CR Program Manager

  • Location
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 11

Position description

As the humanitarian relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) assists United Methodists and churches to become involved globally in direct ministry to persons in need.  When a natural or human-caused disaster strikes outside of the United States, UMCOR serves as the primary channel for United Methodist assistance. In the short-term, UMCOR provides funds to our partners to distribute food, hygiene supplies, shelter and other basic needs to ease human suffering. In the long-term, we work with local partners towards recovery and reconstruction. In its programming approach, UMCOR adheres to Sphere Minimum Standards in humanitarian response and the International Committee of the Red Cross Humanitarian Code of Conduct. UMCOR works through capacity building efforts and accompaniment to support that partners do the same.



The International Disaster Response Program Manager for the Africa portfolio will assist in leading the department in the Atlanta office, while overseeing United Methodist Disaster Management efforts in Africa. This person will report to the Director of International Disaster Response (IDR).



Monitoring new and ongoing crises and disasters, emerging trends, issues and events in the humanitarian sector on a daily basis; making strategic recommendations on involvement in and resource allocation for response efforts.

Capacity building of international partner organizations digitally and in person to support the mandate of training and equipping partners in disaster response. This includes from the point of assessing a disaster to closing out a completed grant.      

Regular coordination and communication with international grantees to assess needs, monitor grant activities and consistently stay informed on UMCOR-funded interventions.                 

Working closely with UMCOR IDR Director and Africa Portfolio Program Associate to monitor and evaluate progress, strengthen capacity internally and externally for grants management, and ensure transparency and accountability within UMCOR, with donors as well as implementing partners.            

Recruiting, training and managing staff, volunteers, and interns as necessary.            

Perform other duties as assigned.                                                               



Manage UMCOR-funded grants provided to both novice and professional partner organizations. Review and evaluate grant proposals, provide feedback as well as support in project design, grant writing and viable project design strategies.

Manage UMCOR-funded grants provided to both novice and professional partner organizations. Review and evaluate grant proposals, provide feedback as well as support in project design, grant writing and viable project design strategies.

Strengthen the capacity of Disaster Management Office staff as well as partner organizations worldwide to successfully prepare for and respond to disasters, through the provision of program support, guidance, training, mentoring and structured feedback.

Conduct site visits to support and monitor partners work and progress.



Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health, International Development, International Relations, or related field required. Master’s in similar field preferred.



Three (3) to five (5) years of experience working in humanitarian aid / development and living / working abroad required.

Experience in proposal and report review; monitoring and evaluation; ease of comprehension relating to budgets, financial reports and general ledgers; use of quantitative and qualitative methods and a diversity of approaches to support project and program development.



Results-Driven — Job requires accountability and continuous improvement as well as the ability to make timely and effective decisions, produce results through strategic planning as well as the consistent implementation and evaluation of projects, policies and procedures.

Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems; ability to research, analyze and evaluate information to resolve challenges and problems and identify alternative solutions and to make the most viable decision.

Relationship Management – Contribute to team objectives, coordinate and network within and across teams; develop and maintain effective relationships with key partners in the achievement of program/project objectives; seek out and maintain external and internal relationships to promote information /idea sharing, influence decision making and strengthen the success of the project/program outcome. 



Sound knowledge and commitment to participatory approaches to working with communities.

Familiarity with SPHERE Standards, Core Humanitarian Standard, “Do No Harm” policy, Red-Cross/Red-Crescent Code of Conduct.

Familiarity and experience in but not limited to Food Security, WASH, Logistics, Shelter and Reconstruction, Early Recovery, and Psychosocial programming as well as Protection Principles.

Willingness to travel up to 40% domestically and internationally, potentially to insecure 40% environments or disaster sites, and possibly on short notice.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office, SharePoint, and basic bookkeeping.

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