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In an effort to care for all of our personnel, families, and mission around the world, EMI has been taking a number of steps in response to the progress of COVID-19.

Location-specific Crisis Management Teams remain in place to monitor COVID developments, inform, and care for EMI personnel. Decisions about official EMI travel (including project travel) domestically and internationally are being made on a case-by-case basis by Office Directors in locations concerned. EMI’s worldwide offices remain in varying states of closure with personnel working remotely or from home.

We continue to actively monitor the situation and will respond to new information affecting our worldwide ministry and teams. We view the COVID-19 Coronavirus as an opportunity to live out the gospel and our faith in Jesus through the ministry of EMI.

EMI United States
3+ Years
This opportunity is a support-based, self-fund-raised position.
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EMI can respond within days of any disaster worldwide. EMI can also develop disaster risk reduction (DRR) assessments for communities, structures, and infrastructure. Small teams of specially-trained EMI Disaster Responders and technical professionals provide services on a not-for-profit basis. This position will carry out the ministry of EMI through leading, growing, and managing EMI’s Disaster Response and Risk Reduction Program.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering, disaster response or related field
  • Experience in international disaster relief management
  • 5–10 years practical work experience in project and program management

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to think and act strategically at multiple levels
  • Ability to manage and supervise people and projects with humility and confidence, and a relational style that promotes teamwork and unity while advancing planning and implementation in a systematic way
  • Adaptable; Able to redirect work priorities and assignments as requested

Working Conditions:

  • Ability to travel (up to 15% of time)
  • Ability to withstand physical, emotional and spiritual rigors of disaster response mobilizations
  • Must maintain a personal passport and confirm visa requirements as needed
  • Must be responsible for physical assessments and obtaining appropriate vaccinations or medication.
  • Meet regularly with pastoral care or mental health professionals, as needed.
  • Regularly communicate with EMI about when rest and/or spiritual support is needed.

Program Management and Development

  • Continue to develop vision and mission for the DR program including refining EMI strategy to respond to disasters around the world and engage in risk reduction initiatives
  • Provide general administrative oversight of the ministry program
  • Cultivate new opportunities and initiatives including possible funding opportunities
  • Ensure/pursue relationships and/or agreements with international and local partner relief organizations are established and maintained through regular networking including conference attendance.

Response and Project Management

  • Ensure coordination of responses including identifying disaster needs, reaching out to ministry clients/partners, and determine EMI’s ability to respond
  • Lead DR teams when appropriate, including:
    • Recruit and prepare team members for trip
    • Pastor team members while on trip
    • Make sure team and technical work is serving ministry
    • Encourage/counsel ministries being services
    • Consider items listed in project leader’s checklist
  • Manage or delegate management of Disaster Risk Reduction projects as appropriate including scope, scheduling, deadlines, work breakdown, budgets, reporting and client relations