Disaster Risk Reduction Technical Program Manager

Humanity & Inclusion works alongside people with disabilities and populations living in extreme circumstances, taking actions and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs and to improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

For more than 20 years, HI has been active in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) efforts, implementing and promoting inclusive approaches that ensure protection of groups most excluded and most affected by disasters, such as persons with disabilities, aging people, women, children, and indigenous populations. Together with local partners, HI develops risk reduction and disaster preparedness strategies that address and lessen the differential impact of disasters on these populations. The increased frequency and intensity of disasters due to climate change poses unprecedented threats to at-risk communities, calling for greater investments in DRR and innovative, proactive approaches.

HI has developed a multi-year project proposal to pilot its inclusive anticipatory action plan for communities frequently impacted by climate-driven disasters in three countries. HI will join a growing community that systematically links forecasts and early warnings to projected humanitarian impacts to take mitigating actions that will help save lives and protect livelihoods.

The DRR Technical Program Manager will coordinate the project, supporting country teams in the development, implementation and quality control of planned activities in their respective context. They will ensure cross learning, consolidate monitoring and reporting, promote project results and learnings globally, and liaise with relevant partners. They will combine technical and project management skills as well as expertise in facilitating collaboration between multiple stakeholders. This role will be offered as a 3-year contract and involves up to 15% international travel.

This position is contingent on HI being awarded funding and is anticipated to begin in January 2022.


With the support of the unit manager, in close collaboration with the other specialists and in coordination with all other technical specialists, the DRR Technical Program Manager will:

  • Project Management and Coordination: Lead project’s inception phase, oversee budget monitoring, liaise between relevant teams, manage consultants, mobilize HI’s global specialists
  • Monitoring, Reporting and Assessment: Lead the development of monitoring tools, organize performance review meetings, conduct monitoring visits, oversee timely reporting of activities, conduct program-level final evaluations
  • Capacity-building, Quality and Knowledge Management: Provide technical guidance and ensure technical support when gaps of expertise are identified, address needs for ad hoc tracking, organize peer-to-peer learning workshops, ensure quality control of knowledge products
  • Team Management: Recruit and manage staff, participate in performance reviews
  • Technical Oversight and Advisory Support: Ensure strategic and technical support to DRR projects, disseminate lessons learned to other teams, contribute to the development of new innovative projects, identify potential partnerships


  • A Master’s Degree in Disaster Risk Reduction/Management, International Humanitarian Assistance, Early Warning and Risk Analysis or related field. Additional training in climate change and/or inclusion is a plus.
  • At least 5 years of experience in DRR and humanitarian assistance including with NGOs, UN agencies, governments, donors, etc. Experience with anticipatory action based on climate forecasts and risk dynamics preferred.
  • Experience managing and coordinating large, donor-funded projects
  • Experience integrating disability, gender and age inclusion in humanitarian assistance
  • Experience managing knowledge products and knowledge-sharing events including seminars, webinars, training workshops, conferences and peer-learning sessions
  • Technical knowledge about DRR with a community engagement approach
  • Understanding of climate risks and their consequents
  • Understanding of issues related to populations most impacted by disaster, with a special focus on disability, gender and age as potential factors of exclusion
  • Knowledge of the humanitarian system, global emergency response networks and leading actors in DRR landscape
  • Expertise in designing and implementing capacity-building programs
  • Effective time management, multi-tasking and planning skills. Results driven.
  • Excellent networking, interpersonal, communications and presentation skills as part of intercultural team.
  • Fluency in English and French

All applicants must indicate that they have read and understood Humanity & Inclusion's safeguarding policies:

Location: Silver Spring, Maryland*; Lyon, France; London, United Kingdom; Brussels, Belgium
Type of employment: Full-time, Fixed term contract (3 years)
Starting date: ASAP
Deadline to apply: January 31, 2022

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People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply!


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*To be based in the U.S., you must be a U.S. citizen, or be in possession of relevant permissions to work in the United States. Applicants without existing work permission in the United States should not apply.

Note: Once a job offer is extended to a candidate, that offer will be contingent on the candidate passing a background investigation.

Humanity & Inclusion is happy to meet any reasonable accommodations that an applicant requires.

To request such reasonable accommodations at any point in the recruitment process, please contact: Diana Hromockyj by email at [email protected] or phone at (301) 891-2138. All self-disclosure is voluntary and personal information is strictly confidential.

January 31, 2022