Program Manager, Disaster Risk Management

at Plan International USA

Team Name:                                     Disaster Risk Management (DRM)

Location:                                           Washington, D.C.

Reports to:                                        Senior Director, DRM


Plan International USA Overview


Plan International USA (Plan) is part of a global organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, our supporters, and partners to:

  • Empower children, young people, and communities to make vital changes that tackle the root causes of discrimination against girls, exclusion and vulnerability.

  • Drive change in practice and policy at local, national, and global levels through our reach, experience, and knowledge of the realities children face.

  • Work with children and communities to prepare for and respond to crises and to overcome adversity.

  • Support the safe and successful progression of children from birth to adulthood.


Founded in 1937, Plan now works in more than 70 countries.  Our programs in water and sanitation, health, education, child protection, economic empowerment, disaster response, and our advocacy work made progress in addressing girls’ rights by bringing girls’ voices to the forefront in policy discussions on early marriage, sexual and reproductive health and gender based violence.

Plan International USA has two offices, located in Washington, DC and Warwick, Rhode Island. It is part of the global Federation, Plan International, which is comprised of collaborative partnerships between 21 national offices and 51 country offices. Plan International USA is registered 501(c)(3) and has an independent Board of Directors.  

Job Summary

The Program Manager will work as a member of the DRM Team and have responsibility for managing /backstopping one or more grant-funded DRM (emergency response, early recovery, refugee assistance, or Disaster Risk Reduction) projects from a range of donors, with a focus on USG humanitarian Assistance funders (including USAID/OFDA and State/PRM). The Program Manager will be responsible for overall program quality, ensuring projects under his/her responsibility comply with Plan’s project management standard operating procedures in addition to donor requirements.  This includes ensuring programmatic, operational and financial deliverables of projects are met. S/he will participate in related research and documentation efforts and represent Plan at sector meetings and events.



Program Management and Support (80%):

  • Provide management/backstopping for multi-year grant-funded project(s), including design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and compliance with donor rules and regulations.

  • Work with counterparts in project team and Plan Country Office to ensure timely and quality planning and donor reporting including: work plans, detailed project implementation plans, baseline reports, progress reports, etc.

  • Work with Finance team to review and oversee budgets and ensure timely and appropriate use of project funds.

  • Identify project monitoring and evaluation needs on field programs and work with the M&E team in developing M&E action plans and documentation of effective practice and program impact.

  • Promote program quality by identifying field programs technical needs and coordinating the necessary technical assistance.

  • Represent Plan to donors, colleague agencies, government and the private sector when requested.

  • Present results of implementation at international conferences and through international working groups.

  • Participate in the development of organizational processes and procedures to ensure efficient program operations.

Prospecting and Proposal Development (10%):

  • Assist with the identification of potential business opportunities, particularly those flowing from ongoing project portfolio

  • Assist with proposal development, as needed

US National Office Representation and Dissemination (10%):

  • Respond to requests for information from the field.

  • Liaise with other staff members to share information regarding projects, to discuss field needs, and develop strategies.

  • Represent Plan to the international community in the U.S. through participation in key coalitions. Such representation may include speaking/presenting on behalf of Plan, facilitating the attendance and participation of Plan field personnel, and networking with other attendees and presenters.

  • Ensure coordination and information sharing across Plan USA and Plan International teams.

Other duties as assigned



  • 5-10 years of progressively responsible project management experience, managing or supporting multi-year grants, including DRM-focused projects.

  • Knowledge of, and experience with, USAID/OFDA and State/PRM, as well as other USG Humanitarian funders

  • Knowledge of best-practices and approaches for project management.

  • Experience living/working overseas in a developing country

  • Work experience in emergency response, post-conflict, or early recovery settings

  • Willingness to travel to field to support ongoing program portfolio or project(s).

  • Excellent planning, communication, and organizational skills.

  • Strong team player.

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission of Plan.

  • Strong report writing and presentation skills.

  • Fluency in written English required. Foreign language proficiency either French or Spanish, a plus.

  • Ability and willingness to travel at least 25% of the time to designated countries, including in an emergency setting.

Education and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in relevant field

  • 7-10 years of professional experience with development organizations working on related projects.

Work Environment

Typical office environment

Physical and mental demands

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Key Interactions

Within Plan USA

  • DRM Team, including Sr. Director

  • Field Program Support Team

  • Plan USA Teams

Within the Global Plan World

  • Plan Country Office(s)

  • Plan Project Team(s) in field

  • Plan International Headquarters

  • Regional and Country Offices

Outside Plan

  • USG Country Mission(s)

  • USAID/Washington

  • PRM/Washington

  • International community in the U.S.

TO APPLY: Submit your cover letter and resume to with the subject line “Plan – DRM Program Manager”




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