Program Manager, Local Capacity Strengthening for Response (LCS4R)

Closing date

REPORTS TO: VP of Programs

LOCATION: Currently Remote – must be eligible to work in the US.

Contract Length: 24 months fixed term contract – possibility for extension dependent on funding

About Concern Worldwide

Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organization committed to the relief, assistance and advancement of the poorest people in the least developed countries of the world. Founded in Ireland in 1968, Concern Worldwide has nearly 4,000 personnel working in 24 countries across the globe. Concern believes in a world where no one lives in fear; where all have access to a decent standard of living and the opportunities essential to a long, healthy and creative life. Our mission is to help people living in absolute poverty achieve major improvements in their lives, improvements that are sustainable without ongoing support from Concern.

Concern envisions a world where no one lives in poverty, fear, or oppression where everyone can exercise their rights to a decent standard of living with equal access to opportunities. We believe in creating a culture of inclusion where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to the workplace. Building a diverse and inclusive team is an absolute necessity to deliver the solutions needed to achieve our core mission, because without promoting justice and equality, we cannot eliminate extreme poverty.

Concern Worldwide US (CUS) is an independent affiliate of Concern Worldwide, with offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. CUS advances the Concern Worldwide mission through mobilizing financial and human resources, as well as influencing and activating networks in the US to elevate programs globally.

Position Background

The Program Manager – Local Capacity Strengthening for Response (LCS4R) will be a new and integral member of Concern’s Programs Team. Working in the Humanitarian Training Unit with the Vice President of Programs, Program Manager, Humanitarian Training, and Program Officer dedicated to LCS4R, this position will support the implementation and expansion of a growing collection of Concern’s humanitarian capacity building programs.

This position will oversee the project management of a new capacity building initiative: Local Capacity Strengthening for Response (LCS4R). LCS4R is a two-year, USAID funded program, whereby Concern US is the sub-award partner of International Medical Corps. The objective of the program is as follows:

International Medical Corps and Concern Worldwide will provide training to strengthen the capacity of such organizations to prepare for and respond to humanitarian crises and better engage with the international humanitarian coordination system.

Specifically, there are three main areas of implementation under this program. First an intensive capacity building initiative for ten National NGOs (Concern is responsible for five) which will assess the needs of the NNGO and develop tailor made capacity building programs to address these needs. This will focus on management and overall organizational aptitude and not sector specific areas. The second key area of implementation is a major in-country symposium for over 100 humanitarian stakeholders which will focus on improving the capacity of multiple actors and NNGOs. Thirdly is the development of a knowledge management system to host and house learnings from the project.

The Program Manager will be responsible for the successful implementation of the project against work plan, objectives, and deliverables. The geographic scope of this project for Concern is Asia, so heavy engagement and collaboration with the Concern Worldwide regional directors and country teams in the area is envisioned. The manager will be responsible for the management of numerous consultants, engagement with technical advisors, and possible direct line management of up to three program staff members (dependent on final program design).


· Successfully implement the LCS4R program as per award objectives and work plan.

o Manage the Concern portion of the project and meeting the requirements of the project as per the prime and sub grant requirements.

· Directly manage multiple consultants and up to three staff members.

· Coordinate the development of curriculum in collaboration with technical experts and prime.

· Work with country teams to develop and disseminate process around selection criteria and applications.

· Working with country teams, project staff, and consultants to guide 5 national NGOs through a thorough capacity building process, monitoring and adapting as needed throughout the process.

· Work with country teams to host one in country symposium for 100+ participants on multiple learning tracks.

· Oversee consultant responsible for knowledge management platform review/ development.

· Oversee logistical arrangements for the project, with strong delegation and process development.

· Successfully implement Concern specific components of the M&E plan.

· Ensuring all grant management activities and reporting is completed and of a high quality (often by Program Officers).


· Under guidance and in collaboration with the Program Manager – Humanitarian Training to document and disseminate best practice and success stories while solidifying Concern’s position in regards to humanitarian training.

· Track, analyze, and disseminate information related to humanitarian coordination and humanitarian leadership both within the projects and the broader organization.

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Qualification, Skills and Knowledge Requirements:

· 3-5+ years’ experience with project design and management, preferably in the humanitarian sector with a proven track record of implementing projects.

o Capacity building implementation a definite plus.

· 5 years’ experience in a relevant sector, some preferably being overseas in complex humanitarian


· Experience working with national NGO’s/ local stakeholders.

· Strong understanding of the international humanitarian system and current policies.

· Proven skills in relationship to donor reporting requirements.

· Excellent communication skills.

· Impeccable writing skills with a demonstrated ability to write compelling public and private grant proposals.

· Excellent time management and organizational skills with the ability to work well under deadlines.

· Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects with strong attention to detail.

· Ability to meet deadlines, work under pressure, prioritize, and handle multiple, complex projects.

· Must be willing to travel internationally and domestically (approximately 20%).

· Possess energy, initiative, flexibility and talent as a team player.

· Strong commitment to Concern’s mission and values.

· Candidate be eligible to work in the US, exact location is TBD.

How to apply

Please upload a resume and cover letter (complete with salary expectation for this role) to

We appreciate your interest working with Concern Worldwide U.S. Due to high applicant volume we regret that we are not able to send personalized responses to all applicants. Only candidates short-listed for a first round interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Applications are accepted until the position is filled.

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