Disaster Response Fellow

Fellows Program Summary

GlobalGiving is seeking applicants to our Fellows Program to help further our mission and ambitious growth plans. Fellows will have a unique opportunity to learn how a thriving, international NGO operates through practical, hands-on experience with the nuts and bolts of our operations and ample opportunities to explore the broader field of development.

The program is a highly selective, full-time service year that will challenge and inspire you, and will require hard work and dedication. You will have the opportunity to explore various areas that interest you, so you can capitalize on your experience. You’ll be a vital contributor to our team—not getting coffee or filing papers all day long.

In return, we offer a $38,600 salary, health and dental insurance, professional development funding, tons of learning opportunities, and an amazing experience!

Here’s a little taste of the kinds of experiences you might have as a GlobalGiving Fellow:

  • Skill-building workshops to improve your understanding of international development, technology startups, social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, disaster response, and crowdfunding.
  • In-depth research and analysis projects around a particular issue area.
  • Training on experimentation, workflow, and querying tools such as Salesforce, Optimizely, MySQL, Metabase, and Zendesk.
  • Career preparation and professional development, including mock interviews and resume review. Previous fellows have used their professional development funds to take coding classes and even learn a new language!

Due to COVID-19, our Washington, DC office is closed and all staff are working remotely. The 2021-2022 Fellowship cohort will have the option of doing their entire fellowship program remotely. When the office is able to safely open for staff, the cohort will be welcomed to work from the office or continue working remotely.

About GlobalGiving

GlobalGiving’s mission is to transform aid and philanthropy to accelerate community-led change.

We help fellow nonprofits access the funding, tools, training, and support they need to serve their communities. Since 2002, the GlobalGiving community has raised more than $500 million from 1 million donors for 27,000 projects in 170+ countries. Each of the nonprofits on has been rigorously vetted and has committed to providing donors regular updates about how donations are put to work.

Fellowship Focus Areas

We have fellowship opportunities on four of our teams: Vetting and Grants, Disaster Recovery Network, Operations, and Business Partnerships. You are welcome to apply to multiple fellowships, but please ensure that your application highlights why you are the best fit in that specific role.

Disaster Response Fellow

GlobalGiving's crisis/disaster response work is one of our organization's most visible and impact areas of focus. It involves virtually all GlobalGiving teams. When crises happen—from a hurricane in Texas to an earthquake in Nepal, to ongoing refugee crises around the world—the entire GlobalGiving community is activated to provide support. GlobalGiving responds to major disasters by posting general relief and recovery Funds, from which the Disaster Response Team then makes grants to our nonprofit partners working to serve impacted communities. We also provide support to the Business Partnership and other teams at GlobalGiving on corporate disaster response programs and other crisis-related activities.

In 2020, the Disaster Response Team provided critical support to hundreds of nonprofits helping communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, while also responding to hurricanes and storms across the globe, the explosion in Beirut as well as to the Australia and California wildfires. As an integral member of the team, the Disaster Response Fellow will:

  • Monitor crises as they unfold and develop; conduct outreach to existing and new prospective nonprofit partners responding to disasters and crises globally to assist in both assessing needs and nonprofit partner capacity to inform GlobalGiving's level of response.
  • Review partner disaster-related projects and grant reports.
  • Assist in the grantmaking process for GlobalGiving-managed “Funds”; support with setting Fund strategy, research potential grantees, review grant materials, and manage communication with GlobalGiving partners and selected grantee partners.
  • Develop and collaborate on human-centered stories and data-driven content; assist in creating externally-facing reports, impact stories and presentations.
  • Assist in cross-team initiatives to improve disaster grantees' experience and engagement with GlobalGiving products and services.
  • Stay on the pulse of the crisis/disaster response sector, recommend virtual and physical conferences, participate in external calls/webinars and summarize learnings.
  • Manage customer service requests and inquiries sent to " " by external stakeholders and GlobalGiving nonprofit partners.
  • Assist with research related to disaster Fund and donor data.
  • Other cool stuff that emerges throughout the year!

Who We Are Looking For

While we offer 4 different areas of focus for our fellows, each requiring specific qualifications, our overall selection process for the program is rooted in our values-driven approach to work. We seek candidates who subscribe to our core values:

  • Always Open: Believing that great ideas can come from anyone, anywhere, at any time; approachable and humble, demonstrating sincere appreciation for others and their ideas.
  • Never Settle: Questioning the status quo wisely, and challenging self to achieve high goals and expectations.
  • Listen, Act, Learn. Repeat: Demonstrating curiosity about the world around us, and bringing that curiosity into GlobalGiving; experimenting fruitfully, utilizing both success and failure productively; leveraging data and feedback to make better decisions.
  • Committed to WOW: Embodying a spirit of service with customers (internal and external), and delighting in opportunities to interact with them.

In addition, candidates must:

  • Be in the game. You are passionate about international development and onboard with GlobalGiving’s mission.
  • Be adaptable. You perform well in changing environments, with a clear desire to do what it takes to improve and develop your skills.
  • Be an effective collaborator. You proactively maintain relationships in ways that are mutually beneficial.
  • Be able to execute. You set, track, and complete goals. You anticipate possible delays and plan around them to maintain ownership and accountability for meeting objectives with high quality and timeliness.


The Fellows Program is a full-time work commitment that will begin June 23, 2021, and run through July 22, 2022.

Eligibility and Hiring Process

Recent college graduates, career switchers, and anyone who has a passion for what we are doing is encouraged to apply! Applicants must reside in the United States. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have legal authorization to work in the United States for the duration of the Fellowship. GlobalGiving does not sponsor employment visas.

GlobalGiving receives a high volume of applicants for the Fellowship roles. We will review applications and move qualified candidates into screening on an ongoing basis. We anticipate doing one-way video interviews to screen applicants before they move forward to a homework phase. Those passing the homework phase will do a final team interview with other GlobalGiving staff members, including the manager of that fellowship role. We will aim to communicate to all candidates regularly on their status, if possible on a bi-weekly basis.

Compensation and Benefits

A salary of $38,600, paid semi-monthly, will be offered over the course of the 13-month program.

This is a non-exempt, 40 hour a week position. Our benefits package includes health and dental insurance, educational assistance, 15 days of paid time off, professional development funds (up to $500 over the course of the program), access to our marketplace of discounts with companies, 401K matching and commuter benefits.

Applicants must reside in the United States. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have legal authorization to work in the United States for the duration of the position. GlobalGiving does not sponsor employment visas.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

“GlobalGiving is my second family I love waking up every morning to come into work because I know I will be met with smiles and genuine interest in what I did over the weekend or how I am doing. Half the time it doesn’t even feel like work. I just sit in an open office with all my friends trying to change the world.”
— Anonymous Employee Review
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