Consultant, Crisis Response Manager

McAllen, Texas, United States
Apply by 16 August 2018
Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 17 July 2018

Job Description


ChildFund International is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) working in 20 countries to help deprived, excluded, and vulnerable children have the capacity to improve their lives and become young adults, parents, and leaders who bring lasting and positive change in their communities. ChildFund is committed to child-centered change that leads to healthy and secure infants, educated and confident children, and skilled and involved youth. Since 1989, ChildFund has worked for the well-being of children, youth and families in the Rio Grande Valley. We support locally-led initiatives in education, early child development, and psychosocial assistance that strengthen impoverished families and communities to help break the cycle of poverty and protect children’s rights.

To support the immediate psychosocial needs of families and children affected by separation at the border, ChildFund International is seeking a Crisis Response Manager to manage operations, including coordination, design, and facilitation of technical interventions and partnerships, as well as fundraising efforts. This position will report to Program Manager, US Programs with support from the Texas program coordinator based in McAllen, TX and the Program Development team based in Washington, DC.


  • Represent ChildFund externally to form strategic partnerships and keep abreast of the fast-changing context;
  • Support in developing communications messages and fundraising appeals;
  • Guide strategic planning and lead capacity building in psychosocial support and social emotional learning competencies, including facilitation of workshops, mentoring and coaching of ChildFund and partner staff;
  • Oversee implementation of designed program interventions;
  • Other duties as assigned, including possible family tracing and reunification


  • Master’s Degree in Social Work highly preferred;
  • 3 to 5 years of program management experience relevant to child protection with a minimum of 2 years clinical experience required.
  • Demonstrated experience working with children and families in a crisis situation, particularly crises related to migration, human trafficking, or cross border movement;
  • Demonstrated understanding of immigration law, refugee resettlement, and of the relevant institutions and their mandates (e.g. Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement, etc.).
  • Demonstrated technical competencies in program design, implementation, and evaluation of children, youth and adult Social Emotional Learning competencies.
  • Proven ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously, work well under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Proven ability to provide high quality technical assistance, guidance and coaching to implementing staff and partners.
  • Demonstrated experience with proposal development, including the technical strategy design and narrative writing.
  • Demonstrated representation and networking experience with government and non-governmental agencies, foundations, and other institutions focused on child development and protection programming.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish).
  • Organized, detail-oriented, team player, self-starter and results-oriented individual.
  • Experience in the Rio Grande Valley region of Texas or other border areas a plus.
  • Excellent presentation, public speaking and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong computer skills, with familiarity in using Microsoft Office suite applications (particularly Word and PowerPoint).

TIMELINE: Immediate (3 months with the possibility of extension based on funding)

About the Organization

ChildFund International exists to help deprived, excluded and vulnerable children have the capacity to become young adults, parents and leaders who bring lasting and positive change in their communities. ChildFund International promotes societies whose individuals and institutions participate in valuing, protecting and advancing the worth and rights of children.

ChildFund International works in 31 countries, assisting approximately 17.8 million children and family members regardless of race, creed or gender. Since its inception in 1938, ChildFund International has provided nearly $3 billion in services to children with most of the funding coming from individual contributors in the form of monthly child sponsorships.

ChildFund International is a member of ChildFund Alliance, a global network of 12 child development organizations.

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