International Relief Managers

International Relief Managers (IRMs) are trained and highly experienced volunteers that are available to respond quickly when support is needed for World Renew’s international disaster response work. They are called on to manage and implement a wide variety of projects in response to natural disasters and conflict.

IRMs act as an extension of World Renew’s International Disaster Response (IDR) team, providing critical support to staff and partners on the ground, typically on 3-month long assignments. IRMs provide on-the-ground leadership, management, and support to enhance World Renew’s ability to respond to crisis situations. Additionally, IRMs connect with World Renew’s networks and alliances engaged in similar disaster response work. World Renew covers all expenses related to serving as an IRM. 

International Relief Managers are typically retired management professionals (individuals and couples welcome) looking to serve God in their retirement through using the skills they have developed during their careers.

Does this volunteer opportunity interest you? Consider becoming a volunteer International Relief Manager today! For more information, please contact Jonathan Self at 800-730-3490 or

How do I get involved?

To get involved, please complete the application forms (attached at the bottom of the page), and send them to Jonathan Self at

What skills are you looking for?

We are actively searching for those with strong project management skills, coming from a career in a management position, particularly those with strong financial and report-writing expertise.

We are also recruiting those with specific sectoral experience related to international development and/or disaster response. This includes, but is not limited to, agriculture, WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), food security, and organizational capacity development.

Strong cross-cultural communication skills are extremely important.

What are the expectations of an IRM?

International Relief Managers should be available to travel internationally on assignment at least 6 months of the year. Given the nature of disaster response work, assignments are often unpredictable and may arise very last minute. For this reason, you should be available to travel with relatively short notice for 3-4 months at a time.

In addition to annual assignments, you will also have the opportunity to take part in ongoing skills development through quarterly conference calls, online training, and semi-annual conferences.

What did IRMs do in 2017?

In 2017, IRMs served in Bangladesh, Haiti, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi and Zambia. In Haiti, IRMs oversaw the distribution of food to 8,000 people affected by Hurricane Matthew. In Zambia, IRMs worked closely with World Renew partners to conduct a financial review of a $1.2 million project. In Bangladesh, IRMs collaborated with the United Nations and other agencies to coordinate a joint response to the Rohingya refugee crisis that assisted over 290,000 people!


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