âBASIC PURPOSE: The General Board of Global Ministries is the global mission agency of The United Methodist Church. It has personnel, projects, and partners in 136 countries and incorporates the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the Advance for Christ and His Church, the denomination’s designated mission giving channel.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the not-for-profit global humanitarian aid agency of the United Methodist Church. UMCOR is working in more than 80 countries worldwide.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is seeking a Director for Disaster Response and US Partner Relations, who will supervise the program managers who manage all aspects of disaster relief, recovery, and risk reduction.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
· Increase partnership and capacity strengthening
· Develop strong relationships and ties with US-based Annual Conferences, Bishops, and Disaster Response Coordinators of the United Methodist Church
· Coordinate and organize volunteer opportunities for US-based disaster response and recovery efforts in close collaboration with United Methodist Volunteer in Mission (UMVIM) Jurisdictional Coordinators and related entities
· Cultivate strategic national partnerships through proactive active liaison with United Methodist-related institutions; ecumenical and professional humanitarian networks including National Voluntary Organization’s Active in Disaster (NVOAD), Material Resources Network, National Partner Program at American Red Cross, Church World Service, the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), other government and multi-lateral institutions; individual and institutional donors to strengthen UMCOR’s capacity and reach to respond to disasters in the U.S.
· Strengthen the capacity of United Methodist Annual Conferences, local churches and UMCOR partners to prepare for and respond to disasters, through provision of program support and guidance, training, mentoring and structured feedback.
· Provide supervision to disaster response managers, US. recovery manager, and disaster risk reduction manager.
· Lead, by example and the establishment of appropriate guidelines, coaching of partners in how to apply best humanitarian practices to local contexts.
· Deploy managers as needed when field support of partners or project monitoring is required.
· Standardize service delivery protocol across the spectrum of service types (relief, recovery, risk reduction), and locations (U.S. and International) as much as is appropriate.
· Work with team to cultivate new potential partners as appropriate.
· Ensure readiness for disaster in UMC annual conferences.
· Assist Managers in understanding and coaching partners in Sphere standards, Common Humanitarian Standards, Consensus Documents, and other best practices of humanitarian assistance.
· Represent UMCOR and Global Ministries through public speaking as required.
· Identify and evaluate new and existing partners, including United Methodist Annual Conferences and related churches and institutions, to assess potential for responding to disasters through support from UMCOR grants.
· Review and negotiate grant requests from United Methodist Annual Conferences and partner organizations, including evaluation of grant requests, provision of technical guidance and feedback, and submission of grants for approval.
· Provide strategic oversight of grant activities implemented by Annual Conferences and partners including follow up on activities, review of reports, meetings with partners, and related monitoring visits.
· Plan, coordinate and implement disaster preparedness and response activities, including facilitation of training programs, conducting needs assessments, and development and implementation of program, in close coordination with UMC Annual Conferences and partners.
· Monitor new and ongoing emergencies and disasters, emerging trends and issues in the humanitarian sector, domestic relief efforts, and UMCOR program and partner activities on a regular basis.
· Coordinate and communicate regularly with UMC Annual Conferences, UMCOR partners, local authorities, and/or peer organizations to conduct needs assessments, collect information and plan response to disaster situations.
· Make strategic recommendations on involvement in and resource allocation for disaster relief, recovery, and risk reduction activities.
· Recruit, train, and manage executive-level staff, and interns as necessary. Responsible for managing several training consultants throughout the United States.
· Evaluate staff and provide regular feedback, providing coaching as needed.
· Manage and work with diverse workforce, including differences in faith perspectives and practices.
· Strong skills in cultivating partnerships, communication, coordination, and program management.
· 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.
· Willingness to travel up to 40%, potentially to insecure environments or disaster sites, and possibly on short notice.
â · Strong familiarity or experience working with the United Methodist Church or related institutions required.
· Three to five years of experience working in humanitarian relief or domestic development sector preferred.
· Three to five years of experience supervising high-level, independent decision-making managers.
· Development and facilitation of capacity strengthening and training programs.
· Operational experience in implementing disaster relief, recovery, and risk reduction activities in the US and internationally.
· Working knowledge of US and International humanitarian protocols and procedures.
· Fluency in a language in addition to English desired, Spanish preferred.
· Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent required. MA preferred.
· Degree in Humanitarian Assistance, Emergency Management, Disaster Response, Public Health, Theology, Social Services, or related field desired.