Title: Unmet Needs Assessment Program Development Consultant, Center for Disaster Philanthropy
Position Type: Temporary, Part-Time, Contract
Timeline: April 1, 2019 – January 30, 2020
Time Allocation: Not to exceed 1000 hours
Location: Midwest – preferably in or near South Central, Minnesota
Logistics: Work from home office

The Opportunity
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) seeks a part-time temporary, contract employee (not to exceed 1000 hours in calendar year) to work with the director of the Midwest Early Recovery Fund to develop an unmet needs assessment program for usage in the field. This program/tool will support the program to help determine community and individual needs after a low-attention disaster. The person in this position will be charged with researching pre-existing programs, investigating a minimum of three disaster-affected community’s challenges and opportunities to survey needs, and working with CDP to develop an appropriate methodology, process and tool to meet the needs of the Midwest Early Recovery Fund. Three goals for the needs assessment program are:

  1. Provide the Midwest Early Recovery Fund (and other similar programs) with the data to make strategic grants. “High impact funding for low-attention disasters.”
  2. Provide information to other funders to help them invest in issues important to their organization.
  3. Provide affected communities with on-time information to help them make data driven decisions to prioritize needs and funding requests (especially state and federal funds).

The Program
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Midwest Early Recovery Fund (the Fund) works to efficiently and effectively allocate monies to organizations supporting the needs of vulnerable populations within communities affected by low-attention disasters in the Midwest, using a unique ‘clip-board’ grantmaking process. Early Recovery grantmaking is part of a larger CDP strategy which aims to educate and inform donors on how to effectively allocate resources to support the full arc of a disaster lifecycle. The goal of the Early Recovery Fund is to assess needs and target funding to community organizations that can provide an early and critical response to a low-attention disaster.

Responsibilities and Duties
1. Duty: Begin development of a work plan for program/tool development. (150 hours)

  • Assist the director to create a detailed work plan to develop the assessment program.
  • Meet with CDP team to develop work plan, timelines and milestones.
  • Develop an outline of possible contributors and partners. Perform telephone interviews with partners and collaborators. Develop a strategic plan/workplan for the development of the unmet needs assessment program.
  • Research a minimum of three disaster-affected communities for challenges with unmet needs assessment.

2. Duty: Host a minimum of two convenings to gather more information from strategic partners to determine pre-existing tools and software, create a needs list concerning information gathering, etc. (100 hours)

  • Work with the director and program assistant to plan a series of meetings to engage partners in the field for research purposes.
  • Determine locations to engage various partners.
  • Create a guest list.
  • Work with Program Assistant to plan event and invite partners.
  • Develop a convening process including PP and other tools to engage partners.
  • Develop a lessons learned/synopsis of findings document to drive the development process.

3. Duty: Develop/design a comprehensive disaster recovery needs assessment tool and process. (300 hours)

  • Work with partners, previous assessment programs, etc.
  • Develop a list of pre-existing unmet needs survey tools and evaluate each one for functionality, scalability, portability and fit.
  • Interview community leaders/partners/individuals concerning usability.
  • Develop preliminary tool and process.
  • Present results to a team of partners to discuss and vet.
  • Modify tool as needed.

4. Duty: Research vendors and oversee the development of the program and tools needed to support the program. (200 hours)

  • Interview potential developers and develop a budget for the program director.
  • Working with the director, help determine the best choice vendor for tool development.
  • Develop a budget, timeline and outcomes for the tool development process.
  • Oversee tool development process.

5. Duty: Finalize needs assessment tool (200 hours)

  • Pilot the tool.
  • Evaluate the tool and make necessary changes.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum 2- 3 years of experience in related work fields: disaster recovery, data management, community development, program development.
  • Experience working with a mission driven organization.
  • Extremely strong attention to detail and a strong sense of personal responsibility for one’s work.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Computer with Microsoft Office 10.
  • Home office, access to internet, cell phone.


  • Excellent computer skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Kind and compassionate
  • Desire to work independently and remotely
  • Team player
  • Deadline driven and detail oriented
  • Sense of humor

Travel within a 10-state region of the Midwest. Travel to and from director’s office in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

Work and Pay Schedule

  • Work from home office
  • Must have a phone and car for travel
  • Independent contractor status – contract required
  • Not to exceed 1,000 hours in the calendar year. Must make themselves available to the program director as needed.
  • Pay rate: $45.00 – $50.00/hour (dependent on experience).

Qualified candidates should send cover letter and resume to: Nancy Beers at
Veterans and persons from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The Organization
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) is an exciting venture that is changing the face of emergency-related grantmaking, moving it from a reactive and emotion-driven response, to one focused on increasing the effectiveness of the private donor’s dollar for the good of affected communities worldwide. By providing donors with the tools they need to make decisions to support disaster preparedness, relief and recovery, CDP brings more private philanthropic money to disaster response efforts and channels those funds in an innovative and strategic manner. CDP offers three distinct services to donors: 1) Promotion of learning and information through a website and interactive portal, webinars and convenings; 2) mechanisms for pooling resources with a unique preparedness, risk reduction and recovery focus; and 3) custom consulting services to help donors be more strategic in their giving.