMCOR and assessing IDR projects in the field.
  • Deployments on short notice may be required as part of this role.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent required. MA preferred. Degree in Humanitarian Assistance, Emergency Management, International Development, International Relations, Global Health or a related field desired.
  • Three to five years of experience working in humanitarian relief and development sector is required, while living or working abroad preferred.
  • Experience in Africa and/or Asia/Pacific and/or LAC and/or the Middle East highly desired. Proven experience in managing Emergency Response Operations/Disaster Risk Reduction/Preparedness with international NGOs.
  • Proven experience in review, monitoring and evaluation of programs; using of quantitative and qualitative methods and approaches to support of program development.
  • Strong and well developed analytical skills coupled with experience of writing reports that are usable by different stakeholders.
  • Proven experience developing and facilitating capacity strengthening and quality training curriculums.
  • Sound knowledge and commitment to participatory approaches to working with communities.
  • Proficiency using a variety of capacity building tools and techniques.
  • Familiarity with the Hugo framework, SPHERE Standards, Do ‘No harm’ policy, Red-Cross/Red-Crescent Code of Conduct Development.
  • Familiarity and experience with incorporation of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategies into disaster preparedness and response activities highly desirable.
  • Familiarity and experience in different humanitarian aid and development sectors, including but not limited to Water/Sanitation/Hygiene (WASH), Security and Logistics, Shelter and Reconstruction, Livelihoods, and Education highly desirable.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Access and PowerPoint), SharePoint, and basic bookkeeping.
  • Experience working with a faith-based organization or familiarity with the United Methodist Church a plus.
  • Excellent written and spoken English and fluency in a second language highly desired, French or Spanish preferred.
  • Strong skills in negotiation, coordination, project management, communication, and reporting.
  • Good interpersonal skills, diplomacy and patience.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills essential.
  • Ability to be flexible in fast-paced environment and strategize under pressure.
  • Ability to work effectively in a post-disaster environment and in remote regions with limited resources.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to communicate well in a variety of settings and to function in a diverse workforce.
  • Understand and respect cultural, religious, and political environments and use diplomacy when working with the staff, local partners, local authorities, and beneficiary population.
  • Willingness to travel up to 40% domestically and internationally, potentially to insecure environments or disaster sites, and possibly on short notice

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